Translated by Lester Somera
A Superb View Of Osaka City At Night: The Umeda Sky Building
Written by Atsuko Yagura
A look at one of Osaka's quintessential landmark spots - Umeda Sky Building. The wonderful view from above is reason enough to visit this amazing spot on your trip to Osaka.
The Umeda Sky Building, an Osaka landmark, is guaranteed to appear in any Kansai guidebook. You can get to this recommended spot within ten minutes on foot from Osaka Station.
A Design Sense That Rivals Famous World Buildings
An east tower and west tower, connected on the top floor, make up the Umeda Sky Building.
The building has such a unique design that it was selected by the Times, the famous English newspaper, as one of the top 20 buildings in the world. You might be slightly taken aback that the Umeda Sky Building is spoken of in the same breath as the Parthenon in Athens and Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia.
Get a Panoramic 360 Degree Aerial View from the Floating Garden Observatory
There is an observatory on the rooftop where you can get a sweeping view of the entire sky. Feel the refreshing breeze as you gaze out at the bright lights of the Osaka skyscrapers and the Yodogawa River.
On a clear day, you can even see the world’s longest suspension bridge, the Akashi Kaikyo. We also recommend seeing the sunset for yourself, as the sky gradually goes scarlet; try to line up your visit with the “magic hour” as dusk turns to night.
Plenty of Space to Relax
On the 40th floor, there is a cafe where you can relax, as well as window-facing chairs and sofas where you can stretch your legs and enjoy the scenery. This space is linked to the gallery, and you can spend as much time as you like in this comfortable spot.
A Special Spot for Lovers
The Lumi Sky Walk is inlaid with luminous stones, making it seem as though you are walking down a divine river. Inscribe your names into a memorial “heart lock,” and spend some spectacularly romantic time with your beloved on one of the benches, gazing down at Osaka at night.
It’s a little embarrassing to write, but the Umeda Sky Building is not just a high place to enjoy the scenery; you can thoroughly immerse yourself in the worldview that the entire building produces.
A Window into the Past at the Underground Restaurant Area, Takimikoji
Takimikoji, located on the first floor basement level, has a distinct Showa-era feel, with places which serve classic Osaka dishes like kushikatsu and okonomiyaki. After enjoying the night view, savor some delicious food in this atmospheric restaurant area.
At the Umeda Sky Building, you can delight in the view and night scenery of the Umeda Sky as you relax in a comfortable atmosphere. The Building can be fully enjoyed on a day trip, so by all means, stop by.
Umeda Sky Building, Floating Garden Observatory
Address: Osaka, Kita, Oyodonaka, 1-1-88 Umeda Sky Building
Closed: No fixed holidays, but may close for inspections
Wi-Fi: Yes (Osaka Free Wi-Fi available)
Credit Cards: VISA, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, Diners
Nearest Station: Umeda Station (Hankyu Line), nine minutes on foot from the Chayamachi exit; Osaka (JR Line), seven minutes on foot from the north central exit; Umeda Station (municipal subway), nine minutes on foot from exit 5
Other Languages: Some spoken English; website available in English, Chinese, and Korean
Fee: 700 yen (adults), 500 yen (JHS students or people over 65), 300 yen (elementary school students)
Website: Hanging Garden Observatory