Another spot in Osaka that Mr. Misadventures was interested in taking photos from was the famous Umeda Sky Building. In the morning we visited the very unique Namba Parks buildings, but Umeda Sky Building is a whole other animal.
The building consists of two 40-story towers that are connected with each other by the “Floating Garden Observatory” on the 39th floor at the top with bridges and an escalator crossing the atrium in the center. It is scary looking, to say the least, although the website claims superior safety!
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Although the building can be reached via an underground passage that starts just north of both Osaka and Umeda stations. We took the subway to Herbis Plaza, a giant luxury shopping center so that we could see the Umeda Sky Building as we approached it.
Once we got to the base of the two buildings (there was a really fun marché de Noël/Christmas market going on) looking up made you think about whether you really want to go to the top!
But up we went once we found the right entrance! Here is a shot of the escalators that go up and down that start at the 39th Floor. The distance between the 39th and 40th floors where the observatory is located is significant. (Not meant for people with vertigo!)
But once you make it up and get through the crowds on the inside who are there to drink a cocktail as the sun sets, the view is spectacular, both inside where the mirrored windows reflect the sunlight.
And the view of the city is spectacular.
Totally worth the climb. Once you are back down on the ground, if you go below the towers, you'll find Takimi-koji Alley, a market street full of restaurants (especially udon) and izakaya joints.
For additional daytime photos of the Umeda Sky Building as well as Takimi-koji Alley, check out this great album by JPellgen on Flickr.
Umeda Sky Building
Address: 1-1-88, Oyodonaka, Kita-ku (Umeda District), Osaka
Public transportation: Eight-minute walk from JR Osaka Station, Subway Umeda station, and Hankyu Umeda Station.
After our visit, we crossed back over to the Herbis Plaza and had fun taking photos of this street nearby awash in a yellow glow.
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Author Bio: Andi Fisher
Yes, I am a francophile, but after that, I love Japan, especially the food! I have been to Tokyo many times, and spent 2 weeks in Kyoto and a week in Osaka exploring and eating!