Sunday, March 30, 2008

Tokyo Tower

Often confused with the Eiffel Tower, the Tokyo Tower souvenir building is different and not as common. The main difference between the two replicas is the additional building at the base of the Tokyo Tower. During the postwar boom of the 1950s, Japan considered a monument to symbolize its ascendancy as an economic power. Modeled after the Eiffel Tower, it was completed in 1958 and, at 1,091 feet tall, is the tallest artificial structure in Japan. The main function is a radio and television broadcasting antenna support structure, but it also attracts over 2.5 million tourists annually. Observation decks give visitors a 360 degree view of the city, but unlike the Eiffel Tower, neither of the two decks of the Tokyo Tower is located at the top of the structure. At its base, a 4 story building known as Foot Town houses an aquarium, wax museum, shops and restaurants. Do you know of other similar yet different souvenir building replicas?

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