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Tsutenkaku, Osaka

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Tourists easily identify Tsutenkaku in the Osaka skyline, as the octagonal metal structure gleams by day and shines with colorful LED lights at night. The structure, completed in its current form in 1956, rises to an imposing 103 m (338 ft) and hosts a viewing platform at 91 m (298.5 ft). The LED lights, which illuminate the tower, change color every couple of months, usually to honor a particular season or event. Check out the advertisements from Hitachi, the structure's main sponsor since 1957, displayed with the tower's lights. Using our world travel planner, Osaka attractions like Tsutenkaku can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Visited at daytime, this place was quiet and dull. Old shops leads from Station to the tower. Not much to see here if you don't intend to go up to the tower.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Centrally located in the Shinsekai area you will find Tsutenkaku tower. On top of the tower you have great views of the area and Osaka itself. It is absolutely worthwhile to go up and have yourself a ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    I didn't think photography, offering area... is often too strong, I'll be honest long stay. Takes time to ride an elevator, while the location is good.
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  • July 2, 2017
    The location is at one end of Sinsekai. About 5min walk from Tennoji Zoo exit. Free entry with Amazing Pass. Clear view of Osaka can be seen from the top. Very minimal haze in the afternoon. Lots of Pocky products here, most I have not seen before. The elevator is small, so avoid coming here during weekends.
  • March 2, 2017
    Osaka Old Town has many things to offer. We were happy to make a trip here. The tower is old and short but you need to remember that it was built ages ago. There are souvinier shop under the tower. Food around here are also good. Check it out!
  • May 31, 2017
    This is a con job. For 700 yen you get to access till level 5. Another 500 yen is required to the top levels. Windows are dirty and does not give you great views. if you are a pocky fan, that is a good thing with pocky artefacts. Give this attraction a miss.
  • June 30, 2017
    Great shopping and lots of cheap restaurants. Cool place to walk around but the tower looks a little tired.
  • May 20, 2017
    Free entry Mon-Fri if you have the Osaka Pass, a good spot to get nice views of the city. There's heaps of touristy things inside like Pocky and the Billiken Lucky statue.

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