Osaka May 2015 Part 1 – Abeno Harukas

This is my nth time to go to Osaka, and you might think there’s nothing left for me to go to. Actually, it’s quite the contrary. Osaka remains to be one of the most interesting, most dynamic cities in Japan, and I don’t think there’ll ever come a time when it will become boring.

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As usual, I stayed in a hotel near Osaka Station. Hands down the most convenient place to stay in Osaka. If you’re traveling soon and still don’t know where to stay, this is the best area. It is especially convenient if you’re using Osaka as a starting point to traveling to other parts of Kansai (i.e. Kyoto, Kobe).

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Obligatory Arashi photo. <3

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First day agenda – Abeno Harukas, the tallest skyscraper in Japan.

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Harukas 300 is the observation deck on top of Abeno Harukas.

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I went super early to beat the crowd! Always pays to be a morning person if you love traveling.

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The observation deck occupies 3 whole floors, and provides people with a 360 degree view of the city.

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On the lowest area of the observation deck is a restaurant/cafe where you can relax and read a book.

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Both Umeda Sky Building/Floating Garden and Abeno Harukas/Harukas 300 offer a view of the city, but I think they’re totally different in terms of feel. If you only have time for one tower/city view, I’d recommend the former, just because it’s more convenient to stay in Umeda than Tennoji.

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Garden terrace on the 16th floor had some pretty flowers!

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I feel like Umeda Sky Building also has a better view of the city? Or maybe it’s just me. I also went to Umeda Sky Building at the prettiest time of the day (sunset) so I may be a little biased.

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From JR Osaka Station, it takes 15 minutes to go to JR Tennoji Station.