Tsutenkaku (Tsutenkaku Tower)
Tsutenkaku (Tsutenkaku Tower) Review
Nearly every major city in Japan has its tower, and while they all offer lovely views, most are not much to look at themselves. Shin Sekai's Tsutenkaku breaks this trend by looking decidedly strange. Built in 1912 with the rest of Shin Sekai, the original tower merged Paris's Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower into a single design. Though the original was dismantled to supply iron for Japan's war effort, it was designed and rebuilt in 1956. On the face of the tower is Japan's largest clock (changing color by the minute); the top displays different-color LED lights to indicate the weather. Charmingly gaudy, Tsutenkaku is considered one of the most authentic symbols of Osaka. The observation deck provides one of the city's best night views and a chance to meet Billiken, Shin Sekai's deity of "things as they ought to be."