A symbol of the lights of Osaka that even gives you the next day's weather forecast!

Tsutenkaku Tower

The Tsutenkaku Tower lights up Shin-sekai area, where a variety of Osaka's gastronomical delights are offered.

The Tsutenkaku Tower dominates the skyline of the area's lively town, called the “Shin-sekai” or “new world,” and it's a symbol of Osaka. The tower, whose name means “the tall building that reaches up to the sky,” stands some 103 m high.

The entire Tsutenkaku is lit up, brightening the night in gold-and-white-based neon to make the surrounding areas, which feature a large number of popular local eating and drinking establishments offering items such as cutlets-on-a-stick, even more lively. And every hour on the hour, the numbers of the massive clock on the tower's eastern side send out even more bright light.

Further, the round neon sign on the very top floor features a simple combination of colors to indicate the next day's weather. For instance, white means it'll be sunny, while orange and blue mean cloudy changing to rain later. The weather report shining in the night sky has long been a familiar feature of Osaka nights.

The Shin-sekai area, which maintains the nostalgic atmosphere of old Osaka, is gaining in popularity as a tourist spot. Next time you're in the city, be sure to visit this area to sample local Osaka specialties and take in the brilliant illumination.

Tsutenkaku Tower

Observation deck admission:Adults: ¥600; University students: ¥500
Junior high and high school students: ¥400; Elementary school students and younger: ¥300
* Free admittance up to the 2nd floor lobby
Hours open:For times other than as noted below: 10:00AM-6:30PM
January 1st-11th: 10:00AM-8:00PM; July 21st-August 31st: 10:00AM-8:30PM
* No entry from 30 minutes before closing time
Open throughout the year.

Address:1-18-6 Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi
Access:3-minute's walk from Ebisucho Station on the municipal subway Sakaisuji Line

A beautiful bridge and crystal lights—a gorgeous reflection in the Dojimagawa River

Suisyobashi Bridge

Suishobashi Bridge, one of the area's popular fun-and-relaxing spots

There are a large number of charming and unique bridges in Osaka, which is known as an “aquapolis.” The Suishobashi Bridge (the name means “crystal bridge”) is one of them. It spans the Dojimagawa River, gracefully running its course in front of historic buildings such as the Osaka Central Public Hall and the Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library.

The Suishobashi Bridge features a distinctive combination of one large and nine small arches. Since the design is so charming, the bridge is often the subject of paintings, and it is very much loved by the people of Osaka.

The bridge is at its most beautiful at night, when it is lit up. The soft light, which emanates from the entire bridge, creates a magical look as the bridge is reflected in the water, making the night view of Nakanoshima even more striking.

Suishobashi Bridge

Illumination hours:From sunset to 10:00PM

Address:Nakanoshima, Kita-ku,Osaka-shi
Access:3-minute's walk from Yodoyabashi Station on the municipal subway Midosuji Line

From: Brand-New Osaka vol.7 (2007.12.)