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Skyscraper stacked with shops, eateries, great views opens atop Tokyo's Shibuya Station

A view from the "Shibuya Sky" observation area at the newly opened first phase of the Shibuya Scramble Square complex in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward is seen in this Nov. 1, 2019 photo. (Mainichi/Takehiko Onishi)
The newly opened first phase of the Shibuya Scramble Square complex in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward is seen in this photo taken on Nov. 1, 2019. (Mainichi/Takehiko Onishi)

TOKYO -- A new skyscraper looming 230 meters over the Japanese capital's iconic Shibuya Scramble crossing and brimming with shops and restaurants opened its doors to its first floods of customers on Nov. 1.

The 47-story east tower with a total floor space of some 181,000 square meters was built directly on top of Shibuya Station, one of the world's busiest train stations. It is the tallest building in the area, and seems sure to become one of Shibuya Ward's premier landmarks.

An opening ceremony for the first phase of the Shibuya Scramble Square complex, a joint venture of Tokyu Corp., East Japan Railway Co. and Tokyo Metro Co., was held that day.

From the observation area called the "Shibuya Sky" on the 45th and 46th floor as well as the rooftop, visitors can see from the Shibuya Scramble crossing to Tokyo's more distant urban vistas including the Tokyo Skytree, and beyond to Mount Fuji. A total of 213 commercial spaces pack the floors from the second basement to the 14th floor.

Offices on the 17th to 45th floors are already being used by nine companies, including internet conglomerate CyberAgent Inc. and social media service operator Mixi Inc.

Construction of Shibuya Scramble Square's 10-story central tower and the 13-story west tower are scheduled to be completed in fiscal 2027. There are also plans to make Shibuya Station, which serves nine train lines operated by four railway companies, more convenient and easier to get around.

(Japanese original by Munehisa Ishida, Business News Department)

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