Fukuoka Tower

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Fukuoka Tower in winter

Fukuoka Tower (福岡タワー Fukuoka Tawā?) is a 234 metre (767.7 feet) tall tower located in the Momochihama area of Fukuoka, Japan. It is the tallest seaside tower in Japan. Fukuoka Tower was finished in 1989, taking a total of 14 months to build at a cost of ¥6,000,000,000. It was designed by Nikken Sekkei. It was built on reclaimed land out of Hakata Bay.

Fukuoka Tower has three observation decks: one at 116m, a café/lounge deck at 120m and the highest at 123 metres above the ground. The tower also has a triangular cross-section which is covered with 8000 half-mirrors. Because of this, it has been given the nickname "Mirror Sail". The underground weight of Fukuoka Tower is 25,000 tons; though its above ground weight is only 3,500 tons.

The tower is designed to withstand magnitude 7 earthquakes and winds of a speed up to 65m/s. The strongest recorded earthquake in the area has been magnitude 6, and the strongest winds 49m/s. The tower is located at 2-3-26 Momochihama, Sawara-ku, Fukuoka.

The tower was a major feature in the 1994 Japanese film Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla, in which it was also destroyed in the climatic battle between the titular monsters.

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Coordinates: 33°35′35.7″N 130°21′5.3″E / 33.593250°N 130.351472°E / 33.593250; 130.351472