Updated: August 22, 2018
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What To Do And See In Umeda (Kita District), Osaka!

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The Kita district in Umeda is where you will find an important agglomeration of restaurants and shops. Here's a guide to how to fully enjoy Umeda while you are in Osaka! Please read to find out some of the best things do in Osaka, Japan.

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Umeda is located in the northern part of Osaka, and it is one of the most popular and vibrant cities. It easily accessible to lots of different places, and it has quite a lot of things you can do there.
Just to clear some confusion right away, this station has two names: Umeda and Osaka. For the JR line, it is called Osaka, but for subway, Hankyu and Hanshin lines it is called Umeda, or Nishi Umeda or Higashi Umeda. In This article, we'll just be referring to it as "Umeda".

Please read on to know what places to visit in Osaka! There are so many fun things to do in Osaka!


Some of you may have seen this iconic red Ferris wheel on Japanese tv. It is not only an iconic symbol of Umeda but the whole of Osaka. HEP five is a famous shopping center where the Osakan youth go to have fun shopping and taking purikura pictures (pictures taken from special photo booths. The people in the pictures have enlarged eyes get bigger and longer legs). 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 them 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 wheel too! You can get a great view of Osaka city from there. 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 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 the Grand Front Osaka and Lucua 1100, which are large shopping centers.
They sometimes have events going on too. Osaka station was renovated in 2011, and it was transformed into a modern and aesthetically beautiful 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 pretty vast water area that you can go in! During summer, lots of families come visit to play in the water.

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 at this Umeda location.

Umeda Sky Building

Umeda Sky Building has a "Kuchu-Teien", which is an observatory that is located on top of the building. Here you get a 360-degree view of Osaka. Architecturally, it is quite stunning. It made the list of the "Top 20 Buildings Around the World" of the UK The Times magazine. It is one of the must-visit landmarks in Osaka.

Pokemon Center Osaka

If you love Pokemon, this is for you! They have a pokemon center in Osaka, and it is huge! They have so many Pokemon-related goods. Located around a 5~10 minute walk from Umeda or Osaka Station.

Kitashinchi District

Kitashinchi is a district with a high concentration of bars, clubs, and restaurants. 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 in Umeda, you must visit Kitashinchi!

Enjoy Umeda!

This article introduced 8 places to visit in Umeda. We hope this area guide will help you to plan your visit to this vibrant city center of Osaka!

Check out the other places in Osaka too!

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