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Strange Japanese Ferris Wheel Reopening After Nearly a Decade

It sure doesn't look like it, but the structure pictured above is actually a Ferris wheel. The oblong oddity adorns the Don Quijote discount shopping center along the Dotonbori River in Osaka, Japan.

Opened in 2005, the ride hasn't been operational since 2008, when a mechanical problem put it out of commission.

But fielding questions about the Ferris wheel for nearly a decade has finally persuaded the owners to repair and reopen it, according to CNN

Starting on January 19, visitors who pay ¥600 (US$5) can board one of 32 gondolas for a 15-minute spin on the observation wheel, which reaches a height of 254 feet. Views of the water and the glittering Osaka skyline should be good for a few oohs and ahhs.

The experience is available at any time of day or night: Both the ride and the store it's attached to stay open 24/7.

Tags: Osaka, japan, ferris wheels