Osaka Tourist Attractions: How to enjoy Abeno Harukas

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Introduction

Abeno Harukas is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Osaka. Known as the tallest building in Japan, Abeno Harukas stands 300 meters above ground and attracts visitors with its spectacular sky view and diverse facilities. opened in 2014, the complex is a tourist attraction where visitors can enjoy shopping, dining, and cultural experiences all at once.

The main attraction of Abeno Harukas is its observation deck, Harukas 300, which spans the 58th and 60th floors and offers a 360-degree view of Osaka City and, on clear days, a spectacular view of the distant mountains. At night, the Osaka cityscape is beautifully illuminated, creating a romantic atmosphere.

Abeno Harukas is also home to one of Japan’s largest department stores, the Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store, where visitors can enjoy a wide range of shopping, from fashion and gourmet foods to household goods. It also has an art museum and a hotel, offering cultural experiences and a comfortable stay. In particular, the art museum exhibits masterpieces from Japan and abroad, making it a must-see spot for art fans.

Furthermore, Abeno Harukas has very good transportation access, with JR, subway, and Kintetsu trains serving the area, making it easily accessible from anywhere in Osaka City. Combining sightseeing, shopping, dining, and cultural experiences, Abeno Harukas is well worth a visit as the highlight of your Osaka trip.

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Places to visit

Abeno Harukas is a sightseeing spot that can be enjoyed throughout the year, but the best times to visit are spring and fall. In spring, the surrounding parks and street trees are decorated with beautiful flowers, and the pleasant weather is ideal for enjoying the view from the observation deck. In autumn, the air is clear and you can enjoy clear views of the mountains in the distance. Summer requires protection from the heat, but the air-conditioned facility is comfortable. In winter, the illuminations are beautiful and the atmosphere is romantic.

Major tourist attractions and popular spots

Harukas 300

Abeno Harukas’ observation deck, Harukas 300, is located on the 58th to 60th floors and offers a 360-degree view of Osaka City. During the daytime, you can see the distant mountains and Osaka Bay, and at night you can enjoy the beautiful night view. The view from the rooftop observation gallery on the 60th floor is particularly breathtaking and leaves visitors in awe.

Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store

Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store, one of the largest department stores in Japan, is a must-visit spot for shopping enthusiasts. It offers a wide variety of products, including fashion, gourmet foods, and household goods. In particular, the food section in the basement is a great place to enjoy gourmet foods unique to Osaka and to select souvenirs.

Abeno Harukas Museum of Art

Located on the 16th floor, the Abeno Harukas Museum of Art offers a variety of domestic and international art works. Special exhibitions and special exhibitions held regularly are not to be missed by art fans. A visit to the museum is a great way to spend an artistic moment.

Tennoji Zoo

Tennoji Zoo is also located near Abeno Harukas. Families can enjoy the zoo and interact with a variety of animals. There is also a beautiful garden in the zoo where you can spend a relaxing time.

Points to note at tourist attractions.

  • Avoid crowds: The observatory is often crowded on weekends and holidays, especially at the observatory. We recommend visiting on weekday mornings or late afternoons. Also, purchasing tickets online in advance will ensure smooth entry.
  • Weather Precautions: To enjoy the view from the observation deck, we recommend that you choose a good weather day to visit. On a clear day, you will have a spectacular view that can be seen for a long distance.
  • Dress: Although many of the observatory and museum facilities are indoors, be prepared to wear clothes appropriate for the season and be comfortable.

With its spectacular views and diverse facilities, Abeno Harukas offers visitors an unforgettable experience. Be sure to visit when sightseeing in Osaka.

Access

Access from Shin-Osaka Station

Access to Abeno Harukas from Shin-Osaka Station is very convenient. First, take the Midosuji Subway Line from Shin-Osaka Station to Tennoji Station. The trip takes about 20 minutes. From Tennoji Station, it takes about 5 minutes to reach Abeno Harukas on foot. For Shinkansen users, the Midosuji Subway Line is the easiest and quickest way to get around.

Access from Namba Station

Access to Abeno Harukas from Namba Station is also easy. Take the Midosuji Subway Line and get off at Tennoji Station. It takes about 8 minutes. From Tennoji Station, it takes about 5 minutes to reach Abeno Harukas on foot. Access from Namba is ideal for visiting after a day of shopping and sightseeing.

Access from Kansai International Airport

Access to Abeno Harukas from Kansai International Airport is convenient by train or bus. If using a train, take the Nankai Railway Airport Line, transfer to the Subway Sakaisuji Line at “Tenga-chaya” station, and get off at “Dobutsuen-mae” station. From there it is about a 10-minute walk. Alternatively, take the Nankai Railway Rapid to “Namba Station”, transfer to the Midosuji Subway Line, and get off at “Tennoji Station”. The trip takes about one hour. If you use a bus, there is a direct limousine bus service to “Tennoji Station”, which takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Hours of operation, admission fee

Business Hours

Abeno Harukas Observation Deck “Harukas 300” is usually open from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. Last admission is at 9:30 pm. Opening hours are subject to change depending on the season and special events, so it is recommended to check the official website for the latest information before visiting.

Admission Fees

Admission fees for Abeno Harukas 300 are as follows

  • Adults (18 years old and over): 2,000 yen
  • Junior high and high school students (12 to 17 years old): 1,200 yen
  • Elementary school students (6 to 11 years old): 700 yen
  • Infants (4 to 5 years old): 500 yen
  • Children under 3 years old: Free of charge

These are general prices and additional fees may apply for some special exhibitions and events. Group discounts and annual passes are also offered; please check the official website for details.

Special Exhibitions and Events

Abeno Harukas Museum of Art regularly holds special exhibitions and special events. These exhibitions may require an additional fee. Please check the official website in advance for special exhibition details, fees, and exhibition periods.

Discounts and Privileges

At Abeno Harukas, discounts may be applied by using certain credit cards or point cards. Discounted rates may also apply if you purchase tickets in advance online. When planning your visit, please take advantage of these discount offers to save money and enjoy your visit.

Precautions

Baggage may be inspected at the entrance as a safety measure. Please note that large luggage and dangerous items are not allowed. Also, the observatory may have poor visibility depending on the weather. It is best to choose a clear day, especially if you want to enjoy distant views.

Please check the opening hours and admission fees of Abeno Harukas in advance to enjoy a pleasant sightseeing tour. With its wonderful view and diverse facilities, you will have a memorable day.

Summary

Abeno Harukas, the tallest building in Japan and a symbolic tourist attraction in Osaka, opened in 2014, and its greatest attraction is the observation deck “Harukas 300,” which offers a spectacular view from 300 meters above ground. From here, visitors can enjoy a 360-degree view of Osaka City, offering distant views during the day and beautiful night views at night. Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store is one of the largest department stores in Japan, offering a wide variety of products from fashion to gourmet foods and household goods. The Abeno Harukas Museum of Art, located on the 16th floor, offers a wide variety of domestic and international art works, and special exhibitions are held regularly.

Visitors can enjoy both traditional and contemporary Osaka when they visit in conjunction with sightseeing at Tsutenkaku Tower and Shinsekai. Abeno Harukas is a spot that further enhances sightseeing in Osaka. Visit this place where you can enjoy the spectacular view from the observatory, abundant shopping, and art appreciation in a variety of ways, and enjoy all that Osaka has to offer.