That afternoon we made our way to the famous Umeda Sky Building (梅田スカイビル). The futuristic building is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Osaka. Its 2 main towers are connected at the top by a huge viewing platform named ‘Floating Garden Observatory’. We are of course here for the panoramic view and since entrance fee is included in Osaka Unlimited Pass. Otherwise, it will be 700 JPY (S$8.60) per adult.
From the ground, the huge observation deck looks like a spacecraft which had landed directly on top of the twin towers. Or some might say a super tall Arc de Triomphe.
We proceed to the lift which took us straight to the 35th floor, about 140 meters above ground.
Next is a space-tunnel style escalator which leads us to the main reception area of Floating Garden Observatory. The scary part is the thought of these escalators supported only at both ends, with nothing between it and the ground some 170 meters below.
It’s almost like we are ‘floating’ in the air. How cool/ scary is that??
The circular observatory deck was empty that afternoon. We almost had the whole place to ourselves. There is the usual café and souvenirs shop but the main attraction is definitely the great view of Osaka. Very nice!
The couple seats provide a nice experience to enjoy the view from behind the glass.
Also, the very cool looking dark room and the super duper nice picture on the wall.
The surrounding view is just so darn nice. If ONLY it’s not all gloomy and rainy that day. We then decided to park our butts at one the chairs to have some desserts.
The View From Floating Garden Observatory
Thereafter, we made our way to the roof of the observation deck. Strangely enough, I see no green up here. Isn’t this supposed to be a Floating Garden? Concrete garden maybe…but who cares since the unobstructed 360-degree viewing experience is awesome!!
It’s really amazing to be up here. The only problem is the cold wind. Gosh, standing in the open with a gust of wind rushing pass is no joking manner. It’s so damn cold that my knees were hurting. I quickly took some pictures and take cover in the sheltered area. I salute the security guard braving the wind while patrolling around the open-air observation deck.
And finally, Mr Osaka lights up and elevate its charm to the next level. The night scenery is really breathtaking and knees hurting at the same time…the wind had also up its coldness by few notches. I would have stayed longer if not for that.