One of the Largest Ferris Wheel in the World
The Tempozan Ferris Wheel is in the west part of Osaka. It’s an easy 5-minutes’ walk from the Osakako subway station and steps from Kaiyukan aquarium. At the height of 112.5 meters, it is one of the worlds’ tallest Ferris wheel.
The ride takes 17 minutes through the sky. On a sunny day, enjoy views of Mount Ikoma in the east, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in the west, Kansai International Airport to the south and Rokko mountains to the north.
Sixty Gondolas with Eight Glass Bottom
There are sixty gondolas on the Tempozan Ferris Wheel. There are two types of gondolas available – glass bottom and normal. Both are priced the same.
The queue for normal gondola is faster as there are only eight glass bottom and three wheelchair friendly. Announcements on the ride are made in Japanese and English.
One of the unique features of the Ferris wheel is the colorful lights. They indicate the weather forecast such as blue for rain, orange for sun and green for cloudy.
Amazing Night Views From Tempozan Ferris Wheel
The Tempozan Ferris Wheel offers spectacular night views of Osaka from different angles and heights. On the ground, you can observe the wheel displaying messages and animation at night. I happen to catch this by accident while taking photos in the area.
10 am to 10pm. Ticket sales until 9.30pm. Opening hours may vary by season.
800-yen per person. Free entrance with Osaka Amazing Pass. Get complimentary entry to 40 attractions in Osaka.
Take the Chuo Line on Osaka Metro and alight at Osakako Station. Walk 5 minutes on flat ground to reach the Tempozan Ferris Wheel.
Attractions near Tempozan Ferris Wheel
There are several attractions nearby. The Osaka Legoland Discovery Center is in the mall next to the wheel. While the Kaiyukan aquarium is located after the mall.
Behind the mall, you can also catch the Santa Maria cruise as well as Captain Line sea shuttle to Universal Studios Japan. Located a bit further away but within walking distance is the Glion Car Museum.
The Legoland Discovery Center, Santa Maria cruise, Captain Line and Glion Car Museum are also included in the Osaka Amazing Pass, which means entrance is complimentary. The Kaiyukan aquarium is not included but you should consider a visit to one of the largest aquariums in the world.
You can spend an entire day with the number of attractions in this area.