Vintage fun comes to Osaka in the shape of the Tsutenkaku, Osaka’s answer to the Eiffel Tower.
Beautifully illuminated at night, the Tsutenkaku Tower is a reconstruction of the original 1912 tower and was built in 1956.
Outlined in neon, the tower has a decidedly kitsch but cute 1950s futuristic look. Take the elevator to the observation deck on the summit’s fifth level.
Surrounded by pachinko parlors, theaters and raffish restaurants, the tower is in the south of Osaka in the retro entertainment district of Shinsekai.
The closest stations are Ebisucho and Dobutsuen-mae.