Abeno Harukas: a High-Rise Complex in Osaka
Guide to Abeno Harukas in Osaka
Did you know that the tallest building in Japan is not located in Tokyo but in Osaka?
The tallest building’s name is Abeno Harukas, and this architectural marvel is not just a building but a multi-purpose complex featuring a department store, museum, office space, hotel, and an observatory. It is a symbol of modern Japan and a great destination for those seeking spectacular city views and a premium shopping experience.
In this article, I will introduce this impressive building as well as what you can do there. If you visit Osaka, you should definitely take into consideration checking out this place!
What is Abeno Harukas?
Abeno Harukas (あべのハルカス) is a super high-rise complex building with a height of 300 meters.
There are a variety of stores such as Japan’s largest department stores, observation decks, museums, and hotels. You can enjoy all day at Abeno Harukas.
There are also plenty of exquisite gourmet lunches and sweets that you can enjoy with the best view of Osaka.
It is directly connected to Kintetsu “Osaka Abenobashi” Station and JR and Osaka Metro “Tennoji” Station, and it is possible to go not only from Osaka but also close to Kyoto Prefecture and Hyogo Prefecture.
You can buy Japanese sweets at Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Department Store. For example, matcha sweets, warabi mochi, dorayaki, Japanese sweets using sweet potatoes, etc!
What to do at Abeno Harukas
The observation deck of Building Abeno Harukas, which is 300 meters tallest in Japan, has three floors: the 58th, 59th, and 60th. If the climate conditions are good, you can also overlook the Rokko mountain range from Kyoto, Akashi Kaikyo Bridge to Awaji Island, the Ikoma mountain range, and Kansai International Airport.
There is also a sky garden on the 58th floor, where you can experience the outside air. There is a restaurant cafe in the indoor area.
“Abeno Harukas Dining”, a restaurant district with 2800 seats at 44 of the largest stores in Japan, has Japanese, Western, Chinese, and ethnic restaurants. There is also a buffet-style restaurant, and one of the attractions is that you can choose what you want to eat according to the situation at that time.
Japanese restaurants in Abeno Harukas have many options such as sushi, teppanyaki, eel, udon, tempura, etc. In addition, you can taste various Japanese foods such as tonkatsu, kushikatsu, and ramen.
How to get to Abeno Harukas
You can get to Abeno Harukas in 20 minutes from Osaka Station. Take 7 stops from Umeda Station on the Midosuji Line, which is directly connected to Osaka Station, and get off at Tennoji Station. It takes 2 minutes on foot from Tennoji Station to reach Abeno Harukas.
You can also go to Abeno Harukas an hour from Kyoto Station. Take the JR Kyoto Line Special Rapid for 30 minutes from Kyoto Station and go to 3 stations, and you will arrive at Osaka Station. Take the JR Kansai Airport Rapid Service from Osaka Station and get off at Tennoji Station for 6 stations. It takes 2 minutes on foot from Tennoji Station to reach Abenoharukas.
From Osaka Station, you can go to Tennoji Station on either the Midosuji Line or the JR Kansai Airport Rapid Service, and you can go to Abeno Harukas.
Tourist attractions near Abeno Harukas
Osaka Municipal Museum of Art
An art museum in Tennoji Park which opened in 1936. It houses about 8,400 items, mainly oriental art, such as Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, paintings, and crafts. In addition to collection exhibitions, special exhibitions are also very popular.
It is a 10-minute walk from Tennoji Station on the JR Osaka Loop Line.
Spa World, the largest hot spring in the world, is a hotel with Spa World, a large hot spring facility that is a famous place in Naniwa. In the spa area, in addition to 16 kinds of hot springs in 11 exotic countries around the world, you can also enjoy elaborate bedrock baths with motifs from all over the world.
A zoo that breeds about 200 species and 1000 animals in the vast park. There is a cave house where you can observe the underwater ecology, an African savanna zone that reproduces the local landscape, and an Asian rainforest zone.
|1 Chome-1-43 Abenosuji, Abeno Ward, Osaka, 545-6016
When visiting Osaka, I recommend to overlook Osaka from the observation deck of Abeno Harukas. You can have a meal at a Japanese restaurant, or check out the art museum, and you can also go shopping. You can then enjoy the nearby hot spring, and you can enjoy it all day. Let’s make memories of Japan with Abeno Harukas, which can also be visited from Kyoto.
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