Osaka Station is a perfect location as a base for sightseeing around Osaka, shopping and heading to Kyoto and Nara. Osaka Station is not only JR Osaka Station, but it is also listed as Umeda Station for the subway and Osaka-Umeda Station for the private railways.
It is a confusing complex for non-locals, so here is a sightseeing guide that covers JR Osaka Station, Umeda Station, and Osaka-Umeda Station and the area around it.
Here we’ll do a deep dive into the area!
What Kind of Place is the Osaka Station Area?
There are a total of 6 stations that have the name Osaka Station and Umeda Station, JR Osaka Station, Hankyu Railway Osaka-Umeda Station Hanshin Electric Railway Osaka-Umeda Station and Osaka Metro Umeda Station, Nishi-Umeda Station, and Higashi-Umeda Station.
Please keep in mind that even though JR Shin-Osaka Station has “Osaka” in its name, it is a completely different area from Osaka Station and Umeda-Station.
Each line that accesses Osaka Station and Umeda Station is different, so it is good to know each line.
Here are the unique feature of the 6 lines and 6 stations.
JR Osaka Station: Recommended for Traveling Around Japan and Not only the Kansai Region
JR Osaka Station MR. AEKALAK CHIAMCHAROEN /Shutterstock
JR Osaka Station is a terminal station boasting one of the highest boarding rates among JR stations in Japan. It has the highest boarding rate in JR West, and many people utilize this station.
Also, it has great access to Kyoto and Nara, and taking the shinkansen you can reach Tokyo and Kyushu. To travel around Japan, it is a station you can’t miss.
Hankyu Railway Osaka-Umeda Station is Convenient for Heading Towards Expo’70 Commemorative Park and Minoo Park.
Hankyu Railway Osaka-Umeda Station
Hankyu Railway Osaka-Umeda Station is one of Kansai’s private railways terminal station. Hankyu Railway’s unique feature is that it spreads towards the north area of Osaka Station and Umeda Station. Hankyu Railway is convenient for reaching places like Expo’70 Commemorative Park in Osaka Suita City and Mihoh City filled with nature.
Since the railway covers the Kyoto area, it has great access to main sightseeing spots such as Gion Shijo and Arashiyama. Also you can reach Rokko and Kobe Sannomiya in the Kobe area. If you want to enjoy Northern Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe area the Hankyu Railway Osaka-Umeda Station is convenient.
Hanshin Electric Railway Osaka-Umeda Station: Covering the Kobe Area
Hanshin Electric Railway Osaka-Umeda Station (They changed the name from Umeda Station on October 1st, 2019)
Hanshin Electric Railway Osaka-Umeda Station is one of Kansai’s private railways terminal station. It covers the Kobe area in detail, and you can enjoy Japanese local sceneries such as Amagasaki.
Also, if you get on the Hanshin Namba Line from Amagasaki Station and head to Osaka Namba Station, you can take the Kintetsu Nara Line and reach Nara.
Osaka Metro has 3 Stations. Umeda Station has great access to Sightseeing Locations.
Osaka Metro has three stations of Midosuji Line Umeda Station, Tanimachi Line Higashi-Umeda Station, and Yotsubashi Line Nishi-Umeda Station, and each location is slightly different.
Osaka Metro Umeda Station
Midosuji Line Umeda Station is the closest to JR Osaka Station and probably the most convenient station. It can reach major sightseeing spots like Namba and Shinsaibashi without transfers.
Osaka Metro Nishi-Umeda Station
Osaka Metro Higashi-Umeda Station
Meanwhile, Tanimachi Line and Yotsubashi Line are local lines that head towards the business and housing district. Many hotels which foreign travels stay at are along the Tanimachi Line and Yotsubashi Line, so you may frequently use these lines.
You can find your way by looking at the information boards
There are information boards written in English that can help you navigate through Osaka Station, other stations, and underground shopping areas. If you ever get lost, make sure to look at the information boards and get your bearing.
Enjoy the Food Around Osaka Station and Umeda Station Area
Osaka City is mainly divided into the Kita (north) and Minami (south) area, both receive many foreign visitors as they are major sightseeing spots. Osaka Station and Umeda Station is the center of Kita area. There are many spots that we recommend visiting. First up is food!
Eki Marche Osaka: A shopping center with many popular Kansai Region shops
Eki Marché Osaka is extremely convenient and located in the station
The first dining area we want to introduce is Eki Marché Osaka inside JR Osaka Station. The unique feature of this complex is you can find many popular shops from the Kansai region. You can find dishes such as omurice from Hokkyoukusei, which is said to be the originator of the dish in Japan, and matcha sweets from the 150-year-old long-established shop Tsujiri.
If you feel like eating lots of meat, we recommend the beef steak rice box at Bifuteki-Ju, Nikumeshi, Roman-tei.The store uses many natural ingredients that create a bright and calm atmosphere and makes you want to try out different dishes.
EKI MARCHE OSAKA
3-1-1, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Many Reasonable Shops on the Basement Floor of Hankyu Sanbangai
Hankyu Sanbangai South Area B2F has many dining facilities
Hankyu Sanbangai North Area B2F Food Hall
Going down the stairs at Hankyu Railway Osaka-Umeda Station is the recommended dining spot Hankyu Sanbangai. Especially the South Area B2F has over 100 shops such as sushi, ramen, gill, soba, tempura, tonkatsu, teishoku, yakiniku, Italian, and Chinese. Also for about 1,000 yen, you can get a hearty meal!
The North Area B2F is a food hall that combines 5 spaces and also provides various dishes. There are many international shops such as Korean, Italian, and Hong Kong dim sum.
Hankyu Sanban Gai
1-1-3, Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Head to Whity Umeda To Experience Osaka Local Cuisines
Dining Area of Whity Umeda
Right after you get out of Osaka Metro Higashi-Umeda Station you will find the dining area of Whity Umeda.
The unique feature of Whity Umeda is that they have many small shops with strong local vibes. They have a wide variety of food such as Osaka cuisine takoyaki [octopus balls], okonomiyaki and kushikatsu, and Japanese food such as soba, udon, sushi, and tonkatsu. They even have cafes that are perfect for taking a break.
It’s always nice having the option of choosing from so many different shops. Especially the tendon specialty shop Don Don Tei offers freshly fried tendon for about 530 to 800 yen. Due to their reasonable price there is a line during lunch hours.
Fully enjoy Osaka Station and Umeda Station Area Shopping!
Another Charm of Osaka Station and Umeda Station is the various shopping areas nearby. We have introduced Eki Marché Osaka, Hankyu Sanbangai and Whity Umeda in the food section, but they are also great places for shopping. Eki Marché Osaka is great for lifestyle goods, Hankyu Sanbangai for fashion and Whity Umeda for souvenirs. Here we will cover other shopping spots. Let’s take a look at Hankyu Department Store, Hanshin Department Store, and Daimaru Umeda, the three department stores in the Osaka Station and Umeda Station area.
Hankyu Umeda Main Store: For luxurious items
Hankyu Umeda Main Store: For sophisticated fashion and lifestyle trends
As you exit Hankyu Osaka-Umeda Station and go through Hankyu Sanbangai, the department store to the front is Hankyu Umeda Main Store. Out of the three major department stores of Umeda, it is the most upscale one and offers a luxurious shopping experience. It is also very gregarious with their large show windows and seasonal display. Especially during the Christmas season, their show window is superb every year.
Hankyu Department Store Umeda Main Store
8-7, Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
If you want to enjoy the underground shopping center cuisine, head to Hanshin Department Store Umeda Main Store.
Hanshin Department Store Umeda Main Store is connected to Whity Umeda through the underground shopping center.
Hanshin Department Store Umeda Main Store is located right outside the Hanshin Osaka-Umeda Station exit. It has a friendly atmosphere and cherished by locals. Especially the underground food court is a popular area where it is crowded regardless of the day. In the food court, you can enjoy cheap and delicious stand-up-eating style food from famous ramen, ikayaki, udon shops in the Snack Park.
Hanshin Department Store Umeda Main Store
1-13-13, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Daimaru Umeda: Products for All Age Groups
After exiting the JR Osaka Station central exit head right, and you will find Daimaru Umeda.
Since Daimaru Umeda is adjoined with JR Osaka Station, it is easily accessible. It is a department store that answers the needs of all age groups, and you can find luxurious brand to kids and baby goods
Daimaru Umeda Store
3-1-1, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
LUCUA/LUCUA 1100: For the Latest Fashion Trends!
LUCUA right outside JR Osaka Station
LUCUA, LUCUA 1100, and Grand Front Osaka are three shopping facilities other than department stores that we want to recommend.
After exiting JR Osaka Station central exit and heading left, you will find LUCUA and LUCUA 1100, one of Japan’s largest shopping facilities. They have numerous popular brands shops and Muji, which has a great product line up of daily goods. It is a great place to find Japanese fashion such as city-style edgy items.
3-1-3, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Grand Front Osaka: For More Sophisticated Shops
Right near LUCUA is Grand Front Osaka
You can also find the large shopping facility Grand Front Osaka to the left after you take the central exit out of JR Osaka Station. This shopping has a more mature atmosphere compared to LUCUA, and LUCUA 1100. Here you can find goods for people who want a sophisticated lifestyle. The facility is very large, so you will want to make sure you have enough time.
GRAND FRONT OSAKA SHOPS & RESTAURANTS
4-1 (the open space where I filled it up and came to), 4-20 (the south hall), 3-1 (the north hall), Ofukacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Sightseeing Spots Near Osaka Station and Umeda Station Area!
The Osaka Station and Umeda Station Kita area have many shopping and dining facilities, but they also have many attractive sightseeing spots. Spotlight on Umeda Sky Building with a powerful view and Osaka Station City adjoined to JR Osaka Station.
The Kuchu Teien Observatory where you can get a full view of Osaka is a popular spot located in Umeda Sky Building!
Umeda Sky Building is bustling with people regardless of the day.
After exiting JR Osaka Station through the central exit head towards Grand Front Osaka, go through the underground path for about 15 minutes, and you will reach Umeda Sky Building. The popular Kuchu Teien Observatory, where you can get a full view of Osaka, is located in the 40 stories tall Umeda Sky Building. You can enjoy a beautiful view of buildings that create a city atmosphere that blends with the light. As the sun sets it becomes more otherworldly.
Umeda Sky Building Kuchu Teien Observatory
1-1, Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Must see the large clock at Osaka Station City
Osaka Station City Toki-no-Hiroba Plaza
You also can’t forget about the complex facility that includes JR Osaka Station. The facility has many sophisticated areas such as the Toki-no-Hiroba Plaza with the large clock, the Atrium-Hiroba Plaza where many people come and go through, and the green oasis Tenku-no-Noen that can be reached by stairs from the 11th floor. We recommend stopping by to catch a break in-between sightseeing.
OSAKA STATION CITY
3-1-3, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Fully enjoy Osaka Station and Umeda Station Area
There are other charming places to visit, such as Shin Umeda Shokudogai for local diners, E-MA with mature select shops for shopping, and HELP FIVE with the red Ferris wheel for sightseeing.
Osaka Station and Umeda Station area have many hotels such as Hilton Osaka and Westin Hotel Osaka. You can enjoy the surrounding area and use the various transportation methods to reach Shinsaibashi and Dotombori in the Minami area or venture out to Kyoto, Kobe, and Nara to further expand your Osaka sightseeing experience.