Osaka is a big city that has one of the best night views in Japan. Here are 5 recommended spots to enjoy the sight.
1. Shigi Ikoma Skyline Panorama Parking Lot
If you want to see the night view in your car, you have to go to the panorama parking lot part of Shigi Ikoma Skyline. You go through the Ikoma Sanjou tollbooth, and at the first Tenbou Park, you can enjoy the two night views of Osaka and Nara. On the Osaka side, you can see the rivers of light created by the cars driving down the Hanshin Highway Higashi-Osaka Line. On the Nara side, there's a slide that you can use to see, and while it might be a little embarrassing why not try it? It's a great date spot for couples. The beautiful night view will come to you!
2. Umeda Sky Building Kuchu Teien
Umeda Sky Building's Kuchu Teien observatory is a recommended spot to enjoy the night view near Osaka Station. Kuchu Teien is an area built connected to Umeda Sky Building, so you can enjoy a 360 degree view. When you gaze at the buildings around Umeda and the lit-up bridges, you'll feel like you're flying in the sky. The Sky Walk on the rooftop is covered in luminous stone that glow at night so you'll feel as though you're taking a walk on the Milky Way. The entire building was the only building in Japan chosen by a famous British magazine as one of the top 20 buildings in the world, so please don't miss enjoying the building's beautiful architecture.
3. Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building
The Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building has an observatory deck that was built specifically to enjoy the night view so it's definitely a spot you should check out. First you ride the see-through elevator, an experience that makes you feel as though you're gradually heading towards the sky to the 52nd floor. There you ride a 42m escalator to the 53rd floor, which is an observatory floor that has a 360 degree view of Osaka. The huge panorama allows you to see as far as Kobe, so this place will definitely give you some of the best memories of your trip to Japan! This is a perfect spot for seeing the night view but it's surprisingly little-known so it isn't crowded on weekdays. This may be the perfect spot for people who want to leisurely enjoy the night view.
4. Abeno Harukas Harukas 300
Abeno Harukas is Japan's tallest building as of March 2016. Harukas 300 is the observatory on the top floor. Since it's the tallest building in Japan you can look down on major buildings like Tsutenkaku and Osaka Dome, and you'll feel as though Osaka's night view belongs to only you. Also, near the windows there's a glass floor so you can enjoy the sensation as though you're walking in the sky. For those of you that want to go outside of the observatory floor, there's the heliport tour. It's a little scary, but enjoying the view while feeling the wind is a unique experience! Usually on the weekends you'll have to line up to get in, so those who want to sightsee efficiently should go on a weekday.
5. Osaka International Airport La Sora
For people who are flying domestically within Japan, the observatory deck La Sora in Osaka International Airport is a recommended spot! It's within the airport, so it's great that you can sightsee without wasting time thanks to traveling. La Sora is Japan's biggest observation deck at 400m long, and offers a special sight of the lit-up runways and parked airplanes tangled with the faraway lights of the city. There are tables and chairs so you can enjoy the view with a drink in one hand. Of course, it's beautiful during dusk as well, so even if you don't have time for the night view you should still check it out.
Osaka has such a gorgeous night view that it deserves special mention. If you have the chance, why not add going to see the night view to your itinerary? If you're staying at a high-rise hotel or visiting tall buildings, you might be able to find a night view of your very own.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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