Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest free-standing tower, opens May 22 and people nationwide are keen to go up it.
Almost 70 percent of the 1,288 people polled in an April 6-9 Jiji Press survey want to take in Sumida Ward’s new landmark, although some balked at the ticket prices. A ticket to the first observation deck, 350 meters above the ground, costs ¥2,000 for people aged 18 years or older. It costs an additional ¥1,000 to go to the second deck, 450 meters above the ground.
The poll found 88 percent of those interested in going up the tower said they want to visit the second observatory despite the additional cost.
When asked to list the perceived benefits provided by the tower, 63 percent of respondents pointed to the economic boost that would be provided by additional tourists.