Abeno Harukas 阿部野橋ターミナルビル
Abeno Harukas in Abeno ward, Osaka, is Japan's tallest building at 300m, as opposed to its tallest structure/tower which is the Tokyo Skytree in Tokyo at 634m. Abeno Harukas is 4m taller than the next tallest building in Japan, the Yokohama Landmark Tower.
The Abeno Harukas building, which opened in March 2014, has 62 floors, is multi-purpose and includes the Osaka Abenobashi Station on the ground floor, the Abeno Harukas Kintetsu department store, the Abeno Harukas Art Museum on the 16th floor, a roof top garden space also on the 16th floor, the 5-star, 360-room Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel and an observation deck on the top floors with incredible views out over Osaka.
Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Department Store
The Kintetsu department store in Abeno Harukas is the largest department store in Japan with a floor area of 100,000 square meters, stretching from the second basement floor to the 14th floor.
Ladies' fashion dominates the lower floors, plus men's fashion, sports, kids' fashion, bridal, watches and gifts higher up. Stores of note include Armani, Aquascutum, Diesel, Gucci, Mikimoto, Rolex, Paul Smith, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany, Hello Kitty, Adidas, Burberry, Issey Miyake, Wedgewood and Puma with tax free shopping available for foreign visitors.
The 12-14th floors are packed with restaurants offering a mid-boggling variety of Japanese and foreign cuisine.
Free Wifi "D-Kintetsu" is available throughout the store with foreign exchange available at the Senshu Ikeda Bank on B1F of the Wing Building. Domestic and overseas delivery of purchased goods by the Japan Post EMS service is available on the same floor.
Tickets for the observation deck, Harukas 300, can be bought on the 16th floor and cost 1,500 yen. The two floors include a sky park and a light show in the evening. The observation deck is open 9am-10pm. Reserved tickets can also be bought online and from Family Mart convenience stores and cost 2,000 yen.
Abeno Harukas Art Museum
The Abeno Harukas Art Museum (www.aham.jp) on the 16th floor offers various temporary exhibitions throughout the year in the time-honored style of department store museums in Japan.
The Abeno Harukas Art Museum is open from 10am-8pm and closed on Monday or the following day if Monday is a public holiday in Japan. Previous exhibitions have featured art from Koyasan in Wakayama Prefecture, French Post-Impressionism including Georges-Pierre Seurat and the art of Raoul Dufy.
Around Abeno Harukas
Other shopping areas near Abeno Harukas include the renovated Abeno Kintetsu department store inside Tennoji Station, Hoop, Abeno Lucias, the Apollo Building and Abeno Market Park Q's Mall, the largest shopping mall in Osaka Prefecture.
Access - getting to Abeno Harukas
Abeno Harukas (Japanese & English)
Tel: (06) 6624 1111
Osaka Abenobashi Station is the terminus for the Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line for trains to Imagawa, Fujiidera, Domyoji, Furuichi (in Osaka Prefecture), Shakudo, Kashiharajingu-mae, Yoshino and Kawachi-Nagano in Nara Prefecture.
Across the road is Tennoji Station on the on the north-south Midosuji Line of the Osaka subway system, the Tanimachi Line, the Hankai Uemachi Line, from Tennojieki-mae to Sumiyoshikoen Station, convenient for Sumiyoshi Taisha Grand Shrine, the JR Osaka Loop Line, the JR Hanwa Line from Tennoji to Wakayama with some trains going to Kansai Airport Station for Kansai International Airport (KIX) via Hineno and some return trains continuing on the JR Osaka Loop Line to Kyobashi Station and then to Shin-Osaka Station.