Attraction 〒552-0022 1-1-10 Kaigandori Minato-ku, Osaka City Published on: 28-07-2016
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Why Tempozan Ferris Wheel is special ?
Tempozan Ferris Wheel is located in Osaka, Japan, at Tempozan Harbor Village, next to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, one of the largest aquariums in the world. The wheel has a height of 112.5 metres (369 ft) and diameter of 100 metres (330 ft).
Tempozan Ferris Wheel opened to the public on July 12, 1997. During the 17-minute ride (¥700), it offers a view of Osaka Bay and surrounding areas, such as Mount Ikoma to the east, Akashi Kaikyō Bridge to the west, Kansai International Airport to the south, and Rokko Mountains to the north.
The wheel has colored lights that provide a weather forecast for the next day. Orange lights indicate a sunny day, green lights a cloudy day and blue lights indicate rain.
The Daikanransha Ferris wheel at Palette Town in Odaiba, Tokyo, which opened in 1999, has the same diameter as Tempozan, but 2.5 meters more in total height. Sky Dream Fukuoka opened in 2002 and has a diameter of 112 meters and a total height of 120 meters, but ceased operating in September 2009. Diamond and Flower Ferris Wheel of Kasai Rinkai Park, east of Tokyo, opened in 2001, and has an 111 meters diameter and 117 meter height.
What to explore at Tempozan Ferris Wheel?
During the 15 minutes trip up in the air, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the sea, the mountains, and the entire city of Osaka as well as Akashi Ohashi Bridge, Mt Rokko. The night view with illumination is so romantic that this Ferris wheel is a very famous date spot. This illumination is like fireworks in the sky.
How to get to Tempozan Ferris Wheel?
Walking five minutes from the Osakako Station on the Chuo Subway Line in Osaka.
- Awesome wheel ride to see the bay and the skyline
- Romantic for couple
- Harbour view from top
- Great for sunset or wet day
- Good fun and a great view
〒552-0022 1-1-10 Kaigandori Minato-ku, Osaka City
Tips for you
Located near the docks of Osaka harbor, by the Aquarium, you cannot miss this gigantic wheel. It is one of the 3 biggest in the world, with 100 met in diameter. The entrance is through a small shopping mall beside, and that's not well marked. There are two lines, the regular one, and for the glass bottom cabins. The latter is a long waiting time (around an hour) as there are only 4 such cabins, but it is certainly a big thrill. I hate lines, so opted for the regular. It was fantastic, nighttime, so all Osaka lit up. Perfectly spent 15 minutes. This is also included in a high value "Osaka amazing pass".
Views are great here, even on rainy days. The lights of the Ferris wheel supposedly can predict the next day's weather.