Tokyo Skytree May 24 2012, 5:08pm via

The world’s tallest broadcasting tower and Japan’s biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Skytree, has opened to the public.

Nearly 8,000 visitors were expected to take high-speed elevators up to the observation decks of the 634-metre (2,080ft) tower to mark its opening earlier this week. Some reportedly waited in line more than a week to get the coveted tickets for a panoramic view.

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As well as being a major tourist attraction, the Skytree will serve as a broadcast tower for television and radio. It replaces the 333-meter-tall Tokyo Tower as the broadcast hub.

Tokyo Skytree is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest tower, beating the Canton tower in China, which is 600 metres (1,968.5ft).

Go to the Guardian website to read the rest of this article while further information on this remarkable structure can be found on the official Tokyo Skytree website.