Umeda Sky Building

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Umeda Sky Building information

Location
Osaka , Japan
Address
1-1-88 Ōyodonaka, Kita-ku
Getting there
Train: JR line to Osaka
More information
www.kuchu-teien.com
Prices
admission ¥700
Opening hours
observation decks 10am-10.30pm, last entry 10pm
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Opened in 1993 and named one of the world's top 20 buildings, the Sky Building resembles a 40-storey, space-age Arc de Triomphe. Twin towers are connected at the top by a 'floating garden' (really a garden-free observation deck) with breathtaking 360-degree city views day or night. Getting there is half the fun – an escalator in a see-through tube takes you up the last five storeys, between the towers (not for vertigo sufferers). The architect, Hara Hiroshi, also designed Kyoto Station .

The building is reached via an underground passage, a short walk north of Osaka and Umeda stations.