難波の南蛮、戎橋の夷。

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.

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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 where you can relax to your heart's content.

The top of the building isn’t a simple observation deck, but a big three-floor open-air plaza.

 

Looking east towards Nara

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

Nearby Shitennoji, looking like a little diorama

 

Looking north roughly towards Umeda, which doesn't look nearly so prominent when you're twice as high as many of its skyscrapers.  Shitennoji is a bright orange rectangle in the center of the picture.

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.

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 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.

Looking south towards Sakai.

 

And looking in the general direction of the Earth's core.  Nice vertigo.

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.

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