Tuesday, 22 May 2012 15:56
TOKYO: The world's tallest tower, the Tokyo Skytree, opened to the public on Tuesday with tens of thousands of visitors flocking to the Japanese capital's newest attraction.
Despite rainy weather, residents and tourists gathered around the 634-metre (2,080-foot) tower and its adjacent shopping and amusement complex which also opened on Tuesday.
But those hoping for spectacular views from the observation deck 350 metres up were thwarted by the weather.
"I have long been looking forward to coming here," said Ayumi Nakazawa, who won tickets to the opening ceremony of the tower, which ranks as the world's second-tallest structure.
"I can't see the view (because of the rain), but it was exciting," Nakazawa told reporters after becoming the first official visitor to the observation deck.
Japan's hard-hit tourism sector is hoping the tower will boost the number of visitors from abroad after figures plummeted in the wake of Japan's quake-tsunami disaster last year.
The disaster, which sparked ...