Floating Garden Observatory (Umeda Sky Building)

Floating Garden Observatory (Umeda Sky Building) © Iry

Umeda Sky Building

The Umeda Sky Building is a pair of skyscrapers connected in midair. The names of the two are the "Tower East" and "Tower West" which both are 173 meters tall with 40 floors. The building, located in Shin-Umeda City, is a land mark of Osaka and at the very top of it there is a floating garden observatory that enables visitors to look at Osaka from any angle. It is not only popular among tourists but also among couples despite the fact that they are charged an entrance fee.

Although the shop hours in the buildings differ respectively, the floating garden observatory is open from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm. However, it should be noted that the entrance closes at 10:00 pm. Also, the opening hours may change depending on the season and events like New Year and Christmas. 

Facility

To reach the entrance of the floating garden observatory, visitors must use the special elevator or escalators that are made to fascinate visitors and allow them to see the wonderful view of Osaka. On the 39th floor, which is also where the entrance is, there is a Chinese restaurant, bar, and café to elegantly enjoy the best food and sights.

At the Umeda Sky Building there are other places to enjoy besides the observatory too. On the first basement level, there is the "Takimi Lane of Restaurants" that imitates the downtown romance of the early Showa Era. There, many Japanese restaurants that serve dishes like Ramen, Kushikatsu, Teppanyaki, Tempura and Sukiyaki are gathered. On the third floor of "Tower East", there is a movie theater which shows famous artistic films from all over the world.

Also at the outdoor space "Wonder Square" which is in between "Tower East" and "Tower West", many festivals, exhibitions, shows, concerts, sales and fairs are conducted by Shin-Umeda City throughout the year. 

Access

Train: The nearest station is JR Osaka Station and Umeda Station of the Osaka City Subway, Hankyu Line and Hanshin Line. It takes 10 to 15 minutes to walk to the building from either station.

Parking: There is a parking lot available from 5:00 am to 12:00 am. It’s for free when only staying less than 15 minutes, but beyond that the fee is 400 yen for the first hour and 100 yen for each additional 15 minutes. The maximum fee for one day is 1,600 yen. The parking lot for motorcycles costs 500 yen per day. 




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Description: Floating Garden Observatory (Umeda Sky Building)

Sights Floating Garden Observatory (Umeda Sky Building) (梅田スカイビル)
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Address 1-1-88 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
大阪府大阪市北区大淀中1-1-88
Phone / Fax Phone: 06-6440-3899
Website
Duration 30Minutes
Business Hours Monday:10:00-22:30 (Last entry by: 22:00)
Tuesday:10:00-22:30 (Last entry by: 22:00)
Wednesday:10:00-22:30 (Last entry by: 22:00)
Thursday:10:00-22:30 (Last entry by: 22:00)
Friday:10:00-22:30 (Last entry by: 22:00)
Saturday:10:00-22:30 (Last entry by: 22:00)
Sunday:10:00-22:30 (Last entry by: 22:00)
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Pay admission: 700yen
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller


Map: Floating Garden Observatory (Umeda Sky Building)