Kyoto Tower Sando, Kyoto

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Kyoto Tower is an observation tower located in Kyoto, Japan. The steel tower is the tallest structure in Kyoto with its observation deck at 100 metres (328 ft) and its spire at 131 metres (430 ft). The 800-ton tower stands atop a 9-story building, which houses a 3-star hotel and several stores. The entire complex stands opposite Kyoto Station.
Kyoto Tower was proposed in the early 1960s, and it was planned to be constructed and completed in time to correspond with the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Construction began in 1963 on the former site of Kyoto's central post office and was completed near the end of 1964. Unlike many other towers (such as Tokyo Tower) that are constructed using metal lattice frames, Kyoto Tower's interior structure consists of many steel rings stacked on top of each other. The structure was then covered with lightweight steel sheets with a thickness of 12-. The sheets were then welded together and painted white. The intended overall effect was for the tower to resemble a Japanese candle.
Designed by Makoto Tanahashi, a doctor of engineering at Kyoto University, Kyoto Tower was built to withstand the forces of both earthquakes and typhoons. The head of the tower's business division, Tsuyoshi Tamura, claims it can withstand winds of up to 201 mph (90 m/s) and survive an earthquake of far greater magnitude than that of the Kobe or Tokyo earthquakes.
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  • Starbucks had 1-2 floors of Kyoto station to Kyoto Tower, the building is souvenir corners, each booth is crowded, foreign residents and tourists visit this place and the food court
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  • Compared to the Tokyo Tower, the Kyoto tower is much smaller, originally wanted to buy some of the Kyoto Tower of the memorial, I think there is nothing to buy, the whole activity less than 15 minutes to end.
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  • Just another shopping area. Kyoto station across the street is better.
  • Great when have group and can't agree on what to eat
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