Tokyo unveils plans for skyscraper observatory in Shibuya

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Tokyu unveils plans for skyscraper observatory in Shibuya
Tokyu Corp. and other railways is expected to finish work on a 230-meter building by Shibuya Station in 2019 that will have a 3,000 sq. meter observation deck where people can get a 360-degree view of Tokyo.

Tokyo’s bustling Shibuya district will get a 230-meter high observation deck before the Olympics that could become more famous than its statue of Hachiko the dog or the “scramble crossing” by the train station, plans unveiled by Tokyu Corp. showed Thursday.

“From this observation deck, you can see the busiest crossing in the world. It will be the only such facility where you can feel the dynamism of Shibuya, and we hope that this will be a globally popular spot,” said Takuji Okugi, a section chief for the Shibuya redevelopment project at Tokyu, unveiling images of the facility overlooking the east side of the station.

Tokyu, along with East Japan Railway Co. (JR East) and Tokyo Metro Co., is a major stakeholder in the shopping district. It said the observation deck will top a new skyscraper set to open in 2019 in front of the Hikarie complex and have about 3,000 sq. meters of floor space, making it one of the biggest in Japan. It will have a helipad, too. []