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Top 10 Fun Things to Do in Umeda Osaka - Recommended by Osaka Locals!

Top 10 Fun Things to Do in Umeda Osaka - Recommended by Osaka Locals!

Date published: 21 July 2020
Last updated: 20 October 2020

Umeda is a charming area of Osaka with a variety of shopping areas and tourist attractions. It is located right near JR Osaka Station, known as the gateway to Osaka.

There are many fun things to do in Umeda, from incredible views to hitting stellar cafes. Here we will introduce some of these unique attractions in Umeda, Osaka - a vibrant, easy-access city!

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Overlook Osaka City from a Ferris Wheel
  2. 2. Take Amazing Snapshots at the Umeda Chair
  3. 3. Enjoy the Beautiful Water Tree and Umeda Osaka's Unique Food
  4. 4. Take a Walk Around Umeda Osaka in your Favorite Kimono
  5. 5. Enjoy the Unique Dishes of Osaka
  6. 6. A Must-See View from Umeda Sky Building's Kuchu Teien Observatory!
  7. 7. Escape Time in a Cafe in the Sky
  8. 8. DIY Original Artistic Woven Fabrics
  9. 9. Take a Coffee Break While Watching the Trains
  10. 10. See the Mysterious Water Clock
  11. Book a table now!

1. Overlook Osaka City from a Ferris Wheel

1. Overlook Osaka City from a Ferris Wheel

The HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel overlooks the city of Umeda, and has a unique appearance as it comes right out of the building as the red symbol of Umeda. Located in the shopping complex HEP FIVE, its highest point is about 106m. Each carriage can accommodate up to 4 people at a time, and it has a gorgeous panoramic view of Umeda's buildings and trains.

The Ferris Wheel is air-conditioned, so you can comfortably enjoy your 15-minute aerial tour above the city center. It feels just as if you had climbed to the top of the building for a better view! The cityscape as seen from atop the Ferris wheel is a rare sight in the city, and a great memory.

  • HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel
    HEP FIVE観覧車
    • Address 5-15 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka 530-0017
    • Nearest Station Osaka Umeda Station (Hankyu Electric Railway, Hanshin Electric Railway); Osaka Station (JR); Umeda Station, Higashi-Umeda Station (Osaka Metro)
    • Hours: 11:00AM-10:45PM (last boarding time)
      Fee: 600 yen per person (children 5 years and under ride free)
      Regular Holidays: Irregular holidays (closed when HEP ​​FIVE is closed, and for regular inspections)

2. Take Amazing Snapshots at the Umeda Chair

2. Take Amazing Snapshots at the Umeda Chair

The Umeda Chair is a unique photo spot in Hankyu Sun Square, located near the HEP FIVE Ferris Wheel. It is very popular among tourists visiting Japan. Previously, there was only the kanji character at the Umeda Chair. But with its growing popularity, a second chair, 'Umeda' written in romanized letters, has now been added too!

The bright red visuals make it a great photo spot, and having the place name as part of the photo makes it a good memento. If you visit Umeda, be sure to sit in the Umeda Chair and take a photo yourself.

  • Umeda Chair (Umeda Isu)
    梅田イス
    • Address Hankyu Sun Square, 8 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka 530-0017
    • Nearest Station Osaka Umeda Station (Hankyu Electric Railway, Hanshin Electric Railway); Osaka Station (JR); Umeda Station, Higashi-Umeda Station (Osaka Metro)
    • Hours: Open 24/7
      Regular Holidays: None

3. Enjoy the Beautiful Water Tree and Umeda Osaka's Unique Food

3. Enjoy the Beautiful Water Tree and Umeda Osaka's Unique Food

Umeda has an underground mall that is so complicated to navigate, the locals call it the 'Umeda Dungeon.' Despite the name, it’s fun navigating the maze and finding interesting shops and spots. One of the best places to sample Osaka cuisine is at the Whity Umeda Izumi-no-hiroba Area. Originally, there was a fountain and a variety of shops here, however, it was renewed as a foodie spot in 2019.

There are now about 35 unique restaurants, including shops that sell set meals, desserts, and izakayas that are perfect for lunch. However, before you pick your spot, spend a moment under the symbolic 'Water Tree' at the Zone intersection. Enjoy the gentle lights from the tree, which change with the time and the seasons.

  • Whity Umeda Izumi-no-hiroba
    ホワイティうめだ泉の広場
    • Address Umeda Underground Shopping Mall, Komatsubara-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka 530-0018
    • Nearest Station Osaka Umeda Station (Hankyu Electric Railway, Hanshin Electric Railway); Osaka Station (JR); Higashi-Umeda Station, Umeda Station (Osaka Metro)
    • Hours: Open 24/7
      Regular Holidays: New Year's Day, third Thursday of odd months

4. Take a Walk Around Umeda Osaka in your Favorite Kimono

4. Take a Walk Around Umeda Osaka in your Favorite Kimono

Why not do your sightseeing around the city while wearing a kimono? Kyo-Aruki Umeda is a shop where you can rent authentic kimono, produced by a long-established kimono and hakama shop. You can rent a genuine kimono to enjoy your walk around the city at a reasonable price.

There is a professional dresser on-site who will dress you to photo-ready perfection. Choose your favorite from over 1,000 kimonos. Feel free to head to the Umeda Chair mentioned above for even cooler kimono photos. Reservations are required for kimono rental, which you can do online or by phone. (Same-day reservations are also possible according to availability). Rent one with your friends or significant other for even more great memories!

  • Kyo-Aruki Umeda store
    京あるき 梅田店
    • Address Hankyu Shibatacho Bldg. 3F, 2-1-1 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka, 530-0012
    • Nearest Station Osaka Umeda Station (Hankyu Electric Railway, Hanshin Electric Railway)
      Osaka Station (JR)
    • Hours: 11:00AM-7:00PM (Last entry 5:00PM; return by 6:00PM)

5. Enjoy the Unique Dishes of Osaka

5. Enjoy the Unique Dishes of Osaka

Sonezaki Ohatsutenjin-dori Shotengai is a shopping street with nearly 100 spots for great food. You can enjoy reasonably-priced local dishes such as sushi, okonomiyaki, and kushikatsu. At the entrance is the Tsuyuten Shrine (also called the Ohatsu-tenjin Shrine), which acts as the setting for the ‘Love Suicides at Sonezaki’ Bunraku puppet play, the Setsubun Festival in February, summer festivals in July, and a flea market held on the first Friday of every month.

The flea market has a casual vibe that is easy for tourists to enjoy. You can find many retro toys and antiques there, so why not search for your favorite item?

  • Sonezaki Ohatsutenjin-dori Shopping Street
    曽根崎お初天神通り商店街
    • Address 2-5-2 Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka 530-0057
    • Nearest Station Osaka Umeda Station (Hankyu Electric Railway, Hanshin Electric Railway); Osaka Station (JR)

6. A Must-See View from Umeda Sky Building's Kuchu Teien Observatory!

6. A Must-See View from Umeda Sky Building's Kuchu Teien Observatory!

Check out the spectacular, open-air view from the Sky Walk on the rooftop of Umeda Sky Building. The observation deck is connected to the 35th floor via a long, see-through escalator with an extraordinary atmosphere.

From its height of 173m, you can enjoy a 360-degree view of many famous sights, including Osaka Castle, the Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel, and the Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge and Awaji Island in the distance. At night, the phosphorescent stones on the Skywalk floor light up for an ambient vibe. For a more relaxed visit, we recommend visiting in the morning when there are relatively few people.

  • Umeda Sky Building Kuchu Teien Observatory
    梅田スカイビル 空中庭園展望台
    • Address Umeda Sky Building, 1-1 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka 531-6039
    • Nearest Station Osaka Station (JR)
    • Hours: 9:30AM-10:30PM (Last entry 10:00PM)
      Regular Holidays: None

7. Escape Time in a Cafe in the Sky

7. Escape Time in a Cafe in the Sky

The Tenku Cafe is a cafe on the 27th floor of the Umeda Sky Building, and a part of the Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum. To visit the cafe only, simply tell the receptionist you'd like to see the Tenku Cafe.

There are drinks, such as coffee and soda, as well as snacks, such as sandwiches and muffins. The space is decorated with Koji Kinutani prints on the walls, colorful pigmented bottles, and stylish looking chairs. There are also nice couple seats for two. Enjoy the scenery at this great cafe and lose yourself in the passage of time.

  • Tenku Cafe at the Koji Kinutani Tenku Art Museum
    絹谷幸二 天空美術館 天空カフェ
    • Address Umeda Sky Building Tower West 27F, 1-1-30 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka 531-0076
    • Nearest Station Osaka Station (JR)
    • Hours: Mon, Wed, Thu, Sun 10:00AM-6:00PM
      Fridays, Saturdays, days before public holidays: 10:00AM-8:00PM
      Regular Holidays: Tuesdays
      *In the event of Tuesday holidays, the following weekday will be closed instead.
      *May close temporarily for year-end and New Year holidays, and during exhibition changes

8. DIY Original Artistic Woven Fabrics

8. DIY Original Artistic Woven Fabrics

SAORI Toyosaki Nagaya is a hands-on workshop where you can enjoy making Osaka's hand-woven Saori crafts in a renovated, 100-year-old tenement house. It is located about 5 minutes from Osaka Metro Nakazakicho Station. You can weave your own scarf or table center in about 120 minutes. Many visitors come from overseas, and many visit more than once!

English-speaking staff are usually present, so you don’t need to worry about the language barrier. The town of Nakazaki-cho retains its traditional culture with nagaya, or tenement houses, that have survived since the prewar period. There are many stylish cafes as well, so you may want to take a walk after the workshop.

  • SAORI Toyosaki Nagaya
    SAORI 豊崎長屋
    • Address 1-7-2 Toyosaki, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka 531-0072
    • Nearest Station Nakazakicho Station (Osaka Metro)
    • Hours: 10:30AM-12:30PM, 1:30PM-3:30PM
      Regular Holidays: Fridays
      *For foreign tourists, a Saori weave is included as a souvenir.
      *Reservations via website or email (email available in English)

9. Take a Coffee Break While Watching the Trains

9. Take a Coffee Break While Watching the Trains

The Hankyu train line connects Osaka Umeda to Kyoto and Kobe. Inside the Hankyu Osaka Umeda Station ticket gate is the Tully's Coffee Hankyu Osaka Umeda Station 3F. Because it is inside the ticket gate, it's a great place to take a break while waiting for the train.

The shop is above the platform, so you can watch the trains when you sit by the window. The scenery, with trains coming and going, and the maroon color of the lined-up Hankyu train cars, is a splendid view that makes everything feel like a small diorama. It's a spot anyone can enjoy, whether you’re a train fan or not.

  • Tully's Coffee Hankyu Osaka Umeda Station 3F
    タリーズコーヒー阪急大阪梅田駅3F店
    • Address 1-1-2 Shibata, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0012, Osaka Prefecture Hankyu Electric Railway Osaka Umeda Station 3F Ticket Gate
    • Nearest Station Umeda Station, Osaka Station (Hankyu Electric Railway)
    • Hours: 7:00AM-10:00PM
      Regular Holidays: None

10. See the Mysterious Water Clock

10. See the Mysterious Water Clock

Mizu no Tokei, or the Water Clock, located in the South Gate Square of JR Osaka Station, is a popular spot thanks to its mysterious water show. Within a space of 6.5 meters in width and 3.9 meters in height, the time, as well as seasonal patterns, are drawn out with falling water droplets.

The threads of water that fall out from the nozzle at the top are controlled with a computer mechanism in order to display the characters and images that you see. The popular and mysterious water performance occurs when it plays as a video. It plays once every 5 minutes. Because it is located in the square outside the station, you can see it from 6:00AM to 12:00AM.

  • Mizu no Tokei
    水の時計
    • Address South Gate Square 1F, Osaka Station City South Gate Building, 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka, 530-0001
    • Nearest Station Osaka Station (JR)
    • Hours: 6:00AM-12:00AM
      Regular Holidays: None

Umeda is a place adored by locals with convenient transportation. There are plenty of trains running, including the JR Line, subways, and private railways. Many tourist facilities, shopping areas, and gourmet foods are also within walking distance.

There are buses and rental bicycles in the area, so you can easily spend a whole day in Umeda alone. If you visit Umeda, be sure to check out as many places as you can.

*Some places may be closed due to the spread of coronavirus. Please check individual websites for updates and details.

Written by: 二木繁美

*The above article is based on information from May 2020

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We also recommend these restaurants in the Umeda area. Save time and hassle - book your table online today!

  • UFO Fuondeyuto Koshitsu Baru Gureibibado Umedaten
    UFO Fuondeyuto Koshitsu Baru Gureibibado Umedaten
    UFOフォンデュと個室バル グレイビーバード 梅田店
    • Address LEI' S UMEDA9F,2-1-21, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 530-0001
    • Nearest Station Nishiumeda Station (Yotsubashi Line)
    • Phone Number 06-6459-7214
  • Jinpachi
    Jinpachi
    海鮮和食居酒屋 甚八本店(高麗橋店)
    • Address B1,3-1-11, Kouraibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 541-0043
    • Nearest Station Yodoyabashi Station (Midosuji Line)
    • Phone Number 06-6203-0056
*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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