Opened in 2016, a year after the Orlando Eye made its debut, the Redhorse Osaka Wheel at 404-feet beats its Florida counterpart by four feet in height. It is located at Expocity in Osaka, Japan on the site of Expo '70, the first world's fair ever held in Asia.
The country’s largest-ever Ferris wheel is set to open at Osaka’s Expo City on July 1 this year. Standing at a height of 403.5 feet, the Red Horse Osaka Wheel is impressive not only in stature but in modern-day aesthetics as well.
This Japanese giant is currently ranked the fifth tallest in the world. [for list of biggies click here].
All 72 carriages feature transparent glass panels on the walls and floors, creating a see-through environment to give passengers the feeling of floating through the sky. The wide seats are designed to comfortably fit six people, with each carriage air-conditioned in summer and heated in winter so customers can enjoy the views year-round.
The cars are also equipped with tablets broadcasting the special in-house “EXPO TV”, which features information on apps and other related advice for visitors to the area. It kind of seems like a great way to ruin a nice ride, so hopefully, you can mute them!
Two carriages are designated VIP carriages, with space for four passengers on extra-luxurious sofa-style seating and special interior lighting provided by floor LEDs. These carriages are perfect for special celebrations.
The Ferris wheel is the first in the world to use a base-isolated system to absorb the shock of earthquakes, meaning if one were to occur, there would be very little shaking on the structure.
One round of the wheel takes 18 minutes to complete and tickets are priced at 1,000 yen (US $9.16) per passenger for regular carriages and 8,000 yen for the exclusive use of the four-seater VIP car.
Other Ferris Wheel postings on Pillartopost.org
July, 20, 2016—Staten Island, New York
August 17, 2016—Las Vegas
September 21, 2016—Tokyo, Japan
October 19, 2016—Nanchang, China
November 9, 2016—Dubai
December 14, 2016—Melbourne
January 11, 2017—London Eye
February 7, 2017—Chicago
March 15, 2017—Singapore
April 4, 2017--Vienna
May—Suzhou, Jiangsu, China
June 14, 2017—Helsinki, Finland
July 26, 2017—Orlando, Florida
August 23, 2017—Tianjin Eye, China
September 13, 2017—Paris, France
October 25, 2017—Dallas, Texas
November 29, 2017, Osaka, Japan