Are you ready to elevate your Osaka experience to new heights and get a bird’s eye view of Japan’s second-largest metropolis?
Look no further than the city’s mesmerizing and impressive collection of observation decks and Ferris wheels. These aerial viewpoints offer a bird’s eye view of Osaka’s vibrant skyline, iconic landmarks, and picturesque surroundings.
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting many of these decks and wheels in the sky and I’m excited to share with you my top picks for the most breathtaking ones.
Umeda Sky Building
Imagine standing 39 stories high, surrounded by a 360-degree panorama of Osaka’s glittering skyline, including the majestic Osaka Castle. The Umeda Sky Building’s observation deck is not only a visual feast, but it also comes equipped with telescopes, allowing you to zoom in on the city’s sights. A must-see stop on any Osaka itinerary.
Abeno Harukas is an observation deck with a stunning 360-degree view of Osaka and its surrounding areas. Located in the tallest building in Japan, Abeno Harukas stands at 300 meters tall.
At night, the lights make for a beautiful spectacle as they twinkle against the dark sky – perfect for taking photos or just enjoying some peaceful time away from daily hustle and bustle.
During the day, visitors can take advantage of the incredible visibility to get a good look at Osaka’s landmarks. From up here you can spot iconic places like Tsutenkaku Tower and Dotonbori Shopping Street in no time!
The observation deck is also filled with interactive activities for kids – from virtual reality experiences that let them explore outer space or dive deep into an underwater adventure to playing games on huge projection screens. There are many other things too such as souvenir shops and restaurants so there really isn’t any chance of getting bored while visiting Abeno Harukas.
And for an added thrill, the deck features a glass floor, providing a vertigo-inducing perspective of the bustling streets below.
Tsutenkaku Tower is a must-see landmark of Osaka. Standing tall at 103 meters, Tsutenkaku was built in 1912 and has been an iconic symbol of the city ever since. The tower itself looks like something out of a fairytale with its unique octagonal shape topped by two golden spheres.
Inside the tower, visitors can explore numerous attractions such as a viewing platform with panoramic views of Osaka and an interactive museum that showcases interesting facts about the city. For those looking for something different, Tsutenkaku is also home to some unique shops selling souvenirs and traditional Japanese snacks.
At night time, Tsutenkaku comes alive in all its illuminated glory – making it one of Osaka’s best spots for evening photography! As if that wasn’t enough reason to visit this famous landmark – there are even rumors of mysterious spirit living within the octagonal walls… so who knows, maybe you’ll even meet him on your next visit.
Take in the historical significance of Hideyoshi’s old home sweet home, Osaka Castle from a new perspective at the castle’s top-floor observation deck. The view from the castle, including its surrounding moats and gardens, is truly a sight to behold.
Imagine yourself standing on top of this medieval structure, surrounded by the castle’s rich history and beautiful greenery, with a backdrop of modern skyscrapers.
Tempozan Ferris Wheel
Located in the popular Tempozan Harbor Village, the Tempozan Ferris Wheel is a must-visit attraction in Osaka. Standing at a towering 112 meters, it offers stunning views of Osaka Bay, the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, and on a clear day, even as far as Awaji Island.
The wheel also features a variety of gondolas, including the romantic “Couple Gondola” and the family-friendly “Family Gondola” making it perfect for all ages and occasions.
Redhorse Osaka Wheel
The Redhorse Osaka Wheel is a newer addition to the city’s Ferris wheel scene, but it’s quickly become a popular spot. Standing at 100 meters high, the wheel offers a panoramic view of the city, including the nearby Osaka Castle and the bustling Umeda area.
The wheel also features a variety of gondolas, including the “Sky Deck Gondola” which offers an open-air viewing experience.
Expoland Ferris Wheel
For a unique Ferris wheel experience, head to Expand, Osaka’s amusement park. The park’s Ferris wheel stands at a towering 80 meters and offers a view of the park’s attractions and the surrounding area. This wheel is particularly fun for families with children or people who want to take a break from the thrilling rollercoasters and other rides.
Universal Studios Japan Ferris Wheel
For fans of theme parks, Universal Studios Japan is a must-visit attraction in Osaka. The park’s Ferris wheel, located in the Hollywood area, stands at a height of 60 meters and offers a view of the park’s attractions, including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the Minions Park.
It’s a great option to take a break from the rides and catch a glimpse of the park’s attractions from above.
Osaka Station City Ferris Wheel
Located in the heart of Osaka, the Osaka Station City Ferris wheel offers a view of the city’s bustling streets and the nearby Umeda Sky Building. Standing at a height of 50 meters, it’s a perfect option for those looking for a more intimate Ferris wheel experience.
Osaka’s observation decks and Ferris wheels offer an unforgettable way to take in the city’s beauty and landmarks. Each deck offers a distinct perspective and a chance to see the city in a new light.
So don’t just stick to street level, elevate your Osaka experience and make sure to visit some of these must-see observation decks.