Fukuoka Tower

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Fukuoka Tower in winter.

Fukuoka Tower (福岡タワー Fukuoka Tawā?) is a 234-metre (768 ft) 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 (roughly US $50,000,000 in 2015 terms). It was designed by Nikken Sekkei. It was built on reclaimed land out of Hakata Bay.[citation needed]

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Fukuoka Tower has three observation decks: one at 116 m, a café/lounge deck at 120 m, 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. Its weight above ground, by contrast, is only 3,500 tons.[citation needed]

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

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The tower was a major feature in the Japanese film Godzilla vs. SpaceGodzilla (1994), in which it was also destroyed in the climactic battle between the titular monsters.[citation needed]

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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