Updated: December 12, 2019
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What To Do And See In Umeda (Kita District), Osaka!

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Osaka's Kita (north) district Umeda is home to many great shops, restaurants, and attractions. 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

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Umeda is located in the northern part of Osaka, and it is one of the most popular and vibrant places in the city. It easily accessible from many different places, and it has quite a lot of things to do!
Just to clear up some confusion, Umeda and Osaka station are both located here, right next to each other. There are also several subway stations with 'Umeda' in the name which are also in this area. In this article, we'll refer to the area as Umeda.

Read on to find out some of the best things to do and eat in Osaka's northern hub, Umeda!
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Things to Do

JR Osaka Station

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Osaka Station 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 at the station, too. Osaka Station was renovated in 2011, when it was transformed into the modern and aesthetically beautiful building that it is today. This is many people's arrival point to Osaka, but is worth exploring in its own right.
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Grand Front Osaka

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If you walk just a few minutes from Osaka station, you'll see a refined-looking building called Grand Front Osaka! Here can be found a pretty vast water area that you can go in during the warmer months! During summertime, many Osaka families come to play in the water and enjoy the weather.

Umeda Sky Building

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The Umeda Sky Building is one of the most interesting pieces of architecture in Osaka. The skyscraper 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 and was included in the list of the "Top 20 Buildings Around the World" by the UK's 'The Times' magazine. It is definitely one of the must-visit landmarks in Osaka.

Tickets cost ¥1,500 for adults, and ¥700 for children.
The building is located a quick walk away from either JR Osaka Station or Hankyu Umeda Station.
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Head to Nearby Nakanoshima

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Nakanoshima Rose Garden
Nakanoshima is known as Osaka's relaxing neighborhood. It's a long, narrow island in the middle of the river, fairly close to Umeda and Osaka Stations. There are lots of cute cafes and restaurants, as well as cool modern architecture. If you are looking for a place to chill and escape the crowds for a bit, it's a great place to head to. Nakanoshima Park, located just a minute walk from Yodoyabashi station or Kitahama station, is a perfect place to visit on a beautiful day. From around May to October, the park turns into a gorgeous rose garden, with a skyline of skyscrapers as a backdrop. Kitahama Terrace, along the river, is also a cool spot to visit. it's filled with restaurants where you can enjoy a nice meal with a great view!

Shopping

HEP FIVE Osaka

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HEP five is a famous shopping center where Osaka's youth go to have fun shopping and taking purikura pictures (pictures taken from special photo booths that makes the subjects of the pictures have enlarged eyes and longer legs). There are so many shops and restaurants in this shopping mall, so if shopping is on your Osaka to-do list, definitely stop by.
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One of the famous features of HEP FIVE is a large, red Ferris wheel built into the side of the building! 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)

Yodobashi Umeda

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Yodobashi is the place to get your electronic devices! The large store, located right next to Osaka Station is filled with floors and floors of awesome home electronics, appliances, games, and more! They also have restaurants and clothing stores too. You can easily spend hours and hours just exploring what they have at this Umeda location.

Pokemon Center Osaka

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If you love Pokemon, this is for you! This is the pokemon center in Osaka, and it is huge! The store is positively brimming with Pokemon-related goods that are sure to please any pokefreak. The Osaka store is Located around a 5~10 minute walk from Umeda or Osaka Station.

Where to Eat

Experience Kobe Beef at Umeda Ohatsutenjin

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You can't leave the Kansai area without eating Kobe beef! And if you're searching for the perfect place to eat Kobe beef in Osaka, this is it. Umeda Ohatsutenjin Otonano Kobe-Gyu Yakiniku offers a luxurious Kobe beef course featuring an exhaustive array of top-grade Kobe beef cuts that you can grill yakiniku-style at your table.
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This is the end-all Kobe beef course. In total, there are 15 different cuts of meat to try, each with a different flavor, texture, umami, and mouthfeel. The restaurant uses the same Kobe beef used at Michelin starred restaurants in the area, so the quality is extremely high. After enjoying this course, you can feel confident that you've truly experienced outstanding Kobe beef, prepared in a variety of ways.

Nu-Chayamachi

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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.

Kitashinchi District

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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!

Rock Izakaya!

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Rock Izakaya Star near Umeda station is a Japanese-style tavern unlike any other. Thematically decorated in everything rock (to an excess, but in a good way!), they'll even play all your favourite rock songs on a great sound system and any special requests you may have.

As if this place wasn't awesome enough, they have 2-hour all-you-can-drink options with their courses. The pizza course, for instance, comes with appetizers, salad, karaage Japanese fried chicken, homemade spareribs, and a dessert. Throw in an all-you-can-drink option and the price only goes to ¥3,480.
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Gudetama Cafe

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Gudetama is a character by Sanrio (the same Japanese company that has brought us Hello Kitty). The little egg is such an endearing character, mostly because he has no motivation to do anything. He does, however, have his own cafe in Osaka that you should definitely visit if you're a fan!

The cafe serves quite a variety of dishes that feature the character in various forms. There are savory dishes like roast beef don and creamy udon soup, as well as desserts and drinks to suit any appetite!

Enjoy Umeda!

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This article introduced several places to visit and eat in Umeda, Osaka. 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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