A Complete Guide to Osaka’s Umeda Sky Building – Observation Decks, Dining, Cafes, and More!
The Umeda Sky Building is a major landmark of Osaka. Standing at 173 meters tall, its striking figure of two buildings connected by a walkway, resembling a triumphal arch. The beautiful architecture has attracted attention from the whole world. This article will introduce you to all the exciting spots to see, far more than just the observation deck!
- The Umeda Sky Building
- Experience The See-Through Elevators and Escalators
- Gaze At Osaka’s Nighttime Skyline From The Floating Garden Observatory
- Enjoy Gourmet Food at the Takimi Koji Street
- Take a Panoramic Break at cafe SKY 40
The Umeda Sky Building
The Umeda Sky Building is best-known for the Floating Garden Observatory, but more than that it's an entertainment complex featuring shops and restaurants, a movie theatre, offices, and event halls. Its extravagant, majestic presence has given it publicity in newspapers overseas and earned it the title of “a triumphal arch for the future”.
7-minute walk from the North Central Gate of JR Osaka Station
9-minute walk from Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station
9-minute walk from Exit 5 of Osaka Metro’s Umeda Station
Experience The See-Through Elevators and Escalators
The famous Floating Garden Observatory is accessed through the building’s see-through elevators and see-through escalators. Climbing to the top through the vast open space is an almost mystical experience, like ascending into the future.
Gaze At Osaka’s Nighttime Skyline From The Floating Garden Observatory
The observation deck is an excellent place to get a view of Osaka’s skyline at night. Looking out at the sparkling lights of the skyscrapers and at the highways cutting across them captures the feeling of being in a metropolis. It's a special way to spend your time.
〇Hours of Operation
9:30 am - 10:30 pm (Last entry at 10:00 pm)
* Hours over the summer and during the New Year’s period may differ
Adults: 1,500 yen (incl. tax)
Age 4 through elementary school: 700 yen (incl. tax)
Enjoy a 360-Degree Panorama from the Sky Walk!
Even higher than the Floating Garden Observatory is the Sky Walk, the corridor through the sky. You can look out onto the city in all directions from a height of 173 meters. Enjoy the experience of being so far above the city while feeling the wind against your skin!
Illuminations At Your Feet: The Lumi Sky Walk
The Sky Walk at nighttime is another must-see! As the sun sets, the walkway begins to glow in the “Lumi Sky Walk,” creating the impression of floating through the night sky in an inspiring, memorable display.
Swear Your Eternal Love at the “Fence of Vows”
At one corner of the Sky Walk is the “Fence of Vows”, a romantic spot for lovers. While you’re at the Floating Garden Observatory, stop by the Floating Garden Daimyojin and purchase a heart-shaped lock, then once you’re at the fence, proclaim your eternal love for each other to create a romantic moment you’ll never forget.
Enjoy Gourmet Food at the Takimi Koji Street
The Umeda Sky Building isn’t all about the observation decks. On the B1 floor, you’ll find a gourmet area, whose retro feel seeks to recreate the Japan of the olden days. Enjoy the numerous Japanese and Osakan cuisines on offer!
Take a Panoramic Break at cafe SKY 40
cafe SKY 40 offers original coffees and desserts that you can only find here in the building. Take a break while enjoying the superb view!
*An admission ticket to the Floating Garden Observatory is necessary to enter
Enjoy a Drink and a View at the “Stardust” Sky Lounge
On the 39th floor you can find the Stardust restaurant-bar, where you can enjoy a solid selection of alcohol while looking out onto the city. Feel free to stop by and enjoy a single glass. Stardust offers a wide variety of original cocktails that you can’t find anywhere else.
Make Sure to Check the Events Calendar!
The Floating Garden Observatory also features special events: during the summer you can get a superb view of fireworks, while during the winter it’s fully decked-out for Christmas. Make sure to check the calendar in advance!
What do you think? The next time you’re in Osaka, make sure to pay the Umeda Sky Building a visit!
*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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