The symbol of Osaka loved by the locals, “Tsutenkaku”
The symbol of Osaka, Tsūtenkaku, was built in 1912 with a design inspired by Arc de Triomphe and Effiel Tower. The current Tsūtenkaku is the 2nd generation, with an observatory spot on the 5th floor allowing the visitors to enjoy the view of Osaka, and Billiken statue which is said to bring good fortune if one rubs the sole of his feet.
This popular sightseeing spot is visited by over 1 million tourists every year.
The symbolic tower of Osaka
Tsutenkaku’s unique form and its surrounding buildings in Shinsekai are well accepted as a symbol of Osaka.
The familiar tower is a six-stories building with many facilities inside.
The stunning panoramic view
The observation deck on the fifth floor is at a height of 87.5 meters. The special observation deck, “Tenbo Paradise” charges an extra fee, but here you can enjoy the stunning view of Osaka in an open space.
On the East, you can see the Abeno Harukas which is the tallest building in Japan, and the Tennoji Zoo beneath the tower.
Billiken Statue known for bringing in good fortune
The fifth floor where the observation deck is located is glamorously decorated with red carpet and golden flooring and walls.
The Billiken Statue which is believed to bring good fortune will welcome you as soon as you enter the floor.
It is believed to invite good fortune if you scratch his sole, and there are even some people who come to the tower to see him.
The retro design
The hight of the Tsutenkaku is not as high compared to its surrounding buildings, but it truly stands out once it becomes nighttime.
The retro design which represents Osaka will catch everyone’s eyes.
The representation of the energetic city of Osaka
The Osaka’s most famous sightseeing place, Tsutenkaku’s existence is significant even when compared with the surrounding neon boards and the crowded city underneath.
This symbol is widely accepted in the spirit of the locals as it continues to represent Osaka.
- Name of the facility
- 1-18-6 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa-ward, Osaka-shi
- Nearest station
- ■Dobutsuen-mae Station (Osaka Metro Midosuji line)▶7 min. walk from exit 1 ■Ebisucho Station (Osaka Metro Sakaisuji line)▶5 min. walk from exit 3 ■Ebisucho Station (Hankai Railway Hankai line)▶3 min. walk
- Business hours
- 9 am-9 pm (Last entry at 8:30 pm)
- Regular holiday
- Open throughout the year
- Admission fee
- ■Observatory spot fee Adult (Over high school) 700 yen Middle school/ Elementary school/ Infant(5 years old and older) 400 yen ※Additional fee necessary for outside observatory spot