Kita (City North)

Kita (City North)

The charming gateway to the north is still growing and evolving

The northern part of Osaka City surrounding Umeda, Kita is widely regarded to be at the forefront of trends in fashion, amusement and art. Known as the "gateway to Kansai", the Ume-kita area is continually developing to maintain its reputation as a world-class commercial district. Osaka Station City was built at JR Osaka Station, creating a vibrant hub around this important transportation center. In 2013, Grand Front Osaka opened 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.


A fusion of the trendy and the retro

With the remodeling of JR Osaka Station, Umeda has become livelier than ever. The dynamically designed train station, with its domed-shaped ceiling and eight different plazas, offers countless places for meeting friends or taking a break. And the adjoining Osaka Station City, always bustling with people coming to enjoy shopping, dining and movies, includes malls like JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan and Lucua that stock the latest in women's fashions.
Recently, even the city's most iconic historical buildings have been given a fresh lift. The Hankyu Umeda Department Store was the world's first department store to be built at a railway terminal when it opened in 1929. In November 2012, it reopened after an extensive seven-year rebuilding project that created 84,000 square meters of sparkling new places to enjoy shopping and dining.


Don't miss the most popular sightseeing spots!

The heavenly Floating Garden Observatory in the Umeda Sky Building offers a breathtaking view from 173 meters in the air, making it a popular sightseeing destination by day and romantic date spot by night. And speaking of views, you can look out across all of Osaka City from the HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel. A short stroll away from the centre of Umeda is Nakazakicho, a trendy neighbourhood where narrow alleyways are lined with traditional wooden town houses that have been artfully converted into fashionable shops and cafes.


Dojima Riverside, growing in popularity

Hotarumachi looks out over the Dojima River, one of the waterways that made Osaka into an aqua metropolis. With the recent opening of cafes, restaurants and the Dojima CrossWalk shopping center, the area is emerging as a vibrant destination. It helps too that the Osaka National Museum of Art and the Osaka Science Museum are just a stone's throw away. And while you're in the area, you have to taste the Dojima roll, a popular cream-filled cake that originated right here at the Mon Cher store.

Experience art - fun for adults

HERBIS PLAZA ENT in Nishi-umeda features luxury brands and shops for customers with refined tastes. 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 enjoying drinks and listening to quality performances by both Japanese and foreign artists. Also be sure to check out Sankei Hall BREEZE next door, 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 their studies and the performing arts, because the god of learning, Sugawara no Michizane, stopped here 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 that takes 40 minutes to walk down. On Oimatsu Dohri Street you can also soak up the working-class atmosphere of days gone by as you shop for antiques and old works of art.


An indoor facility for kids in Osaka city.


One of the biggsest Wadaiko(Japanese drum ) Studios in Kansai area for beginners and advanced

Mainichi Newspaper Osaka Head office

The tour you can see the process of printing newspaper is especially popular.

Mahobin Museum

Introduce the history and technology of Zojirushi that is famous for thermos.

Osaka Police Comunity Plaza

Learn about safety and security information while enjoying. You can also check Osaka tourism information in the touch panel.


Here at HEP HALL, you can enjoy many things through different kinds of jenre.

Ogimachi Park

It's a walking distance from Umeda. Large‐scale play equipment, open space with grass, and swimming pool are provided, downtown's oasis that always sounds cheers.


Best access in Osaka. There equipped with a state-of-the-art equipment such as 100Mbps internet. Big and small halls are on the same floor, and useful for the same time meeting.

Oval hall

Good location which is adjacent to the west in Osaka station. There is 486 person capacity of the egg-shaped hall, and 90 person capacity of the training room.

LUCUA 1100

A new commercial establishment, "LUCUA 1100," made its grand opening on April 2 (Thu), 2015 next to the popular fashion mall LUCUA! As one of Japan's biggest in-station commercial facilities, it serves as a fashion mall possessing the benefits of specialty stores combined with those of a department store!

grace by afloat

"grace by afloat" is a hair salon founded through collaboration of AFLOAT in Aoyama, Tokyo and FORCISE Group.

Sonezaki Ohatsutenjin-dori Shotengai

As an approach to Tsuyuno Tenjinsha Shrine, where the famous "Sonezaki Shinju (Love Suicide in Sonezaki)" took place. this shopping street has about 100 shops and restaurants of various sizes and serves as an arcade with friendly atmosphere in Umeda area in the Kita district of Osaka.


This commercial establishment is located in the Nishi-Umeda area of Osaka, on the same premises as HILTON OSAKA hotel. It contains restaurants, cafes and bars, as well as such premium brand shops as Hermès.

Hanshin Department Store

Hanshin Department Store is known for its rich variety of foods. Its Food Hall on the 1st Basement Floor, as well as the HANSHIN Tigers Shop on the 8th Floor, are always crowded with customers.


UMEDA JOYPOLIS is an amusement venue on the 8th and 9th Floors of HEP FIVE, a complex with an eye-catching big red wheel located close to Umeda Station of various train lines.

Mainichi Broadcasting System

With its headquaters located in Chayamachi, a town known for its scenic beauty, this broadcasting company operates a theater and organizes various events as well.

Umedagofukuza Theater

One of the greatest theaters in Japan just for popular drama.


We sell fresh vegetables and processed food daily delivered from the producers.

Gurunavi Information Center

We will make a search for restaurants of mainly Umeda area in Osaka that suit your requests.

Kirindo Pharmacy in Herbis Osaka on fourth floor

A dispensing pharmacy coping with many symptoms and located at right next to the facility which is consisting of various clinics.