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Japan's newest and biggest Ferris wheel to have transparent floors

Japan is currently building the country’s biggest ever Ferris wheel in Osaka.

Unlike Chicago's iconic ferris wheel, the new one being erected in Osaka, Japan will have see-through floors
Unlike Chicago’s iconic ferris wheel, the new one being erected in Osaka, Japan will have see-through floors in its 72 cabins  and it will take 18 minutes to complete a full circle Image by Marcin Wichary / CC BY 2.0

When finished the Redhorse Osaka Wheel will become the fifth tallest in the world at just over 400 feet.  According to Foxnews, what makes the Redhorse wheel stand out is the fact that it will have 72 passenger cabins with transparent floors to allow users see the ground below. Japan Today reports that it will take 18 minutes to complete one full rotation when it is ready to become fully operational in July. Riders will be offered top-class views over the Expo 70 Commemorative Park. The park is well positioned as nearby there is a mall, aquarium, cinema, zoo and a museum.

Osaka's Ferris Wheel will be 400 ft, making it the fifth biggest in the world ahead of the like of Vienna Ferris Wheel
Osaka’s Ferris Wheel will be 400 feet, making it the fifth biggest in the world ahead of the like of Vienna Ferris Wheel which is 64.75 metres tall. Image by Cha già José / CC BY-SA 2.0

While ticket price levels have yet to be disclosed for the Redhorse, it is known that there will be two luxurious VIP cabins for the brave high flyers. The Bangkok Post reports that a major Russian company is looking to erect a Ferris wheel in Phuket, Thailand that would be one of the tallest in the world, but as yet, they have not revealed the final measurements. The current Ferris record holder is the High Roller in Las Vegas, which is 550 feet at its highest point.