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High-Rise Buildings

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High-Rise Buildings

The first high-rise in Japan was the 147 m, 36 story high Kasumigaseki Building, constructed in 1968. Before that, there were restrictions on constructing high-rises because Japan is a country prone to earthquakes. After this first one was built, several high-rises were born with the advance of earthquake-resistant construction. The west exit area of Shinjuku station especially became a forest of skyscrapers, giving it a futuristic look. The tallest building in Japan is currently the Yokohama Landmark Tower (296 m, 70 stories high). In recent years, there is active construction not only of offices, but also residential skyscrapers.
The Big City Morning Rush Hour
Most companies in Japan start between 8:30 and 9:30 AM, so stations and trains in large cities with concentrated populations such as Tokyo and Osaka are crowded with commuters between 7:00 and 9:00 AM. It is recommended that tourists avoid using public transportation during these hours.