A New Tallest Skyscraper for Japan

The Toranomon-Azabudai reaches 330 meters into the sky, far lower than international standards but taller by 30 meters than the previous tallest building in Japan.

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July 5, 2023, 10:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

The construction site of a new development in the Azabudai Hills neighborhood of Tokyo.

A street-level view of the construction of the Toranomon-Azabudai project in June 2023. | Ned Snowman / Adobe Stock

The Toranomon-Azabudai project, in central Tokyo, has completed construction on the signature piece of a massive development project, replacing the Abeno Harukas skyscraper in Osaka as the tallest building in the country, according to an article by Jessie Young for CNN.

The Toranomon-Azabudai tower reaches 330 meters (1,083 feet) in height, with 64 floors above ground and aims to create a “city within the city,” according to Young in a 2019 story on the project, also written by Young.

“The building, one of several within the development, will be multi-purpose, hosting branded hotel residences, office spaces, a university medical center, retail shops and restaurants, and the largest international school in central Tokyo, according to the release,” writes Young in the more recent article. “Spanning an area of more than 8 hectares (nearly 20 acres), the project aims to revitalize the entire neighborhood, with other on-site facilities including a spa, fitness clubs, an art gallery and a museum.”

Building height is all relative, to be sure. The new tower is “still dwarfed by towers in New York, Taiwan and Dubai,” according to the article.

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