Osaka City Station and surrounding area

In the heart of the city of Osaka is the Osaka railway station. This railway station is the third busiest station in the world. Around 2007, work began to build a new state-of-the-art station complex. Completed in 2011 at a total cost of 210 billion yen (more than US$ 2 billion), the new Osaka City station complex now rivals Ginza as Japan’s premier retail and entertainment destination. The station complex is huge and it is very easy to be lost once you are walking inside. In addition to housing one of the largest malls of Japan, the station complex also has smaller stores, a cinema theater, currency exchange centers, restaurants, a garden area (on the 14th floor) and a tourist center.

osaka station 1

                                      (station 3rd floor)

osaka station 2

                  (the famous clock inside Osaka station)

osaka station 3

                (architecture of station seen from the inside)

osaka station 4

                            (rail tracks and platform)

osaka station 5

                      (osaka city station 2nd floor)

At the south entrance of the station is a water fountain, perhaps the most unique one that one will ever see. It is a “water printer” fountain, giving out a water fountain in the shape/design of any image file stored on a computer. Check out the video below to see how amazing this fountain really is:

The image below shows the map of the Osaka Station area. To the east of Osaka station is the famous Hankyu Departmental Store. Just south of this departmental store is the Umeda Hankyu Building Office Tower (marked in yellow circle below). Though this office building is a relatively lesser known spot, especially among the tourists, it offers some amazing views of downtown Osaka and the railway station building .

osaka station area map

                    (Osaka City Station and surrounding area map)

On the 15th floor of this Umeda Hankyu office tower, there is a viewing area, which offers some spectacular views of the downtown Osaka area.

osaka station 6

                             (Umeda Hankyu office tower entrance)

osaka station 10

                                                (south west view)

osaka station 12

                                                  (west view)

osaka station 8

                                         (west view from 15th floor)

osaka station 14

                       (north view – Yodobashi store and Hankyu hotel)

osaka station 15

                                  (Yodobashi store – north view)

osaka station 13

                           (osaka city station view – west view)

osaka station 16

                              (Osaka station roof – west view)

osaka station 7

                 (Umeda Hankyu office tower 15th floor east view)

osaka station 9

                                                            (east view)

osaka station 11

                                      (south view from 15th floor)

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Items: Osaka City Station (website here) and Umeda Hankyu office building tower (japanese-only website link is here)

Price: Admission is free, rest depends on what you buy, there are many things of various price ranges.

Location: 3-1-3, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan. Tel:06-6458-0212. Shopping: 10 am – 8.30/9 pm and Restaurants: 11 am – 10.30/11 pm (varies per shop).

Umeda Hankyu office building is east of the station (see map above).

Type: Transport/Departmental Store

How to get there: Take a train to Umeda or Osaka station. After seeing the Osaka station, you can walk to Umeda Hankyu office tower.

Language: Mostly Japanese speaking shop employees, railway officers and some shop/restaurant employees will speak some English.

Also visit: Umeda Sky Tower (Floating Garden), Hep Five (north-east of Umeda Hankyu office tower) and ride the ferris wheel which is on the 9th floor of a building.

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