At 234 metres, the Fukuoka Tower is the tallest seaside tower in Japan (though I’m not sure how many other seaside towers there are as competition) and is the symbol of Fukuoka. The Tower was completed in 1989, having taken 14 months to build at a cost of 6 billion yen, and is supposed to be designed to withstand magnitude 7 earthquakes (the strongest earthquake recorded to date in Fukuoka is magnitude 6). At ground level, you can look up and see the hollow central shaft above. The lift to the 5th floor observation deck (123m above ground) takes about 70 seconds. There is an excellent view from this deck, and plenty of information boards to identify landmarks.