Last week, my boyfriend and I went to Osaka to visit my Korean aunt and Japanese uncle living in there. Like Tokyo, Osaka was a pretty big city and there were many fun things to do. It took about 2 hours and half to get Osaka station from Tokyo station via Shinkansen, the fastest train in Japan, and it was very nice that we could be able to see Mount Fuji on the way to Osaka 🙂
As we arrived Osaka at night and wanted to see night view of Osaka, we decided to go Abeno Harukas, Osaka’s landmark just built in the last year, 2014.
Abeno Harukas is the highest ‘skyscraper’ in Japan (Tokyo Skytree is the highest ‘tower’ in Japan). This building is 300 m (984 ft) tall and has 62 floors. From top to bottom, the building is consist of observatory (58-60F), hotel (19F,20F, 38-55F, 57F), office floors (17F,18F, 21-36F), art museum (16F), department store(B2-14F), and Kintetsu Osaka-Abeno station (B2F, 1F).
location of Abeno Harukas
According to Abeno Harukas’s official website, “Harukas” is an old Japanese expression meaning “to brighten, to clear up.” Name implies that visitors can enjoy clear view of Osaka from the building. ‘Abeno’ is the name of some area of Osaka where the building is located.
Admission for each adult costs 1500 yens (about 13 dollars). Ticket counters are on 2F and 16F. On 16F, you can take an elevator to observatory on 60F.
Below are night views from Abeno Harukas. From this building, you can see almost every famous tourist spots in Osaka such as Osaka Castle and Tsutenkaku, landmark tower in Osaka.
*Here is a tip for Osaka trip: As Abeno Harukas is the highest building of Osaka, you can see it from every tourist spots in Osaka. Therefore, you can use the skyscraper for finding direction. The building has shape of stairs and south part of it is the highest. So the direction that highest part of the building is facing is south.
From 60F, you can look down into ‘Sky Garden’. This is an outdoor space with an open roof. You can have a cup of coffee or a meal purchased at a cafe dining bar connected to the garden from inside of the building. The place was not so busy on that day since it was cold winter.
Every night, there are shows that lights of beautiful colors illuminate the floor of the garden.
There was a huge elevator looking sculpture on the back part of Sky Garden. People could get in side of it and take interesting pictures in it.
After looking around Sky Garden, we went helipad tour of Abeno Harukas. Ticket can be purchased at information counter on 60 F. Ticket costs 500 yens (about 4 dollars) for each person. You can stay on helipad about half an hour.
Because of strong winds on the helipad, some bags and other accessories might fly away because of wind were not allowed for the tour. I had to take off my hat and backpack and put them in a locker near the entrance of helipad tour.
Below is the helipad! It was my first time to be on helipad, so I was very excited!! You can see the mark of helipad ‘H’ under my feet.
Clicks pictures below for seeing full sized ones.
As the weather was so cold, we came back from the helipad after less than half an hour and headed to gift shop on 58F.
Below are pictures of the gift shop. In the store, there were various cute goods of AbenobeA (Abeno bear), the mascot of Abeno Harukas. OMG they were so cute!!!
For more information about AbenobeA, go to this post -> AbenobeA (Abeno bear), a Cute Bear Mascot of Abeno Harukas
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