Here’s all you need to know about Edge the Harukas in Japan

Experience a one-off thrill unlike any other in Osaka

1. Nervous about stepping onto a 60cm-wide, 300m-high ledge that’s exposed to the elements? You needn’t be. You’ll be wearing a safety harness and you’ll have a rail to hold on to for extra security. You’ll also be accompanied by trained staff, so you’re in safe hands.

2. Open your eyes and take in the massive city of Osaka. You’ll be facing south, so look out for Nagai Park, home of the Cerezo Osaka football team, as well as Sumiyoshi Taisha, one of Japan’s oldest shrines. Don’t forget to look directly down, where you’ll see shoppers scurrying to and from the distinctive Hoop mall.

3. What if a quake strikes when you’re peering over the edge? The chances are tiny, but if that happens, you’ll be just fine. State-of-the-art technology has been incorporated into Abeno Harukas, Japan’s tallest building — this includes high-strength pillars and shaft dampers. You may feel a wobble, but you’ll have a story to dine out on for the rest of your life!

4. Cameras and mobile devices aren’t allowed, but there’ll be an official photographer on hand to record the experience. As you come off the walkway, you’ll be presented with a photo snapped on the ledge — and it’s all part of the ¥1,000 (about P480) fee. The print includes a QR code, which lets you share the image online with friends and family.

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This article first appeared in the July 2018 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Trevor Mogg

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