This tower has been an iconic landmark of Osaka since its construction in 1912. The design was inspired by the Arch of Triumph and the Eiffel Tower, for Paris was the model for this area's urban planning. It was the highest structure in the East at that time, standing at 64m. The current 103m-high tower was erected in 1956.
On the fifth floor of the observatory sits a statue of the tower's mascot Billiken. This elf-like creature with a naughty smile is a god of prosperity that is believed to endow a good fortune if you rub the soles of his feet. Nearly a million people visit here annually for good views of Osaka.
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Airport/Sta.Osaka International Airport (about 16.6km) Google Transit
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4.0in the last week
Like Blackpool Tower only cool and Japanese. Great at night as one of the floors is lit up in 80’s lights with music. The fixtures around the building are so retro (like the elevator) and there’s an amazing diorama of Osaka. Well worth the entrance fee. Great view, too!
4.0a week ago
Nice place to go to get an overview of the city. I went there on a late afternoon and it was really nice with the sunset. There's a few store inside to buy souvenirs and also a museum telling the story of the tower. There might be a little wait time to get to the top but with all the things going on around, time goes by fast.
3.0in the last week
Main attraction is billiken and its monkey performance before going to the top floor. If those two does not attract you then it's probably not worth your time and money. The view of the tower from below during nightfall is quite eye catching tho
1.0a month ago
If you like being pushed through one novelty and souvenir shop after another before waiting for the next line to go up or down just to get a nice view over Osaka, this is for you. If you have the awesome pass, you can go up for free otherwise it's an horrendous 700 yen. To get to the special observatory area outside it's another 500 yen (200 with awesome pass).
Do not recommend at all, even if it were free.
4.04 months ago
This is a tourist trap..........I say this in the most positive way I can. I actually enjoyed the experience here. As with practically all other tourist places in Osaka, there is very little English and there are lots of things to purchase. This is a pretty cool place to take either the kids or your grandmother and grandfather. I would recommend this as a really easy place to go that is pretty interesting. There are also a ton of uniquely Japanese stores at the base of the tower.