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HEP FIVE観覧車, Osaka

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Take a ride on HEP FIVE観覧車, a vibrant red ferris wheel that sits on the roof of a large Osaka shopping mall. For a fee, you can enjoy a 15-minute turn on the ride, which gets up to 106 m (347 ft) at its highest point, including the height of the building. From one of the 52 air-conditioned gondolas, you can take in a panoramic view of Osaka's city center and harbor. all the way up to the faraway Mount Ikoma. Take a look at our Osaka vacation planner to schedule your visit to HEP FIVE観覧車 and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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The majority of Osaka's moderate and expensive accommodations concentrate in the districts of Umeda, Kyobashi, Namba, and Shin-Osaka. Base your stay in or near Minami neighborhood for proximity to a wide selection of shopping and dining options. For quick access to long-distance transportation to other cities and areas, look for hotels in Kita district. Many backpackers prefer the budget options in the Tennoji area, where the quality of rooms and prices vary wildly--call or check websites of specific establishments before you make reservations.
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  • It's only around $5 USD to go on the ferris wheel so it's worth it because you get beautiful views of the city. Only took around 20 minutes.  more »
  • This was a nightmare for us to find. We thought it was a stand alone Ferris wheel but it's part of a big shopping complex. Apparently you can see Osaka castle from a certain point but we were busy try...  more »
  • One of many huge malls. During my short stay in Osaka, I got an impression that this is a shopping city.  more »
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  • For the small price of 500¥ and a ~20min wait (depending on time) you get a spectacular Brie of the central station skyline. Each carriage has a speaker system your can link you phone to, to blast tunes as you shoot 106m into the Osaka sky. Well worth a visit, day or night.
  • Massive shopping centre with many attractions and store, the main one being the Ferris Wheel that offers a scenic view of the city, priced relatively cheap as well.
  • This is probably the largest ferris wheel I have ever been on. I've always loved views of cities from up high so I thought this would be a very cool experience to see Osaka from above. You start by going to the 8th floor of a shopping mall, purchasing a ticket from a machine and lining up. Our lineup was only about 10 minutes long g as we went at a non-peak time, roughly 4:00pm. In the carriages they have a portable speaker which you can attach to your phone using an aux cable which is a nice touch. The visibility out of the carriage isn't the greatest as it is fairly dirty and there are safety stickers on every single window which get in the way. Maybe the night time view is a lot better but during the day everything looks so bland and boring from above. You can see pretty far but there is nothing really interesting to see in the area. At least it was only 500 yen per person which is a pretty decent value for the 15 or 20 minute ride.
  • Entrance to ferris wheel on 7th floor of HEP FIVE shopping mall.
  • Pretty cool to see a Ferris wheel within a department store on the sixth floor. About 500 yen for a ride which is reasonable.