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Tokyo Skytree visitors top 20 million 3 1/2 years since opening

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The total number of visitors to Tokyo Skytree since it opened to the public three and a half years ago, exceeded 20 million this week.

A nine-year girl, who was the exact 20 millionth visitor, received a large bouquet of flowers in a commemorative ceremony to mark the event on Monday, Fuji TV reported. She had come with her family from Gunma Prefecture.

The record was reached on Skytree’s 1,267th day since it opened in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward on May 22, 2012.

According to representatives of the operator of Tokyo Skytree, over half of the visitors to the new broadcasting tower come from Taiwan, China and other countries.

Representatives say that they would like to begin preparing to make Skytree the “new symbol of Japan.”

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Representatives say that they would like to begin preparing to make Skytree the “new symbol of Japan.”

They do indeed say towers are symbols.

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At ¥2500+, the ticket price is far too expensive to justify the lack-luster view. It doesn't even feel like you're very high up since it's been built in the middle of nowhere without any other tall buildings surrounding it.

For tourists, I recommend they go to the Tokyo Metropolitan Govt Blg (which is free) or the Landmark Tower in Yokohama which has a much more exciting and dynamic view than the Skytree (especially at night) but costs only $1000.

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but costs only $1000

Whoa you're rich

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Sorry, I meant ¥1000.

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@M3, couldn't agree with you more. The price is disgusting. Unless, of course, like me, you have a hang-glider and wish you could launch off for one helluva flight!

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Overrated (Observation decks)! The Sky Tree Aquarium is nice, though.

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The price is what it is. 1 million visitors have decided it wasn't too expensive.

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Well, I'm happy to be one of those 20 million! ^_^

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For everyone saying it's expensive, have you been to CN Tower? The highest observation deck is 447 meters (almost the same as the one at Skytree) and costs $47.

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the ticket price is far too expensive to justify the lack-luster view. It doesn't even feel like you're very high up since it's been built in the middle of nowhere without any other tall buildings surrounding it.

I respectfully disagree with your statement. The view is quite amazing. I've been twice and I could see Mount Fuji both times, not to mention the Shinjuku skyline, Asakusa, Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Dome, Disneyland, etc. Also, I wouldn't call Sumida-ku the "middle of nowhere." It's right next to Asakusa and a little over 3 kilos from Akihabara. Finally, I think you don't live around there and haven't been up it if you think there are no other tall buildings around it. There is the East Core condo close by (140 meters tall), the Asahi Beer Building (95 meters), Sumida kuyakusho (85 meters), and just across the river is the View Hotel (110 meters), and the Asakusa Tower condo (135 meters), to mention a few.

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I'd much rather look at it than go up it. A friend of mine took me to see the Empire State Building, and we stood in a bar (230 Fifth), drinks in hand, glad that we hadn't wasted time queueing three or four hours. My grandfather would have loved it as an engineer, but I digress.

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I have been inside Tokyo Skytree. Really cool to see how compact Tokyo really is. If you want to increase the number of visitors, lower your prices and get rid of that extra charge to see all the way to the top. I paid for the whole thing and the top just provided a little more distance in the horizons and nothing else :/.

Also, the line up is super super long (45-60 min wait). So they could provide benches or disability seats for elderly people :).

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I can probably get over the price, but I'm not going to bother going if it's still crowded all the time.

And why wasn't that 9-year old girl in school?

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The price is what it is -- way too expensive.

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