Tuesday, April 6, 2010

JAPAN - Tokyo : the Great view of Metropolis and Tokyo Tower

JAPAN stamps

Location of TOKYO in JAPAN

Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower located in Shiba Park, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. At 333 metres, it is the second tallest artificial structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations.

Built in 1958, the tower's main sources of revenue are tourism and antenna leasing. Over 150 million people have visited the tower since its opening. FootTown, a 4-story building located directly under the tower, houses museums, restaurants and shops. Departing from here, guests can visit two observation decks. The 2-story Main Observatory is located at 150 meters, while the smaller Special Observatory reaches a height of 250 meters.

The tower acts as a support structure for an antenna. Originally intended for television broadcasting, radio antennas were installed in 1961 and the tower is now used to broadcast both signals for Japanese media outlets such as NHK, TBS and Fuji TV. Japan's planned switch from analog to digital for all television broadcasting by July 2011 is problematic, however. Tokyo Tower's current height is not high enough to adequately support complete terrestrial digital broadcasting to the area. A taller digital broadcasting tower known as Tokyo Sky Tree is currently planned to open in 2011.


Postcard sent by Masako, as "hatopoppo"
Private swap - Reference JP004

The Grand view of Metropolis at Twilight, Tokyo
Around Hamamatsucho

1 comment:

  1. If you come to Tokyo, I recommend to look at "Tokyo Tower" from the observatory of "Roppongi Hills"
    ("Roppongi Hills" is a high-rise building near the tower.)
    It is a wonderful view!!