Umeda is considered the second "center" in Osaka after Namba
, and it is located in northern Osaka, in the Kita ward.
It is a very modern area with many skyscrapers, it is mainly a directional, shopping and leisure area.
The shopping heart of the neighborhood is located south of Osaka station
There you will find some big department stores like Hankyu
, Tokyu Hands
, as well as many small shops and large shopping centers, among which the luxurious Herbis Plaza
, that houses inside Armani, Bulgari, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dior, Swarovski, Tiffany, and other fashion stores.
The two braches of Junkudo
, the two largest bookstore chains in Japan, are also located in this area.
The area north of Osaka station instead is quite anonymous and a bit ugly, the only thing worth mentioning is the branch of the electronics mega-store Yodobashi camera
The Hankyu Entertainment Park is a shopping center with many shops, restaurants, cinema (shops opening hours 11:00-21:00), east of Osaka station and south of the tracks.
In addition, in the middle of the mall (see photo below) a red 105 m highferris wheel
rises, with a nice a view of the city.
The wheel is open until 23 and a ride costs 500 yen.
Within this complex, precisely on the 8th floor, there's also the Sega Joypolis
, a giant arcade (game center) with some futuristic games and other strange and incredible attractions.
You can buy an unlimited pass for any attraction that costs 2200 yen, but there are some cheaper, for example, that combined with the Ferris wheel (it costs 1600 yen), and includes up to 3 turns for each attraction.
Another Sega Joypolis is located in Tokyo at Odaiba
the ferris wheel in the middle of the HEP Five building
Umeda Sky building
This skyscraper is a symbol of Osaka for its sophisticated architecture, 173 m high, is located north-west of Osaka station and it takes around 10 minutes on foot to reach it.
On the top there is the "Floating Garden
", a very particular observation deck at 360 degrees, both inside and outdoors, which is accessed via oblique elevators.Opening hours 10:00-22:30 (last entry 22:00). Admission fee 700 yen and I say that it's worth it, especially at night.
The elevators leading to the panoramic observatory
Looking south-east of the Floating Garden observatory
looking south-west of the Floating Garden observatory
Kitashinchi is considered the nightlife area of Umeda, the small neighborhood comes to life at night and is full of restaurants, bars and various clubs. It isn't a red light district.
It is located about 500 m south of Osaka station.
Pratical guide, how to get to Umeda and map
Guided tours, activities and other things to do
If you are planning a trip to Japan and you want to add something special besides the visit of the different monuments and famous places, we suggest you to use the site Govoyagin
. This is a very useful site to enrich your travel experience, especially if you are going solo or it's your first time in Japan and, for language barriers and more, and you will not have many opportunities to interact with the locals and to enjoy something different from the famous places marked in the tourist guides.
What Govoyagin is
Govoyagin is a website where you can find many particular activities all over Japan (and not only in Japan).
You can buy tickets online for some famous attractions, but also book tours and really special experiences with locals ready to guide you and take you to places outside the tourist circuits that you would hardly ever find by yourself. Last but not least, you can reserve a table in hundreds of restaurants.
On Govoyagin you can buy tickets in advance to visit the Tokyo Tower
or the Tokyo Sky Tree
, but also book guided tours of Kyoto temples accompanied by a samurai
, or to go around the streets of Osaka on a go-kart dressed as Super Mario
, or even play videogames against an unbeatable Japanese otaku at his place
Last but not least, if you need to reserve your table in some restaurants, such as the legendary 3-star Michelin
, also in this case you can find this kind of service for sale on Govoyagin.
Take a look at Govoyagin
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