Photo/IllutrationA “kotatsu” table is placed on the observatory of Japan’s tallest building Abeno Harukas in Osaka. (Provided by Kintetsu Real Estate Co.)

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OSAKA--It surely ranks as one of the coziest and most stunning winter night views in all Japan.

Visitors to the observation deck of the nation's tallest building, Abeno Harukas, can sit at low “kotatsu” tables and warm their legs while eating traditional “oden” or “nabe” hot pot dishes from Nov. 5.

Four kotatsu, which can seat up to 16 people, will be set up on the southern side of the 58th floor observatory, which rises 278 meters above ground.

Two courses will be available. One offers unlimited oden for 3,800 yen ($33.70) per person. The price includes the entrance fee for the observatory and unlimited drinks.

The other course, “chiritori-nabe,” is a nabe dish unique to Osaka, and costs 4,800 yen per person. The same conditions apply as for the oden course.

A time limit of one or two hours is set aside, depending on the course selected.

Kintetsu Real Estate Co., which operates the high-rise building, noted that more foreign tourists are visiting Osaka. A company representative welcomed foreign visitors experiencing this traditional Japanese winter setting.

It will accept reservations for the kotatsu on the Abeno Harukas website through March 3. Each group must have at least two people.