Taking the world less travelled

Journey to the top of Osaka – Hep Five Ferris Wheel

Posted by on Feb 23, 2009 in Travel | 7 comments

Hep Five From Osaka Jo

Hep Five Ferris Wheel Info!

  • Cost: 500円
  • 106m high
  • Number of Gondolas: 52, max four people per gondola
  • Time of Round Trip: 15 mins
  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 22:45

After our visit to Osaka Jo, we went to Umeda to visit Hep Five and it’s ferris wheel on the roof. As soon as we got off the subway we had an older man come up to us to show us to the correct exit. I mean, sure that is nice and Umeda station is easy to get lost in, I’m sure. But if I want help I’ll ask for it! We were perhaps looking lost because we had just got out of one line and were just trying to orientate ourselves. So yeah, I can’t fault the guy, although I felt a bit like English practise, he was nice and helpful, but it was unnecessary.

So we had the right exit but it still took us some time to orientate ourselves to where we had actually been lead to in order to find the building!

Up we go

Let me say it now… I’m afraid of heights! However, I am one of those people who would rather face my fears, challenge them. I’m no wimp! And usually at some point things aren’t so bad any more.

Before you go on they take a cheesy photo which you can decide at the end if you want to buy or not. We decided to buy it because buying cheesy things is part of being on holidays.

What a view

Yes, I was nervous as we went up but it was easier going down. It was an awesome view of Osaka. On the windows of the carriage there are little map outlines of buildings to tell you what is what.

Another carriage

After riding on the Hep Five Ferris Wheel, even though it was only mid afternoon I was buggered! I would have liked to have explored Umeda but I found I couldn’t keep my eyes open. Too much excitement for one day. We made our way back to our hotel and had an little nap before our night time adventures…

Me obviously very afraid





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  1. ジェイソン (Jason)

    Looks like a fun day out. Hopefully the Mrs. and I can do that the next time we’re in Osaka.

    Any good restaurants around the ferris wheel? How much is the fare for the ride?

    • GoddessCarlie

      When writing this post I searched the internet and couldn’t find anywhere that told me the fare price, so I gave up.

      Now that you’ve asked the question, I went and found my ticket. I paid 500円 per ticket. I will update this post now with more information!

  2. mtwtfss

    Ah, nice memories. I remember eating at a cafe nearby which we were only allowed 15 min to have a sundae then we had to leave. It was too busy and the wait line was incredibly long. To be seated, they have to move the table out to sit one person, move the table back so the other person could sit across. The place was PACKED. Like sardines. Only in Japan.

  3. Deas

    Ha ha – my girlfriend would be so jealous. She wanted me to go on that dadgum ferris wheel so much. Alas, we’ve never found the time during any of our visits to Osaka.

    And yeah…you do seem a bit afraid in your “banzai” picture. Ha ha. :-)

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