Minato Ward to protect few remaining views of Tokyo Tower

posted on January 20, 2016

Tokyo's Minato Ward is taking steps to ensure that high-rises do not obliterate the few remaining views of the much-loved Tokyo Tower.

The Minato Ward Office has drawn up detailed regulations to protect five vistas in which the 333-meter tower can be seen in its entirety, as part of moves to update the ward’s zoning policy.

The new rules, to go into effect in April, will protect five “vantage points” from which the tower can be seen in its entirety.

They are located a few hundred meters east of the tower, and include a spot near the bell tower on the Zojoji Temple premises. Another is the center of Shiba Park.

The ward has designated an area of a little more than 1 sq. kilometer around the tower as a zone where special building restrictions apply.

From April, people building new structures or renovating existing ones will have to report their plans to the ward if the height exceeds 15 meters in residential areas or 25 meters elsewhere. Currently buildings up to 31 meters do not require scrutiny.

source by japantimes
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