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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.

오사카 시키극장

「캣츠」와 「맘마미아!」및 「오페라의 유령」등으로 인기를 모으고 있는 일본 최대의 극단 「극단 시키(四季)」가 간사이 지역 최초로 거점을 두고 있는 극장.

센푸칸

벽돌로 지어진 베란다 콜로니얼 양식의 명건축물. 메이지 천황이 명명한 「화폐의 관」은 국가 지정 중요문화재.

챠야마치 거리

오사카 북쪽 지구 제일 가는 젊은이들의 거리. 고층 빌딩 대부분이 종합 설계 제도를 채용하여 설치된 공개 부지들로 아름다운 경관이 창출되고 있는 곳이다.

미도스지 조각 스트리트

오사카의 메인 스트리트인 미도스지의 도로 주변을 장식하고 있는 일본 국내외 유명 작가들의 조각. 길을 지나다니며 부담 없이 미술품을 감상할 수 있다.

Billboard Live OSAKA

엔터테인먼트 정보지로 미국에서 탄생한 112년 역사를 지닌 음악 브랜드 빌보드의 일본 최초 상륙. 최고의 엔터테인먼트인 "Live"를 선보이는 고급 라이브 공간.

산케이홀 브리제

새하얀 로비를 지나 극장 내로 한걸음 들어서는 순간 펼쳐지는 칠흑같은 공간.

오이마츠도리

고미술품점과 골동품점, 화랑이 즐비한 오사카 굴지의 골동품 거리로 유명하다.

텐진바시스지 상점가

텐진바시를 기점으로 하여 북쪽으로 텐진바시스지 7쵸메까지 이어지는, 전체 길이 약 2.6km에 달하는 일본에서 가장 긴 상점가.

가모메 선

마치 「강에 떠있는 오두막」. 툇마루같은 나무갑판과 오두막을 갖춘 작은 배에 올라 가까운 강과 넓은 하늘을 느껴보시지 않겠습니까?

날리지 캐피탈

어린이부터 어른들까지 방문하는 모든 사람이 첨단기술을 접할 수 있는 지적 엔터테인먼트의 대공간.

날리지 시어터

오사카역과 직결된 편리한 입지에 위치하며, 무대공연부터 비즈니스 용도까지 다양한 이용이 가능한 약380개석의 다목적 극장.

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