Updated: August 10, 2017
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8 Things To Do in Umeda, Osaka

Umeda is the most city part of Osaka, where all shops and restaurants are located. Here's a guide to how to enjoy Umeda fully while you are in Osaka!

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Umeda is located at the northern part of Osaka, and it is one of the most popular and vibrant cities. It is really accessible to lots of different places, and it has quite a lot of things you can do there.
Just a heads up that this station has two names: Umeda and Osaka. For JR line, it is called Osaka, but for subway, Hankyu and Hanshin lines it is called Umeda, or Nishi Umeda or Higashi Umeda.


Some of you may have seen this iconic red ferris wheels on some sort of media, and yes, this is the famous shopping center where all youth come visit to have fun shopping and taking purikura (a photo booth, where your eyes get bigger and your legs get longer, one of the greatest Japanese inventions). There are so many shops and restaurants in this shopping mall, so if you are looking for a place to shop, definitely stop by. There are shops around HEP FIVE too, so you can check that out too!
As you enter the shopping mall, the first things you'd see are these gigantic red whales!
Of course, you can ride on the ferris wheels too! You can get the great view of Osaka city. It takes around 15 minutes for one round, and it goes as high as 106m! If you want to get on board, go to the 7th floor!

Price: 500 yen per person (ages 5 and under free!)
Operation Hours: 11:00 am to 10:45 pm (last boarding time)


If you are done with shopping, you can walk to Nu-Chayamachi, which is a more classy building filled with shops and restaurants. They have bars, cafes and terrace restaurants! Definitely check it out if you are looking for a relaxing dinner around Umeda.
It's also fun to walk around the area and explore Chayamachi too.

JR Osaka Station

This is such a photogenic station! From JR Osaka station, you can access to Grand Front Osaka and Lucua 110, which are shopping centers.
They sometimes have events going on too. Osaka station was renovated in 2011, and transformed into a modern and aesthetic station.

Grand Front Osaka

If you walk around a few minutes from Osaka station, you'll find a refined looking building called Grand Front Osaka! They have a huge water area where you get to go in! During summer lots of families come visit to play in the water.
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Yodobashi Umeda

Yodobashi is the place to get your electronic devices! They also have restaurants and clothing stores too. You can easily spend hours and hours just exploring what they have.

Umeda Sky Building

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Umeda Sky Building has a "Kuchu-Teien", which is an observatory that is located on top of the building. Here you get the 360 degrees view of Osaka. It was also introduced as "Top 20 Buildings Around the World" by the magazine, THE TIMES. It is one of the must-visit Osaka's landmarks.
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Pokemon Center Osaka

If you love Pokemon, this is for you! They have a pokemon center in Osaka, and it is huge! They have bunch of Pokemon goods. Located around a 5~10 minute walk from Umeda or Osaka station.

Kitashinchi District

Kitashinchi is a district where bars, clubs and restaurants are located. People go there for a night out or to grab lunch or have dinner. They have luxurious clubs and really good casual restaurants. If you are looking for a place for a night out, you can visit Kitashinchi!

Enjoy Umeda!

This article introduced 8 places to visit in Umeda. We hope this guide helped you to plan your Umeda visit!

Check out the other places in Osaka too!

While you are in Osaka, why not visit other places like Namba, Shinsaibashi, Shinsekai and Dotonbori?
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