Tokyo Tower is very popular all over Japan. It is a communication and observation tower located in the Shiba-koen district of Minato. With over 333mt. height it is regarded as the second tallest structure of Japan. It is one of the tourist attractions of Tokyo and till now more than 150 million people had visited this structure.
Apart from that, this towers other revenue source is antenna leasing. FootTown, a four stair building that is having house museums, shops and restaurants is exactly under this tower. The main observatory of this tower is located at 150 meters and the small special observatory is located at 250 meters height. Tourists are coming to see this tower consistently.
Tokyo tower specially designed for television broadcasting in the year 1961, but as of now it is being used as by NHK, TBS and Fuji TV (These are Japanese Media Outlets). Its height doesn’t support terrestrial digital broadcasting as Japanese build another broadcasting tower known as Tokyo Skytree (Feb 29 2012). Tokyo Tower is a member of “World Federation of Great Towers” and had utilized and by several analog and digital television broadcasters, radio and digital radio broadcasters etc. The famous broadcasting networks that used this tower includes but not limited to NHK, Fuji Tv, Tokyo Broadcasting System, Nippon, Television Tokyo, FM Interwave, Tokyo Metropolitan Television, Nikkei Radio broadcasting etc. This tower can transmit the TV signals to 150kms (approx) according to researchers.
The maintenance of this tower itself is a huge task. Once in five years the total tower got repainted. It will take 12 months and consume 28,000lit of paint. Tokyo Tower, Japan weighs about 4,000 tons i.e. 3,300 tons less than the Eiffel Tower. It sustained several natural calamities like earth quakes, typhoons etc and no major changes happened in it but during the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake its tip bent slightly.
In 1989, the lighting arrangement of this tower got redesigned by and from then onwards it never looked back. More recently, the observatory displayed both “TOKYO” and “2016” to stress Tokyo’s 2016 Olympic bid. This structure even has two mascots named “Noppon”. You can even observe this tower in climax scenes of several films like Godzilla, Mothra and King Kong (King Kong Escapes).