Favorite Places: Umeda Sky Building

Bringing back a little travel feature today because it seems like a good enough idea. Our topic? The Umeda Sky Building! Located a mere 10-minute walk from Osaka-Umeda Station, the Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル) is hands down one of my favorite Osaka attractions. It’s unique and ultra-modern, the seventh-tallest building in the city, and it will give you one of the best city views I’ve ever seen anywhere. No joke.

The Umeda Sky Building from the ground. Also the photo used to make my header.

I talked about my trip to the Umeda Sky Building back in May of last year, when I blogged about my mother and sister visiting me in Japan, but I’ll save you some searching. It’s two forty-storey skyscrapers that connect at the top two floors, with bridges and escalators crossing the center. It’s 173 meters (568 feet) tall and you get to the top by riding most of the way up in a glass elevator before switching to a glass escalator. The rooftop is called the Floating Garden Observatory and, if you pay the entry fee, you’ll get the most amazing 360-degree open-air view of Osaka.

Looking through the glass walls of the escalator.

We went in the early evening, when it was still pretty light out, but it’s open until 10:30 PM and I’ve been told that the sunset view, as well as the night view with all the city lights, are also fantastic. If you find yourself in Kansai, you should check it out! It isn’t a big commitment (we were in and out in about an hour), it’s pretty cheap, and it’s a great way to really see the city. Even my sister, who suffers from severe acrophobia, enjoyed it. You can consider that a ringing endorsement because this is the girl who’s terrified of Ferris wheels. So, if you’re in the market for an interesting sight-seeing experience, definitely add this one to your Osaka itinerary. You won’t regret it.

Whee!

Cost: ¥700 for adults, ¥500 for high school/junior high school students, ¥300 for elementary school students

Hours: 10:00 to 22:30 (last entrance at 22:00)

Access: Exit Osaka-Umeda Station on the Yodobashi Camera side and walk straight towards First Kitchen. At First Kitchen turn left and go straight. You’ll walk through an underpass and the building will be right there. It’s about a 10-minute walk and you can’t miss it.

Address: 1-1-88, Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka

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