An architectural marvel in the heart of Osaka City, the Senba Building – full of historical character and charm – is a fixture of this modern Japanese metropolis. Featuring a tile-clad façade more often seen on European streets, the building has played many different roles throughout its history and remains a striking Osaka tourist attraction that any visitor to the city must see.
Built in 1925, the structure was initially set on the main thoroughfare that carried goods to and from Osaka Castle. The Senba Building courtyard, a unique outdoor space that still remains today, is rumored to have been built specifically to accommodate wagons. Vaulted ceilings, stained glass, and a wealth of character features set this building apart from traditional Japanese architecture, adding to its intriguing beauty. Follow the patio corridor around the inner spaces of this one-of-a-kind urban retreat.
Currently occupied by offices and studios, visitors can’t help but be drawn in by the retro facades. Don’t miss the English roof garden, a wonderful place to enjoy the warm Osaka weather in the summer months with its 250 species of flowers and trees.
A walk through this time capsule is an essential thing to do in Osaka not only for lovers of design, but for visitors who want something a little different to do during their Osaka sightseeing.
Open all week except for Sundays, reservations to tour the Senba Building should be made prior to arrival.