Japan Osaka Kita

Umeda Sky Building

An iconic skyscraper in Osaka, featuring the distinctive Floating Garden Observatory.

Photo of Umeda Sky Building, Japan (Osaka, Umeda station by Dime Gontar)

The Umeda Sky Building is a notable example of modern design and innovative architecture in Osaka, Japan. This skyscraper, featuring glass and steel, has become a well-known landmark for its “Floating Garden Observatory,” which affords a 360-degree view of the cityscape. The observatory, connected by glass-enclosed escalators, allows a panoramic experience 170 meters above ground.

About Umeda Sky Building

Completed in 1993, the Umeda Sky Building was designed by architect Hiroshi Hara and is part of the larger “City of Air” project, although scaled down from the original plan due to Japan’s economic downturn in the 1980s. The design includes two 40-story towers connected at the top by the observatory. At 170 meters tall, the building stands as a symbol of Osaka’s architectural ambition post-economic bubble. It serves as a tourist attraction and houses offices for major international companies.

Beneath the Umeda Sky Building, a market area evokes the feel of a town from the early Showa Period (1926-1989). The towers are situated amidst an urban garden, providing a pleasant contrast to the bustling city. Visitors to the Floating Garden Observatory are treated to a novel experience as they ride an escalator from the 35th to the 39th floor. The 40th floor offers a glass counter where guests can enjoy refreshments seemingly suspended above Osaka. The open-air rooftop delivers unobstructed views, making it a popular destination throughout the year at any time of day.

Centrally located in Osaka, the Umeda Sky Building is a point of interest for those seeking to explore culture, history, and architectural excellence.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Umeda Sky Building

HK 02

Hanshin Nakatsu
 Hankyu Kobe Main Line + 2 more

 10-20 minute walk (0.9km)
O 12

JR Fukushima
 JR Osaka Loop Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.3km)
M 15

 Midosuji Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.3km)
HK 01

Hankyu Osaka-umeda
 Hankyu Kyoto Main Line + 3 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.4km)
A 47

JR Ōsaka
 JR Kyoto Line + 3 more

 10-20 minute walk (1.6km)
H 44

 JR Tozai Line

 20-30 minute walk (1.9km)

Around Umeda Sky Building

Umeda Sky Building

Lookout in Osaka

open 9:30am - 10pm
closed Irregularly


梅田スカイビル, 大阪

Google MapsApple Maps

Updated 14 Mar 2024 • Report an error

People say about us...

It's an awesome guide and has been so helpful in that it covers much more than just the destinations itself. - Jeff

Brilliant job. Your insight will let us plan our days so much more effectively. Very much appreciated. -  Gordon & Claire