The name, Tsutenkaku, literally translates into “the tower reaching heaven”. It is owned by the Tsutenkaku Kanko Company Limited. The tower was erected in 1912, fashioned after the Eiffel Tower in Paris. It was attached with the adjoining Luna Amusement Park by an airborne rope car.
Shortly, it became one of the admired sightseer destinations. The construction was destroyed in 1943, during the WWII, as it could serve as a potential bombing target for the Americans. The iron was melted and employed for war purposes. The structure that stands today had been rebuilt in October 1956.
The tower stands 103 meters tall, with the Observation Deck at a height of 91 meters. The Deck, is home to the Billiken, Japanese for the God of Happiness or “things as they should be”. The Billiken is an auspicious American doll that shipped its way to Japan way back in 1910. After its destruction, the statue of the toy went missing. The present shape is a reformation of the original as was copied from photographic evidence, which was positioned inside it in 1979. Presently, the statue has become closely associated with the tower and is a popular symbol of good luck.
The Tsutenkaku Tower is also famed for its neon light display which is altered every few years. They were shut down during the imported oil crisis during 1974 to 1976. Since 1957, Hitachi, a global company of Japan has sponsored the Tower and the illumination spells out Hitachi ads. Standing atop the surveillance platform, the vacationer will be treated to a breathtaking view of downtown Osaka, with its standing eateries and economical garment stores.