5 Popular Spots to Visit in Northern Osaka
"Kita" is what locals call northern Osaka, an area that includes Umeda, and it could be considered the entrance to Osaka. This always-evolving town is still under development, and it plays a major role in trend creation. Here you will find a list of popular spots in Kita that you should definitely pay a visit to.
1. LUCUA 1100, a shopping mall featuring many shops opening in the Kansai area for the first time
LUCUA 1100 is a shopping mall featuring trendy shops, many of which are opening in Japan or in the Kansai area for the first time. These are not only fashion or accessory shops, but also sweets shops and restaurants offering the latest trends. The complex building follows a three word concept, "Gap / Contrast / Marriage," and houses a combination of shops of different genres like never before for a fun shopping experience.
The shopping mall is directly connected to JR Osaka Station, which makes it easily accessible - you can casually drop by and take your time to enjoy shopping here. In addition, the information staff can speak English, Korean, and Chinese, so that anyone speaking those languages can get immediate help if they encounter a problem or are lost.
2. GRAND FRONT OSAKA, a new town standing on the north side of Osaka Station
This is a new area resulting from the combination of 4 towers on the north side of Osaka Station. The area, which is home not only to shops and restaurants, is full of water and greenery that symbolize "the capital of water: Osaka," will make you feel as if you were amidst nature. Osaka is known as the "capital of water" due to the number of rivers running through it. GRAND FRONT OSAKA is a compound facility where you will find areas that will take your trip to the next level, such as the Knowledge Capital which will satisfy your intellectual curiosity, and the Intercontinental Hotel Osaka, which offers some of the best service in the world. The town is home to a total of 266 shops and restaurants, and here you can enjoy shopping as if you were just taking a stroll while listening to the water streaming. The Knowledge Capital, which focuses on "knowledge", is attractive for providing a different learning experience that involves playing in order to create a new set of values.
3. If you want to get a taste of the traditional side of Osaka, then head to the Sonezaki Ohatsutenjin-Dori Shoutengai
The Sonezaki Ohatsutenjin-Dori Shoutengai is a shopping street in the neighborhood of the Tsuyunoten Jinja Shrine, which was the stage of "The Love Suicides at Sonezaki," a Japanese puppet show that made the Japanese general public cry back in the day. The area, including the Tsuyunoten Jinja Shrine, was burned down during the war in the past, but it has been restored, and it has become again a bustling area with restaurants for people to gather at. In addition, this is an area where visitors can still feel the atmosphere of traditional Osaka, which makes it the perfect place for a stroll. You can even visit the shrine to enhance your experience of Japanese culture. Here you will also find famous restaurants in Osaka, which is known to be a town extravagant in food, such as Yukari, which serves okonomiyaki, a specialty of Osaka, and Hontonpei, the place of origin of tonpei-yaki, in which pork is grilled on a hot plate to which beaten eggs are added, and then served with sauce, green onion, and bonito shavings on top. There are also trendy cafes and popular izakaya, which keep the area lively not just during the day but also at night. Drop by anytime!
4. Not just electrical appliances! At Yodobashi-Umeda you will also find fashion items and accessories
Yodobashi-Umeda occupies the floors between the 2nd basement and the 5th floor of a giant building standing in front of Osaka Station. Most of the building is dedicated to Yodobashi Camera exclusively, a store dealing with all kinds of electrical appliances, including digital cameras and computers. But it is not only about electrical appliances! A characteristic of Yodobashi-Umeda is that here you will also find shops dealing with fashion items and lifestyle accessories. Surely visiting these other trendy accessory shops of different genres will satisfy your curiosity! Get your electrical appliances first, and then choose some new clothes or enjoy a tour around the accessory shops. The restaurant area, which offers plenty of different options, should not be forgotten either. Besides Japanese and Western cuisine, here you will find Italian and Korean cuisine, okonomiyaki, kushikatsu (fried food on skewers), and even izakaya (Japanese-style pubs). If shopping makes you hungry, this is the perfect place to get your tummy full.
5. Umeda Sky Building (Floating Garden Observatory), a landmark of northern Osaka
The Umeda Sky Building is the landmark of the Kita area in Osaka. Its Floating Garden Observatory is a famous sightseeing spot that we definitely recommend to everybody coming to Osaka. Located at a height of 173 meters above ground level, the view of Osaka from the Floating Garden Observatory can only be described as magnificent. The garden is round-shaped, so you can enjoy a view of Osaka from all angles while you feel the breeze on your skin. During the day, you may be impressed by the view of the stream of the Yodogawa River and the rich green mountains on the north side. In the evening, you can turn to the Rokko Mountains in the direction of the Kii Province to enjoy a view of the sky turning a warm orange color during the sunset. The garden is open from 10:00 am to 10:30 pm, which means that you can also enjoy the dazzling night view of Osaka after the sun sets. It has been selected as one of the 100 most beautiful night views of Japan.
Kita is an ever-evolving area of Osaka, and it is very likely that new sightseeing spots will continue to increase here. There are so many things to see in Kita that 1 or 2 days may not be enough, but since the place is easily accessible from Osaka Station, we do recommend that you try and visit if you are coming to Osaka.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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