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Japan's New Luxe Urban Hotels

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looking down from Abeno Harukas

It’s minutes to sunrise in Osaka, Japan’s second largest city where the country’s tallest building – 300-meter (984-foot) Abeno Harukas - opened March 7th. Guests of the Marriott Miyako Hotel (1-1-43 Abeno-suji, Abeno-ku, Osaka 545-0052; phone: 81-6-6628-6111;, occupying floors 38 to 55, await the express elevator to the top. It’s a perk of staying in one of the 376 rooms of the country’s newest hotel: exclusive, early (and free) entry to the glass-enclosed 60th floor. Even in imperfect weather you can see Kyoto, Kobe, Kansai Airport, and the Ikoma mountains. Observation deck indeed.

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