634-meter-tall Tokyo Skytree welcomes 6.34 millionth visitor ahead of first anniversary

May 21, 2013

By YOSUKE WATANABE/ Staff Writer

Tourism figures at the world's tallest free-standing broadcasting structure have gone sky-high.

Two days before its first anniversary on May 22, the 634-meter-tall Tokyo Skytree tower in the capital's Sumida Ward welcomed its 6.34 millionth visitor, far earlier than expected.

The number of visitors to the Tokyo Skytree Town, which consists of the tower and an adjoining commercial complex, has also exceeded original expectations, having topped 50 million on May 14.

On the 350-meter-high observation deck, Tokyo Skytree's official mascot Sorakara-chan presented commemorative items to the 6.34 millionth visitor Hiroshi Komine, who was accompanied by his wife and two children. Komine said it was his first time to visit the tower with his family.

"(Tokyo Skytree) has replaced Tokyo Tower as a symbol of Tokyo," said Komine, 45, a resident of Ichikawa, Chiba Prefecture. "This will be a nice memory for us."

To commemorate the first anniversary of its opening, tower operator Tobu Tower Skytree Co. plans to illuminate the tower on May 22 with lights of 12 color variations that have lit up Tokyo Skytree over the past year. The color changes every 15 to 20 minutes, according to the operator.

By YOSUKE WATANABE/ Staff Writer
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The 6.34 millionth visitor to Tokyo Skytree, Hiroshi Komine, and his family members receive commemorative items from the tower's official mascot on May 20. (Shiro Nishihata)

The 6.34 millionth visitor to Tokyo Skytree, Hiroshi Komine, and his family members receive commemorative items from the tower's official mascot on May 20. (Shiro Nishihata)

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  • The 6.34 millionth visitor to Tokyo Skytree, Hiroshi Komine, and his family members receive commemorative items from the tower's official mascot on May 20. (Shiro Nishihata)

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