Good friend of mine visited Japan in Nov 2014 and send me this postcard.
The Floating Garden Observatory is platform that formed a bridge that connect the two towers of the Umeda Sky Building in Osaka. The roof in doughnut shaped is known as the 'Floating Garden" or Lumi-Skywalk enable the visitors to have an unobstructed 360-degree view. From this observatory can see the panoramic view of Osaka.
The basement of the building houses the Takimi-Koji gourmet street with designed to recreate a simple Osaka village from the Taisho period in the 1910's and 20s.
The Shin-Hotaka Ropeway is one of Japan's most unique ropeways and it climbs over 1000 meters up the side of the Hotake Mountain Range, which includes Oku-Hotakedake (Japan's third highest peak). The most distinctive feature is its double decker gondola cars,
the first of their kind in Japan, which offer excellent views of the Okuhida Region.
My recent trip (Oct 2014) to Central Japan also covered famous moutain sighseeing route between Tateyama - Kurobe. The scene appear to be different in each season. Yukino-ōtani is the most famous sightseeing spot from April to June. You can enjoy the greatest snow walls just before Murodō along this route. The month (Oct - Spring) I went I don't see the ice wall.
The Northern Alps route is 25km long , the vertical (height) is as large as 1,975m.
It uses 7 different modes of transport to complete the route, which including cable car, bus, trolley bus, ropeway, aeriel tramway.
The route is carefully built so that the surrounding environment is not damaged. Consequently, three lines go entirely under tunnels. (This is also to protect the lines from snow.) Among them, two are trolleybus lines. I just read from Wiki that Trolleybuses have all gone from Japan, except for these two lines which are still used here as they don't exhaust fumes in the tunnels.