難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

Another Lone Tower

On Mondays, I leave Osaka and take a train south to another town called Izumisano.  It’s the place where people make landfall after leaving Kansai Airport, the artificial island in the harbor.  Apart from that, it’s actually a rather provincial place.  Oddly enough though, it also has Japan’s second highest skyscraper, Rinku Gate Tower, a mix of office and hotel space.

I can see it on a clear day from the quiet neighborhood where I work, looking completely out of place.

What is it with Osakaland having its biggest buildings in odd places?  This tower and the Osaka WTC are two of Japan’s absolute tallest high-rises, and they’re in the middle of nowhere.

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4 responses

  1. lord kelvin

    found this building on Google earth. It just stands there all by itself. I’m thinking its got state of art earthquake technology.

    April 20, 2011 at 8:45 AM

  2. lord kelvin

    “The third and slimmer level is the ANA Gate Tower Hotel. The hotel is in a convenient location for travellers, as it anchors the Sky Gate Bridge leading to the Kansai International Airport and is connected to the JR Hanwa Line and Nankai Main Line Rinku Town Station.”
    It is a destination!

    April 20, 2011 at 8:47 AM

  3. Yeah, it’s gotta be motion damped. Or at least insured, considering how close to Awaji, epicenter of the ’95 Hanshin earthquake, it is.

    April 20, 2011 at 9:38 PM

  4. qui-gon jinn ojiisan

    Love the two different atmospheres for this tower.
    How much hubris does man have to build such edifices out of place with the rest of life?
    As always, thank you for sharing.

    July 8, 2011 at 10:35 PM

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