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Highway through a Building Story ★ ONLY in JAPAN

Highway through a Building Story ★ ONLY in JAPAN


HIGHWAY THROUGH A BUILDING STORY Quite often when you see something unbelievable on the internet you don’t know whether or not it is fake or real Behind me is Osaka’s Gate Tower Building and believe me — it’s real! That’s right! Going through that building is a highway. Osaka is Japan’s second largest metropolitan area located in the heart of the Kansai region. Not far from Osaka station lies one of the world’s most peculiar buildings. From above, it’s easy to see why but from building level, the GATE TOWER BUILDING is just ridiculous There’s a story behind this building but before I get into that, I wanted to go inside the TKP Gate Tower Building and find out what exactly’s on those middle floors. I got permission from the building owner to give you a look around. First I had to pin down which floors the highway was located I quickly found out those floors simple don’t exist. 1 2 3 4 The elevator simply doesn’t stop on the highway level. In the lobby, you can see it listed though. Floors 5 6 and 7 are the Hanshin Expressway But the 8th floor was a conference room so I asked to take a look from up there The elevator took me above the highway Yup! You can watch the cars go straight though the building. From an adjacent building, you can see that the expressway curves below my postion on the 8th floor. It never actually touches the building. It passes thorough suspended on a bridge surrounded by a tunnel to prevent noise and vibrations to the surrounding floors. On the 5th to 7th floors is a stairwell, elevator and some machinery By the way, the highway is the legal tenant of floors 5 through 7 About 1500 meters away is Osaka’s famous UMEDA SKY BUILDING with the highest escalators in the world From there, you can get an amazing view of the city and the GATE TOWER BUILDING You’re probably wondering why the Hanshin Expressway is passing through the building, right? It’s basically a land rights dispute with a sort of happy ending The property was owned by a business since the early Meiji era but when the business declined, so did the buildings The area was approved to be redeveloped in 1983 but the property holder refused to give up the land, even though new building permits had been refused They negotiated for 5 years and this was the compromise Now it’s part of Osaka’s fast growing skyline. Seen it, been in it, and now it’s time to drive through it In a 1996 LOTUS Seven. We got on the Hanshin Expressway one stop away from the Gate Tower Building and Umeda Exit Let’s go! It’s a 3km drive This is Yasui-san Yes! This is his wonderful can and he’s taking me on a trip through the Gate Tower Building Yes! And he’s also — oh! Oh! Look! Look! That’s your company! Yes! He’s the president of a delivery service that gets things speedily to people whereever they are in Japan Yes! It didn’t take long to arrive. Felt like we were driving inside a video game to complete a mission Was there anything special about driving through a building like this? When you do it in a LOTUS 7, you bet there is! In reality, it’s just a tunnel for drivers to pass though, but the visual of it all is just super cool and now I can check it off my list of things to do ONLY in JAPAN You can get good views of the building on the OSAKA KANJOU SEN or Circular / Loop Line between Osaka and Fukushima Station When you think about it, the shortest route from A to B is a straight line, never mind that this ones curves a little I’m just saying more highways should go through more buildings because – it’s just simple cooler that way If you’re in Osaka, take a look around and see if you can find the crazy building with a highway going through it and – See you next time! Next time I meet up with ONLY in JAPAN regular Kevin Riley and we hear to Nara for a street food guide episode If you liked it, hit that subscribe button and watch another one of ONLY in JAPAN’s shows Follow me on Instagram: onlyinjapantv See you next time. Mata ne~

100 thoughts on “Highway through a Building Story ★ ONLY in JAPAN

  1. It is not so exciting as you are talking about >>
    That’s very less than normal >>
    Search something Els >>>
    By >>

  2. Wow!!!! Think about having an earthquake……what if that building collapse. It must be earthquake proof.

  3. NOT only in Japan. The Old main post office in Chicago, USA has a whole freeway running through it. It's colossal, and over 90 years old.

  4. 最近は外国人による日本の宣伝も増えた。
    外国人観光客は年間3000万人前後が丁度いいのであって、これ以上、急増しても困るのが日本人の本音。

  5. That is some bad feng shui with a highway having thousands of cars passing through the building day and night. There must be some limit on how tall and wide the vehicles can pass through the building. I don't think those 18-wheeler huge trucks from North America would be able to make it through the building.

  6. Sorry it is not only in Japan. It is also in Philadelphia ( near 30th Street Station ) in USA.

  7. I know this channels says "Only in Japan", but just for your interest, China has a train going through a building in the city of Chongqing. You can Google it! I imagine it's he same reason: the building existed first, and then the transportation link came after. They didn't want to demolish the building, so they just cut a hole as a compromise, because the position of the building's load bearing pillars allowed it.

  8. জাপান শহর অনেক সুন্দর এই পথম দেখলাম

  9. Come to Chicago, we have 2 trains that go through a hospital. Cool transit similarity, now only if we had chicago pachinko 🙄

  10. This also exists in Berlin, it is a huge building complex called "die Schlange" and it was build around a highway

  11. This should be a part of some racing game. If the game had some made up tracks, not like the Nürburgring rally track, I think Monaco, when the F1 comes in, tracks get made up.

  12. توحشتك حبي انت اوسم يوتيوبر على الاطلاق
    …….احم احم هل انت متزوج 🤗🤗🤗🤗

  13. In my country India, we pray to God before passing down a flyover.A highway
    that goes through a building would be a nightmare to indians.😅

  14. He is speaking some kind of dialect I don't quite understand, but I think he said something about pinning

  15. John, that was excellent video. Shows how Japan is using every inch of available space to maximum output. Great highways going through the sky high buildings.

  16. John, that was excellent video. Shows how Japan is using every inch of available space to maximum output. Great highways going through the sky high buildings.

  17. The name of this channel is ONLY in JAPAN, stories from Japan. There are other stories, other buildings – I'm not trying to compare it to others buildings so relax 🙂 I'm telling the story of this building. See more ONLY in JAPAN channel videos as we move closer to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics! You'll enjoy the series I make all over the country. Thank you for the support from all over the world! -John

  18. Wow you met the CEO that owned that building? While he driving you through the tunnel in his Lotus SEVEN
    Wow that is something 🙂

  19. Currently, a large amount of rice is produced every year in Fukushima, Japan's radiation-exposed area, but it can never be sold to Japanese consumers. After purchasing a large amount of rice from the Japanese government, the rice from Fukushima was secretly supplied in large quantities through hotels, restaurants, and many catering establishments that are frequented by tourists, and is now being consumed by tourists. Perhaps it is very likely that the rice you bought at a tourist resort restaurant in Japan was contaminated with radioactivity produced in Fukushima.

  20. Me gusta mucho Japón, por eso me gustan muchos sus videos y agradezcos que tengan subtitulos al español. Todo increíble!!!

  21. Humare yehaan log andhviswas me ji rahein hai….. Aur wahaan log realtiy me yehi fark hai….. Humara desh me paiso ki kami nahi par dharam itna andha bana diya hai….. Logon ko devolomnet se matlab nahi hai…. Bus yehaan andhviswas me jina hai…..

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    In YouTube watch NLA plastic song in Telugu
    Save Nature stop pollution stop global warming save earth avoid plastic disposal things please

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