Umeda Sky Building
Outline of Umeda Sky Building
The city of Osaka is recognized, together with Tokyo, as one of the most modern cities in the world. As one of the best examples of artistic beauty with state-of-the-art technology, there is the “Umeda Sky Building” tower, a short distance from Osaka station.
The building consists of two equal towers of 40 floors connected at its highest part with bridges and a moving staircase crossing the wide central atrium. The building crowns a 54 by 54 meter platform, perforated in its center by a glazed ring.
The tower was designed by Hiroshi Hara, who also designed the Kyoto station.
The tower has a cinema, an art gallery, a clinic, restaurants and shops, although it’s main attraction is the observatory called the Floating Garden.
To reach the roof of the building it is necessary to climb in an elevator 40 floors. There visitors can buy tickets to enjoy the observatory and, continue through a transparent stairs that lead to the floor of the observatory itself.
The observatory has two floors. One is totally inside the building. It has works of art, restaurants and a fresh atmosphere to recreate. The second floor is completely outdoors and offers a 360 degree view of the entire city of Osaka.
One of the best moments to visit the Tower is at sunset, when you see the entire city change colors and illuminate at night, a must-see visual spectacle.
Nostalgic Takimi Koji Alley
But, in the Umeda Sky Building, everything is not futuristic but you can also enjoy a walk through an alley anchored in the Taisho period (1912-1926) of Japan.
On the B1 floor of the building is the “Takimi Koji” alley where modernity and nostalgia meet. Replicating the Japanese urban landscape of the 1920s, this culinary alley is gaining popularity among tourists as a gourmet place to savor food and experience the atmosphere of Osaka.
Umeda Sky Building is one of the symbols of the city of Osaka being a visit highly recommended for its importance to residents, along with its beauty, magenousness and history.
Watching a sunset at the viewpoint is an extraordinary experience that should not be missed.
From Osaka (JR Line), Osaka-Umeda (Hankyu Line) and Umeda (Osaka Subway) station
Adult 1,500 yen, 4-year to Elementary student 700yen
From 9:30 to 22:30 (last entry 22:00)