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Tsutenkaku Tower 通天閣

Tsutenkaku Tower
Tsutenkaku Tower

Classic steel structure packing a punch of vibrant history

Shinsekai is the place to experience the Osaka of old, and Tsutenkaku Tower is the defining landmark of the area. The 100-meter steel tower may not appear particularly tall by modern-day standards, but it has carved out its own place in local history as a symbol of progress and innovation. Head to the top to get a pleasant view of the city, where you can also see exhibits and artifacts showing the vibrant history of the area.

Tsutenkaku Tower

Don't Miss

  • Take in the view of the city from the top of this Eiffel Tower-inspired structure
  • Find the statue of the Billiken good luck charm
  • Head down to the Tsutenkaku Theater in the basement for a variety of weekend cultural performances

How to Get There

From Osaka/Umeda Station, take the Midosuji Subway line to Dobutsuen-Mae Station. Upon exiting the station, look up for the 100-meter tall steel structure, and head towards it. The walk will take you a little under 10 minutes.

Tsutenkaku Tower: a central landmark in this early 20th-century entertainment district

The first incarnation of the tower went up in 1912, connecting to an adjacent amusement park via cable car. At the time, its 64-meter height made it the tallest in all of Asia. After the war, the city rebuilt the tower to a 100-meter height, installing bright neon lights that change color with the seasons.

Planning your journey

Tsutenkaku and Shinsekai together make a must-visit destination and can fill two to three hours of your schedule. Consider making a full day of it by visiting the adjacent Tennoji neighborhood , home to the tallest building in Japan.

Near Tsutenkaku Tower

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