Don Quijote Ferris Wheel

The Don Quijote Ferris wheel, also known as the Dotonbori Wheel is an attraction like none other. While most Ferris wheels rotate in a circle, the Don Quijote Ferris goes vertical initially and rounds off slightly at the top, then again, a vertical decent. As you go up the ferris, you are met with nice view of the Osaka Sky line. Even though the ferris wheel is located alongside the famous Dotonbori Canal, where you are sitting in the cabin doesn’t allow for my – if any- viewing of the canal, which in my opinion would have made the experience incredible. 

Instead, as long as you have a clear day, you will see Japan’s tallest building, the Abeno Harukas, the famous Tsutentaku structure, and on a really clear day, you will see Mt.Ikoma and the mountain range which separates Osaka and Nara Prefecture.

The moving of the cabin is extremely freaky. As without notice, the outside of the compartment begins to spin, which ever so slightly rocks your seat – which is very unsettling when you are sitting at a maximum height of 77.4m. The wheel recently opened after being shut for 9 years due to a mechanical fault, which after many requests for the ride to reopen, saw the wheel reopen in 2017. If you are going to visit the Dotonbori Canal area, then you should at the very least check it out and try riding if you dare. Each of the 32 cabins are equipped with 4 seats and will only take a quarter of an hour to complete a full cycle.

Hours and Admission

  • Hours: 11:00am-11:00pm
  • 600JPY

Access

Access to the Wheel entrance is simple, once you reach the Dotonbori canal, all you have to do is cross the Ebisu bridge, and go down to the right of the bridge, you will see the wheel straight away as soon as you get close to Dotonbori. You will then need to climb a further 4 flights of stairs to reach the boarding platform.

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