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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kansai - Osaka
Osaka Station City 
# 7   of 19 most visited
sights in Osaka

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Osaka Station is a major railway station in Osaka's northern city center (Kita) that is served by a large number of local and interregional trains, but not including 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.

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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

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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.
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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.
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Hotel Granvia Osaka
Very conveniently located inside JR Osaka Station City.
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Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport
Directly connected to the terminal building, this is the most convenient hotel at Kansai Airport.
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InterContinental Hotel Osaka
Beautiful hotel recently opened near JR Osaka Station in the convenient Umekita district.
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J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse
Popular and inexpensive hostel about a 15 minute walk from JR Osaka Station.
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Remm Shin-Osaka
Recently opened business hotel conveniently located inside JR Shin-Osaka Station.
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Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Well established, leading hotel conveniently located above Nankai Namba Station.
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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka Hotel
Often considered Osaka's leading luxury hotel, located a short walk from JR Osaka Station.
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Tours and Packages
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