Tokyo Sky Tree Tower opens to the public

The world’s tallest tower, the Tokyo Sky Tree Tower opened yesterday to the public. Around 200,000 people were expected to visit the tower on the first day alone.

About 8000 lucky people who had advance reservations were able to go up the tower to the observation decks.

“I left my house at 5 a.m. to get on the first shinkansen of the day,” said Norio Sone, a 77-year-old visitor from Niigata Prefecture, while waiting in a long line for an elevator up to the observation deck.

“I wanted to climb up the world’s tallest building,” Sone said, but he added that he was disappointed by the cloudy weather.

The tower is expected to bring in 32 million visitors in the first year of operation, bringing an economic boost to surrounding area.

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