At the forefront of modern Osaka, the Umeda area is a mega urban center with several iconic skyscrapers demarking a spectacular scene both at day and night.
Always a focus of interest, the constantly evolving Umekita area gave rise to the Osaka Station City complex in 2011, followed soon after by the opening of Grand Front Osaka in 2013. Grand Front Osaka is a large complex facility filled with the forefront of innovation alongside the commercial area expanding over a floor area of 44,000 m2, making it one of the largest facilities to be built in a city terminal. A total of 266 stores including shops, restaurants and cafes are available all under the themes of "High lighting the magnitude of all that is Umeda".
One of the most popular attractions and landmarks of Osaka is the Floating Garden Observatory on the top floor of Sky Building. The Umeda Sky Building, a "pair of skyscrapers connected in midair" is built in an unusual architectural form seldom encountered anywhere in the world. It has an open roof and 360-degree design affording panoramic views of the city, and is known as a romantic and most scenic sunset viewing spot.
The un-missable trademark of this shopping and amusement center is the giant red ferris wheel (75 m in diameter) placed in the middle of the city on the top of the roof of HEP FIVE. A giant whale object (total length of 20 m) designed by Tatsuya Ishii hanging from the 6-tiered atrium inside the building is also must-see.
Just at footsteps of the skyscrapers can be found the hidden away area of Nakazaki-cho.
This area consists of small fashionable shops and cafes that have been renovated from the traditional Japanese "Nagaya" (row houses, or literary "long houses"). This area distanced from the shopping and entertainment districts is home to many locals since old times, keeping a quiet and nostalgic atmosphere. Popular amongst young creators and artists, you will also find many unique shops.
From Osak(Kansai Airport) :
[Rail] 1h 5 min from Kansai Airport to Osaka Station by JR Kansai Airport Rapid Service.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] About 2 hours and 30 minutes to Shin-Osaka Station from Tokyo Station by JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line. About 7 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station to Umeda Station by subway.