Comments on: How high is up: Tokyo Skytree boosts economy for some How to make, save and spend money in Japan. Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:29:48 +0000 hourly 1 By: Hunter Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:21:52 +0000 I live in the shadow of Sky Tree and I continue to be mystified at published accounts of trash in the streets, congestion from bikes, etc. It just is not the case. I think before anyone else publishes these reports they should come to Sky Tree and try to find these “overflowing piles of garbage.” I have, and they just are not there.

By: Troy Fri, 01 Jun 2012 18:05:47 +0000 Tourist attractions create entertainment experiences but not durable wealth per se (see Tobu World Square for how that works).

The tourist money flowing into Sumida-ku is tourist money other 区s are losing.

Now, if the tower can attract new tourist visits from abroad it will certainly be wealth-generating (from the national weal perspective) but with a 32 million Japanese visitor run rate all of Japan will have filed through in 4 years.

Here’s a recent shot of the tower’s view from a helicopter:

One wonders if it wouldn’t have been more economical for Tobu to re-build Tokyo in scale, like the Mori empire has done: