One day I’ve decided to go to Osaka Bay, I wanted to be near the ocean and smell salty water. Get away from the buzzing city life and relax near the ocean. On April 25 I did just that. Once I arrived at Osaka Port after taking a train to Osakako station, I saw that giant Ferris Wheel called Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel (In Japanese: 天保山大観覧車).
This Ferris Wheel is located at Tempozan Harbor Village, near Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. The aquarium is another great family attraction in its own right, it’s one of the largest aquariums in the world. That Ferris Wheel is indeed huge, with a height of 112.5 meters and 100 meters in diameter, it’s something that you can see from far away. I came there close to sunset and it was actually the best time to buy a ticket (¥800 age 3 and up).
Here are some photos of Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel in Osaka, Japan. I took them one before sunset and the others at night. A beautiful color display makes this experience a memorable one.
One of the cool things taking a Ferris Wheel ride at night is that you can see a stunning panoramic cityscape view of Osaka city while listening to relaxing music that is played in the cabin. Furthermore, at night, there are some colorful effects on the Ferris Wheel itself. There is even a cool animation of a fish (I think it’s Nemo) running away from a shark and then both the shark and Nemo swimming away from an even bigger shark.
Here, I took a video of that including the beautiful light displays.
It’s a very relaxing place to be at night but if you are a family with kids, make sure you check out the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan as well. The Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan opening hours are between 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
After I got down from the Ferris Wheel, which was quite a long ride, I went near the sea. It was very quiet, not a lot of people there. There was a sign there that says that this spot is one of the best spot in Japan to see the sunset. Just so you know. I wasn’t there again to check it out, maybe next time. But if you are ther earlier before sunset, you might want to check it out.
I then went to a local coffee shop and bought me a donut and a coffee. You know, sometimes, those little things, eating a donut and drinking a hot coffee feels so much better when you are relaxed and in a quiet environment. That 15 minutes break was fun. I never really appreciate that kin Things start to taste different, you start to enjoy every bite of the food or a taste of a drink.
Overall, the Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel is a fun attraction for the entire family. I personally recommend taking it at sunset, dawn or at night but of course, you can enjoy a great view during the day as well.