This 40-storied building was designed by Hara Hiroshi and built in 1993 in Umeda area, Osaka City. Hara Hiroshi is one of the leading architects in Japan and known as the designer of the Kyoto Station Building. This building has a unique two-storied observatory on top, which has a round corridor and open-air rooftop. As this observatory connects two similarly buildings, the earthquake resistance of the entire structure has been greatly improved. Thanks to these unique aspects, this building attracts many visitors from all over the world. To be more precise, more than 70% of the visitors are not Japanese. Umeda area is located in the northern end of downtown Osaka, hence most city center of Osaka, the so-called Kita and Minami, can be commanded from there.
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