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Abeno Harukas Tower in Osaka, what to see? Hours and entrance fee (2024)

We present to you the Abeno Harukas Tower. How much is the entrance fee for its Harukas 300 observation deck that offers spectacular views of Osaka city.


In this article, we will talk about one of the tallest places in Japan: Abeno Harukas Tower in Osaka. If you love modern architecture and breathtaking views, this is definitely the place for you. The Abeno Harukas Tower is nothing less than the tallest building in all of Japan. Yes, you read that right! If you want to feel on top of the world, this is the place. We’ll show you what you can see from the observatory of this majestic tower.

From the top of Abeno Harukas Tower, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Osaka. Its skyscrapers, parks, rivers—everything will look miniature from up there. Don’t forget to bring your camera because you’ll undoubtedly want to capture these magical moments. Now, how can you visit this incredible tower? We were able to see it on one of our trips to Japan, and even though the day was rainy and gray, we didn’t let that stop us from visiting.

Abeno Harukas
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Overview

☑️ A 300-meter building with a 360-degree observatory, the tallest in Osaka.
📍 Nearest Station: Kintetsu Osaka Abenobashi
💵 Price: ¥1,800 (updated 2024)
❓Did we like it?
Yes, we had a very pleasant time

Note: In 2023, the Abeno Harukas lost the title of the tallest skyscraper in Japan. On November 23, it was surpassed by the Azabudai Hills building in Tokyo, which has a height of 330 meters.

The Abeno Harukas building (あべのハルカス) was constructed from 2010 to 2014, has a height of 300 meters, and boasts 60 floors.

The name Harukas comes from the Japanese word harukasu (晴るかす), which means “to brighten, to clarify.” The building was designed by the Argentine architect César Pelli.

Harukas 300

How much is the entrance fee?

1,800 yen (updated 2024)

You can buy your tickets in advance here. Other places where you can purchase the ticket, aside from the ticket office on the 2nd or 16th floor, include the Kintetsu line stations and convenience stores like Family Mart.

Reduced prices are: 

  • Age 12-17: 1,200 yen
  • Age 6-11: 700 yen
  • Age 4-5: 500 yen

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Abeno harukas ticket counter

What are the opening hours?

The hours for this attraction are from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM, last entry is 30 minutes before closing. 

Can you take photos?

Yes.

Vistas de Osaka

How to get to Abeno Harukas Tower?

The Abeno Harukas skyscraper is located on top of the Kintetsu Osaka Abenobashi station, right across from the JR Tennoji station.

From JR Osaka station, you’ll arrive in just 15 minutes. You’ll need to get off at Tennoji station, and that’s it.

From JR Namba station, you’ll arrive in 5 minutes, and you would also get off at Tennoji station.

If you have the Osaka Amazing Pass or the JR Pass, you can take the transportation for free to get there.

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What to see in Abeno Harukas skyscraper?

In the Abeno Harukas building, you’ll find the enormous Kintetsu shopping center, which I regret not having visited in more detail—it’s huge, and rightfully so: it’s the largest shopping center in Japan.

Upon entering the building, we headed to the first elevator that took us directly to the 16th floor. On this floor, you’ll find the Abeno Harukas Art Museum, souvenir shops, a free observation garden, and the ticket office to buy the Harukas 300 observatory ticket if you haven’t reserved them in advance.

When we visited, there was a large Christmas tree decorated with many “Abeno Bears,” the building’s mascot. That’s something I love in Japan: there are mascots for almost everything. Of the towers and skyscrapers we’ve visited, there have only been few occasions where we didn’t see a mascot, such as in the Tocho or the Mori Tower.

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Abeno building

Taking the elevator to the Harukas 300 Observatory

The elevator went up quickly, so fast that I felt my ears pop, and in no time, we were on the 60th floor. The observatory allows a 360-degree view of Osaka. The advantage of coming on a gray day is that there were few people, and it was very pleasant to walk around.

In the observatory, they show us a comparison of the highest observatories in Japan. It is clear to us that the Harukas 300 observatory is not the highest in Japan; that title belongs to the Tokyo SkyTree tower

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Observatory views

In each view, we had marked the North, South, East, and West. The main points could also be seen, but the texts were only in Japanese. The views were gray, but we couldn’t ask for more from the day.

Even with the gray color, it was spectacular to see the cars as if they were toys and see how the city occupies everything, so that when we see an area that seems uninhabited, we quickly realize that it is a cemetery.

But don’t think it’s all buildings; there are also some green areas. Overall, we took several laps to admire the views over and over again. You have to take advantage of the entrance ticket.

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View from Abeno Harukas

Abeno bear souvenirs

In the observatories we visit, we have the tradition of buying a commemorative keychain. It’s always the same machines, the same format, but the design changes depending on the observatory. Obviously, here we would have the Abeno Bear, and even the machine was blue.

Abeno bear

Also, there were bear-related items, and there was a kind of lottery where for 1000 yen, you put your hand in and grab a flying piece of paper; everyone had a prize, the thing was to know if it was the small, medium, or large bear. I got the small one, but well, it wasn’t that small; it covered my whole face.

Abeno Bear Plushie

Commemorative photo

Another thing that cannot be missing at observatories is the commemorative photo. The employees take it for you, sometimes even take another with your own camera, and after a while, they show you the printed photo, and you decide whether to buy it or not.

Lately, I’ve been weak, and I bought the cheap photo; it costs about 1300 yen, which is like 10 euros. But it’s a nice memory.

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Abeno Harukas photo

Edge the Harukas

At that moment, due to the rain, it was closed, but there is the possibility (for an extra fee) of putting on a harness and walking on the outside edge of the building. In the photo, you can see the stairs; Vicente just posed for the photo but didn’t go up.

Edge the Harukas

Commemorative Stamps from Abeno Harukas Observatory

In almost all the observatories we’ve been to, there is the possibility of getting a stamp, unfortunately, there isn’t one here. At least I was able to practice my limited Japanese and ask sutanpu wa doko desu ka? (スタンプはどこですか), to which they replied that there wasn’t one.

While waiting to ask my question, I kept watching a video of the building’s mascot: Abeno Bear traveling by train, very funny.

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Abeno bear

Sky Garden 300

The Sky Garden 300 cafeteria is on the 58th floor; besides having a hot drink, you can eat something.

As its name suggests, it is an open terrace where we can take a photo in the huge heart frame and leave our heart-shaped padlock, something that is seen a lot in these high observatories in Japan.

Floor 58 Abeno Harukas

What souvenirs to buy when visiting the tallest building in Osaka?

On the 59th floor, you can buy various souvenirs, magnets, socks, everything. There are also machines to print photos, but what caught my attention the most were the temple amulets and the tablets. We weren’t in a temple, but people still wrote their good wishes.

After spending a very pleasant time, we said goodbye to the observatory. We still had the light show that is included in the admission pending, but that was many hours away, and there were still many things to see in Osaka.

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¿Qué hoteles están cerca de Abeno Harukas?

Very close to the building, we stayed at a hotel that was right above a Don Quijote store. It’s the Via Inn Abeno Tennoji hotel, where we had a very pleasant stay.

Frequently Asked Questions about Abeno Harukas skyscraper

What is the tallest building in Japan?

The Azabudai Hills, standing at 1,067 feet, has now taken the title of Japan’s tallest skyscraper, surpassing the Abeno Harukas tower in Osaka by 83 feet.

Where is Abeno Harukas Tower located?

Abeno Harukas Tower is located in the city of Osaka, Japan, in the Kansai region.

What is Abeno Harukas Tower?

Abeno Harukas Tower is a skyscraper that features an observation deck at its top.

What is the height of Abeno Harukas Tower?

Abeno Harukas Tower has a height of 300 meters.

What is the main attraction of Abeno Harukas Tower?

The main attraction of Abeno Harukas Tower is its observation deck, known as Harukas 300.

What are the features of Abeno Harukas Tower?

Abeno Harukas Tower is the tallest building in the Kansai region and has a height of 300 meters. It is a skyscraper located in the city of Osaka and offers an observatory from where panoramic views of the city can be enjoyed.

Views from Abeno Harukas

Osaka from the heights

In conclusion, Abeno Harukas Tower in Osaka is simply wonderful. With its impressive 300 meters in height, it has become the tallest skyscraper in the city. It is located in the center of Osaka, in the vibrant neighborhood of Tennoji.

The views you can enjoy from the top are spectacular, giving you a unique perspective of the entire city. In addition, the Tennoji area surrounding the tower is full of shops and restaurants where you can have a good time after admiring the views.

There are also many tourist attractions near the tower, making it a perfect place to start your adventure in Osaka. We loved being able to visit it and spent a long time relaxing with its views.

In short, if you’re looking for good views and want to experience city life, Abeno Harukas Tower is the ideal place.

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Olga Grijalva

Olga is a traveler and travel content creator with 17 years of experience. Her goal is to share useful information to help you plan your adventures. She has visited more than 40 countries and is excited to share her experience with you.