Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Restaurants
Shopping
Jobs
Friends
Essentials
-
Sightseeing
-
Accommodation
-
Transportation
-
Restaurants
-
Shopping
-
Budget Travel
-
Questions

Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Osaka - Umeda
Osaka Station City 
# 7   of 22 most visited
sights in Osaka

jump to:   access  -  hotels  -  ratings  -  tours  -  links

Osaka Station is a major railway station in Osaka's Umeda district (also known as Kita) that is served by a large number of local and interregional trains, but not the shinkansen which stop at Shin-Osaka Station. The formerly dark and cramped station underwent extensive renovation works and was reborn in 2011 as Osaka Station City, one of Japan's most attractive railway stations.

Osaka Station City's landmark is a large glass roof that spans over the railway tracks and gives the station a lot of new open space. Newly constructed and renovated buildings on the north and south sides of the station provide travelers with a wide array of shopping, dining, entertainment and recreation opportunities, and are connected with each other by a wide bridge over the railway tracks.

The Toki no Hiroba plaza, which spans over the railway tracks

The bridge that connects the north and south buildings is called Toki no Hiroba (Time and Space Plaza) and provides a pleasant open space above the railway tracks for travelers to move from one side of the station to the other, take a rest or observe trains. From the level just below the plaza, travelers can access the railway tracks.

North Gate Building

Newly constructed and opened in May 2011, the North Gate Building contains a department store, shopping center, multi screen cinema complex, sports club and multiple attractive green spaces:

Isetan Mitsukoshi Department Store
Shopping: 10:00 to 20:00 (some floors until 20:30)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00
This branch of the Isetan department store chain, which recently merged with the Mitsukoshi department store chain, covers twelve floors including a restaurant floor on the top floor and a food floor in the basement. Most floors in between sell fashion and accessories.

Lucua
Shopping: 10:00 to 21:00
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00
Around 200 stores are found on the eleven floors of this shopping complex for the fashion and trend conscious, offering clothing, cosmetics and lifestyle goods. A restaurant floor is located on the top floor.

Yawaragi no Niwa and Kaze no Hiroba
The Yawaragi no Niwa (Healing Garden) and Kaze no Hiroba (Wind Plaza) are two terraces on the 10th and 11th floor of the North Gate Building that offer small green spaces, views over northern Osaka and a few benches for taking a break.

Tenku no Noen
Tenku no Noen (Sky Farm) is a unique green space on the roof of the North Gate Building where various vegetables and fruits are grown. The rooftop is reached via multiple stairs from the 11th floor (no elevator or escalator is available), where benches and tables are provided for taking a break.

South Gate Building

Partly new, partly renovated, the South Gate Building contains a department store, the Hotel Granvia Osaka, a clinic and a little bit of recreational space.

Daimaru Department Store
Shopping: 10:00 to 20:00 (some floors until 21:00)
Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00
The floor space of the Daimaru was greatly increased with the renovation and enlargement of the South Gate Building and now occupies 17 floors that offer a wide variety of goods and services, including a Pokemon Center, Uniqlo and Tokyu Hands branches and a restaurant floor.

Taiyo no Hiroba
Located on three terraces on the 15th, 16th and 17th floors on the south side of the South Gate Building, the Taiyo no Hiroba (Sun Plaza) receives sun during most of the day. It offers a few benches, a patio restaurant and views onto the high rise buildings of the Umeda district.

Any Questions? Ask them in our question forum.

How to get there
The Osaka/Umeda station complex is the busiest in western Japan, shared by four different railway companies. It consists of multiple separate stations:
  • Above ground:
    • Osaka Station (Japan Railways)
    • Hankyu Umeda Station (Hankyu Railways)
  • Underground:
    • Hanshin Umeda Station (Hanshin Railways)
    • Umeda Station (Midosuji Subway Line)
    • Nishi-Umeda Station (Yotsubashi Subway Line)
    • Higashi-Umeda Station (Tanimachi Subway Line)

From Shin-Osaka Station:
4 minutes, 160 yen by frequently departing JR trains.
Alternatively, the Midosuji Subway Line takes 6 minutes and costs 240 yen.

From Namba Station:
8 minutes, 240 yen by Midosuji or Yotsubashi Subway Line.

How to get to and around Osaka

Advertisement

Hotels and Ryokan
Osaka offers a wide range of accommodation for all budgets. The most convenient base for exploring the city and its surroundings is the Umeda district around JR Osaka Station. Also convenient is the Namba district, the city's prime nightlife area. The Shin-Osaka Station area does not offer much entertainment and dining options, but is most convenient for travelers using the shinkansen.
Search Hotels
Sponsor Hotels
Japan Osaka Ryokan Association
For business or pleasure, search by area for the perfect traditional Japanese ryokan to match your Osaka accommodation needs.
Hotel Kinki
A hotel close to JR Osaka Sta. & subway Umeda Sta. Free WiFi in rooms & PC in lobby. Laundry, non-smoking rooms. From 2900Yen.
Hotel Kuramoto
A clean ryokan with a history of nearly 60 years. From 4000yen. 2 min to Dotombori area. 5 min to 2 subway stations.
Kaneyoshi Ryokan
A modern Japanese inn in Dotombori. the center of Osaka. 2 subway stations nearby. Close to many shops and Osaka Castle.
Hotel Ichiei
A comfort modern Japanese hotel located in the center of Osaka. 3 train stations of Namba within a walking distance.
Osaka Yamatoya Honten
Japanese style budget ryokan. From 5,775yen.
Right next to Dotonbori in Osaka.
Recommended Hotels around Osaka - with lowest rates by selected hotel reservation websites
Hilton Osaka Hotel
Very convenient high-class hotel just across from JR Osaka Station.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Hotel Granvia Osaka
Very conveniently located inside JR Osaka Station City.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport
Directly connected to the terminal building, this is the most convenient hotel at Kansai Airport.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
InterContinental Hotel Osaka
Beautiful hotel recently opened near JR Osaka Station in the convenient Umekita district.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse
Popular and inexpensive hostel about a 15 minute walk from JR Osaka Station.
Reserve through
Booking
Remm Shin-Osaka
Recently opened business hotel conveniently located inside JR Shin-Osaka Station.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Well established, leading hotel conveniently located above Nankai Namba Station.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
The Ritz-Carlton Osaka Hotel
Often considered Osaka's leading luxury hotel, located a short walk from JR Osaka Station.
Reserve through
Agoda

Tours and Packages
Osaka Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Osaka and surroundings.

User Ratings
Ratings for Osaka Station City:
japan-guide.com Rating:
  outstanding  
User Rating (by 343 users):
71/100
  recommended

Best rated sights nationwide (out of 775):
670.  Shiobara Onsen (Nasu-Shiobara)   71/100
671.  Iimoriyama (Aizu)   71/100
672.  Aeronautical Museum (Narita)   71/100
673.  Chionji Temple (Amanohashidate)   71/100
674.  Cheese Factory (Furano)   71/100
675.  Osaka Station City (Osaka)   71/100
676.  Dutch Slope (Nagasaki)   71/100
677.  Fuji Visitor Center (Fuji Five Lakes)   71/100
678.  Canal City (Fukuoka)   71/100
679.  Sumpu Castle (Shizuoka)   71/100
Most visited sights nationwide (out of 907):
96.  Engakuji Temple (Kamakura)   775
97.  Pontocho (Kyoto)   772
98.  Sengakuji Temple (Tokyo)   772
99.  Odori Park (Sapporo)   766
100.  Tenryuji Temple (Kyoto)   763
101.  Osaka Station City (Osaka)   759
102.  Futarasan Shrine (Nikko)   758
103.  Daitokuji Temple (Kyoto)   741
104.  Owakudani (Hakone)   739
105.  Lake Chuzenji (Nikko)   717

User Feedback
We strive to keep japan-guide.com up-to-date and accurate, and are always looking for ways to improve the user experience. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:

English Links
Osaka Station City
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Osaka Station City
Official website.

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages
Travel
Sightseeing
Kansai Region
Osaka

Kita (Umeda)
Minami (Namba)
Tennoji
Osaka Bay Area
Shinsekai

Osaka Castle
National Bunraku Theater
Sumiyoshi Taisha
Shitennoji Temple
Tenmangu Shrine
Minoo Park

Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Aquarium
Osaka Station City
Grand Front Osaka
Umeda Sky Building
Abeno Harukas
Peace Osaka
History Museum
Science Museum
Museum of Art

Tenjin Festival

Osaka Food Guide
Osaka Shopping Guide
Osaka Museum Guide
Osaka Cherry Blossom Spots

Osaka: Access and Orientation

News and Reports
April 13, 2014
Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
by raina
April 4, 2014
Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
by raina
November 27, 2013
Osaka Autumn Color Report
by scott
April 2, 2013
Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
by sean
March 27, 2013
Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
by sean
April 14, 2012
Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
by schauwecker
April 7, 2012
Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
by sean
April 15, 2011
Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
by francois
More reports...

Related Questions
Best day for Universal Studios during...
 1 reaction, last updated 3 days ago
Nanoblock in Osaka
 1 reaction, last updated 4 days ago
When will the light up of Minoo park be?
 2 reactions, last updated 8 days ago
Kix to Hotel Consort,Minamikata
 2 reactions, last updated 13 days ago
Late night arrival at Kansai Airport
 9 reactions, last updated 14 days ago
KIX to Hotel Seagull Tempozan Osaka
 5 reactions, last updated 16 days ago
Places like Omoide Yokocho but in Osaka
 3 reactions, last updated 24 days ago
Transfer to Osaka International airport
 3 reactions, last updated 25 days ago
Which Transport KIX Airport to Osaka city...
 6 reactions, last updated 28 days ago
Universal Studios Osaka - One Piece event...
 1 reaction, last updated 29 days ago
Luggage storage at or near Spa World...
 1 reaction, last updated 38 days ago
Guidance need for Osaka trip
 11 reactions, last updated 40 days ago
Underground arcade around Umeda, Osaka
 4 reactions, last updated 42 days ago
ICOCA refunded at Kansai Airport after 9...
 1 reaction, last updated 44 days ago
Osaka marathon
 0 reactions, last updated 46 days ago
Shuttle from Osaka Airport to city hotel
 1 reaction, last updated 46 days ago
Late arrival KIX Airport
 1 reaction, last updated 53 days ago
Humidity in Osaka?
 1 reaction, last updated 60 days ago
Osaka Nanko Flea Market Cosmo Square
 2 reactions, last updated 62 days ago
Transfer to/from Osaka Station
 4 reactions, last updated 63 days ago

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved - Last Page Update: February 27, 2014
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - Lɂ‚ - advertising