Osaka Station (大阪駅, Ōsaka-eki) 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 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 opened in 2011, the North Gate Building contains a shopping center, multi-screen cinema complex, sports club and multiple attractive green spaces:
Shopping: 10:30 to 20:30 Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00
The Lucua shopping complex occupies the bulk of the North Gate Building, featuring hundreds of specialty shops for the fashion and trend conscious on a dozen floors. The complex also offers a wide variety of restaurants on the top floor and in the basement.
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 Restaurants: 11:00 to 23:00
The floor space of the Daimaru department store 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 surrounding high rise buildings.
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:
Osaka Station (Japan Railways)
Osaka-Umeda Station (Hankyu Railway)
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, 170 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.
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.
Boasting a fitness centre and a restaurant, Hotel Intergate Osaka Umeda is ideally set in the centre of Osaka, 200 metres from Herbis Plaza ENT. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is close to popular attractions like Jizoji Temple, Octopus Pine and Dojima Yakushido. 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, 18 km from the hotel.
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.
Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA has a fitness centre, garden, a restaurant and bar in Osaka. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. The property is 1.3 km from the city centre and 200 metres from Knowledge Capital. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering 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. Breakfast is available every morning, and includes buffet, continental and Asian options. The accommodation offers a sun terrace. Popular points of interest near Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA include Lucua Osaka, Umeda Station and Osaka Station. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 19 km from the hotel.
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.
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.
DEL style Osaka Shin Umeda by Daiwa Roynet Hotel is conveniently located in the centre of Osaka, and offers a restaurant, free WiFi and a bar. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Osaka Station is less than 1 km from the hotel and Kochiin Temple is a 8-minute walk away. 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 DEL style Osaka Shin Umeda by Daiwa Roynet Hotel all rooms are fitted with bed linen and towels. The daily breakfast offers buffet, ? la carte or continental options. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, Umeda Sky Building and Kuchu Teien Observatory. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 18 km from DEL style Osaka Shin Umeda by Daiwa Roynet Hotel.
Featuring 4-star accommodation, Villa Fontaine Grand Osaka Umeda is situated in Osaka, 400 metres from Honden-ji Temple and 500 metres from Taiy?-ji Temple. This 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. The property is 300 metres from Hokai-ji Temple, and within 1 km of the city centre. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. The rooms in Villa Fontaine Grand Osaka Umeda are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. The reception at Villa Fontaine Grand Osaka Umeda can provide tips on the area. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Hosei-ji Temple, Hankyu Men's Osaka and Tsuyu no Tenjinja Shrine. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 19 km from Villa Fontaine Grand Osaka Umeda.
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.
Situated in Osaka centre, 300 metres from Seibi Park and 600 metres from Hankyu Men's Osaka, 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, free toiletries and a hairdryer. A fridge, a microwave 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 Tsunashikiten Shrine Otabisha, Catholic Osaka Umeda Church and Taiy?-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 19 km from the accommodation.