Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Dec: Osaka: Umeda Sky Building

Destination: Umeda Sky Building (known as: Umeda Sukai Biru, 梅田スカイビル)
Address: 1-1-88, Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka

One of the city's most recognizable landmarks. It consists of two 40-story towers that connect at their two uppermost stories, with bridges and an escalator crossing the wide atrium-like space in the center. [Read]  Considered to be the 13th tallest building in Osaka. [Read]

Other information:
-The building was mainly owned by Toshiba Corporation
-Tenants: Mazda,  Consulate-General of Germany in Osaka [Read]
-On media: The Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building was visited in Leg 10 of Amazing Race 12; Location shoot of Rain's (Korean Star) Runaway series

How to get there:
Take Exit No. 4 of Umeda Station (Midosuji line)
Check the map below for the better visual, it will take almost 15 minutes walking until you reach the building.

From East Tower 1F, take the escalator to 3F which is the entrance to Floating Garden Observatory.
Pass through the bridge and on the West Tower, take the see-through  elevator until 35F.
see-through elevator as seen from 39F East Tower (left), scenes from the elevator (right)
Take the see-through escalator until the 39F of the East Tower.
See-through Escalation taken from 35F West tower going towards 39F East tower

Since it is already on 5.8 degrees Celsius on the mean temperature (min: 2.8, max: 8.7 on December 2, 2012) and in the interest of time, we decided to skip the 40F (Cafe Sky, Lumi Deck and floating observation floor).  We can no longer enjoy the view if we are taking a stroll in the open area at the top floor. 

We rested for a while on the 39F.  Bought few souvenirs and postcards and send it through Sky Post!

We were also able to visit the European Market on the building grounds.

Summary of 5 days itinerary in 2012 Autumn Osaka, Kyoto Trip:

Places to see
Food and Restaurants
Where to Sleep
Day 1
Il Bar, Kyoto Station
Hearton Hotel in Shinsaibashi
Day 2
[Osaka] Universal Studios
Pasta Frolla, City Walk
Dinner in 3rd Planet
Hearton Hotel
Day 3
[Kyoto] Saga-Arashiyama: Sagano Scenic Railway
Fushimi Inari Taisha
Tofuku-ji Temple
Kennin-ji Temple
Snacks (sushi) in Sagano Station
Restaurant in Gion
Dinner in 3rd Planet
Hearton Hotel
Day 4
Lunch in Daimaru
European Market in Umeda Sky
Street Food near Osaka Castle
Dinner in 3rd Planet
Hearton Hotel
Day 5
Sacra Famiglia (Catholic Church) in Umeda

Hearton Hotel