Umeda Sky Building
Umeda Sky Building
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  • Leanne Culina-Penza
    Sydney, Australia808 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of Osaka
    The building offers wonderful 360 degree views from its viewing platform. It was also lovely that you could view from outside or within an enclosed level. We went just before sunset, which is ideal as you can see the city both in the light and dark, all in one visit. There is a café where you can purchase meals and a range of beverages, so it is easy to sit back and just take in the view for however long you may like.
    Visited September 2023
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Mark
    Queenstown, New Zealand3,039 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    Spectacular views from a spectacular building, when you get there take the elevator to the top then take the escalator to second highest level, have a walk around and take in the stunning views of Osaka, walk around, maybe have a drink or something to snack on, then climb the stairs or take the elevator to the top of the building where there’s an outside observation walk with breathtaking views. There is a souvenir shop to browse through with lots of things that may interest you. My favourite part of the exhibition is the information room which not only has descriptions of the building sequence in English, Chinese and Korean but best of all is the short 10-minute video which shows the lifting of the top structure with 4 cranes, the structure weighed 1040 tonnes and took 7 hours to lift into place, this is the first time for this practice to be used, I thoroughly recommend spending the time reading the information and watching the video, when you finish at the top be sure to walk around the beautiful garden oasis, it was fascinating to find a serene place like this in the middle of this huge metropolis, be sure to look for the vivid coloured carp that wait for you with mouth's open hoping for a snack. I hope you enjoy this magnificent structure as much as I did.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 6, 2023
  • Bobbie W
    Warwick, Rhode Island1,694 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible structure!
    This is a must see structure! It was absolutely fascinating to see/read just how it was built. It’s something like 49 floors up (picture a football field, lengthwise and then add to it. That’s how high it is. From most floors you can see the surrounding buildings, which is amazing in and of itself. One floor has a gift gallery and an area to get refreshments. They even showed a machine roasting the coffee beans and then grinding them. Coffee is strong, but delicious. Plenty of other refreshments as well.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written October 10, 2023
  • ZenDark30
    Portland, Oregon4,262 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    37th Floor View
    While you can pay for the outdoor view from the 40th floor we opened to stop at the 37th and save the entrance fee yen. Therefore we can’t comment on the paid view. However our view was well worth the elevator ride. There’s a souvenir shop where you an peek through and see what I think you see from the top. It was an easy walk from the Westin hotel and not much further from the JR station.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 15, 2023
  • Jesper
    Copenhagen, Denmark9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand view of Osaka and its surroundings
    Excellent view of Osaka City and the surrounding areas from the top floor of Umeda Sky Building! The task of processing the many visiting tourists was very effective and quick and with no more than maximum 10 minutes of waiting between the main lobby and the top floor! Although there seem to be a couple of other very tall buildings in Osaka available I had only time for one of them on this occasion. And I think I made a good choice with a grand sunset view from the top floor, particularly towards the river and even the sea beyond...! The general architecture of this building is very interesting, I think.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written February 16, 2024
  • Wood77
    Los Angeles, California3,287 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What A View!
    Umeda Sky Building/Kuchu-Teien Observatory is a renowned landmark building in Osaka recognized amongst the top 20 architectures in the world. The first two towers were initially built and then a center Floating Garden Observatory was hoisted up and tied into the two towers. There is an admission charge. A quick ride up the elevator and then take a long escalator, highest in the world, to the lower enclosed observation deck. You can walk up the stairs or take an elevator to the upper open-air observatory where you can see panoramic 360 degree view of Osaka. The gift shop in the enclosed observation deck sells heart shape engraved love locks that couples can lock them in a designated spot in the upper observatory. We’re told that now you have to buy and order the love lock in advance.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written February 19, 2024
  • WorldTravellerSoon
    Canada378 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing observation deck
    It is free to enter the building. We use the Osaka Amazing Pass to access the observation deck for free. It is a 20-min walk from Umeda Station. We also went to an art museum which is included in the Amazing Pass. The exhitbition was interesting. There are a restaurants at the basement level. We tried ramen at one of them. It was average.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 27, 2024
  • Merryheart
    Singapore, Singapore6,597 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Osaka’s landmark
    This is Osaka’s most well-known landmark. There are two 40 stories towers which are interconnected with glass panels with an escalator. The top of the building has a unique circular ring structure. The ticket to go up to the observatory is ¥1500 which is cheaper than a lot of other observatories in other big cities. While it has nothing really spectacular, this is a place to tick the box that one has been to Osaka.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 2, 2024
  • Christian M
    Copenhagen, Denmark5,464 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Japan in a Nutshell
    Japan is an indescribable combination of futuristic technology and samurai-like tradition. Umeda Sky Building is a perfect example. In one moment, you're soaring to the heavens in a lightning-fast elevator and strolling on an advanced skywalk. The next moment, you can sit and meditate in a peaceful garden behind the building with greenery and beautiful, ancient stones.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 17, 2024
  • Nicole C
    Brisbane, Australia188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful view!
    Great views, well priced, easy line up process that didn’t take too long. Only thing is I wish we were told when buying tickets that the locks had to be pre ordered. We had no idea and then when we arrived we couldn’t order a lock to put on the wall. However view was amazing and definitely worth the trip!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 18, 2024
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James W
Buffalo, NY4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Pretty good. One of the nicest observation decks I've been on. I appreciate that there wasn't a heap of sale propaganda shoved in my face throughout, like other observation decks. This one is more sleek and classy.
I gave it 4 stars because it was hard to find once near and in the building. There was very little to no English signage, which is handy for a tourist attraction.
Written July 12, 2024
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Gustavo Barros
Sao Paulo, SP36 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
I liked the experience of climbing onto the terraces of the buildings to have a view, we went at sunset and it was really beautiful, that moment stayed in my memory, the line to go up at that time is really full, but nothing too scary to put off those who don't have much time.
Written July 4, 2024
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Kathy G
Tucson, AZ37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This structure is amazing, access to the top via escalator 'tubes' ... offering 360* views of Osaka at your feet. Great stop.
Written June 19, 2024
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MCC
South West England, UK551 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Arriving at Umeda Sky Building’s Kuchu Teien Observatory a lift takes you to 35th floor, from here you pass along the see-through, tunnel-like lift from the 35th floor to the 39th floor Sky Lobby. It’s quite a hairy ride that prepares you for the jaw-dropping views from the top. 39th floor houses a restaurant and bar as well as shops. On 40th floor there is a gallery and a café where you you can take in the scenery from the floor-to-ceiling windows. Finally on the top floor is The Sky Walk on the rooftop at 173 metres (590 feet) above ground. The observation deck is on the highest floor of two connected skyscrapers. The circular walkway lets you enjoy a full 360-degree panorama of the Osaka skyline. Here you can see the Yodo River flowing into Osaka Bay. On clear days, you can even spot Awaji Island and Mt Rokko in the distance. Immediately around you is the downtown district of Kita and Umeda, with its modern architecture. Truly stunning views.
Written June 11, 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Located several blocks form my hotel, I passed this attraction while walking from my hotel to the Osaka Station during my 4-day stay in Osaka.I noted people walking towards it and did not know that it is an attraction.

Entrance fee is 1,500 yen or about $10.00. I used the escalators to reach the Reception area where the entrance fees are paid. To go up the Viewing area, we took the elevator and several escalators. To go further up, one has to use the stairs. Nice viewing areas here, to see Osaka and its various neighborhoods, bridges, etc.

There is a Gift Shop, small museum,restaurants in the building. Some exhibits also explain the architects’ vision about the buildings. Outside, there are some gardens to visit, some fountains too.
Written April 29, 2024
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annette m
Newcastle, Australia186 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We purchased the Osaka pass and this was included. We got there just before sunset and luckily didn't have to pay anything additional. I chose this one over the other building offering views because of the escalator and unique architecture. We enjoyed the view and waited for sunset as well as the novelty and also as it was getting ready for Xmas there were decorations on the 39th floor. We stayed for a couple of hours. It was quite a hike to get there from Umeda Station as there was much construction going on in the surrounds. We later went for dinner at a ramen place near an undercover street near there which was buzzing. Glad we went there and tend to only pick one place per city to look at the view.
Written April 28, 2024
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CAG63
Brisbane, Australia260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Architecturally this building is amazing. 170m and 40 floors. There is a shop, cafe and viewing area on the 39th floor and then you walk up another flight to go onto the outside deck. Great view of Osaka despite some fog. We enjoyed both the escalators up and down. There is also a quaint area in the basement with restaurants, all made to look like an old street.
Written April 18, 2024
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Nicole C
Brisbane, Australia188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Great views, well priced, easy line up process that didn’t take too long.
Only thing is I wish we were told when buying tickets that the locks had to be pre ordered. We had no idea and then when we arrived we couldn’t order a lock to put on the wall. However view was amazing and definitely worth the trip!
Written April 18, 2024
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,464 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Japan is an indescribable combination of futuristic technology and samurai-like tradition. Umeda Sky Building is a perfect example.

In one moment, you're soaring to the heavens in a lightning-fast elevator and strolling on an advanced skywalk.

The next moment, you can sit and meditate in a peaceful garden behind the building with greenery and beautiful, ancient stones.
Written April 17, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand4,208 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Unique design for a building, especially with the glass escalators leading to the observation deck. The building has won various architectural awards. Worth a visit, especially if free with the Osaka Amazing Pass.
Written April 14, 2024
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