“Umeda Sky Building” is close to Japan Railway Osaka Station and has been featured in travel magazines around the world and is now a very popular spot for foreign tourists. The “Kuchu Teien Observatory” (Aerial Garden Observatory) where you can enjoy the beautiful exterior and open-air view without roofs and windows attracts attention, but in fact it is packed with hidden interesting spots such as green walls and Showa retro streets.
Introducing how to access Kuchu Teien Observatory in Umeda Sky Building in Osaka. The Kuchu Teien Observatory in Umeda Sky Building is located just a short distance from Japan Railway Osaka Station and Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Umeda Station. The Grand Front Osaka complex is directly connected to the station, and the Umeda Sky Building is located across the underpass from the west side.
Umeda Sky Building is a 40-story building with a height of 173 meters. It has a special shape called a connected high-rise building that connects only the upper two floors. Recently, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands has become a popular tourist attraction with a huge pool on three buildings. However, Umeda Sky Building was already built 20 years ago, and at that time it became a hot topic as the world’s first connected high-rise building.
The outstanding appearance and construction method became a hot topic overseas, and it was introduced in overseas media. Later, it was recognized by foreign tourists and overseas architects, and foreign tourists accounted for about 75% of recent visitors.
Go up to the 35th floor where there is a ticket office in the aerial garden, and take a 360-degree panoramic elevator to get to the tube-type see-through escalator. Take the see-through escalator to the aerial garden entrance on the 39th floor. You can feel the uplifting feeling toward the sky, as if you were sucked into a spaceship.
On the south side of the 40th floor is the “City View” area where you can see the skyscrapers. When the sun falls, the neon lights of the skyscrapers begin to shine, and it looks as if diamonds are scattered. It seems to express the excitement and happiness that can only be experienced here on the logo of the garden.
As you can see, the aerial garden attracts people and many people come to Umeda Sky Building to visit here. However, the aerial garden is not the only attraction of Umeda Sky Building.
On the first basement floor of Tower East, there is a retro cafeteria “Takimi Koji” that reproduces the streets of Showa. There are many people passing by because it is in the basement of Umeda Sky Building, but not only the retro cityscape but also the restaurants are quite delicious. Not only Osaka’s specialty “Kushikatsu” and “okonomiyaki”, but also “Ramen” and “Indian curry” are not related to Osaka. However, the inside of the store is modeled after the cafeteria of Showa. There are also Inari Shrines, which are decorated with exhibits that make you feel the Showa atmosphere, making it a spot for tourists to enjoy.
There are many other attractions in Umeda Sky Building. If you are traveling as a couple, it is recommended to visit in the evening and see the night view from the sunset. Umeda Sky Building will be one of the pleasures to enjoy fireworks in the summer and walks to the aerial garden. Please enjoy the spectacular view of Osaka at the aerial garden in Umeda Sky Building.
Arc de Triomphe of the future
There are huge buildings like Arc de Triomphe in the “Osaka North Area” around JR Osaka Station, private railway and Umeda station of subway. This is Osaka Umeda’s landmark “Umeda Sky Building”. This is the best view from the “Kuchu Teien Tenbodai” (The Floating Garden Observatory) which is capable of going outdoors with its unique shaping, it is very popular among tourists from overseas as well as from domestic.
It was almost as if it was “Arc de Triomphe of the future”, and it was ranked only among the Japanese buildings in “the top 20 of the world’s architecture” selected by a British famous information magazine in 2008. It is a connected skyscraper with a height of 173 meters connecting two buildings on the east and west with 40 floors above ground and 2 underground story. It is a complex that combines entertainment elements such as offices, showrooms and event halls, observation decks and restaurants, movie theaters in shops, and more.
The 40th indoor observation floor which is about 170 meters above the ground, the walls in the north-south direction are glazed from the ceiling to the feet. Even when it is hard to get out on the roof with a strong wind, you can sit down in the chair and enjoy the scenery slowly.
On the upper floor of the 40th observation floor there is the “Sky Walk” roof gallery with a height of 173 meters. The Sky Walk is a corridor that surrounds the round hole in the middle of the Floating Garden. This boasts the highest in Osaka as an observation platform that can go outdoors. There is rare opportunity to feel the wind of a sky of 173 meters above the ground and see the view of 360 degrees.
Also, looking up at night Sky Building from the ground, the light around the hole in the air garden is very impressive. A building designer says, “This hole imaged the trace where the spaceship flew away.” There is also a different force from daytime.
One of The 20 Buildings to Represent the World
The “Umeda Sky Building” with the floating garden is known worldwide for its dynamic and outstanding figure. In 2008, it was introduced in the British newspaper “THE TIMES” as the “building of 20 to represent the world” with Taj Mahal and the Sagrada Familia, and it is also recognized by the foreign tourists and overseas architects, it has been attracting attention as an Osaka landmark to visit.
“The Floating Garden Observatory” is a superb view spot that is approximately 170m above the ground to be able to look around cityscape of Osaka to Awajishima.
“The Umeda sky building” affectionately known as “The Triumphal Arch of Naniwa” is neo-futuristic skyscraper of two connections to soar in the city center of Osaka.
100 Selections of Japanese Setting Sun
In the only open type roof observation deck in Japan opening upward to the sky, 360-degree sky panorama extend before your eyes. You can enjoy the splendid view of the town of Osaka like the beautiful setting sun which is chosen as “100 selections of Japanese setting sun” and the night view of 1 million dollars.
Cafe & Shop
There are the “Cafe sky 40” where you can relax slowly while enjoying beautiful scenery from the observation deck located on the 40th floor, and the “Shop sky 39” assorting a stock of the souvenir of the specialty of Osaka including original goods located on the 39th floor.
Information(Access, Price/Charge, Tel, Address, Official site, etc.)
|Kuchu Teien Tenbodai (The Floating Garden Observatory)
|Oyodonaka 1-1-88 Kita-ku, Osaka 531-6039 Japan
|JR Tokaido-sen line "Osaka-eki Station” (13 minutes walk)
|1,500 yen (Adult: Junior High and High School Students or Upper)
700 yen (4years Old or Upper)
Free (3years Old or Under)
Please refer the official web page.