Tokyo Skytree tops 50 million visitors before anniversary

1 year ago by in Japan

Tokyo Skytree, the world’s tallest broadcasting tower, and its adjacent shopping mall reported more than 50 million visitors as of Tuesday, before the one-year anniversary that will be celebrated on May 22.

About 10 million people visited the 634-meter tower and the mall, called Tokyo Solamachi in just two months since they were opened. The number continued to grow during the following months, according to Tobu Tower Skytree Co., an affiliate of the tower’s operator Tobu Railway Co.

The number of visitors expected for the first year – 44 million people – was eclipsed, the operator said.

Visitors to the tower reached 5.54 million by March 31. The one-year total for the tower is currently projected at 6.4 million, up from the initial estimate of 5.4 million, Tobu Railway added, according to Kyodo news agency.

Tokyo Skytree is a broadcasting and observation tower, as well as a restaurant. It became the tallest building in Japan in 2010 and the second tallest structure in the world after the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai (829.8 meters).

Japan’s population chose the tower’s official name during a nationwide vote in 2008. The name received around 33,000 votes (30 percent) out of 110,000 cast, with the second most popular name being “Tokyo Edo Tower”.