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If you feel like hitting the stores for a day, there’s a perfect venue just a short train journey away. You can get everything you need under one roof at Abeno Harukas, including the best view of the city skyline.
It’s easy to catch a train to start your trip to Abeno Harukas. First make your way to Ogimachi Station and take the Osaka City Subway Sakaisuji Line to Minamimorimachi Station where you will need to change to the Osaka City Subway Tanimachi Line for the remainder of your journey, to Tennoji Station. Abeno Harukas is located above the Tennoji Subway Station, so you can enter directly from the station.
The name Abeno Harukas means to brighten and clear up. This is an appropriate name for the 300 meter tall, 62 story skyscraper that forms part of the Abenobashi Terminal Building. The structure underwent years of reconstruction, and only opened in its current form in March 2014, so everything is new, modern, and fresh.
Abeno Harukas is a multi-purpose building, with approximately 100,000 square feet of shopping space, making it the largest in Japan. Add to that restaurants and an observatory, and you have the perfect place to spend a few leisure hours. If you have spent most of your visit exploring the history of Osaka, a day spent at Abeno is a wonderful change of pace.
Shopping at Abeno Harukas
The Kintetsu department store shopping experience at Abeno Harukas is vast and eclectic. You can browse the collection at the Watch Salon, which sells brands including Gucci, Chanel and Seiko. On the first floor of the tower building is a selection of high end boutiques from around the world. You can also include the Foreign Customers Salon in your shopping experience. This salon situated on level 3.5 in the Wing Building. Here you can get 5% discount vouchers for your shopping and learn about tax-refund procedure. You can also leave purchases at the salon while you continue your visit, and arrange to have them shipped directly to your home address.
Dining at Abeno Harukas
From the 12th to the 14th floor at Abeno Harukas you can visit any of forty four restaurants, many featuring traditional Japanese cuisine. These restaurants include Kagairo, which is a traditional Japanese restaurant that was established in 1830. You can also sample some excellent sushi at Kokei.
Viewing the city of Osaka and beyond
No visit to Abeno Harukas is complete without a trip up to the Harukas 300 Observatory. The observatory is located on the 58th to 60th floors of the tower. On the 59th floor you can walk in the outdoor sky garden, and relax and enjoy refreshments, at the Café Dining Bar. One floor above is the observatory store, where you can pick up a memento of your visit. On the 60th floor is the Observatory Gallery which is enclosed in glass. Looking out from either the garden or the gallery, you have an incredible view, across the Osaka Plain, and out to Kyoto and the Rokko Mountain Range.
The admission charge for entry to the observatory is ¥1,500 for adults, ¥1,200 (children aged 12-17), ¥700 (children aged 6-11) and ¥500 (children aged 4-5). Children who are aged 3 and under may enter free of charge. The entrance charge for anyone who is disabled is 50% of the full rate for the applicable age group.
A visit to Abeno Harukas is a multi-sensory experience that’s all in one location. Once you’ve finished your time shopping, dining and admiring the fabulous views, you can just catch the Osaka City Subway Tanimachi Line train for your return journey.
Abeno Harukas can be reached in a 3-minute walk from Osakaabenobashi Station.
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