Sunset in Osaka
The Osaka Castle has the best daytime view of the city, but The Floating Garden, which sits atop of The Umeda Sky Building, offers the best nighttime view.
With a cup of coffee in hand, I made my way up to The Floating Garden and was greeted by a security guard who refused to let me on the Lumi Sky Walk with a beverage. In hindsight, it made sense. It was not the best idea to bring a hot beverage onto a windy, sky-high platform.
As I tried my best to chug down my steaming java under the electric heater, I watched everyone else marvel at the sunset atop of The Umeda Sky Building. I was bummed that I was missing this beautiful sunset, but I knew if I didn’t have my coffee I’d pass out before the sun went down. Luckily, I found a tiny corner where I got my caffeine fix with a view of the horizon.
The Floating Garden
Why do they call it The Floating Garden when it’s really an observatory surrounded by glass that connects two 40-story towers?
I get the floating part. You’re up so high it’s almost like you’re floating in the sky. (Yes, I rhyme.) But when I reached the “garden”, I was confused by the lack of greenery.
Instead, I was greeted by a sci-fi looking view with a circular path called the Lumi Sky Walk and a 360 degree view of The Umeda Sky Building, the Yodogawa River and the Osaka Bay.
The Umeda Sky Building
To get up to The Floating Garden, you’ll need to take one of the narrow elevators up 173 meters for a panoramic view of Osaka. If you’re afraid of heights, liquid courage is available in case you need it.
After the sun sets, the sky glitters with stars and the land sparkles with lights. The Lumi Sky Walk magically glows with tiny colorful stars that transforms the path to mimic The Milky Way with blue, green and purple LEDs. The Lumi Sky Walk becomes a romantic path that leads to the Oath Fence, where couples can buy heart shaped locks and make their cheesy proclamation of eternal love.
The Yodogawa River & The Osaka Bay
While watching the sun set in Osaka, I realized why Japan is called the land of the rising (setting) sun and their flag is just a big red dot. Never have I seen a sun set with such red flare that it makes the mountains looked like they were on fire.