The 634-m tall Tokyo Skytree is also the second tallest structure in the world after Dubai's Burj Khalifa. The tower project forms the centrepiece of a large commercial development.
The project was completed on 29 February 2012, with the tower's public opening due on 22 May 2012.
One of its main purposes is to relay television and radio broadcast signals; Tokyo's current facility, Tokyo Tower with a height of 333 m (1,093 ft), no longer gives complete digital terrestrial television broadcasting coverage because it is surrounded by many high-rise buildings.
The Tokyo Skytree, twice as tall as the Eiffel Tower is set to open next week, according to media reports.
Tokyo Skytree, formerly known as New Tokyo Tower, is a broadcasting, restaurant, and observation tower in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan. It became the tallest structure in Japan in 2010 and reached its full height of 634.0 metres (2,080 ft) in March 2011, making it the tallest tower in the world, displacing the Canton Tower, and the second tallest structure in the world after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa (829.84 m/2,723 ft).
Led by Tobu Railway and a group of six terrestrial broadcasters headed by NHK, the tower project forms the centrepiece of a large commercial development equidistant from Tokyo Skytree and Oshiage train stations, 7 km (4.3 mi) north-east of Tokyo station.
The base of the tower has a structure similar to a tripod
There are observatories at 350 m (1,150 ft) and 450 m (1,480 ft).
The design was published on 24 November 2006, based on the following three concepts. * Fusion of futuristic design and traditional beauty of Japan, * Catalyst for revitalization of the city, * Contribution to disaster prevention Safety and Security.
Completion was delayed two months from the original schedule because of a shortage of supplies due to the effects of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.
The Tokyo Sky Tree is seen as cherry trees are in full bloom.