At the height of 300 meters, Abeno Harukas is the tallest skyscraper in Japan. This multi-purpose complex consist of retail spaces, offices, art musuem, hotel, rooftop garden and observatory. The name Abeno Harukas derives from the old Japanese word harukasu, meaning “to brighten, to clear up” was opened in 2014 to revitalised the aging Tennoji District. I took the train to Tennoji Station; a short walking distance via the underground to Abeno Harukas. There are many spots in Osaka to to enjoy the night views. I decided to give a try at its observatory, Harukas 300. For the admission of ¥1,500, you can purchase the ticket over the counter on the 16th floor. If you are cash-strapped, the rooftop garden on level 16 is free to public.
The observatory is located on the 58th to 60th floor. There were special light projections during my visit titled “City Light Fantasia” by NAKED. This annual nightly projection mapping event only happens during the winter season.
Projections on the floor.
The night views are truly jaw-dropping.
Tenkuu Teien (Sky Garden)
Open deck space. It can get chilly during winter season.
Abeno Bear is the mascot for Harukas 300.
Projections on the glass.
Harukas 300 observatory is worth a visit for night views of Osaka.
HARUKAS 300 (Observatory)
Abenobashi, 1 Chome-4 Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 545-0052, Japan
By Train: Tennoji Station or Osaka-Abenobashi Station