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Table of Contents 

  1. What kind of places are Osaka and Umeda Stations?

    1. Osaka Station is here! Osaka Station City

    2. The inside of Osaka Station City is a labyrinth?!

  2. How to travel to nearby major sightseeing areas from Osaka and Umeda Stations

    1. By train

      1. Route and time information for nearby major sightseeing areas 

      2. If you use the JR from Osaka Station

        1. How to get to major sightseeing areas on the JR

      3. If you use the Hankyu from Umeda Station

        1. How to get to major sightseeing areas on the Hankyu

        2. How to reach JR Osaka Station from Hankyu Umeda Station

      4. If you use the Hanshin from Umeda Station

        1. How to get to major sightseeing areas on the Hanshin

        2. How to get to Hanshin Umeda Station from JR Osaka Station

      5. If you use the subway Midosuji Line from Umeda Station

        1.  How to get to nearby major sightseeing areas on the Midosuji Line

        2. How to get to the Midosuji Line in Umeda Station from JR Osaka Station

      6. If you use the subway Tanimachi Line from Higashi-Umeda Station

        1. How to get to nearby major sightseeing areas on the Tanimachi Line

        2. How to get from Higashi-Umeda Station from JR Osaka Station

      7. If you use the subway Yotsubashi Line from Nishi-Umeda Station

        1. How to get to nearby major sightseeing areas on the Yotsubashi Line

        2. How to get to Nishi-Umeda Station from JR Osaka Station

      8. If you use the JR Tozai Line from Kitashinchi Station

        1. How to get to Kitashinchi Station from JR Osaka Station

    2. By city bus

    3. By taxi

    4. By rental car

  3. Master Osaka Station! Convenient services inside the station

    1. Leave heavy luggage in coin lockers

    2. Where can you exchange currency? 

    3. Head to the service center or information center when you need help

    4. Areas where you can use Wi-Fi

    5. Prayer rooms you can use no matter what religion you follow

  4. Indulge in the area around Osaka and Umeda Stations! Recommended spots inside and near the station

    1. Extremely popular even with foreign tourists! Where to shop

    2. Delicious restaurants for local cuisine! Where to eat

    3. From cheap lodging to high-class hotels! Recommended accommodation styles

 

1. What kind of places are Osaka and Umeda Stations?

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The crossing in front of the Midosuji south exit of JR Osaka Station.

The entrance to the Kita area of Osaka, JR Osaka Station, has various train lines running through it, so it makes access to the rest of the city, Kyoto, and Kobe, very easy. In the area, there are the latest shopping buildings and lodging accommodations, plenty of restaurants, and is perfect as the base for your travels! JR Osaka Station is a huge station through which more than 420,000 people pass through daily. You might get lost the first time you’re there. It’s difficult for people both foreign and Japanese to smoothly reach their destination within the station because of its size.

Before you go, you should know that JR Osaka Station is in Umeda. Umeda is an area made up of 7 different stations, including Umeda, Nishi-Umeda, Higashi-Umeda, and Kitashinchi. All of the stations are connected underground, so you can walk between them. 

Here is a complete guide to JR Osaka Station and Umeda Station! You can learn everything you need to know before you go.

 

 

1-a. Osaka Station is here! Osaka Station City

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JR Osaka Station is actually part of a facility called Osaka Station City, consisting of two soaring buildings to the north and the south and Osaka Station in the center.

To the south is the South Gate Building, and it’s a department building that includes a Daimaru, a Pokemon Center, UNIQLO, Tokyu Hands, and more, as well as the Hotel Gran View Osaka. The North Gate Building is a shopping building that has the areas LUCUA and LUCUA 1100, home to apparel, cosmetics, and other types of shops. There are plenty of shops inside the station too, so it’s one of Osaka’s landmarks where many people no matter the time of day always cross paths.

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The view of Osaka Station from the Hankyu Grand Building. The left building is the South Gate Building, and the right is the North Gate Building.

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This is the Atrium Plaza in the North Gate Building.

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Toki Plaza, above the station building.

Osaka Station City official homepage:

日本語版:http://osakastationcity.com/

English:http://osakastationcity.com/en/

中文版:http://osakastationcity.com/cn/

 

1-b. The inside of Osaka Station City is a labyrinth?! 

You can move from north to south in Osaka Station City using bridges and escalators, but it’s tricky. It’s split up into a few floors, and many people get lost going up and down.

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Here is the English map in PDF version)

Just looking at the map makes you feel a little apprehensive, doesn’t it?

The escalators that connect underground are especially tricky. The area below Umeda has been called both “the world’s largest labyrinth” and “dungeon.” Going back to where you started because you got completely lost is a pain.

Because it’s that confusing, this article will use photos of each station, both inside and out, so you can travel through smoothly.

 

2. How to travel to nearby sightseeing areas from Osaka and Umeda Stations?

There are many ways to get to sightseeing areas from Osaka and Umeda Stations, so here is some useful information about the different ways of traveling throughout the city, starting with trains. 

2-a. By train

Osaka Rail map

Osaka Subway map

When you ride the train, first you must reach the platform by passing through the automated gates. To pass through, you need a ticket, or an IC card like the ICOCA, so please prepare those beforehand. IC cards are electronic cards with a sensor that just require a tap at the entrance of the automated gate. You can buy tickets at the machines near the gates. If your IC card doesn’t have any money on it, you can also charge it at the ticket machines both next to the gate or inside the gate (in case you get off the train and realize you’re short). If you’re carrying the JAPAN RAIL PASS, you don’t need tickets or a card to ride the JR lines.

If you use cards from private companies, like the Kansai Thru Pass or the Rainbow Card, buying them beforehand will be very convenient (can’t be used on the JR). There are lots of transportation tickets, such as the Enjoy Eco Card that lets you ride the subway and the city bus routes as much as you want for a day, that will help you with your transportation budget.

All the trains begin running at 5 AM. The last trains of the day are usually around midnight, but some of the lines stop running sometime after 11 PM. For more information, please use a train route app.

Here is some information on the time and route necessary to reach major sightseeing areas.

 

[2-a-i. Route and time information for major nearby sightseeing areas]

DestinationRouteNearest station to the destinationTime necessary
Universal Studios Japan

JR Osaka Loop Line

Universal City Station11 to 15 minutes
Shin-Sekai/TsutenkakuJR Osaka Loop LineImamiya Station15 minutes
Osaka CastleJR Osaka Loop LineOsakajokoen Station, Morinomiya Station9 to 11 minutes
Tanimachi LineTenmanbashi Station, Tanimachi Yonchome Station4 to 6 minutes

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Midosuji LineShinsaibashi Station, Namba Station6 to 9 minutes
Amerikamura/HorieYotsubashi LineYotsubashi Station5 minutes
Abeno HarukasMidosuji LineTennoji Station16 minutes
Tanimachi LineTennoji Station13 minutes
Kaiyukan AquariumMidosuji LineOsakako Station20 minutes
TenjinbashiTanimachi LineTenjinbashisuji Rokuchome Station4 minutes
Kyoto

JR Kyoto Line

Kyoto Station

29 minutes 

※In the case of a limited express train

Hankyu Line

Kurasuma Station, Kawaramachi Station

40 to 43 minutes

Kobe

JR Kobe Line

Sannomiya Station

22 minutes

※In the case of a limited express train

Hankyu Line

Kobe Sannomiya Station

27 minutes

Hanshin Line

Kobe Sannomiya Station, Motomachi Station

31 to 38 minutes

NaraJR Yamatoji LineNara Station

50 minutes

※In the case of a Yamatoji express train

 

Please use this chart as a basis to decide which lines will be best for you to use. 

Here is some more detailed information about public transportation and how to use it to get to major sightseeing areas.

 

2-a-ii. If you use the JR from JR Osaka Station

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JR Osaka Station has 11 platforms. You can use the bridges that connect them for smooth passage. If you have to transfer trains, first use the stairs or escalator to reach those bridges.

Here is how to reach sightseeing areas and the time necessary if you use JR lines.

 

[How to get to major sightseeing areas using the JR]

DestinationRouteNearest station to destinationTime necessary
Universal Studios Japan

Take the JR Osaka Loop Line on platform one heading towards Nishikujo, Bentencho, or Sakurajima. 

If you take the JR Osaka Loop Line towards Nishikujo or Bentencho, switch to the JR Yumesaki Line at Nishikujo Station heading to Sakurajima.

(If you switch at Nishikujo Station, you can also take the express train heading to Kansai International Airport.)

Universal City Station11 to 15 minutes
Shin-Sekai/Tsuutenkaku

From platform 1, take the JR Osaka Loop Line heading towards Nishikujo or Bentencho.

Imamiya Station15 minutes
Osaka Castle

From platform 2, take the JR Osaka Loop Line towards Kyobashi or Tsuruhashi. You can also take the Kansai International Airport express train heading to Tennoji.

Osakajokoen Station, Morinomiya Station9 to 11 minutes
Kyoto

You can take the JR Kyoto Line from platforms 8, 9, and 10.

*No matter which station the train is stopping at, be it Yasu, Nagahama, Maibara, Tsuruga, etc., they’ll all stop at Kyoto Station, EXCEPT for the train heading to Takatsuki. That one does not!

 

Kyoto Station

29 minutes

※In the case of a limited express train

Kobe

You can take the JR Kobe Line from platforms 3, 4, and 5.

*All the trains on this line, whether it’s headed for Banshu-Ako, Himeji, Aboshi, etc., all stop at Sannomiya Station.

Sannomiya Station

22 minutes

※In the case of a limited express train

Nara

You can take the JR Yamatoji Line heading towards Kamo or Nara from platform 1, or take the JR Osaka Loop Line heading to Kamo and Nara by way of Nishikujo or Bentencho.

Nara Station

50 minutes

※In the case of the JR Yamatoji express train

 

However, you might want to take non-JR lines.

To smoothly travel between JR Osaka Station and the stations within Umeda, having a strategy for traversing the underground streets is key. There are many connected shopping malls in the area, which makes it very confusing and easy to get lost in.

Here are some routes to major sightseeing areas using JR Osaka Station as a starting point with photos for reference.

 

2-a-iii. If you use the Hankyu Line from Umeda Station

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Here’s how to get to major sightseeing areas and the time necessary if you choose to travel on the Hankyu Line.

 

[How to reach major sightseeing areas and the time necessary on the Hankyu]

DestinationRouteClosest station to destinationTime necessary
Kyoto

From platform 1 or 2, take the Hankyu Kyoto Main Line limited express to Kawaramachi.

Kurasuma Station, Kawaramachi Station

(Station numbers: HK85, HK86)

40 to 43 minutes
Kobe

From platform 8 or 9, take the Hankyu Kobe Main Line limited express to Shinkaichi.

Kobe Sannomiya Station

(Station numbers: HK16)

27 minutes

If there aren’t any limited express trains running, you can also take the express or the commuter express trains. They run from the 2 and 3 platforms from Kawaramachi and 8 and 9 platforms for Kobe Sannomiya.

Here’s how to reach Hankyu Umeda Station from JR Osaka Station with photographs as your guide.

 

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(1) Exit the Midosuji ticket gates, and leave the station through the Midosuji north exit.

(2) Right after you exit, take the escalator front and to the right. 

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(3) When you get off the escalator, head to the right.

(4) When you see the red Ferris wheel ahead of you, continue forward on the pedestrian bridge.

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(5) Enter the building, and as you continue you’ll see a convenience store named Asnas. THere you take a left.

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(6) Continue straight and you’ll reach Hankyu Umeda Station.

Hankyu Official Homepage

Japanese:http://www.hankyu.co.jp/

English:http://www.hankyu.co.jp/global/en/

Traditional Chinese:http://www.hankyu.co.jp/global/zh-tw/

 

2-a-iv. If you use the Hanshin from Umeda Station

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[How to get to major sightseeing areas and time necessary on the Hanshin]

DestinationRouteClosest station to destinationTime necessary
Kobe

From platform 2, take the Hanshin Main Line special express to Sanyo Himeji or a special express to Sumaura Koen.

*You can also reach it on trains heading to Higashi-Suma, Sanyo Suma, Shinkaichi, etc.

Kobe Sannomiya Station, Motomachi Station

(Station number: HS32, HS33)

31 to 38 minutes
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From platform 2, take the Hanshin Main Line special express to Sanyo Himeji or Sumaura Koen.

*You can also reach it on trains heading to Higashi-Suma, Sanyo Suma, Shinkaichi, etc.

Kosoku Kobe Station

(Station number: HS35)

37 minutes

 

Here is a guide of getting to Hanshin Umeda Station from JR Osaka Station with photos.

 

[How to get to Hanshin Umeda Station from JR Osaka StationJR]

(1) From the Sakurabashi ticket gates, exit out of the Sakurabashi exit.

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(2) Take the stairs in front of the exit, and continue down the street.

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(3) Keep going straight, and you’ll reach a Tully’s Coffee.

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(4) Take a left, and you’ll find the Hanshin Umeda Station ticket gates.

Hanshin Official Homepage

Japanese:http://rail.hanshin.co.jp/

English:http://www.hanshin.co.jp/global/en/

Traditional Chinese:http://www.hanshin.co.jp/global/tw/

 

 

2-a-v. If you use the Midosuji Line from Umeda Station

 

[How to get to major sightseeing areas on the Midosuji Line]

DestinationRouteClosest station to destinationTime necessary

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Take the train from platform 1.

*You can reach them on trains heading to Tennoji, Abiko, and Shinkanaoka as well.

Shinsaibashi Station, Namba Station

(Station number: M19, M20)

6 to 9 minutes
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Take the train from platform 1.

*You can reach them on trains heading to Tennoji, Abiko, and Shinkanaoka as well.

Tennoji Station

(Station number: M23)

16 minutes
Kaiyukan Aquarium

Take the train from platform 1, and switch to the Chuo Line heading to Cosmos Square at Honmachi Station.

*You can reach Honmachi Station on Midosuji trains heading to Tennoji, Abiko, and Shinkanaoka as well.

Osakako Station

(Station number: C11)

20 minutes

 

Here’s a photographic guide to reaching the Midosuji Line in Umeda Station from JR Osaka Station.

 

[How to get to the Midosuji Line from JR Osaka Station]

(1) Exit from the Midosuji ticket gates and head diagonally towards the right.

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(2)  You’ll see a sign with a red train mark, so you can use the escalator to head underground. (The subway lines can be distinguished by their colors, and the Midosuji is red.)

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(3) When you get off the escalator, you’ll be able to see the ticket gates ahead of you.

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(4) The ticket gates right before you is platform 2, heading towards Shin-Osaka. For Namba and Tennoji, keep going to the ticket gates in the back for platform 1.  

 

2-a-vi. If you use the Tanimachi Line from Higashi-Umeda Station

 

 

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[How to get to major sightseeing areas using the Tanimachi Line]

DestinationRouteClosest station to destinationTime necessary
Tenjinbashi 

From platform 2, take the train headed to Dainichi or Miyakojima.

Tenjinbashisuji Rokuchome Station

(Station number: T18)

4 minutes
Abeno Harukas

From platform 1, take the train headed to Yaominami.

*You can also take trains heading to Fuminosato or Kire-Uriwari.

Tennoji Station

(Station number: T27)

13 minutes
Osaka Castle

From platform 1, take the train headed to Yaominami.

*You can also take trains heading to Fuminosato or Kire-Uriwari.

Tenjinbashi Station, Tanimachi Yonchome Station

(Station numbers: T22, T23)

4 to 6 minutes

 

Here is a photographic guide to reaching Higashi-Umeda Station from JR Osaka Station.

 

[How to get to the Tanimachi Line in Higashi-Umeda Station from JR Osaka Station]

(1) Leave the Midosuji ticket gates and exit out of the Misosuji south exit.

(2) Go straight and you’ll reach a small crosswalk. Cross it, and head towards the bus terminal.

(3) If you keep going straight, you’ll find some stairs. Use those to head underground. (The Tanimachi Line’s color is purple.) 

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(4) Once you go downstairs, take a left. You should be able to see the Hanshin Hyakkaten department store to your right. 

(5) When you reach a slightly open area, head diagonally to the right.

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(6) To the left ahead of you will be a Dotour Coffee shop, and you’ll head into Whity Umeda.

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(7) Keep going forward, and at the first corner, take a right. 

(8) Keep going straight, and to your left there will be a bookstore. At that corner, take a left, then a right. 

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(9) The first ticket gates you see will be for the second platform heading to Dainichi. The ticket gates in the back are for platform 1, heading to Tenjinbashi and Tennoji.

 

2-a-vii. If you use the Yotsubashi Line from Nishi-Umeda Station

 

[How to reach major sightseeing areas using the Yotsubashi Line]

DestinationRouteClosest stationo to destinationTime Necessary
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From platforms 1 or 2, take the train headed to Suminoekoen Station or Kitakagaya Station.

Yotsubashi Station

(Station number: Y14)

5 minutes

 

Here is a photographic guide of how to get to Yotsubashi Station from JR Osaka Station.

 

[How to get to the Yotsubashi Line in Nishi-Umeda Station from JR Osaka Station]

(1) Take the Sakurabashi ticket gates and exit out of the Sakurabashi exit.

(2) Take the stairs in front of the exit and keep going straight.

(3) Keep going straight, and you’ll reach a Tully’s Coffee.

*This is the same route as the Hanshin Line so far.

(4) Head to the right, and when you can see red pillars, head that way.

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(5) After a little while, you should be able to see a sign to your left. The Yotsubashi Line is light blue.

(6) There are ticket gates in front of the stairs, but those are only for exiting.

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(7) On both sides of the exiting ticket gates are hallways that will take you to the ticket gates for entering the subway. 

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Osaka Transportation Bureau Official Homepage

日本語版:http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp/

English:http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp/foreign/english

繁体字版:http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp/foreign/chinese-trad

 

2-a-viii. If you use the JR Tozai Line from Kitashinchi Station

 

The area around Kitashinchi Station, where you can take the JR Tozai Line, is a business district filled with high-class clubs and traditional restaurants. It might not be very convenient for sightseeing, but you might want to check out the area anyway.。

 

 

[How to get to Kitashinchi Station from JR Osaka Station]

(1) Take a right outside of the Chuo ticket gates and head to the Chuo south exit.

(2) From the Chuo south exit, head down the stairs in front of you. There is also an escalator.

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(3) When you reach the basement, head straight and pass through the South Gate Building.

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(4) To the left will be the Hanshin Hyakkaten, and to the right will be a ticket shop. Keep going straight.

(5) You’ll reach Diamor Osaka, and head into that and keep going straight until the Circle Plaza.

(6) From the Circle Plaza, take the road that stretches towards the right.

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(7) As you continue, you’ll eventually see a sign for JR Kitashinchi Station.

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(8) You can take either the left or the right hallway, and you’ll eventually arrive at the ticket gates.

Websites to refer to:

JR Odekake Net (Japanese):http://www.jr-odekake.net/

JR-WEST Official Homepage in English:http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/en/

JR-WEST Official Homepage in traditional Chinese:http://www.westjr.co.jp/global/tc/

 

b. By City Bus

You board city buses from the back and alight from the front. You pay when you’re alighting, so you pay by putting money in the box next to the driver. You can use an IC card or the KANSAI THRU PASS.

Here is some information about how to use city buses to reach sightseeing areas and the time necessary.

[How to reach sightseeing areas by city bus]

DestinationRouteClosest stop to destinationTime necessary
Dotonbori

Take bus number 8 or 75 from bus stop #3.

NambaAround 26 minutes
Osaka CastleTake bus number 62 from bus stop #3.Osakajo OotemaeAround 17 minutes
Kaiyukan AquariumTake bus number 88 from bus stop #2.TempozanAround 46 minutes

 

[How to reach the bus terminal from JR Osaka Station]

When you exit the Midosuji south exit in front of the Midosuji ticket gates and go straight, you’ll be able to see the bus terminal right away. The bus stops are different depending on the bus you’re taking, so please double-check using the information signs.

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For reference:

Osaka Transportation Bureau Homepage

Japanese:http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp/

English:http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp/foreign/english

Traditional Chinese:http://www.kotsu.city.osaka.lg.jp/foreign/chinese-trad

 

C. By taxi

While taking taxis is relatively more expensive, if you have luggage it’s much easier to travel using them. However, you might get caught in traffic jams, so please use them when you have plenty of time.

[Time necessary to travel to sightseeing areas by taxi]

DestinationTime necessary
DotonboriAbout 20 minutes
Abeno HarukasAbout 25 minutes
Osaka CastleAbout 15 minutes
Kaiyukan AquariumAround 30 minutes

*Estimated without using toll roads.

 

[How to get to the taxi stand from JR Osaka Station]

There are two taxi stands at JR Osaka Station. The first one is on the 2nd floor of the North Gate Building. When you exit the Chuo ticket gates and head to the left, you can take the escalator to the 2nd floor. Enter LUCUA 1100, and if you follow the signs with the taxi mark on it, you’ll reach the taxi stand.

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There’s another one at the Sakurabashi exit. Once you exit the Sakurabashi ticket gates, the taxi stand will be directly in front of you. Sometimes there aren’t taxis waiting at the North Gate Building stand, so this one is a little more certain.

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D. By rental car

Just like taxis, rental cars can be very useful when you have lots of luggage. However, you might get caught in a traffic jam or not be able to find parking, so it would be good to take plenty of precaution if you decide to rent a car.

There are two rental car companies near JR Osaka Station.

The first one is Orix Rent-A-Car on the B1 floor of the north building of Grand Front Osaka. Exit the Chuo ticket gates and take the escalator to the 2nd floor, then use the connecting bridge to reach the Grand Front Osaka. That building is the south building, so continue forward. Use the connecting deck and head to the north building.

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Orix Rent-A-Car Official Homepage

Japanese:http://car.orix.co.jp/

English: http://car.orix.co.jp/eng/

Traditional Chinese:http://car.orix.co.jp/tw/

The 2nd is Toyota Rent-A-Lease. You can take the same route to Grand Front Osaka. In the area between the north and south buildings on the 1st floor, head 1 block east, then take a left, and you’ll find it.

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Toyota Rent-A-Car Official Homepage 

Japanese:https://rent.toyota.co.jp/

English:https://rent.toyota.co.jp/eng/

Traditional Chinese:https://rent.toyota.co.jp/zh-tw/

 

3. Master Osaka Station! Convenient services inside the station

Inside Osaka Station City, there are plenty of convenient services that you should know about. Once you master the convenience of this facility, you can have a very comfortable trip!

 

3-a. Leave your heavy luggage in a coin locker

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Coin lockers where you can leave our luggage are on the 1st and 3rd floors of JR Osaka Station. The area with the most lockers are straight ahead of the Chuo exit ticket gates, through the Chuo ticket sales area. There’s also a left luggage office there that will take luggage too big for the lockers.

 

3-b. Where to exchange currency 

3-b-i. Travelex TiSOsaka

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From the Chuo ticket gates, head to the left (north) and you’ll be able to see this currency exchange booth inside TiS Osaka on the right-hand side. There’s also one on the B1 floor of the north building of Grand Front Osaka.

Travelex Official Homepage 

Japanese:http://www.travelex.co.jp/JP/Home-jajp/

English:http://www.travelex.co.jp/JP/Home/

 

The following are other currency exchange places outside of the station.

3-b-ii. Currency exchange shop outside of the bank 

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The first one is the currency exchange outside of the bank. There are currency exchange shops outside the Mitsui Sumitomo Bank and the Ikeda Senshu Bank on the B1 floro of the Hankyu Sanbangai, as well as in front of the Mizuho Bank on the 2nd floor of Hankyu Umeda Station in front of the Chuo ticket gates. Also, you can withdraw Japanese yen from your international bank account at every Seven Bank ATM. There’s one inside the station on the southern side of the connecting bridge between north and south on the 3rd floor inside the Tourist Service Center.

Mitsui Sumitomo Bank Official Homepage

Japanese only:http://www.smbc.co.jp/kojin/kaigaiservice/

 

3-b-iii. Ticket shops

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At the ticket shop, you can get currency changed at better rates than at Travelex or at banks, but not all shops will do it. Ticket Zone on the B2 floor of the 2nd building is recommended because they accept many types of currency.

Ticket Zone Official Homepage

Japanese:http://ticketzone.jp/

 

3-c. Head to the service center or information center if you need help

 

3-c-i. Tourist Service Center

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On the southern side of the north-south connecting bridge on the 3rd floor of JR Osaka Center is the Tourist Service Center. When you exit the ticket gate of the connecting bridge and go straight, it will be on your right.

Services Offered

  • Touch-panel map: You can see information about inside the building and about the surrounding area 
  • Luggage delivery service: You can ship your luggage to hotels inside the city of Osaka, to Kansai International Airport, nationwide, and even internationally
  • Seven Bank ATM: Withdraw Japanese yen

 

3-c-ii. Information desk

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Also in that area on the 3rd floor of JR Osaka Station is the information desk for all of Osaka Station City. Take a right when you exit the ticket gates of the connecting bridge, and it’s between LUCUA and LUCUA 1100.

Services Offered

  • Information about the building 
  • Lost and found
  • Reservations for all sorts of guided tours
  • Wi-Fi router rental (passport necessary) 
  • Applications for use of the prayer room
  • Available languages are Japanese, English, and Chinese 

 

3-c-iii. Tourist Information Center

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On the 1st floor central concourse of JR Osaka Station is a Tourist Information Center. Exit the Chuo ticket gates and take a left, and the entrance will be next to the ticket machines.

Services Offered

  • Railroad information in Japanese and English 
  • Sightseeing information in Japanese, English, Chinese, and Korean 

 

3-c-iv. Places you can use Wi-Fi

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Inside Osaka City Station, there are a few places where you can use a public Wi-Fi service. There will be a sticker that says JR-WEST in the area. Be aware that you have to get a guest code before you arrive in the country to use it. Otherwise, you can rent a Wi-Fi router from the information desk on the 3rd floor of the North Gate Building.

 

3-c-v. Prayer rooms you can use no matter what religion you follow 

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There’s a prayer room available for use on the 1st floor of the South Gate Building in the South Gate Plaza. There are separate rooms for men and women, and there’s a small purification area to cleanse your body. If you’d like to use it, first head to the information desk on the 3rd floor of the North Gate Building for a simple but required application.

 

 4. Indulge in the area around Osaka and Umeda Stations! Recommended spots inside and near the station

Around JR Osaka Station, there are plenty of facilities, including well-established department stores, luxury hotels, and shopping malls aimed at young people. Among all those places, here are a few recommended spots to consider.

 

4-a. Very popular even among foreign tourists! Places to shop

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Yodobashi Camera Umeda, a home appliance store, is right in front of JR Osaka Station, but since there’s no crosswalk between the station and the building, you can’t reach it above ground without taking a long way around. If you’re going from JR Osaka Station, it’s easier to access it via the Midosuji north exit and use the connecting underground route.

Yodobashi Camera Umeda Official Homepage 

Japanese:http://www.yodobashi-umeda.com/

 

Inside the Eki Marche area inside the station, the Eki Donki is also recommended. They have a variety of products, from cosmetics to foodstuffs to appliances! There’s duty-free items and Osaka souvenirs aimed at foreign tourists. It’s right by the Sakurabashi ticket gates, so it’s great to stop by before or after you ride a train.

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Eki Donki Official Homepage

Japanese:http://www.donki.com/

English:http://www.donki.com/en/?pre=le

Traditional Chinese:http://www.donki-global.com/zhtw/?pre=le

 

The Umeda area, especially around JR Osaka Station, has become filled with new buildings in recent years. The Grand Front Osaka, directly connected to the station, is a landmark that represents the area along with Osaka Station City. There are 226 stores and restaurants inside this huge shopping building. To access it from Osaka Station, you can use the connecting deck on the 2nd floor of the North Gate Building or the connecting hallway on the B1 floor.

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Grand Front Osaka Official Homepage

Japanese:http://www.gfo-sc.jp/

English:http://gfo-eng.com/

Traditional Chinese:http://gfo.com.tw/

Also, the South Gate Building is home to a Daimaru department store, and near HEP FIVE, the building famous for the Ferris wheel, there’s a UNIQLO. In the shopping mall beneath JR Osaka Station there’s a drugstore called Matsumoto Kiyoshi. There are plenty of shops popular with foreign tourists so please enjoy taking a walk and discovering new stores to check out.

 

4-b. Delicious restaurants for local cuisine! Where to eat

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Exit from the Midosuji south exit of the station, and Shin-Umeda Shokudogai is across the crosswalk heading towards the Hankyu department store. There are about 100 shops inside the building, as it’s a retro food building. There are plenty of different types of restaurants here, from the Matsuba Souhonten offering kushikatsu, Takoume specializing in oden, Hanadako selling takoyaki, as well as ethnic food like Thai restaurants and restaurants selling local sake. It’s known for the many cozy restaurants.

Shin-Umeda Shokudogai Official Homepage

Japanese:http://shinume.com/

English:http://shinume.com//lang/en/

Traditional Chinese:http://shinume.com//lang/ch/

East of the Umeda Hankyu building is the Hankyu Higashi-dori shopping arcade, which is a business and gourmet area representative of the Kita area of Osaka. Other than restaurants, you can also find amusement places like karaoke booths and game centers. There are restaurants like Mifune, where you can grill your own okonomiyaki on the hibachi grill in front of you, and the original conveyor belt sushi restaurant Genroku Sushi. There’s also chain izakaya bars and trendy dining bars, so it’s an area flourishing with different kinds of places.

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Hankyu Higashi-dori Shoutengai Official Homepage

Japanese:http://www.mydo.or.jp/hankyuhigashi/

 

If you want to enjoy a nice evening meal, the dining floor of the Hankyu Grand Building (east of the Hankyu department store), Soraniwa Dining, is a lovely choice. Since the building is a skyscraper, you can enjoy a delicious meal while gazing out at the beautiful Osaka night view. There is a varied line-up of restaurants here, including the Grand Hakurakuten managed by the hotel and the Japanese-Italian fusion restaurant Wa +ITALIAN MITSUKE.

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Hankyu 32bangai Soraniwa Dining Official Homepage

Japanese:http://hankyu32.hankyu.co.jp/

English:http://hankyu32.hankyu.co.jp/english/

Traditional Chinese:http://hankyu32.hankyu.co.jp/china1/

There are plenty of shopping buildings and department stores with restaurant floors around the station, so there’s so much choice that you won’t know where to try. These restaurants are also entirely on the eastern Umeda side, but on the west, there’s the Dai 1-4 buildings where all the local businessmen have lunch, so why not check it out during the day?

 

4-c. From cheap lodging to high-class hotels! Recommended accomodation styles 

Since you’ve come all the way to Japan, why not have an elegant stay in a high-grade hotel? The Grand Front Osaka is directly connected to JR Osaka Station, and in it is the Intercontinental Hotel Osaka, a hotel that offers world-class services. The concept is contemporary luxury. It’s a modern, elegant design, but it also is a space where you can feel the warmth and calmness unique to Japan.

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Intercontinental Hotel Osaka Official Homepage 

Japanese:https://www.icosaka.com/

The shuttle buses to hotels slightly far away, like the Imperial Hotel, the Rihga Royal Hotel, the Weston, etc., can all be taken from the bus stop near the Sakurabashi exit of JR Osaka Station. Once you exit the Sakurabashi ticket gates, you take a right and keep going. Take a right without crossing the crosswalk, and it will be near the Eki Marche Osaka entrance.

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If you want to meet other travelers on your trip, a guesthouse might be perfect for you. 10 minutes south of Umeda Sky Building is Drop Inn Osaka, a facility where you can enjoy communicating with other lodgers. Each bed in the dormitory room has its own outlet, lamp, futon, pillow, and curtain, and lockers for your valuables are free. Each room is Japanese-style with tatami flooring, so you can enjoy Japanese aesthetics during your stay.

 

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Drop Inn Osaka Official Homepage

Japanese:http://www.dropinn-osaka.com/

English:http://www.dropinn-osaka.com/english/

Chinese:http://www.dropinn-osaka.com/chinese/

They’re mostly men-only, but there’s also capsule hotels available. Capsule hotels are a type of accommodation unique to Japan where you stay in a small box-like area with a simple bed. Since the services are minimum, the rates are cheap, so it’s great for people that want to spend all their money on entertainment rather than lodging. Capsule Inn Osaka is 5 minutes away from JR Osaka Station in the Hankyu Higashi-dori Shoutengai. It’s the world’s first capsule hotel. Check-in is available 24 hours a day, so you can easily stay at any time.

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Capsule Inn Osaka Official Homepage

Japanese:http://www.capsulehotel-inn-osaka.com/

English:http://www.capsulehotel-inn-osaka.com/en/

 

There are plenty of options around JR Osaka Station, including luxury hotels like the Ritz-Carlton Osaka as well as relatively affordable hotels like the Gran Via Osaka and the Shin-Hankyu Hotel. There are various types of facilities to choose from, so please select the place that fits your goals and budget.

 

It’s very hard to easily navigate a place you’re not used to, so hopefully this information will help you get used to the area before you visit or during your visit. Keep this article in mind so you can have an easier, more fun trip through Osaka.

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