Tsutenkaku Tower, the “Eiffel Tower of Naniwa,” is a must visit if in Osaka. Tsutenkaku Tower stands at 103m with two observation levels; the indoor observation level at 84m (276ft), and the outdoor observation deck at 94.5m (310ft). You can buy a ticket to the 1st observation deck or a ticket to visit both. I highly recommend buying the ticket to visit both.
Tsutenkaku Tower`s entrance is on the ground floor near the center of the tower. Look for arrows pointing down to the basement level. As you enter you`re welcomed to Wakuwaku Land where you can purchase souvenirs from a variety of food manufacturers that are only available in Kansai. Purchase your tickets at the end of the hall and ride the elevator up to learn about the history of the building of the tower and browse the popular Kinnikuman Museum.
As you enter the elevator look at the ceiling and it will be the first of many biliken figures you`ll see in the tower. The Biliken is a charm doll created by an American art teacher and illustrator, Florence Pretz. A Biliken statue came to Japan around 1910 and was enshrined within Luna Park when it opened. Unfortunately it was taken. In an effort to revive the tower they placed a biliken photograph inside the tower and it has become closely associated with the renewal ever since. Many believe that rubbing the Biliken`s feet will bring you good luck.
Visit the 3rd floor to see dioramas with films and old photos of Shinsekai, Tsutenkaku and Luna Park from 100 years ago; Cafe de Luna Park where you can sit and enjoy special drinks, parfaits, food and alcohol, and Glico`s speciality shop selling limited-edition items. The 5th Floor Golden Observation Platform holds 8 deities of good fortune and some activities for kids.
A great one day itinerary of Osaka is visiting Tsutenkaku Tower in the early morning, browse the Janjan Yokocho shopping street at the base of the tower, grab an early lunch at one of the many eateries around the tower, spend the afternoon at Tennoji Zoo or Bornelund Playville then relax at Spa World. Or visit the Tower at night for views of the city lit up.
Note: The Tower is not very stroller friendly due to stairs and very tight elevators and queues so I recommend you leave at the base.
Tsutenkaku Tower Details:
Address: Ebisu-higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
Hours: 9:00-21:00 (admission until 20:30); 2nd observation deck hours (10:00 – 18:00 L.O. 17:30)
Admission fee: Adults 700 yen; University students 500 yen; HS and JHS 400 yen; Children 300 yen; Under 5 yrs free
Access: 3 minutes the Sakaisuji Line Ebisucho Station exit number 3; 10 minutes from the JR Osaka Loop Line Shin-Imamiya Station; 10 minutes the Midosuji Line Dobutsuen-Mae Station; 15 minutes from Shin-Imamiya Station, Nankai Main Line of the Nankai Electric Railway
Tsutenkaku Tower – Osaka
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