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The Kita (キタ, "North") district, also known as Umeda (梅田), is one of Osaka's two main city centers. It is located around the large station complex that comprises Osaka and Umeda stations. Kita's counterpart is Minami (ミナミ, "South") around Namba Station. Besides being Osaka's busiest transportation hub and a bustling business district, Kita also offers an abundance of shopping, dining, lodging and entertainment, including several department stores and an expansive network of underground shopping malls.

The Umeda district has been undergoing a major facelift over the past years, and more improvements are scheduled to happen. JR Osaka Station was transformed from one of Japan's darkest and most cramped into one of the country's most pleasant. Furthermore, the expansive freight rail yard north of the station is being redeveloped into a new, modern city district. A first part of the huge redevelopment project was completed with the opening of the Grand Front Osaka complex in 2013. The second part is scheduled to be completed by 2028.

Osaka Station City

Shops: typically 10:00 to 20:00
Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 23:00

Grand Front Osaka

Shops: typically 11:00 to 21:00
Restaurants: typically 11:00 to 23:00

Umeda Sky Building

Observatory Hours: daily 9:30 to 22:30
Observatory Admission: 1500 yen

Department stores

Hours: typically 10:00 to 20:00

HEP (Hankyu Entertainment Park)

Hours: 11:00 to 21:00 (Ferris wheel and restaurants until 23:00)

Underground shopping

Hours: typically 10:00 to 22:00

Shopping arcades

Bars and restaurants typically open from 17:00 until after midnight

Kitashinchi District

Kitashinchi comes to life after 18:00

Nakazakicho District

Cafes and shops are open all day, typically from around 11:00

Getting there and around

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 )
    • Osaka-Umeda Station (Hankyu Railway)
  • Underground:
    • Osaka-Umeda Station (Hanshin Railway)
    • 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 230 yen.

From Namba Station

8 minutes, 230 yen by Midosuji or Yotsubashi subway lines.

How to get to and around Osaka

Hotels around Osaka

    • Kaneyoshi Ryokan
      A modern Japanese inn in Dotombori. the center of Osaka. 2 subway stations nearby. Close to many shops and Osaka Castle.
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    • InterContinental Hotel Osaka, an IHG Hotel
      Luxury
      Only a 5-minute walk from JR Osaka Train Station, InterContinental Osaka is located at the newly developed Grand Front Osaka. This 5-star hotel boasts 5 dining options, a 24-hour fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool. Free WiFi is available at the entire property and guests can enjoy refreshing massages during their luxurious stay. Umeda Station on the Midosuji Line is a 7-minute stroll from the hotel. Offering views of Osaka city from the 20th floor, Pierre restaurant serves exquisite contemporary French dishes. All Day Dining serves a buffet with various international dishes, drinks are available at Adee Bar and Lounge. Osaka InterContinental Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Osaka Castle and a 20-minute drive from Universal Studios Japan. Shin Osaka Station and Namba Station are both a 15-minute train ride away. Kansai International Airport is a 60-minute express train ride from JR Osaka Station.
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    • Harmonie Embrassee
      Mid-range
      Situated in Osaka, Harmonie Embrassee offers free WiFi access throughout the property. This 4-star accommodation is located just a 3-minute walk from Hankyu Umeda Station and a 10-minute walk from JR Osaka Station. Each spacious room have a modern decor with a wardrobe and flat-screen TV. Guests can find an electric kettle, refrigerator and coffee machine in all rooms. Each bathroom is equipped with a bath and shower. Guests will find bathrobes as well as a hairdryer and free toiletries. Luggage storage service is available for guest's convenience. Trouser press service is available for free. A Full English/Irish breakfast is served daily at the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant featuring French cuisine as well as an on-site cafe overlooking a garden terrace and city views. Namba Station is a 17-minute train ride away. Tsutenkaku is a 30-minute walk and train ride away. Shitennoji is 33 minutes away by walk and train from the hotel. Osaka Itami Airport is a 30-minute train ride, while Kansai International Airport is a 70-minute bus ride away from Harmonie Embrassee.
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    • The Ritz-Carlton Osaka
      Luxury
      Featuring a classic European-style decor, The Ritz-Carlton Osaka is conveniently located just a 7-minute walk from JR Osaka Station and a 5-minute walk from Nishi-Umeda Subway Station. This hotel boasts 5 dining options including a Michelin starred French restaurant, as well as a large meeting room. Elegantly decorated, spacious rooms are all located on the 24th floor and above. Rooms feature a stunning view of varying heights. Guests staying in the Club rooms have access to the exclusive Club Lounge. JR Shin Osaka Shinkansen (bullet train) Station is a 3-minute train ride from JR Osaka Station. Lively Namba and Dotonbori area can be reached within a 7-minute subway ride.
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    • Hotel Intergate Osaka Umeda
      Luxury
      Situated in Osaka, within 200 metres of Herbis Plaza ENT and 300 metres of Nishiumeda Square, Hotel Intergate Osaka Umeda features accommodation with a fitness centre. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also provides guests with a restaurant. The property is close to popular attractions like Dojima Yakushido, TKP Garden City Higashi Umeda and Jizoji Temple. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Hotel Intergate Osaka Umeda the rooms come with bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Hotel Intergate Osaka Umeda include Herbis Plaza, Kitanosaurus and Osaka Station City. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 14 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel Hankyu International
      Luxury
      At the heart of the lively Umeda area, Hotel Hankyu International features spacious rooms with free WiFi and wired internet, panoramic views and free video-on-demand movies. It offers 9 restaurants, a business centre and concierge service. The elegant rooms are all located on the 26th floor or higher, providing beautiful city view of Osaka. Each is furnished with an LCD TV with satellite channels and a minibar. An air humidifier/purifier is available, while a computer can be rented. Video-on-demand service is offered for free. Bath amenities, hairdryers and toothbrushes are provided. Hotel Hankyu International is a 3-minute walk from Umeda Station. It is a 30-minute train ride from Osaka Castle and Universal Studios Japan. Four department stores (Hankyu, Hanshin, Daimaru and Mitsukoshi-Isetan) and the famous Yodobashi electronic shop are within a 10-minute walk. Nakatsu Subway Station on the Midosuji Line is a 3-minute stroll, while JR Osaka Station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. Kyoto is a 40-minute train ride away. Guests can unwind in the sauna or enjoy a book in the library. A massage service is also on offer, and a fitness centre can be accessed for an extra fee. Alternatively, guests can visit Arima Hot Springs located an hour's bus ride away. The bus for Arima Hot Springs stops near the hotel entrance. The property offers a Japanese culture workshop. Hotel Hankyu International has French, Chinese and Japanese restaurants. Bar Ceres boasts 6 metre-high ceilings with chandeliers.
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    • Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA
      Luxury
      Boasting a restaurant, bar, garden and free WiFi, Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA is set in Osaka, 200 metres from Grand Front Osaka and 200 metres from Knowledge Capital. Featuring a sun terrace, this property is situated a short distance from Lucua Osaka, Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Umeda and Tsunashikiten Shrine Otabisha. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, luggage storage space and currency exchange for guests. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA all rooms have bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers a continental or buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA include EST Osaka - Umeda, Hankyu Men's Osaka and Osaka Station City. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 15 km from the hotel.
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    • The Westin Osaka
      Luxury
      Featuring an acupuncture salon, 4 dining options and spacious rooms with city views, the Westin Osaka is just 5 minutes from Osaka Station on the free shuttle. Each softly lit, soundproofed room has a pleasant modern decor and features a satellite LCD TV and a minibar. Panoramic windows let in plenty of light and show off the skyline views of Osaka. The marble en suite bathroom has a separate bath and shower stall, and deluxe bath amenities. The Westin is right next to the Umeda Sky Building, with its Floating Garden Observatory. It is a 20-minute taxi ride to Osaka Castle and the Dotonbori shopping area. The on-site fitness centre can be accessed for a fee, and includes a sauna, hot tub, running track and fitness room in addition to the indoor pool. The concierge and 24-hour front desk stand ready to assist you. Decorated in Sukiya style, Japanese restaurant Hanano has individual corners for teppanyaki and tempura. Stunning Ming-style decor and authentic Cantonese specialties are on offer at Imperial Palace. Amadeus serves western cuisine. Blue Bar pours cool cocktails in the evenings.
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    • BON Condominium Umeda
      Luxury
      Situated in Osaka centre, 400 metres from Seibi Park and 400 metres from EST Osaka - Umeda, BON Condominium Umeda features accommodation with free WiFi and a balcony. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bidet, slippers and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also offered, as well as a kettle. A bicycle rental service is available at the aparthotel. Popular points of interest near BON Condominium Umeda include Hankyu Men's Osaka, Tsunashikiten Shrine Otabisha and Catholic Osaka Umeda Church. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 14 km from the accommodation.
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    • Daiwa Roynet Hotel OSAKA-SHIN UMEDA
      Luxury
      Set in Osaka, within 700 metres of Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum and 700 metres of Umeda Sky Building, Daiwa Roynet Hotel OSAKA-SHIN UMEDA offers accommodation with a bar. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Herbis Plaza ENT, Nishiumeda Square and Herbis Plaza. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Daiwa Roynet Hotel OSAKA-SHIN UMEDA all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental breakfast. Popular points of interest near Daiwa Roynet Hotel OSAKA-SHIN UMEDA include Jizoji Temple, Uraeyasaka Shrine and Kochiin Temple. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 13 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel Monterey Le Frere Osaka
      Luxury
      Well set in the Osaka Station, Umeda, Yodoyabashi, Hommachi district of Osaka, Hotel Monterey Le Frere Osaka is located 100 metres from Sonezaki Ebisu Shrine, 200 metres from Kitanosaurus and 400 metres from E-ma. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Hotel Monterey Le Frere Osaka every room comes with bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Hotel Monterey Le Frere Osaka offers a sauna. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Tsuyu no Tenjinja Shrine, Honden-ji Temple and Hokai-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 14 km from Hotel Monterey Le Frere Osaka.
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