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I want to go and see! 5 wonderful architectural works in Osaka

I want to go and see! 5 wonderful architectural works in Osaka

2021-07-09 Management office

When wandering around the streets of Osaka, "you may come across buildings that make you wonder, "What is that? "I sometimes come across buildings that make me wonder, "What is that?
The architecture is very unique, from classical palace-like structures to amusement park rides in the middle of the city.
All of the five facilities introduced here are open to the general public, so why not drop by on your way to Osaka for a sightseeing tour?
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Osaka City Central Congregational Church

A beautiful Taisho Neo-Renaissance style building "Osaka City Central Public Hall "is located on Nakanoshima Island between the Dojima and Tosa Rivers, about a 5-minute walk from exit 1 of Yodoyabashi Station on the Midosuji Subway Line and Keihan Electric Railway.

Construction was completed in 1918 with a donation of 1 million yen (5 billion yen today) by Einosuke Iwamoto, an Osaka stockbroker.
Since that time, it has been deeply involved in the development of art and culture in Osaka, hosting operas and concerts by top artists and lectures by celebrities.

Due to its aging, the building was reconstructed over a period of three and a half years, and renewed in September 2002.
And because of its high historical and artistic value, it was designated as a National Important Cultural Property in December 2002. It is the first public hall building in western Japan.

The interior of the hall is reminiscent of a European palace

The hall consists of a large meeting room, medium meeting room, small meeting room, special room, various conference rooms, store, and restaurant.
Various events are held in the large assembly hall, including concerts, plays, ballet, fashion shows, and various ceremonies. Seating capacity is 810 on the first floor and 351 on the second floor, for a total of 1161 seats.
It is a historical hall where lectures by Helen Keller, Gagarin, and other famous people were once held.

Prestigious weddings with 100 years of history

A special room with beautiful ceiling paintings and large stained glass windows is also used as a wedding venue.
A prestigious wedding at a national important cultural property filled with a classical and elegant atmosphere will be etched in your memories for a lifetime.

"Facility Information "
Name: Osaka City Central Congregational Church
Address: 1-1-27, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-0005, Japan
Phone number: 06-6208-2002
Hours: 9:30 - 21:30 (Reservations accepted from 9:30 - 20:00)
Closed: 4th Tuesday of each month (or the immediately following weekday if the Tuesday is a national holiday) and December 28 through January 4 of the following year

Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library

"Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library "is located between Osaka Central Public Hall and Osaka City Hall in Nakanoshima.
The imposing architecture, reminiscent of Greek and Roman temples, is breathtaking.
The museum opened in 1904. It was built with a donation from the 15th Kichizaemon Sumitomo. The name of the library at that time was "Osaka Library ".
In 1922, the main building was expanded several times, including additions to both the left and right wings, and the building took its present form.
In 1945, it survived the war damage of the Osaka Air Raid, and in 1974, it was renamed "Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library "and designated as a National Important Cultural Property.

Access is approximately a 4-minute walk from Yodoyabashi Station Exit 1 on the Midosuji Subway Line and Keihan Electric Railway.

Central hall reminiscent of a church

Entering from the main entrance on the second floor, visitors will find a grand staircase in front of the central hall, a domed atrium space, and beautiful stained glass light pouring down from the circular windows in the ceiling.

The library includes Business Reference Rooms 1-3, Business Reference Room Research Consultation Counter, Library Cooperation Room, Digital Information Room, and Borrowing and Return Counter on the 2nd floor, and Osaka Materials and Classics Rooms 1-3 on the 3rd floor. The total collection is approximately 550,000 items.

Take a breather at the attached cafe

Cafe "Smorgasbord Kitchen Nakanoshima "is located on the second floor.
If you are tired of searching for materials or studying, you can relax with a delicious lunch or a sweet treat.

"Facility Information "
Name: Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library
Address: 1-2-10, Nakanoshima, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-0005, Japan
Phone number: 06-6203-0474
Opening hours: [weekdays ]9:00-20:00 [tuyao ]9:00-17:00
Closed: Sundays, national holidays, substitute holidays, year-end and New Year holidays, and the second Thursday of March, June, and October due to library clearance

Umeda Sky Building

"Umeda Sky Building "is a 40-story skyscraper built in 1993 in the Shin-Umeda City complex.
Access is a 7-minute walk from Osaka Station on the JR Lines and a 9-minute walk from Umeda Station on the Midosuji Subway Line.
The imposing twin towers, also known as the "future Arc de Triomphe ", are crowded with domestic and international tourists every day.

It is divided into Tower West and Tower East and contains numerous offices, showrooms, conference rooms, restaurants, etc.
There is a hanging garden observation deck on the 40th floor to the rooftop.
The area around the building is also full of nature with greenery and small waterfalls to enjoy.
Visitors can stroll through the forest while feeling the cool breeze, and it is truly an oasis in the city.

Escalators that make you feel as if you are flying in the sky

When you arrive at our building, the first thing you probably do is look up from underneath the building.
There is a circular hole between the two buildings, which are divided into Tower West and Tower East, with a view of the blue sky.
The two bridges over the round hole look like escalators, but they are actually escalators.

This escalator takes you up from the 35th floor to the ticket counter on the 39th floor.
The glass walls of the building will make you feel as if you are flying through the air.
Enjoy the views from the indoor observation deck on the 40th floor or further up to the rooftop at "Sky Walk ".

It offers a panoramic view of the city of Osaka, not only during the daytime, but also at night when the neon lights sparkle with stunning beauty.
If heights are your thing, be sure to take the outdoor Sky Walk to enjoy the beautiful view.

Also, you can go up to the observation lobby where the ticket counter is located on the 39th floor for free, so if you are not sure whether you want to go up to the Hanging Garden or not, we recommend you to go up to the 39th floor once.

"Facility Information "
Name: Umeda Sky Building
Address: Umeda Sky Building, 1-1-88 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka 531-6039, Japan
Phone numbers: [Shin-Umeda City General Information Center ]06-6440-3899 [Sky Garden Observation Deck ]06-6440-3855
Opening hours: [Sky Garden Observatory ]9:30~20:00 (final admission 19:30)
Closed days: variable
Information fee: [Sky Garden Observatory ]Adult:1,500yen 4歳~Elementary school student:700yen
URL: https://www.skybldg.co.jp/

Namba Parks

Namba Parks ", a large complex built in 2003 on the site of the former Osaka Baseball Stadium ".
Access is conveniently located directly connected to Namba Station on the Nankai Electric Railway lines.

It is a 10-story facility with more than 200 shops/restaurants and a movie theater.
Despite its location in a large city, the Parks Garden has approximately 11,500 m2 of lush greenery, and aims to be a beloved "urban park "where people, the city, and nature come together as one.
The Parks Tower, a 30-story office building, is also adjacent to the building.

Large facility where you can buy, eat and play

Stores range from women's, men's, and children's fashion floors to cosmetics, interior design, and general merchandise, making shopping a very enjoyable experience just by looking around.
There are also restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy delicious meals and tea time, and the area is crowded with families on weekends and holidays.
With a movie theater and a large bookstore, it is no exaggeration to say that this is a spot where one can play all day long.
Each floor is spacious and easy to walk around, making it very easy to visit with children in strollers.

A Namba tradition now in its 9th year

Illumination is also available for a limited time during the winter season.
The panorama of twinkling lights in each area is becoming a new tradition in Namba.
The fantastic light viewed from the top floor, along with the greenery of the garden during the day, will be a soothing spot in the city.

"Facility Information "
Name: Namba Parks
Address: 2-10-70 Nambanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, 556-0011, Japan
Phone number: 06-6644-7100
Opening hours: [Shop ]11:00-21:00 [Gourmet ]11:00-22:00 [Garden ]10:00-24:00
Closed days: variable


When you visit Umeda, you are sure to see the red Ferris wheel that stands out from the crowd.
"HEP FIVE "(HEP FIVE), located a 3-minute walk from Osaka Umeda Station on the Hankyu Railway, was established in 1998.
This is the first time in the world that a Ferris wheel with air conditioning has been built integrated with a building.
It is no exaggeration to say that it is now a landmark of Umeda.

A whale objet d'art with a strong presence

The first thing that will surprise you as you enter from the main entrance on the first floor is the large red whale sculpture hanging in the large atrium space.
This one was very much talked about as produced by Tatsuya Ishii.

The 10-story building contains approximately 170 stores, including fashion, general merchandise, amusement, and restaurant outlets.

HEP FIVE's "HEP "stands for "Hankyu Entertainment Park" and is a facility that values "fun" and "hospitality We aim to create a facility that will make people want to come back again, valuing "fun" and "hospitality.
Enjoy shopping and dining at HEP FIVE, and relaxing on the Ferris wheel at sunset is also romantic.

"Facility Information "
Address: 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-0017
Phone number: 06-6313-0501
Opening hours: [Shopping ]11:00 - 21:00 [Restaurant ]11:00 - 22:30 [Amusement ]11:00 - 23:00
Closed: 8-9 times a year (check website for details)


In this article, we have introduced five attractive architectural facilities in Osaka.
From buildings with more than 100 years of history to futuristic buildings, all of these buildings give a deep sense of Osaka's culture and development.
We invite you to visit and experience the atmosphere firsthand.
All of the buildings look great on social media, so it's a good idea to take pictures and create a "collection of beautiful buildings".

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