HEP Five (Osaka, Japan)
A geometric spectacle set in Osaka’s central Hankyu Entertainment Park (HEP Five) shopping mall, HEP Five Wheel is the center of attention. Set on the roof of the megaplex, the top of the wheel measures almost 350 feet from the ground, offering impeccable views of downtown Osaka, the Osaka Harbor, and Mount Ikoma in the distance. Operating since 1998, the wheel features an impressive 52 cabins that can hold four people at a time on the 15-minute ride.
Singapore Flyer (Singapore)
The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel, only with benefits, that only start with the stunning views below. Cars hold up to 28 people as they circle above the city. When it opened in 2008, it was the highest Ferris wheel in the world, reaching 165 meters (541 feet) up into the Singaporean sky. With advance notice, the Flyer can accommodate disabled guests in wheelchairs. Located on Marina Bay, the Flyer’s terminal has three floors of restaurants, shops, and other services.
Sun Wheel (Da Nang, Vietnam)
Hop in a cabin and enjoy cityscape views from Sun Wheel, a large observation wheel in Asia Park Da Nang. The 115 m wheel features 64 cabins and can carry 384 persons per revolution taking 15 minutes to complete. Cabins offer 360-degree views and night rides are particularly enchanting. Enjoy a view of the monolithic statue of Maitreya Buddha on Son Tra Mountain. Put Sun Wheel on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Da Nang trip builder.
Cosmo Clock 21 (Yokohama, Japan)
Originally designed and built for the YES '89 Yokohama Exposition at Minato Mirai 21 in 1989, Cosmo Clock 21 now stands on a new base, restructured in 1999, adding 16 feet to its height. Best appreciated at night with its stunningly lit structure, the wheel can carry 480 people in its 60 passenger cars, with each car allowing up to eight people. The 15-minute trip is a great primer for a day in Yokohama city, with superb views of the Landmark Tower and Yokohama Bay. On a clear day, riders can glimpse Shinjuku skyscrapers, the Boso peninsula, and even Mt. Fuji.
Beijing Great Wheel (Beijing, China)
The Beijing Great Wheel is a 208-meter tall giant Ferris wheel, was to have been constructed in eastern Beijing's Chaoyang Park, one of the 2008 Summer Olympics venues. The representative emphasized to the Beijing Economic Report that there is nothing wrong with the Ferris wheel itself, but with a self-protection unit that is not considered to be part of the ride.
Eye of the Emirates (Dubai)
A short 20-minute trip from Dubai up the Persian Gulf coast, the Eye of the Emirates is a highlight of wonder at Al Qasba amusement park, extending nearly 200 feet above the Al Khan Lagoon. Set among a development filled with restaurants and carnival attractions, the Eye’s enclosed cabins offer an air-conditioned respite from the desert heat as the wheel travels along at a brisk clip. Expect unrivaled views of the Gulf, impressive skyscrapers, and Dubai in the distance.