Beppu Tower

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Beppu Tower
別府タワー
Beppu Tower.jpg
General information
Type Communications tower
Observation tower
Location 3-10-2 Kitahama,
Beppu, Ōita
Coordinates 33°16′54″N 131°30′20.8″E / 33.28167°N 131.505778°E / 33.28167; 131.505778Coordinates: 33°16′54″N 131°30′20.8″E / 33.28167°N 131.505778°E / 33.28167; 131.505778
Construction started 1956
Completed 1957
Opening May 10, 1957
Cost ¥280 million[1]
($777,777 in 1956)
Height
Antenna spire 100 metres (328 ft)
Design and construction
Architect Tachū Naitō

Beppu Tower (別府タワー Beppu Tawā?) is a 100-metre-tall (328 ft) lattice tower located in Beppu, Ōita, Japan.[2] Initially built to help boost tourism in the area, today the tower is primarily used as TV transmission tower. It has an observation deck at a height of 55 metres (180 ft).

History[edit]

Beppu Tower was built in two years, from 1956 to 57 and was originally planned to open the Beppu Tourism Exhibition, held from March 20 through May 20, 1957. Construction was slightly delayed, however, and the tower was not completed until May 10, ten days before the exhibition ended.[2] Its original name was Sightseeing Center TV Tower (観光センターテレビ塔 Kankō-sentā-terebitō?) until 1961 when it was officially changed to Beppu Tower.

The tower first displayed advertising for National. Currently, it displays eight neon Asahi signs — four in English, four in Japanese.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 会社概要:別府タワー (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-08-19. 
  2. ^ a b c 別府タワーの歴史:別府タワー (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-08-19.