Tempozan Ferris Wheel, Osaka

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More than an average carnival ride, Tempozan Ferris Wheel offers unparalleled views of Osaka Bay and beyond. The short ride allows you to see Mount Ikoma in the east and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in the west. Located next to the world-famous Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, this attraction was built in 1997 and stands at 112.5 m (369 ft) high. As a unique feature, the Ferris wheel features colorful lights that indicate the weather forecast, such as blue for rain, orange for sun, and green for clouds. For Tempozan Ferris Wheel and beyond, use our Osaka trip maker tool to get the most from your Osaka vacation.
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  • Great for selfies and groufies; line up for the ones with glass floor (8 out of 60 units); provides view of osaka  more »
  • Bought a Ferris wheel ticket with the aquarium ticket. After a short wait, we enjoyed the stunning views of the vastness of the city of Osaka. Highly recommended.  more »
  • We're tourists, we took the bait. I stepped off the rise feeling pretty neutral about the whole thing. You won't see that view with your feet in the ground. The mall and aquarium nearby could occupy y...  more »
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  • Worth the experience. Though if you are afraid of heights like me, it can be quite daunting when it's windy and the "cabin" you are seated in sways & "squeaks" slightly. Otherwise wonderful view. Whole ride is approx 15 mins or so.
  • Very lovely panoramic views of the Osaka port. A full ride takes around 15 minutes. Option to take the see-through gondola which has a transparent floor is free, but associated with longer wait. Very beautiful view. Combination ticket with aquarium available.
  • Only worth coming here if you have the amazing pass for osaka. Just a typical ferris wheel. You have the option for see through base or not. Little longer wait for the see through. Its a nice view. Scary for those afriad of heights. The aquarium and santa maria cruise is nearby.
  • Cool at night because of the various light patterns the wheel has. Also good for taking skyline pictures. Completely clear glass compartments available at no extra charge but with a much longer wait time. Clear car is pretty much just to say you did it because it doesn't offer any better view of the surrounding area. Regular compartments will do just fine for pictures of the skyline.
  • A very nice ferris wheel. A good way to get a view of Osaka from above. There are regular cabins and cabins with a glass bottom, but the queue for that is a lot longer. We waited in line, but were rerouted to the regular ones at the last moment, due to heavy winds.

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