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Published on 06.07.2016
Osaka is Japan's second largest metropolitan area after Tokyo. Travelling to Osaka gives you hundreds of things explore and to try. It can be visited anytime and any season of the year. It is historically the merchant capital of the country and known as the 'Venice of the East' for its network of canals.
Osaka has been an important mercantile city of Japan, "nation's kitchen" and served as a center of rice trade since the early Edo Period.
Like Tokyo, Osaka has different attractions which is worth to see. This major city has been developed which gives an overall attractiveness of its cityscape day and night. You need a good lens of camera to capture the great angles of the city like the great cube-like buildings, web of expressways and cement-walled canals.
You can visit the one of the most popular attractions in Osaka to see the great view, the Umeda Sky Building. This 173 meter tall Umeda Sky Building whose roof features a doughnut shape that provides an unobstructed 360-degree view of Osaka City.
It is located in the Kita district of Osaka, near Osaka and Umeda Stations. The building can be walked 10 minutes from JR Osaka Station or Hankyu Umeda Station. This observatory offers a great view of the city for as low as 700 yen admission fee.
The building consists of two main towers which are connected with each other. It also has two observation decks and the other on the rooftop. One is the "Floating Garden Observatory" which is located in the 40th floor and the rooftop is called "Lumi Sky Walk", each offering a different breathtaking views. All tourists are recommended to visit the roof top as it is spectacular especially the scenery of city lights during the night. Meanwhile, you can still enjoy viewing the refreshing daytime view of Awaji Island and Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge on the roof top on day time.
Do not forget to visit the basement of the Umeda Sky Building as it houes the Takimi-Koji Gourmet Street which features many different restaurants which is set in a 1920s themed environment like the old Osaka. It was the exact replica of a Japanese street of the early Show Period. Offices occupy most of the building's other floors.
Osaka Nightlife should also be in your Things-to-do list when visiting Osaka. People who have experienced Osaka would probably agree that Osaka nightlife is one of the best in Japan. Aside to Umeda, the other main part of Osaka's nightlife is also can be found in Namba along the streets of Dotonbori. The Dotonbori is a canal that crosses within the south part of Osaka. While it can be visited in the daytime, the colorful array of neon signs at night makes the place more appealing. The center of entertainment district is busy 7 days a week and 365 days a year.
Osaka is still a great city to explore any time and any season of the year. You can enjoyed strolling around even in the not so busy streets. Every side is a different story without losing its sense of history and gritty without being ugly. Don't skip this city as it is far too bold to be ignored when you visit Japan.
The Floating Garden Observatory is usually open from 10am up to 22:30 pm. Entrance time is until 22:00pm only. They don't have closing days so you can visit the observatory anytime in 365 days. Entrance fee is usually 800 yen.
Source: Japan Travel