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Tsutenkaku

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  • Jackson

    on May 1

    It's not the height, but the atmosphere

    Being the signature tower of the area, you might expect a stunning view from the top, like ones offered by one of the many towers in Tokyo, but that really isn't what Tsutenkaku is about. Instead, you can time-travel back to the Showa period. With the old-school shopping district around the tower, full of small shops and restaurants, it shows you what Japan used to be like, and how those once-the-busiest districts have changed when their status no longer maintains. The neon lights on the tower are also a sight of the past, but it matches the atmosphere of Tsutenkaku. It isn't there to impress you with the view, but it is still there to keep that sense of nostalgia Japan appreciates. I do recommend this place, if you will go there with the right expectation.

  • genkidesu

    on Mar 24

    Tower with some history in a fun part of Osaka

    The Tsutenkaku Tower is one of the Osaka skyline landmarks, and is situated in a really interesting part of the city called Shinsekai. One of the most enjoyable things about the surrounding area is all the food on offer - there's plenty of stuff to try, so if you're headed to the area go with an empty stomach. As for the Tsutenkaku Tower though, at the time of construction it was apparently the second highest building in Asia at 64m (a little crazy when you think that Tokyo Skytree is 634m!) and was designed with the Eiffel Tower in mind. The 5th floor of the tower has an observation deck that gives you a view out over the surrounding area, and there's also an area with food shops - including a giant Pocky box that you can use as a photo prop.

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