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通天閣 Tsutenkaku

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  • Minami (Shinsaibashi / Nanba) Area
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Minami (Shinsaibashi / Nanba) Area
1-18-6 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka 556-0002, Japan
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Date of post:2015/05/12

A typical landmark of Osaka

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Tsutenkaku Tower is an iconic landmark in Osaka. It is located in the center of Shinsekai area. It was first built in 1912, inspired by the Eiffel Tower, and it was adjacent with Luna Park. Unfortunately, Tsutenkaku Tower was destroyed during the war in 1943, and rebuilt again in 1956.

A Billiken doll as well as the tower is a well-known Osaka iconic motif. It is chunky and looks like a Kewpie doll because Billiken doll is always smiling. It was originally created in America and brought to Osaka when Luna Park opened. It is believed that touching its soles will bring you good luck. You can find various sized Billiken dolls everywhere in Shinsekai area. There's also a big Billiken doll on the observatory deck on the tower that dressed like Shichifukujin, The Seven Deities of Good Fortune.

On the tower's observatory deck, which is glittering gold as it was renovated to celebrate its 100th birthday in 2012, you can see the entire skyline of Osaka. It is interesting to see Abenobashi Terminal Building known as Abeno Harukas, the tallest building in Japan.

I would like to recommend my favorite photo spots to take pictures of Tsutenkaku Tower. If you want to take a whole figure of Tsutenkaku Tower, it is good to take it from the steps of the Spa World which is located in the south. If you want to take a picture with Tsutenkaku tower, try to photo on the Tsutenkaku Hondori main street.

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