Umeda Sky Building
. Operating Hours . 10:00 - 22:00
. Entrance Fee . ¥1000 / rm40
The Umeda Sky Building is a rather distinctive high rise standing alone, somewhat forlornly, near Umeda and Osaka stations. The 173 meter high building is formed of two separate tower blocks connected at the top, somewhat reminiscent of the Grand Arch in La Defense, Paris. The original, rather more grandiose plan was for a series of four towers all connected at the top, and part of the planned New Umeda City redevelopment, but costs forced the reduction to just two towers. [Click here for more information]
Rain started drizzling on us as soon as we stepped out of UMEDA SKY BUILDING (梅田スカイビル). Strolled across the streets pretty much not knowing what to expect next. It's UMEDA (梅田) anyways, there will be something around the corner. Umeda reminded me of Central District (中環) Hong Kong with reminiscent of Sydney CBD. Bumped into OSAKA STATION (大阪駅) and we were lucky enough to catch a view of the stunning station before and after sunset! Do stay around Umeda area for some snazzy night life if you love city lights, buzzing crowds and delicious Japanese food.
Few hours spent at Umeda Sky Building was a brilliant experience. We had Affogato and a good catch up session up in the sky with the whole of Osaka beneath us. Literally.
One tip to pass on is to check the weather forecast before getting your tickets. We wanted to catch a sunset at the Floating Garden Observatory but it started drizzling half an hour before sunset. Lesson learnt.
Hope you find this helpful :)