About the Tower Inspired by the Eiffel TowerDid you know that the Eiffel Tower can be seen not only in Paris? In the heart of Tokyo, you can see the Tokyo Tower, a communication and an iron observation tower, inspired by the famous Parisian tower and considered the second highest tower in the city.
The Tokyo Tower is considered the tallest iron tower in the world, a local icon and a clear marker of modern Tokyo. It is 333 meters high, 13 meters higher than the Eiffel Tower, which means that this tower is hard to miss, even from a distance.
The Eiffel Tower is dark colored, while the Tokyo Tower is painted in combination with intense orange color, along with subtle shades of white. This tower attracts masses of visitors who come see the capital of Japan from the two observations, at different heights of 150 meters and 250 meters, which gives a great view of the city.
In addition to having a spectacular view of the city, the Tokyo Tower also offers a hologram and mystery museum, a huge aquarium with tens of thousands of small fish and a wax museum. At its base you can enjoy the 4-story "FootTower" mall with shops, galleries, restaurants and buffets.
The History of the Tokyo TowerThe Tokyo Tower, which until 2010 was considered the tallest tower in Japan, was built in the 1950's. It was in the era of post-World War II recovery, when Japan began to restore its status and started to become an economic superpower.
It was built for the NHK public broadcasting, which began broadcasting in 1953 and needed a regional broadcast tower. So it was decided to be the tallest tower in the world, above the Empire State Building, which was the tallest tower of the time. A lack of building materials and funding led to the anticlimax, and finally the height of the tower was determined according to the needs of the television and broadcasting company in the Kanto region, with a radius of only 150 kilometers.
The tower, opened in 1958, was designed by Japanese architect Tasho Naito, a famous architect who specialized in tower design. Naito, who sought inspiration in the Western world, chose the Eiffel Tower in Paris as inspiration for this radio tower.
The tower is capable of surviving earthquakes, twice as powerful as the Great Earthquake of 1923, and typhoons with winds up to 220 kilometers per hour.
Some of the steel brought for the construction of the tower, which was built by about 400 laborers, came from the scraps of American tanks that were damaged in the Korean War.