Coordinates: 35°37′35″N 139°46′56″E / 35.6263915°N 139.7822902°E / 35.6263915; 139.7822902
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General information
TypeFerris wheel
LocationOdaiba, Tokyo, Japan
Height115 metres (377 ft)

Daikanransha (大観覧車) was a 115-metre (377 ft) tall Ferris wheel at Palette Town in Odaiba, Japan.[1]

Description and history[edit]

When it opened in 1999, it was the world's tallest Ferris wheel. It has the same 100-metre (328 ft) diameter as its world record predecessor, the Tempozan Ferris Wheel, at Osaka, but its overall height is 2.5 metres (8.2 ft) greater. Daikanransha lost its world's tallest status to the 135-metre (443 ft) London Eye, which officially opened on December 31, 1999, but which did not open to the public until March 2000 because of technical problems.[citation needed]

It is the third tallest Ferris wheel ever constructed in Japan, Asia's 10th tallest and the world's 12th tallest wheel ever constructed.[citation needed]

Daikanransha was visible from the central urban area of Tokyo, and passengers could see the Tokyo Tower, the twin-deck Rainbow Bridge, and Haneda Airport, as well as central Tokyo, during their 16-minute ride. The Bōsō Peninsula and Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan, could also be seen on a clear day,[2][3] and at night the wheel was brightly lit by 120,000 neon tubes programmed to display multiple patterns in over 100 colours.[4]

Due to the redevelopment plan for the entire Palette Town, the Ferris wheel was closed in August 2022.[5]


  1. ^ daikanransha.com : パレットタウン大観覧車<大観覧車データ> Archived 2015-05-18 at the Wayback Machine (in Japanese)
  2. ^ "japan-i.jp : Daikanransha (giant Ferris wheel)". Archived from the original on 2009-11-01. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
  3. ^ "japanican.com : Dia to Hana no Daikanransha". Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-02-26.
  4. ^ asiaone.com : Romance, shopping and stylish dining in Tokyo
  5. ^ Miyashita, Keiichi (2022-08-31). "Visual Summary: Bidding farewell to The Giant Ferris Wheel at Palette Town in Odaiba, Tokyo". Nippon News. Retrieved 2022-08-31.

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Preceded by World's tallest Ferris wheel
Succeeded by

35°37′35″N 139°46′56″E / 35.6263915°N 139.7822902°E / 35.6263915; 139.7822902