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 21:00
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.
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 Railways)
Osaka-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 230 yen.
From Namba Station
8 minutes, 230 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. The spacious air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen satellite TV, minibar, safety deposit box and large work desk area. The en suite bathroom comes with glass windows, while bathrobes, tooth brush sets and free bath amenities are provided. Laundry and dry cleaning services are offered at the front desk. Morning newspapers are provided daily and local travel tips are offered at the concierge desk. 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, while light tapas dishes and 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.
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.
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.
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.
Situated in Osaka, BON Condominium Umeda features city views and free WiFi, 400 metres from Seibi Park and 400 metres from EST Osaka - Umeda. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Hankyu Men's Osaka, Tsunashikiten Shrine Otabisha and Catholic Osaka Umeda Church. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 11 km from BON Condominium Umeda.
Set in Osaka, near Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum, Umeda Sky Building and Kuchu Teien Observatory, Bijou Suites Sorriso features free WiFi. All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room with a sofa, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with hot tub, a hairdryer and free toiletries. A microwave and fridge are also featured, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the apartment include Namban Culture Center, Uraeyasaka Shrine and Nishiumeda Square. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 10 km from Bijou Suites Sorriso.
Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA has a restaurant, fitness centre, a bar and garden in Osaka. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at the hotel. Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA offers a sun terrace. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Grand Front Osaka, Knowledge Capital and Lucua Osaka. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 10 km from Hotel Hankyu RESPIRE OSAKA.
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 sushi, 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.
Providing free WiFi, Minn Umeda-North is located in Osaka, 600 metres from Uraeyasaka Shrine and 700 metres from Kochiin Temple. This property is situated a short distance from attractions such as Nishiumeda Square, Herbis Plaza, and Herbis Plaza ENT. The property is non-smoking and is set 7 km from TKP Garden City Higashi Umeda. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a microwave, a fridge, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel every room is equipped with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Popular points of interest near Minn Umeda-North include Jizoji Temple, Ryotokuin Temple and Umeda Sky Building. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 11 km from the accommodation.
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 is available on site. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the hotel. Hotel Monterey Le Frere Osaka offers a sauna. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Tsuyu no Tenjinja Shrine, Honden-ji Temple and Hokai-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 11 km from Hotel Monterey Le Frere Osaka.