Daikanransha, also known as the “Giant Sky Wheel,” is the Japanese name of the giant, 377 foot tall, previously world’s tallest Ferris wheel located in Odaiba, Tokyo, Japan.
I think it’s rather cool Japan sort of one-ups itself. The Daikanransha Ferris Wheel actually dethroned the Tempozan Ferris Wheel in Osaka as the second tallest ferris wheel in Japan.
There are really a couple of reasons for wanting to ride the giant ferris wheel called Daikanransha during your Japan travels; especially if you’re in the Odaiba area already.
For the insane view
First, to get an insane view of Tokyo — especially at night. Plus you’re right on the bay so you get to see quite a bit of fantastic city lights.
Small problem though. The Rainbow Bridge is partially blocked by the Fuji TV building. But other than that it’s a remarkable view.
On a clear day, if the stars align perfectly, and your luck is high, you’ll even catch an awesome glimpse of Mt Fuji (okay, the stars don’t have to align, but the weather often hides the mountain).
And hey, fellas, if you really want to be a star — bring your significant other here on a nice cool Friday night. Your eye for a fantastic night out with a glorious view and the light, trendy culture of the area will not go unnoticed.
To ride a massive ferris wheel
The second reason is that you want to ride one of the world’s tallest ferris wheels.
According to Wikipedia, “It is the third tallest Ferris wheel ever constructed in Japan […] It is also Asia’s 10th tallest and the world’s 12th tallest wheel ever constructed.“
Oh, and the seats are heated too — if you happen to be riding in the cooler months of Tokyo.
Ride Daikanransha at night
The 120,000 tubes of neon lights covering the ride give it a whole new experience at night. It’s vibrant, bright and fun.
Plus you’ll have an excellent view of Tokyo at night, with all the mesmerizing city lights.
The Odaiba area of Tokyo is packed with interesting things to see and do. It really has a more breezy, seaside feel than the typical Japan you may experience.
For more, check out my complete guide “Things To Do In Odaiba: An Impressive Itinerary To See The Best” — it will help you spend a day or two and see all the best Odaiba has to offer.
Daikanransha hours & ticket prices (2019)
The ride lasts a whopping 16 minutes and operates from 10:00 am – 10:00 pm daily, but is open until 11:00 pm Friday and Saturday nights.
The price varies by age. There are also group price discounts available. Ask when you’re there.
- 12 years old and over = ¥1,000
- 4-11 years old = ¥500
- 3 years old and younger = free