Tsūtenkaku is a tower in the Japanese city of Osaka. The tower is the second on the site after the first which became a well-loved landmark in the city was destroyed by a fire in the 1940s. It wasn’t until 1956 that the current tower was opened after locals had lobbied for a new tower to be built after the old one was demolished. The current tower is owned by Tsūtenkaku Kanko Co., Ltd, it is 103 metres in height and has an observation deck at 91 metres. The tower is known for its neon lighting at night. The tower is sponsored by Hitachi, who use the tower to display advertisements. The tower is a popular spot in the city for sightseers and locals.
The best way to get to the landmark is by taking the subway train. Take the train to ‘Dobutsuen-Mae’ Station on the Midosuji Subway line, you should be able to see the tower upon exiting the station, the walk from the station to the tower takes around 10 minutes.
Opening Times and Admission
The tower is open to the public daily, 9am-9pm with last entry set at 8.30pm. Admission is set at 600yen for adults, 500yen for students and 300 yen for children.