Top 10 Tallest Buildings and Structures in Japan

Top 10 Tallest Buildings and Structures in Japan

Japan is the country that ranks at the first position in the list of the top 10 countries for technological expertise in the whole world. It is an island country situated in East Asia and its capital is Tokyo. And the country that is the topmost in terms of technology, can not be imagined without skyscrapers. There are a lot of tall buildings in Japan and it ranks among the top five countries in the world to have skyscrapers. Today we will take a glance at the top 10 tallest buildings and structures in Japan.

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Note: All buildings are structures but all structures are not building.

1. Tokyo Skytree

Tokyo Skytree is the tallest structure in Japan. The structure has a height of 495 meters and including an antenna spire at the top, it gets a height of 634 meters or 2080 ft. It is a broadcasting and observation tower located in Sumida, Tokyo. On 14th July 2008, the construction of this tower was started and on 29th February 2012, it was completed. But it was inaugurated on 22nd May 2012.

The tower consists of 32 floors above the ground level and 3 below the ground level. The estimated cost of this structure was 65 billion JPY. Currently, Tobu Railway is the owner of Tokyo Skytree. This structure is built in neo-futurism architectural style and its architect is Nikken Sekkei. Its main contractor and the developer are Obayashi Corporation and Tobu Railway respectively.

2. Tokyo Tower

Tokyo Tower is the second tallest structure in Japan. This is situated in the Shiba-Koen district of Minato, Tokyo. It is japan based Eiffel Tower which is painted in white and international orange color. This tower is used for communication and observation purposes. The construction of Tokyo Tower was started in June 1957 and it was completed in 1958 with a construction cost of 8.4 million US dollars.

With a total floor count of 15, the structure has an architectural height of 333 meters or 1091 ft. Nikken Sekkei Ltd. was the firm behind the structural engineering work of the tower. Whereas, Takenaka Corporation was the main contractor of this structure. The Tokyo Tower company is the owner of this structure.

3. Abeno Harukas

Abeno Harukas is the tallest building in Japan and also the third tallest structure in the country. It is a multipurpose commercial building situated in Osaka, a popular city in Japan. The building stands with a height of 300 meters or 984 ft. The building has 60 floors above the ground level plus 5 floors below the ground level.

The construction work of the building was started in January 2010 and it was opened on March 7, 2014. The building contains a massive floor area of around 211,900.97 m2 (2,280,900 sq ft). The owner of this build is Kintetsu, a japan based railway company.

4. Yokohama Landmark Tower

With a height of 296.3 meters or 972 feet, Yokohama Landmark Tower acquires the 2nd spot among the top 10 tallest buildings in Japan and the 4th spot among the top 10 tallest structures in Japan as well. The building has a total of 73 floors and 3,151,580 sq ft of floor area in it which are used for multi-purposes. The first 48 floors are used for shops, clinics, offices, and restaurants. There is a five-star hotel in this tower on floor no. 49 to 70.

The construction of the building started on 20 March 1990 and it was opened on 16 July 1993. A total of 270 billion JPY was spent on the construction of the building. Mitsubishi Estate and Hugh Stubbins & Associates were the main architects firm behind the construction of the building. Shimizu Corporation and Mitsubishi Estate were the main contractors for the building. Currently, Mitsubishi Estate is the owner of it.

5. Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building and Rinku Gate Tower Building

It comes in the third position in the list of the top 10 tallest buildings in Japan, and fifth among the tallest structures. This building is also known as ‘Cosmo Tower’ and is situated in Osaka, Japan. Until June 2010, the building’s name was the ‘Osaka World Trade Center Building’.

This skyscraper has a height of 256 meters or 840 ft. It has 3 floors below the ground level and 55 floors above the ground level. It is basically a multi-purpose building as it is used for restaurants, offices, museum, etc. This skyscraper was built in the year 1995.

Rinku Gate Tower Building: Rinku Gate Tower Building is also the third tallest building in Japan as it also has the same height as the Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building (256 meters or 840 ft). This skyscraper is situated in Rinku Town, Izumisano, Osaka, Japan. With a 102,900 m2 (1,108,000 sq ft) floor area, this 56-story building was built at an estimated cost of JPY 66 billion.

Its construction work started in August 1992 and it was opened in August 1996. The building is used for multi-purposes like – offices, shopping malls, department stores, hotels, etc. Currently, the owner of the building is SiS International Holdings. Behind the architectural design of this skyscraper, Nikken Sekkei, Yasui Architects & Engineers were the main architectural firm.

6. Toranomon Hills

Toranomon Hills is the fourth tallest building in Japan and also the tallest building in Tokyo with a height of 255.5 m or 838 ft. In April 2011, the construction of this building was started and it was completed in 2014. Meanwhile, it was opened on June 11, 2014.

With a total floor count of 52 and 5 basement floors, the building has a 244,360 m2 (2,630,300 sq ft) floor area. Obayashi Corporation was the main contractor and Nihon Sekkei was the main firm behind the architectural design of this building.

7. Midtown Tower

It is the fifth tallest building in Japan. Midtown Tower is located in Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo. It is a multipurpose building with an architectural height of 248.1 m or 814 ft. The construction work of this skyscraper was started in 2004 and was completed in 2007. The inauguration of this building was held on March 31, 2007.

The building consists of 54 floors above the ground level and 5 underground floors. Behind the construction of this tower, the main contractors were Takenaka Corporation and Taisei Corporation. Meanwhile, the structural engineer and the architectural firm were and “Nikken Sekkei Ltd” and “Skidmore, Owings & Merrill” respectively. The owner of this building is Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

8. Midland Square

Midland Square is another skyscraper in Japan that is officially called Toyota-Mainichi Building. It is the sixth tallest building in Japan with a height of 247 meters or 810 feet. The building has a total of 47 floors with around 193,451 m² of floor area in total.

In January 2003, the construction work of the building was begun and in October 2006, it was fully completed. The building was opened in March 2007. Nikken Sekkei Ltd. designed the building in a modern architectural style. It is used for various purposes like – offices, retail, automobile showrooms, etc.

9. JR Central Office Tower

JR Central Tower consists of two towers – one office tower and one hotel tower. The JR Central office tower is taller than the hotel tower. It has a height of 245 meters or 804 feet. It ranks seventh on the list of the top 10 tallest buildings in Japan. The towers are located in the city of Nagoya, Japan.

The construction work of the building was started in 1990, and it was fully completed and opened in 2000. The two main architectural companies behind the design of the building were Taisi Corporation and Cohen Pedersen Fox.

10. Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is the eighth tallest building in Japan with a height of 242.9 meters. It is located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. The construction work of the building was started in April 1988 and was completed in December 1990. The building was opened in 1991.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is the owner of the building. JPY 15 billion was the estimated construction cost of the building. With a total floor area of 195,764 m2 [2,107,190 sq ft], this skyscraper consists of 48 floors. The main architect was Kenzo Tange, and the structural engineer was Kiyoshi Mutō.

11. NTT Docomo Yoyogi Building

It is the ninth tallest building in Japan. The building stands with a height of 240 meters or 790 ft and including the antenna spire at the top, it gets a height of 272 meters or 892 ft. In this skyscraper, there are 27 floors above the ground level and 3 floors below the ground level.

In the year 1997, the construction of this building was started and it was completed in 2000. With a 51,122 m2 (550,270 sq ft) floor area, the building was designed by Kajima Design.

12. Sunshine 60

“Sunshine 60” is another tall building in Tokyo, Japan. Standing at a height of 239.7 meters or 786 ft. This is the 10th tallest building in Japan. In July 1973, the construction of the building was started and in 1978, the building was fully completed. From the date of its completion, it was the tallest building in Asia, until 1985.

This building has 60 stories above the ground level and 5 stories below the ground level. With a total of 241,546 m2 (2,599,980 sq ft) floor area, the building was designed by Mitsubishi Estate Co. Besides the developer of the building, Mitsubishi Estate Co. is its owner.

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