Osaka has two faces - Kita in the Umeda area, and Minami from Dotonbori to the Nanba area. Kita, which covers Osaka Station and Umeda Station, is a key area for traffic in the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe area and the entrance to Osaka as well. It is also famous for its huge underground malls. Minami is lined with shopping streets and small roads, which form one of the world's largest entertainment districts. Walk down from Kita to Minami, and then go further south to enjoy a walk down to the tallest building in Japan, which was built recently.
Osaka[Osaka Station City] -- <5 mins. by walk> -- [Umeda Sky Building] -- <5 mins. by walk> -- [Midosuji] -- <Subway Midosuji Line 9 mins.> -- Shinsaibashi -- [Shinsaibashi-suji] -- <4 mins. by walk> -- Ebisubashi Bridge -- <3 mins. by walk> -- [Hozenji Yokocho] -- <5 mins. by walk> -- Sennichimae Odori Street -- <15 mins. by walk> -- [Abeno Harukas] Tennoji -- <JR Kansai Main Line 15 mins.> -- Osaka
*The times required with public transportation are approximate.
Osaka Station City
A complex facility at JR Osaka Station full of things to enjoy such as fashion, food, and entertainment. Some of the recommended spots are the art gallery where you can see and purchase works of art, and the underground sweets corner where you will find the world’s top-class sweets brands lined up next to each other.
Umeda Sky Building
This 40-story skyscraper with connecting towers standing at 173 meters-tall is one of the landmarks of Osaka. At the top is the “Floating Garden”, which gives a full view of the city of Osaka. The “Takimi Lane of Restaurants” on the first basement floor replicates the cityscape of 70 – 80 years ago, and is an attraction that you will not want to miss.
Umeda Underground District
There is a huge underground district in Kita. It is comprised of several underground shopping areas including Whity Umeda, Diamor Osaka, and Hankyu Sanbangai, and has a total of over a thousand and two hundred shops. Because of its vastness and complexity, it is referred to as “the largest underground labyrinth in Japan”.
The main four kilometer-long street in Osaka that runs from Umeda to Nanba. It is lined with ginkgo trees and brilliantly shows the changing of the four distinct seasons. It has become famous as a street of sculptures in recent years with the appearance of works of art by famous sculptors such as Henry Moore and Auguste Rodin. If you head south from Midosuji and go one street to the east, you will find yourself in Minami.
The most popular entertainment district in Minami, Osaka. It is lined with shopping streets and is always busy.
You can go down by the water from Ebisubashi Bridge at Dotonbori-gawa River, which connects Shinsaibashi-suji and Ebisubashi-suji. It is located at the center of the Minami entertainment district and crossed by an average of two hundred thousand people (three hundred and fifty thousand people on holidays) a day. The huge neon sign of a runner that belongs to a confectionery company is also a famous sight.
Hozenji Yokocho is a place that gives off an atmosphere that is different from any other location in Minami. The narrow stone-paved roads help set the mood in this little spot.
Tsutenkaku / Shinsekai
The Shinsekai area, where the symbolic tower of Osaka “Tsutenkaku” stands, is an entertainment district in Minami with many establishments such as performing theaters, movie theaters, and restaurants. Here in this energetic and bustling neighborhood, you can experience the downtown atmosphere of Osaka.
Having opened in March 2014 and standing at three hundred meters in height with sixty stories, it is the tallest skyscraper in Japan. There are observatories on the fifty-eighth to sixtieth floors and the corridor on the top floor is a 360-degree glass-enclosed observation deck that lets you see what it is like to walk up in the sky. It is also a multilevel city that includes a department store, hotel, art museum, and more.