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. Mashallah

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

  3. الحكومه العراقيه حايرين بلبوك

  4. Japan is developed country.

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

  6. Wow Very Nice I Like

  7. Indians are commenting everywhere

  8. So cool

  9. Japón. Es. Muy. Bello. Pero. Los. Terremotos son. Muy. Feos.

  10. Not sure which is cooler the tunnel
    or the car.
    Great vid

  11. In HK we also have a highway to the other harbour that goes through a parking building. Yup.

  12. Hameedullah

  13. Only in Japan AND China

  14. Japanese people… Most patriotic people in world…

  15. Love japan, from ethiopia.

  16. Your channel is very beautiful

  17. Amazing

  18. Japan the best country ..all hi-tech

  19. john looks the guy from cobra kai, daniel larusso, just realised

  20. I like japan

  21. Hello, I'm from Cambodia. I love Japan and Japanese.


  23. And here in Ottawa Canada 🇨🇦 we don’t even have a transit system!

  24. I legit thought he would mention that the tunnel is haunted by ghosts or even an oni.

  25. Where is the Arabic translation?

  26. Thats called JAPAN from Bangalore

  27. Great technology…
    From India

  28. I love japanese technology

  29. 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.

  30. Game world: oh thats a glitch
    Real world: oh thats osakas gate tower building

  31. 最近は外国人による日本の宣伝も増えた。

  32. Very wonderful building and amazing imagination.

  33. That’s awesome

  34. Respect from Serbia 🇷🇸🇯🇵

  35. likes of curves from sky look down as The rives

  36. India always loves japan and Russia

  37. Dubai also my dear

  38. 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.

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

  40. Proud to be Japanese.

  41. Proud to be 🇯🇵

  42. Proud to be Japanese 🇯🇵

  43. check chongqing,china

  44. 북항대교영도방향 내리막갈림고갓길 급이네요

  45. Lo triste de Japón es no tener territorio extenso y para más 140 millones se necesita más tierras

  46. I miss Japan

  47. Highway through a building? Have you ever heard Chongqing City?

  48. Very nice video

  49. Fantastic

  50. Amazing

  51. Dream country👉👉JAPAN amaZ!ng. Love from 🇮🇳 India

  52. Bountiful buildings

  53. 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.

  54. I don't know , why i love japan?

  55. জাপান শহর অনেক সুন্দর এই পথম দেখলাম

  56. didn't know building penetration was an actual Hentai in Japan

  57. This is india

  58. 絶対これ通す場所が無かったからこそのゴリ押しだろw

  59. What if an oil truck explode there?

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

  61. that is false in berlin theres a 6 lane autobahn going thru an entire building

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

  63. Awesome 😳💕


  65. Okay, driving through a building is cool. Doing it in a SEVEN is just pure CLASS.

  66. 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.

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

  68. Your english is very clear sensei ^_^

  69. few century ago white laughing at them now impress by them pathtic

  70. 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.😅

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

  72. Love Japan

  73. 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.

  74. 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.

  75. 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

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

  77. 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.

  78. What do you think about CHINA?

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

  80. Hello

  81. I love Japan eroshima ,Nagasaki pleple come stay our india.

  82. Structural beauty at its peak

  83. It's so increadable

  84. 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…..

  85. Amazing JAPAN

  86. West Kowloon corridor, Hong Kong. There is a road that goes through a building there too.

  87. O Japão é foda.

  88. I love Japan. I'm from India

  89. Sir Apko hindi samjati hai to please replay kro

  90. العراق ماصير هيج لو 1000سنة

  91. اللهم صل على نبينا محمد وعلى آله وأصحابه وسلم تسليما كثيرا

  92. Wow. I will never forget that!

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

  94. Great surpassing roads

  95. Japan no1 country in technology
    Good 👌I like this country

  96. Just two lanes highway

  97. Which camera and tripod did you use when driving in the lotus ?

  98. That is so Amazing. I would love to visit.

  99. Negara Maju🙌

  100. Is gpod idea😊

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