One of the most exhilarating experiences at Umeda Sky Building’s Kuchu Teien Observatory is riding the see-through, tunnel-like elevator from the 35th floor to the 39th floor Sky Lobby. It’s quite a trippy ride that primes you for the jaw-dropping views from the top.
The light-filled 39th floor houses a restaurant and bar as well as shops. One floor up is a gallery and a café where you can relax over coffee and waffles while taking in the scenery from the floor-to-ceiling windows. The Sky Walk on the rooftop at 173 metres above ground is the highlight. The circular walkway lets you enjoy a full 360-degree panorama of the Osaka skyline.
Here you get to see the Yodo River flowing into Osaka Bay, a sight that’s especially stunning come sunset. 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, whose modern architecture makes for a mesmerising nightscape when the lights come on after dark – a sight you can enjoy to your heart’s content as Kuchu Teien Observatory opens late into the night.