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Japan Osaka Omurice Umeda Sky

12 March 2012

Umeda Sky Building

The Umeda Sky building is quite new, its a twin tower with a bridge half way up and a glass elevator in a tube that then takes you to an escalator that bridges the gap to the 'sky garden'.
Some people claim this is a rip off, but for $8 I thought it was excellent. You can hang out on the top floor inside with heating and a cafe that charges reasonable prices, or go out onto the 360 degree roof in the freezing cold.
I alternated between both and took a heap of photos, so brace yourself, or prepare to scroll.

Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - This is the side of the building, and I was excited about the light. I think this may be the best photo I have ever taken!

This is the side of the building, and I was excited about the light. I think this may be the best photo I have ever taken!


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - Looking up you can see the lift tubes, the bridge and the escalators. If you suffer from vertigo, theres a lot of opportunities to prove it here.

Looking up you can see the lift tubes, the bridge and the escalators. If you suffer from vertigo, theres a lot of opportunities to prove it here.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - Ascending through the escalator, if you are a massive tight ass I think you can go up here and go back down again without paying.

Ascending through the escalator, if you are a massive tight ass I think you can go up here and go back down again without paying.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - Now some photos of the view at sunset, you can appreciate how big the entire Kansai region is. The sheer number of bridges and railawy lines is amazin

Now some photos of the view at sunset, you can appreciate how big the entire Kansai region is. The sheer number of bridges and railawy lines is amazing to me.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - More view.

More view.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - Looking down on the escalators.

Looking down on the escalators.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - Still more view in the excellent light. It was absolutely freezing at dusk, wind was blowing, so hardly anyone was on the roof.

Still more view in the excellent light. It was absolutely freezing at dusk, wind was blowing, so hardly anyone was on the roof.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - After this one I headed down a floor for a matcha latte until it got properly dark. I read about how earthquake proof the building is. Apparently nucl

After this one I headed down a floor for a matcha latte until it got properly dark. I read about how earthquake proof the building is. Apparently nuclear power plants are tsunami proof too.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - Its a great place just to sit around and appreciate the view, and yet theres hardly anyone here.

Its a great place just to sit around and appreciate the view, and yet theres hardly anyone here.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - You can come up here for a romantic evening and hold hands on a special seat and things light up and then you attach a padlock etc. What sort of food

You can come up here for a romantic evening and hold hands on a special seat and things light up and then you attach a padlock etc. What sort of food do you need to appreciate this? A tin of wieners of course.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - I lined up to pose in front of the heart. This had some locals very amused.

I lined up to pose in front of the heart. This had some locals very amused.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - After my tinned wieners and latte I headed back out on the roof. This is why its called a sky garden I guess, they make the path light up with black l

After my tinned wieners and latte I headed back out on the roof. This is why its called a sky garden I guess, they make the path light up with black lights.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - Now for some night shots, 15 second exposures. I had to rest my camera on the rail, in the sunset shots its being held above my head so you cant see t

Now for some night shots, 15 second exposures. I had to rest my camera on the rail, in the sunset shots its being held above my head so you cant see the safety barriers.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - Yep

Yep


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - Another one.

Another one.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - Ok this is the last one.

Ok this is the last one.


Japan-Osaka-Omurice-Umeda Sky - In the basement theres a fake ancient Japan restaurant street. I decided to have a typical bar meal, a rice omelette with potato croquette things. The

In the basement theres a fake ancient Japan restaurant street. I decided to have a typical bar meal, a rice omelette with potato croquette things. The bonus wiener was not in the photo on the menu. What is it about this building and wieners?


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