Osaka Sky City
Tokyo may be Japan’s most vertical city (the most buildings over 100 meters), and have Japan’s tallest structure (the Sky Tree), but now it has a little competition. Osaka now has the tallest building in Japan, Abeno Harukas. Built on the south side of downtown, I’ve watched this building rise from a hole in the ground to 300 meters during my life here in the city.
It was finally completed earlier this spring, and now I can say I’ve finally visited it.
So enjoy Osaka by night as never known before!
The top of the building isn’t a simple observation deck, but a big three-floor open-air plaza.
Looking east towards Nara, on the other side of the dark mountains that mark that seemingly sudden end to the cityscape.
Nearby Shitennoji, looking like a little diorama
Looking north towards Umeda (top left), which doesn’t look nearly so prominent when you’re twice as high as most of its skyscrapers. Shitennoji is a bright orange rectangle in the center of the picture, in the middle of a dark neighborhood of monasteries.
You can even clearly see Osaka Castle, but it was impossible to steady the camera enough to take a clear shot. So here’s the abstract expressionist version.
Looking west to the harbor where I live, with the old tower Tsutenkaku on the left edge of the picture. A little blurry.
Looking south towards Sakai.
And looking in the general direction of the Earth’s core. Nice vertigo.
It’s a little pricey, but a nice visit. I should come back on a well-lit evening when I can see more of the landscape and watch the sun set over the horizon.