The sky feels within reach on the 112.5 meter tall (369 feet) and 100 meters wide (330 feet) Tempozan Ferris Wheel, one of Osaka’s main attractions. Until recently, the Wheel held the title of the world’s biggest and highest Ferris wheel; now it has been eclipsed by a small handful of others, including the London Eye in England. The Tempozan Ferris Wheel takes riders on a 15 minute ride that shows off views of Osaka city, a panoramic view of the nearby sea and Osaka Bay Harbor, and sights of mountains in the distance. At night, the Wheel is illuminated and all of Osaka shines under neon lights and moonlight; it is known as one of the most romantic spots in the city.
In addition to its impressive size and breathtaking views, the Wheel boasts incredible technology. Colored lights decorate the wheel, and they illuminate in patterns that tell the next day’s weather forecast. When the Wheel is orange, visitors can expect a sunny day, and when it is blue, rain is on the way. The Tempozan Ferris Wheel is located in the Tempozan Harbor Village, next to the Osaka Aquarium and the Tempozan Marketplace, a midsize mall.
Visitors can reach the Tempozan Ferris Wheel by walking five minutes from the Osakako Station on the Chuo Subway Line in Osaka. Riding the Ferris Wheel costs 700yen ($7) for all ages over three-years-old.