Osaka: Umeda Sky Building

Umeda Sky Building

Umeda Sky Building is one of the unique building in Japan I have ever seen. Completed in 1993, the building consists of two 40-story towers. If you have been to Kyoto, Umeda Sky Building was designed by the same architect for Kyoto Station, Hara Hiroshi. I took the train to Osaka Station, which is just 10-minute walk (North Central Exit) to the building.

Umeda Sky Building

This is a must-visit for those with an interest or appreciation of architecture.

Different views of the Floating Garden Observatory.

Floating Garden Observatory

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Entrance to the observation deck is via the East Tower to the 35th floor.

Umeda Sky Building

The iconic escalator tube to the 39th floor.

Ticket Counter @ Level 39

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I headed I up in the late afternoon and in time to catch the sunset. Best if you can do a rain check before heading up to the observatory.

Opening Hours: 9.30am – 10.30pm
Adult: ¥1500 | Child: ¥700

Floating Garden Observatory (Kuchu-Teien) @ Level 40

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You will not find green lawns, flowers or trees here but there were plenty of spots to sit down and admire the view of Osaka City.

Sky 40 Cafe

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Perfect spot to have a drink while admiring the city views.


View of the Yodo River.

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Plane spotting.

Sky Walk Rooftop

Umeda Sky Building

A ring-like observation deck, the Sky Walk allows you to walk to view 360 degrees views of Osaka City.

Fence of Vows

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Similar to N Seoul Tower, this a popular spot for couples as well.

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Garden in the clouds.

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Umeda Sky Building is highly recommended for its architecture and spectacular views.

Umeda Sky Building

By Train: Osaka Station or Umeda Station,

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