Tokyo Skytree falls short of visitor forecast

National May 7, 2014

Tokyo Skytree falls short of visitor forecast

Shutdowns due to poor weather were to blame for missing the targeted number of visitors to the observation deck of Tokyo Skytree in fiscal 2013, the operator's officials said. Almost 6.2 million people visited the observation deck of the world's tallest broadcasting tower in the ...

Skytree proves boon to water buses

Business Aug 16, 2013

Skytree proves boon to water buses

by Kazuaki Nagata

It's easy to make your way around Tokyo on the subways, buses and trains that cover the capital like a spider web. But not many people know about another way to get around — water buses. Also known as water taxis, their popularity has grown ...

National Jul 10, 2013

Tokyo Skytree proves boon for Hato Bus tours

by Masaaki Kameda

Thanks mainly to the opening of Tokyo Skytree in May last year, the number of people who took Hato Bus Co. sightseeing tours of Tokyo in fiscal 2012 rose to 914,004, the company announced. It's the first time the number has exceeded 900,000 in ...

Skytree takes on new role

National Jun 1, 2013

Skytree takes on new role

Tokyo Skytree took on its role Friday as a full-fledged broadcasting tower for the greater Tokyo region, with six TV stations sending out transmissions starting at 9 a.m. Towering 634 meters above Sumida Ward, Skytree started out last year as a tourist spot. It has taken ...

Skytree's first anniversary marred by foul signals

National May 21, 2013

Skytree's first anniversary marred by foul signals

by Hiroko Nakata

Tokyo Skytree will celebrate its first anniversary Wednesday but has not yet completed its prime mission of reliably broadcasting to households in the capital and its suburbs. Since December, the world's tallest free-standing tower, at 634 meters high, has been making test broadcasts to check ...