World's Highest Escalator and Amazing Vista of Osaka at Kuchu Teien Observatory in Umeda Sky Building

The Kuchu Teien Observatory is located on the top floor of the Umeda Sky Building which happens to be a city landmark. The 40 floors structure is 173 meters high and was completed in March 1993. It consists of two 40-story towers (Tower East and Tower West) that are connected at the top by the circular observation deck and long see-through escalator tube which happened to be the World's highest escalator that is crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center. The V-shape that you see at the top of the building are the two escalators. (see photo above)



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Observatory admission ticket for adults is ¥1,500 (Persons with disabilities: ¥750), and children ages 4-12 years old are ¥700 (Persons with disabilities: ¥350). (Price as of June 2021.) Free entrance for children under 4. It takes you to the glass-enclosed area and the rooftop corridor called "Sky Walk" for an open-air 360-panoramic view of the city of Osaka. If you're afraid of heights, there are also chairs and glass counters by the window that you can relax, or have some takeout snacks at Cafe Sky 40 while admiring the amazing vista of the city and the surrounding area.

For lovers, you can purchase an engraved heart lock in the colors gold, red and pink and attached it to the padlock fence called "Fence of Vows" at the Lumi Deck on the 39th floor. Please note padlocks are available after 7 pm only.  

You can also get the ticket set to Kuchu Teien Observatory and Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum for ¥2,000 where you can immerse yourself in the world of art. (Price as of June 2021.)  The short remarkable 3-D image film was a new experience for me. The museum is in Tower West of the Umeda Sky Building. You cannot get to the museum from Tower East, which leads to the Kuchu Teien Observatory.


Umeda Sky Building is just too far to walk especially on an extremely hot afternoon from Umeda station. But I like that the place is not as touristy as other attractions and you can stay however long you want.


Observatory admission is 9:30am-10:30pm daily, last admission 10pm. Umeda Sky Building is located in Oyodonaka, Kita-Ku, Osaka, Japan.

Note: This was my experience before the pandemic. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, various facilities around Japan may change their operating days or hours. In addition, some events may be canceled or postponed. Please check official facilities or websites for the latest updates, information, and admission fees..

Toodles, until next time,
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