Literally translated, “Tsutenkaku” means “tower-through-to-the-sky.” Arriving here, the first thing you should do is hop on the elevator to the observation deck. The pamphlet you get when you purchase your ticket will come
in very handy. Not only will it point out bits of trivia about the tower and highlights in the area, with it you’ll also get a sheet you can craft it into a paper version of Tsutenkaku. In its completed form, the little
paper tower can also hold your change—now that’s neat! Anyway, now that you have your pamphlet, head up 100 m aboveground to the observation deck. Up here, you’ll see an Osaka far different than your usual earthbound view:
From the 360° tower-top panoramic view, you’ll look out as far as Mount Rokko in Kobe and Mount Ikoma. Another popular sight at the tower is the statue of Billiken, mascot of Tsutenkaku. It’s said that stroking the soles of
his feet brings good luck. At the gift shop on the second floor, you’ll be able to pick up all sorts of uniquely Osakan souvenirs, including Billiken-themed goods.
Adults ¥800, Children 5 – 18 ¥400,