Tsutenkaku Tower 通天閣
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.
- 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.