The charming gateway to the north, still growing and evolving
Kita is the north part of Osaka City centering on Umeda, leading the city in the latest trends in fashion, amusement, and art. Osaka Station City was built at JR Osaka Station in 2011, and the “Ume-kita” area, the gateway to Kansai, continues to develop. In 2013, Grand Front Osaka will open as one of the largest shopping centers in the country, as well as a center of information, with luxury hotels and high-rise apartment buildings. Countless new and exciting discoveries await you as the area continues to evolve. Department stores are also being renovated, as expectations rise for this world-class district.
A fusion of the trendy and the retro
With the remodeling of JR Osaka Station, Umeda is turning into an even livelier and more thrilling area. Osaka Station City includes shopping centers like JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan, and Lucua, which targets women who are tuned in to the latest fashion trends. It’s bustling with people coming to enjoy shopping, dining, and movies. You’ll also want to see the dynamically designed Osaka Station, with its domed-shaped ceiling and eight different plazas, perfect spots for meeting friends or taking a break. The Hankyu Umeda Department Store celebrated its grand reopening in the fall of 2012.
Don’t miss the most popular sightseeing spots!
The floating gardens of the Floating Garden Observatory（Umeda Sky Building） offer a breathtaking view from 173 meters in the air, making it a very popular spot, both during the day, and for a romantic cityscape view at night. And speaking of views, you can look out across all of Osaka City from the HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel. Or walk a bit north to Nakazakicho, which has an old downtown feeling and is popular with young people. In Nakazakicho you can find fashionable shops and cafes with a nice atmosphere created by the old buildings.
Dojima Riverside, growing in popularity
“Hotarumachi” looks out over the Dojima River, one of the waterways that made Osaka into an aqua metropolis. Cafes and restaurants and the Dojima CrossWalk shopping center have opened there, gathering attention as a newly active area. The Dojima roll, a popular sweet, originated at Dojimahama, where Mon Cher has its main store. Also be sure to check out the nearby The National Museum of Art，Osaka and Osaka Science Museum.
Experience art – fun for adults
HERBIS PLAZA ENT in Nishi-umeda features luxury brands and shops for customers with refined taste. At the Osaka Shiki Theatre on the 7th floor, the Shiki Theatre Company puts on full-scale musicals year-round. And if you like music, the Osaka Shiki Theatre concerts in the same building are sure to please. Spend a stylish evening listening to quality performances by both Japanese and foreign artists while sipping your favorite drink. Also be sure to check out Sankei Hall BREEZE nextdoor, where they hold many concerts and exciting plays.
Enjoy retro Osaka
Tsuyunoten Shrine (also known as Ohatsu Tenjin) can be found on Ohatsu Tenjin Street to the east of JR Osaka Station. This shrine, standing peacefully in the corner of a shopping district, was the setting for Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s “Love Suicides at Sonezaki.” The ancient temple of Osaka Temmangu Shrine, built in the year 949, is also near JR Osaka Station. Many people come here to pray for success in academics and the performing arts, because the god of learning, Sugawara no Michizane, stopped there on his way to being demoted to Dazaifu (a regional government official). The rakugo hall Temma Tenjin Hanjoutei is also on the grounds of Osaka Tenmangu, keeping rakugo fans entertained daily. Monzenmachi includes Tenjinbashisuji shopping street, the longest covered shopping Street in Japan, and you can enjoy the old-fashioned working class atmosphere as you shop for antiques and old works of art on Oimatsu Dohri Street.