Tsutenkaku TowerApprox. Time: 2 hours
Activity Level: Easy to Moderate

The Tsutenkaku Tower is also called the symbol of Osaka. It is located in Shinsekai, one of Osaka's "local" areas. It was built in 1912 after the Eiffel Tower in Paris. At the time, people talked about it as it were a "tower to heaven", from which it takes its name. The tower was dismantled during WWII, but was rebuilt in 1956. It stands 103 m tall and there is an observation deck on the 5 th floor ( 91 m) from which you can see Osaka , and Mt. Ikoma and Mt. Rokko off in the distance. At night, the tower is illuminated and the colored bands at the top provide a color-coded weather report. Directly beneath the tower is a monument to chess kings because it was here looking up at the tower that Sankichi Sakata, a renown shogi (chess) player, found his inspiration.

Courtesy of Japan Tourism Board.