Abeno Harukas

The tallest building in Japan at 984ft (300m). Completed in March of 2014 it contains an upscale mall in the lower levels and an observation area at the top (1500 Yen). Get there by mid to late morning on weekdays if possible to avoid lines for the observation level. The MIO Mall and Abeno Q’s Mall are clustered together with the skyscraper at a main intersection with an elevated crosswalk. Numerous restaurants are in the malls’ upper levels and at street level.

Directions: From the Namba subway station below the Swisshotel, go south on the Midosuji Line for 3 stops, getting off at the M23 subway station – 240 Yen one way ( Swisshotel is at the M20 station ). If your room faces southeast, the Abeno Harukas is the tallest building straight out from your window about a mile away.