Awe-inspiring sights await at this observatory in the heart of Japan's third-largest city
Standing at 300 meters, like a giant amidst the vibrant urban landscape of Osaka, Abeno Harukas is the tallest building in Osaka Prefecture and held the title of tallest building in Japan until autumn 2023.
The building's top three floors (58, 59 and 60) form the Abeno Harukas Observatory, which offers breathtaking 360-degree views of Osaka's skyline. The Sky Garden on the 58th floor boats a spacious area with an open roof, where it's possible to relax over a coffee or beer, and looking out over the city from the 60th floor almost feels like you are walking on air.
Floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the observatory provide uninterrupted vistas of iconic landmarks including Osaka Castle and Tsutenkaku Tower. Photographers, in particular, will find themselves captivated, with ample opportunities to capture postcard-worthy images.
Whether during the day when the city buzzes with activity or at night when twinkling lights below create a magical atmosphere, the seats located by the vast windows truly offer a relaxing rest spot. No matter the weather, the experience is sure to be a memorable moment of a visit to Japan. As the tallest building in Osaka Prefecture, the Abeno Harukas is an impressive structure easily identified by its "stepped block" design. It offers a wealth of attractions to captivate visitors including Kintetsu Department Store (which has the largest sales floor in Japan), an art museum and restaurants.
The observatory is open year-round from 9:00 to 22:00. Admission is ¥1,500 for adults, with lower prices for students and children. The ticket counter is located on the 16th floor. More details in English can be found on the observatory's website.
Train: Directly connected to Osaka-Abenobashi Station on the Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line.
Train and Subway: 2-minute walk from Tennoji Station.