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Enoshima Tower in Kamakura, Japan
Enoshima Tower in Kamakura, Japan
Miki Yabuki

TOKYO — A growing number of Japanese are climbing the emergency staircases of high-rise buildings and towers recreationally, both for the views they can enjoy from the lofty structures and for the heart-pumping exercise.

Climbing events held at such structures offer access to stairways that are normally closed to the public. On Nov. 14, at the Kaikyo Yume Tower in Shimonoseki that overlooks the Kanmon Straits, participants in one event climbed 650 stairs. It was first held in 2000 in the hopes of giving local residents a chance to enjoy the tower. Climbers use the emergency staircase to ascend from the fourth floor to the observatory on the 28th floor.

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