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Published on 06.01.2016
Abeno Harukas opened its door in 2014 and it instantly became the landmark of Osaka. At 300m high, it stands as the tallest building in Japan.
‘Abeno’ is the name of the area and ‘Harukas’ derived from old Japanese expression meaning ‘to brighten, to clear up mind’. As its namesake suggests, Harukas promises every visitor a relaxing time in a bright, comfortable environment.
Harukas is consists of three floors of observation deck (58F-60F), Osaka Marriot Miyako Hotel and office block (17F-57F), museum (16F), Kintetsu Department Store (14F-B2) and Kintetsu Osaka Abeno Station (B2F/1F).
The observation decks (58F-60F)
<The 60th floor> the top floor observatory gallery is a 360° glass-enclosed observation deck. Visitors feel as if they are walking in the air. On a clear day, you can enjoy the view of Kyoto to the Rokko Mountains, Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge to Awaji Island, Ikoma Mountains and Kansai International Airport.
<The 59th floor> access to the exit elevator/Harukas 300 shop (souvenir goods)
<the 58th floor> the open-air outdoor plaza in a three-story atrium structure with pleasant sunlight and wind. /Café Dining Bar Sky Garden 300
Open: 9.00-22.00 all year around
Admission fee: 18 years or older 1500yen, 12-17 years 1200yen, 6-11 years 700yen, 4-5 years 500yen, 3 and under free
*Ticket can be purchased on the day of your visit at ticket counter on the 16th floor.
*You can purchase a ticket with day assignment in advance with reduction outside Japan via Tabee Japan.
*You can buy an exchange ticket with day assignment (up to 2days prior to the day) at FamilyMart nationwide with 500yen handling fee. NB: you have to exchange to admission ticket at the ticket desk on the 16th floor.
*If you want see the view of day and night, buy ‘Harukas 1day ticket’ (adult 1950yen) that is a bit more expensive but allows you to come back to observation deck within the day. This ticket can be purchased on the day and may not available due to the numbers of visitors.
*If you are not scared of height, you can go up to the rooftop Heliport between 10.00 and 20.00 with additional 500yen. Guided tour only. Ask availability at the information desk at 60th floor.
NB: the prices above are checked on September 2016 and can be changed.
The Abeno Harukas Art Museum (16F)
This museum doesn't have a permanent collection and stages major exhibitions every few months. Admission fees vary depends on exhibitions. There is also a garden terrace on the same floor that offers a green space to sit down and relax. (admission free)
Open: 10.00-20.00 (18.00 on weekends and holidays)
Close: Mondays and New year holidays
Kintetsu Abeno Harukas Department Store (B2-14F)
The store boasts 16 floor with 12 storeys annex building. Surely you can find anything in this store. The food courts are situated between the 12th floor and the 14th floor with 44 restaurants with 2800seats!
Address: 1-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka, Japan
Telephone: 06-6621-0300 (the observation decks)
Access: Abeno Harukas is situated directly above Kintetsu Train South Osaka line <Osaka-Abenobashi> station. Other stations that is close by are; JR <Tennoji> station, Osaka city subway Midousuji& Tanimachi line <Tennoji> station, Hankai tramway Uemachi line <Tennoji eki mae> station