Umeda district is the northernmost of Osaka’s two main centres. Pick a hotel in Umeda and you’ll be surrounded by a host of shopping, entertainment and business destinations. You might also see or hear this area referred to as Kita (Japanese for north), distinguishing it from Minami (south), the district centred on Namba station.
Hotels near Osaka’s Transport Hub
If you choose accommodation in Umeda you’ll be well placed for all the city’s transport links including the subway, mainline trains and buses. Osaka and Umeda stations form one of the city’s major travel hubs, said to be the fourth busiest railway station in the world.
A Fast-Developing District in the Heart of Osaka
As you’d expect for such an important part of this buzzing metropolis, Umeda offers a wealth of opportunities for shopping, dining and generally having a good time. Redevelopment of the station has kick-started a transformation of Umeda, and new malls, hotels and attractions are springing up all the time.
What to See and Do in Umeda
Wherever you decide to stay in Umeda, from a cheap and cheerful hostel to a high-end luxury suites, you’ll never be far away from the bright lights. Get your shopping fix or grab a meal at Osaka Station City or Grand Front Osaka, or check out the flagship stores of Japan’s major department stores such as Hankyu, Daimaru and Hanshin. HEP Five Shopping Mall even has a huge red Ferris wheel on its roof – which also makes it easy to spot.
See the City from Above at Umeda Sky Building
If you’ve got a head for heights, why not pick an Umeda hotel within easy reach of the Umeda Sky Building? In a city where skyscrapers are ten a penny, this one stands out. It soars 173 metres tall and has an open-air observation deck on the very top level. You can walk between the two towers on the Floating Garden Observatory and get a spectacular view of the city, too. Then come back down to earth for a well-earned rest in your nearby Umeda hotel.