As most people learned last week, Osaka is currently building Japan’s tallest Ferris wheel—the Redhorse Osaka. It begins operation on July 1, 2016.
When it’s complete it will be 403 feet tall, which puts it in 5th place for tallest Ferris wheel in the world.
But the really cool thing about the Redhorse Osaka is that it will also have 72 passenger cabins, and all of them have transparent floors. That’s right; you will be able to see all the way down to the ground, which makes this Ferris wheel more like a thrill ride.
One rotation of the wheel will take about 18 minutes, which means you will get a great view of the surrounding area, which will actually be really beautiful too. The Redhorse Osaka Ferris wheel will be located in Osaka EXPOCITY—also the largest complex in Japan.
Top Five Tallest Ferris Wheels In Japan
But all this talk of Ferris wheels reminded me that Japan is crazy about Ferris wheels. So here are the top five tallest Ferris wheels in Japan.
- Space Eye
This Ferris wheel gets the show started, standing at 330 feet. It is located in the Space World theme park in Yahatahigashi-ku, Kitakyushu, Japan. Not bad, but we can do even better!
- Tempozan Ferris Wheel
This Ferris wheel looms over Japan at 369 feet, and can be found at Tempozan Harbor Village—right next to Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. On this ride, you can see Osaka Bay and Mount Ikoma. And fun fact, the colored lights on the Ferris wheel provide a weather forecast for the next day—Orange means sunny, green means cloudy and blue means rain. I hope your Ferris wheels are always orange!
- Cosmic Clock 21
This Ferris wheel is an iconic structure in the Cosmo World Amusement Park in the Minato Mirai 21 district of Yokohama, Japan. It stands a very impressive 369 feet. The interesting thing about this Ferris wheel is that it was actually deconstructed and reconstructed on a taller base, which placed it at its current height.
Standing at 377 feet, this is the 2nd tallest Ferris wheel in Japan. It is located in Palette Town in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan. From the top of this wheel, you will get a great view of Tokyo Tower and the Rainbow Bridge—which is colorfully lit at night too!
Odaiba is also the location of the giant Gundam that can be seen in many guide books about Japan, which is why it is one of the most popular “date spots” for people in Tokyo.
- Diamond and Flower Ferris Wheel
This is the current big daddy of all the Ferris wheels in Japan, at an astounding 384 feet tall! It is located in Kasai Rinkai Park in Edogawa, Tokyo, Japan. The name “Diamond and Flower” Ferris Wheel comes from the light shows on the Ferris wheel, which resemble a shiny diamond or flower.
From the top of this wheel you can see the beautiful skyline of Tokyo and Tokyo Bay. If you are in Tokyo, then make sure to catch a ride on this awesome Ferris wheel.
So the next time you are in Japan, keep your eyes open. You might just see one of these enormous Ferris wheels, and maybe we will see you there!