Osaka’s Umeda Sky Building is an impressive structure of two towers connected at the top by an open-air circular walkway offering magnificent views of the city and surrounds. The area atop the building is formally described as the Floating Garden Observatory, but is more frequently referred to as simply “173” denoting its height of 173 metres above ground level.
Even though I have visited higher observatories, including the Shanghai World Financial Centre Observatory, which, at 474 metres, is the highest in the world, I found “173” a more enjoyable experience. This is due to its circular design providing 360-degree vantage points and most importantly, the unimpeded views from being in the open-air. Notwithstanding that my visit took place on a cold December day, not having to deal with the barrier of glass windows made it an altogether more pleasurable experience.
I was also fortunate to have visited in late afternoon/early evening, thus providing an opportunity to witness the sunset from a “birds-eye” position. My only regret was not carrying a tripod and having to shoot handheld on high ISO settings, hence the somewhat grainy images. Nevertheless, I am happy to have these images as memories of a most enjoyable interlude and I highly recommend a visit to “173” for those visiting Osaka.
(Please click on any of the following images for an enlarged view.)
January 15, 2018 at 12:05 am
What an intense red/orange! Beautiful photos.
Did you also go to the basement level where the Edo-theme restaurants are? I went for the first time last year and thought it was very cool.
January 15, 2018 at 5:39 pm
It is a cool place for sure, though I missed the Edo-theme restaurants. However, it’s always good to have a reason to return :).
January 15, 2018 at 2:04 am
I came across the sky building by accident the first time. I was at the Kinokuniya in Umeda, came back towards the subway, briefly considered and rejected eating at the McDonalds, and headed outside to seek natural light. It was then that I saw the building (there used to be a Porsche dealership there). I found the underground walkway and spent a bit of time relaxing under the building.
Sorry to ramble on about my memory…but that is what your pictures evoked for me.
January 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm
Thanks for your comment and there is no need to apologise for recounting memories. Photographs have different meanings based on our life experiences and it is pleasing to hear that my photos reminded you of a happy time. Thanks again.
January 21, 2018 at 3:04 pm
Hello John, And a Happy New Year to you and your family. Thank you for your wonderful images from Osaka. During my time in Japan I didn’t have a good visit to Osaka. I somehow missed it. I used to spend more time around Gifu and Nagoya.
I love these “views from 173”. The city lights are amazing. My favourite photo is pic 6, with the view of the bridges. And I also enjoy “inside looking out” with the two aspects meeting one another.
It’s good to see you are back at work again. All the very best for an enjoyable year with your photography. Cheers, Faye
January 21, 2018 at 7:51 pm
Japan has so much to offer, it is almost impossible to get around everywhere one would like to visit.