One of the busiest train stations in Japan, Shibuya Station’s new building looks to draw visitors with huge rooftop observatory
According to The Asahi Shimbun, with an eye toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, a major rooftop observatory is being planned atop a new Shibuya Station building that will offer a stunning view of the bustling "Scramble Crossing" intersection far below.
Tokyu Corp. added plans to build the observation deck atop the new 230-meter high East Tower, currently being constructed directly above Shibuya Station, to create a new tourist attraction for visitors to the 2020 Games.
According to Tokyu, observatories will be placed on the station building’s 45th floor, 46th floor (top floor) and the rooftop. With approximately 3,000 square meters of outdoor space, the rooftop deck will become one of Japan’s largest observation facilities utilizing a skyscraper, and will also offer a view of Mount Fuji.
Three companies, Tokyu, East Japan Railway Co. and Tokyo Metro Co., are participating in the station building project.
Construction of the East Tower is scheduled for completion in fiscal 2019, and the Central Tower and West Tower in fiscal 2027.
In a series of other developments, the ticket gates of the Tokyu Toyoko Line and the Fukutoshin Line will become connected to the gates of the JR lines by one escalator, and a large underground public square of roughly 1,600 square meters will be constructed to alleviate the congestion from transfers between the subway and JR lines.
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