Umeda is a major commercial and entertainment area in Osaka.

It is also a transportation hub of the northern part of Osaka.

I am sure most of the tourists who come to Osaka will pass by here.

It is a great place if you are looking to go for shopping, looking for something yummy or something fun. There are so much to do and to see.

So in this article, I will introduce you to top 10 things you can do in Umeda!

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Top 10 Things to Do in Umeda

1.Umeda Sky Building (Kuchu Teien)/梅田スカイビル

Sky Building has become a symbol of Uneda.

It is a high-rise building, design of which is extremely unique and stylish.

On the 40th floor, at 173m, there is an observatory where you can see 360 degree view of the city of Umeda.

The night views from here is amazing.

There are several floors with restaurants.

Especially, takimikoji on the B1F is not to be missed!

It is designed in a classical retro style and the place looks like a scene from an another era.

There are various restaurants from sushi, soba, katsu to coffee shops.

Umeda Sky Building (Kuchu Teien)
Address:1-1-88 Oyodo-naka,Kita-ku,Osaka
Location:15 minutes walk from JR Osaka station North Exit
Opening hours:9:30~22:30(Last Admission:22:00)*May change on special opening days
Closed:Opens everyday
Admission Fee:Adult: 1,000yen,High school student/Juniour high school student:700yen,Elementary school student: 500yen,Kids (4 years old or older): 200yen,Senior(65 years old or older): 800yen

2.Grant Front Osaka/グランフロント大阪

Grant Front is an amazing shopping mall where you can enjoy shopping, eating, and other entertainment activities.

Restaurants and bars in umekita floor are open until 4am.

Some shops and areas to check out: Gravity Research where you can enjoy the indoor rock climbing, bouldering;

World’s Beer Museum and World Wine Museum where you more than 160 kinds of beer and over 40 wines from all over the world, which are located on the B1F.

Grant Front Osaka
Address:4-1 Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka
Location:1 minute from JR Osaka Station Central North Exit
Phone: 06-6372-6300
Opening Hour:Shops:10:00〜21:00,Restaurants:11:00〜23:00,UMEKITA cellar:10:00〜22:00,UMEKITA floor:11:00〜28:00(Sat&Sun11:00〜23:00),UMEKITA dining:11:00〜23:00
Closed:opens everyday

3.Lucua Osaka/ルクア大阪

Luqua is another major shopping mall with lots of shops at every price point, restaurants, cage, bookstores, etc.

There are 10 floors of shops and restaurant.

The underground floor is full of bars and open until 24:00.

There are also GU and Uniqlo here.

Lucua is connected to JR lines so this is very convenient place to shop and dine.

Lucua Osaka
Address:3 Chome-1-3 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka
Location:1 minute from JR Osaka Station Central North Exit
Phone: 06-6151-1111
Opening Hour varies depending on store
Closed:opens everyday

4.HEP Five/ヘップファイブ

HEP Five is a shopping and entertainment center mainly targeted for the youths and young professionals.

When you enter, a big red whale decoration will welcome you into the Atrium.

After shopping around, why don’t you hop onto a Ferris wheels to enjoy the view of the city and relax?

After resting your feet a bit, head out to Joypolis where video arcades and various games are located.

Even if you are an adult, I am sure you would feel like a kid again!

HEP Five
Address: 5-15 Kakuda-cho,Kita-ku,Osaka
Location:5 minutes walk from JR Osaka station,5 minutes walk from Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Umeda Station, 5 minutes walk from Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line Higashi-Umeda Station
Opening hours:Shopping:11:00~21:00,Restaurants:11:00~22:30,Amusement:11:00~23:00
Closed:Irregular holiday

5.NU Chayamachi/NU茶屋町

This is a new and sophisticated shopping area.

It has a nice selection of fine dining restaurants from all over the world including Chinese and Thai.

There is a LOFT (lifestyle and home goods) and a nice scaled Junkudo bookstore nearby.
This is a very popular area for tourists! 

NU Chayamachi
Address: 10-12 Chayamachi,Kita-ku,Osaka
Location:5 minute walk from Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Umeda Station,5 minute walk from Hankyu Umeda station,10 minute walk from JR Osaka station
Opening hours:Shopping:11:00~21:00,Tower records:11:00~23:00,Restaurants:11:00~23:00
Closed:Irregular holiday,Dec.31&Jan.1

6.Osaka City Central Public Hall (Osakashi Chuo Koukaido)/大阪中央公会堂

This is a great building to visit for architecture enthusiasts.

This is a Neo-Renaissance style building from Taisho era yet, it also has characteristics of baroque grandeur, and the Viennese Secession style.

Along with Osaka castle, this has been widely recognized as a symbol of Osaka.

The most popular thing here is the winter illumination which is not to be missed.

Osaka City Central Public Hall
Address: 1-1-27 Nakanoshima,Kita-ku,Osaka
Location:5 minute walk from Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Yodoyabashi Station
Opening hours:9:30~21:30
Closed:The fourth Tuesday every month(Wednesday if Tuesday is a holiday), Dec.28 -Jan.4

7.Nakanoshima Rose Garden/中之島バラ園

5 minutes from the Central Public Hall, the rose garden is located in Nakanoshima Park.

The park is so spacious and tranquil you can get away from the city’s noises here.

The park hosts around 3,700 rose trees of 310 varieties.

You van view the roses in spring (from mid to end May) to fall (end of October to beginning of November).

Nakanoshima Rose Garden
Address: 1-1 Nakanoshima,Kita-ku,Osaka
Location:5 minute walk from Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Yodoyabashi Station,5 minute walk from Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line Kitahama Station
Opening hours:24 hours
Admission Fee:Free

8.Herbis Plaza ENT/ハービスプラザエント

Herbis Plaza ENT is a commercial complex hosting many restaurants and international brand stores.

You can get anything you want from Tiffany Co., Gucci to a Japanese fair trade brand, Mother House.

If you want a fine dining, shopping for quality items, here is a place to be.

Herbis Plaza ENT
Address:2-2-22 Umeda, Kita-ku,Osaka
Location:5 minute walk from Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Umeda Station,5 minute walk from JR Osaka station
Opening hours:Shopping:11:00~20:00,Restaurants:11:00~23:00,Beauty&School froor:11:00~21:00

9.Bookshop Hopping/本屋巡り

Umeda hosts many bookstores from small to big, and old to new.

Major book stores carry international books in various languages and also carry souvenir items such as Japanese postcards and stationaries.

Try visiting either Kinokyniya, Junkudo, Tsutaya.

JUNKUDO Osaka Main Store
Address:Dojima Avanza 2F-3F,1-6-20 Dojima Kita-ku, Osaka
Location:5 minute walk from Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line Nishi-Umeda Station,5 minute walk from JR Tozai Line Kitashinchi station
Opening hours:9:00~21:00

Address:Chaska Chayamachi Bldg, 7-20 Chayamachi, Kita-ku,Osaka
Location:5 minute walk from Hankyu Umeda Station,7 minute walk from JR Osaka station
Opening hours:Weekday:9:30~22:00,Weekends:9:00~22:00

Kinokuniya Umeda Main Store
Address:Hankyu Sanbangai, 1-1-3 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka
Location:1 minute walk from Hankyu Umeda station,3 minute walk from Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Umeda Station
Opening hours:10:00~22:00

10.Nakazakicho area/中崎町

This is a little retro town with tiny alleys around 10 minutes from Umeda.

Off Chayamachiguchi exit of Hankyu Umeda station, this is a perfect area to wander around.

There are many secluded cafes and bars owned by artists.

You can get lost here and find your treasure.

Nakazakicho area
Location:5 minute walk from Osaka Metro Tanimachi line Nakazakicho station,10 minute walk from Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Umeda Station

Many of the shopping malls have a tax free offering and tax free counters for tourist from overseas.
Make sure to visit them.

All of the above places are within a walking distance from Osaka station or Umeda station.

However, there is also a bus called, umeguri bus, that circles around these major tourist spots.

Please check it out as well!

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