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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Hankyu San Bangai

A shopping center located at the terminal building of Hankyu Umeda Station.

Whity Umeda

Huge underground shopping mall in Umeda with more than 200 shops.

Diamor Osaka

This underground mall of Umeda is built to recreate the streets of Europe, with a bright and open design.

Baisendo: Awaokoshi and iwaokoshi

Baisendo achieves a natural flavor and rich taste in their products through time-honored production methods. "Baisendo's Awaokoshi" is a Naniwa specialty.

HEP FIVE

Located at the center of Umeda, this facility boasts a huge red ferris wheel that's become the symbol of this commercial complex.

Hankyu Umeda Main Store

One of Japan's largest department stores in its class covering a total area of 84,000 square meters.

Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street

Japan's longest shopping street stretches approx. 2.6 km to the north from Tenjimbashi to Tenjinbashi-Suji 7-chome.

Rakugo Theater Temma Tenjin Hanjo Tei

Osaka citizens' and rakugo performers' long-cherished desire that a permanent rakugo (comic storytelling) theater should be opened in Osaka was fulfilled through the establishment of the "Temma Tenjin Hanjo Tei." Enjoy shopping and touring some of the eating establishments in the Tenjin-bashi shopping street after having fun at the rakugo theater.

Osaka Municipal Central Wholesale Market

Morning comes early in Osaka, the kitchen of the world. Osaka Municipal Central Wholesale Markets where fish and vegetables which have traveled here through the sky, across the sea, and over the land are bought and sold.

Osaka Nohgaku-Kaikan

A traditional noh theater where the all-cypress main stage with hashi-gakari is surrounded by shirasu, an area of white pebbles. On weekdays, there are various rehearsal sessions relating to noh, and there are also classes for beginners.

The Symphony Hall

An arena theater hall seating 1,704, specifically designed for classical concerts.

The Phoenix Hall

With a total of 335 seats, this hall plans and presents unique programs, mainly of classical music.

Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

A section of the townscape of Osaka in the late Edo Period is recreated to perfection. There are also exhibits and introductions of the townscapes and housing of the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods.

Kitashinchi

High-class nightlife district, representative of the Kita area of Osaka, that has thrived as an information exchange location for businessmen.

Kids Plaza Osaka

A museum for kids where they can experience many different activities and workshops.

Osaka Temmangu Shrine

Known by the nickname Tenma-no-Tenjin-san. Enshrines Sugawara-no-Michizane, the god of learning. Famous for the Tenjin Festival held every year on July 24th and 25th.

Floating Garden Observatory (Umeda Sky Building)

One of the landmarks of Umeda, Osaka. On the top is the Floating Garden Observatory, where Osaka's cityscape can be viewed from a height of 170 meters.

Shin Umeda City

The new center of Umeda, Osaka, centered on the Umeda Sky Building. Enjoy dining, movies, and also the Floating Garden Observatory that allows visitors to view Osaka from 170 meters aboveground.

Tsuyunoten Shrine (Ohatsu Tenjin Shrine)

The site of the main guardian god of Sonezaki, Umeda, built over 1,300 years ago. The nickname Ohatsu Tenjin was derived from a courtesan named Ohatsu, who was a character in the famous play Sonezaki Shinju, written by Chikamatsu.

HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel

One of the landmarks of Umeda, Osaka. From the highest point of 106 meters above ground, passengers can see all the way out to the Akashi Strait.

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