Leisure / Hobbies Spots in Kita / Osaka Station / Umeda / Yodoyabashi Area

  • Kids Plaza Osaka
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    4.5
    368 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Ougimachi 2-1-7
    Japan’s first hands-on learning museum for children, Kids Plaza Osaka is dedicated to helping children experience new things and emotions through play and to extend the possibilities and individuality of children. The Kids Town, designed by artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, is a maze-like area made up entirely of curved lines. The museum is overflowing with exhibits where children can learn about world cultures, nature, chemistry, and society while playing. The museum also conducts events where children and parents can join in together and the facilities are complete with a nursing room and dining tables. The museum is also popular with families with young children. Ogimachi Station is the closest station to the museum.

    A great experiences no only for childrens, its a place for adult also. The fee is cheap and you can spend your whole day here with the family

  • Osaka Science Museum
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    4.0
    230 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 4-2-1
    A science museum in Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka City, that focuses on Space and Energy. It first opened in 1989. Here both children and adults can explore space and its discoveries, chemistry, science, electricity, energy, and so much more from all angles in exhibits spread out amongst the different floors. The staff will also present science shows in the areas of their expertise. In the underground planetarium with the world's largest 26.5-meter dome screen you can enjoy videos of the cosmos.

    This museum was great! There are many things to learn about science here. There are 4 floors and each floor is a good experience. The foods here are good, too. My favorite one was the balance that...

  • The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka
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    4.5
    275 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 1-1-26
    The Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, which opened in 1982, is dedicated to ceramics from the East Asia region. The Museum’s collection—which is focused mainly on Chinese and Korean ceramics—is world-class in terms of both quantity and quality. The 300 or so representative items that make up the Museum’s permanent exhibitions effectively bring across the appeal of ceramics, such as the painstaking effort made to ensure that ceramics reflect the light to best effect. The Museum’s themed exhibitions and special exhibitions are also very popular.

    I visited this place on february, it is just nice. Easy to access by subway, just a few hundreds walking distance.

  • The National Museum of Art, Osaka
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    3.5
    193 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima 4-2-55
    This art museum is located in Nakanoshima, Kita Ward, Osaka City. Founded in 1977, it relocated to its current location in 2004. It is notable for being one of the only underground art museums in the world. The museum primarily collects and exhibits works of modern art from the post-war era to now. In addition to exhibiting its collection, the museum also holds exhibitions and seminars about a range of art genres with a focus on contemporary art. Other events organized by the museum include workshops for children.

    A stunningly ugly building with two underground exhibition floors. When I visited, you had to pay separately to see shows on each floor, and then extra for an audio guide. To add insult to the...

  • Hankyu Sanbangai
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    4.0
    171 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Shibata 1-1-3
    Hankyu Sanbangai is a large-scale shopping center attached to Hankyu Umeda Station. An artificial river flows through the underground part of the shopping center. It was constructed as a symbol of Osaka, the City of Water. The origin of this name is Trevi Plaza, a space where people come to relax while eating. The best spot of the shopping center is the food court on the second basement of the North Building, with its 1,000 seating capability. There are rows of many popular stores here, catering to customers from all walks of life. Many different types of facilities exist side by side here, such as children's rest rooms and Japanese areas, filled with antique works of art.

    On basement level two (BF2) there are over 100 small food shops all reasonably priced and many with English menus or some ability to understand my terribly limited Japanese. We had okonomiyaki one...

  • LUCUA
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    4.0
    136 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Umeda 3-1-3
    This is the east building of LUCUA osaka, Japan’s largest station commercial facility located at Osaka Station. It is filled with approximately 200 fashion and cosmetic shops, cafes, restaurants and sweets stores. There are also many stores that choose it for their Kansai region or Japan debuts, a reason why it bustles with mainly female customers every day.

    Lucua is one of the several departmental stores right in or next to JR Osaka station, besides Lucua101, Daimaru, Grand Front Osaka etc, just to name a few. It covers several floor areas and sell a...

  • HEP FIVE
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Kakudachou 5-15
    HEP FIVE is a fashion shopping mall in Osaka City. The building is very distinctive, with a red ferris wheel on the roof, and with the use of a striking red and white color scheme for the external walls. This is a trend-setting mall, with around 170 shops—mainly selling fashion and miscellaneous goods targeted at female consumers—and restaurants. The ferris wheel on the roof is an Umeda district landmark, enabling visitors to view Osaka City and Mt. Rokko from a height of 106 meters above ground level. The mother-and-child pair of red whale sculptures hung in the first-floor atrium were designed by famous industrial designer Tatsuya Ishii.
  • Kyocera Dome Osaka
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    Osaka Osakashi Nishi-ku Chiyozaki 3 - Medium 2 - 1
    This domed baseball stadium in Nishi Ward in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture is commonly known by the name of its predecessor, the Osaka Dome, and is the home ground of the Orix Buffaloes. Comprised of nine floors above ground and one basement level, this massive baseball field is frequently used for concerts and events in addition to actual baseball games. The stadium’s shopping mall (entry free) includes an official shop selling Buffaloes merchandise. The stadium’s tours (fee required) are also popular and enable participants to see the insides of the dome and players practicing up close.
  • Tenma Tenjin Hanjo Tei
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    4.0
    107 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 2-1-34
    An entertainment hall dedicated to rakugo traditional comedic storytelling which opened in 2006 and the only dedicated rakugo facility in the Osaka-Kyoto area. Rakugo masters belonging to the Kamigata Rakugo Association perform daily. The matinee program changes weekly while the evening show changes daily. The theater seats up to 216 and attendees can enjoy the performances of young newcomers and veterans up close and personal. The theater also provides “yose” variety shows featuring magicians and manzai comedy duos. Outside, the theater is decorated with a red rickshaw, a recreation of the one used by Katsura Harudanji I, and this has become a popular spot for taking commemorative photos. The closest station is Minamimorimachi Station.

    This was my first time to see Yose, Rakugo, comedy story telling & shows. If you speak Japanese, I should say this or Yose must to go place!! Only 2500 for about three hours show!! I guess they...

  • HERBIS PLAZA ENT
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    4.0
    79 Reviews
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    Osaka Osaka-shi Kita-ku Umeda 2-2-22
    A business park located in front of Nishi-Umeda Station in Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka City. With seven aboveground and two belowground floors, tenants include fashionable apparel shops, boutiques, and Sony Store Osaka; restaurants; beauty salons; a wedding hall; cooking classroom; and Billboard Live Osaka. XEX West, a fusion restaurant consisting of a Japanese cuisine area, Italian cuisine area, and bar; and the Osaka Shiki Theatre are located on the top floor.

    Below this plaza are about 18 different restaurants offering Japanese food. But there are also some places with western food and a great French bakery with all delicacies, such as French croissant...

  • Whity Umeda
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    3.5
    104 Reviews
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    Osaka Osaka-shi Kita-ku Komatsubara Cho Umeda Underground shopping center
    An underground shopping mall connected directly to Umeda Station and Higashi-Umeda Station in Komatsubara-cho, Kita Ward, Osaka City. The mall first opened in 1963. Stretching north, south, and east from Umeda Station, the mall is occupied by around 190 establishments, including restaurants, fashionable apparel shops, and boutiques.

    Whity Mall-old name Fountain Mall had a renovation and it was new now. No more fountain but it was a lot newer.

  • The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Tenjimbashi 6-4-20 Housing Information Center Building 8F
    The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, which opened in 2001, is located in Tenjinbashi in the Kita Ward of Osaka City. The Museum is focused on the cultural and historical aspects of how people in Osaka lived during the period from the latter part of the Edo period through to the Showa period. The ninth floor of the Museum building features a row of life-size replica buildings facing onto a “main road,” including Machiya shop-houses, stores, a firewatching tower, etc.; visitors can enjoy strolling around this recreation of an Osaka street scene from days gone by. The eighth floor has dioramas and other exhibits showing Osaka’s streets looked like at different times between the Meiji period and Showa period. The Museum also holds seasonal special exhibitions.
  • Grand Front Osaka
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Ofukachou
    Grand Front Osaka is a multi-function commercial complex located in the Kita Ward of Osaka City, to the north of Osaka Station and Umeda Station. It comprises a North Building, South Building, and high-rise residential tower, with a hotel, shopping mall, restaurants, a theater, office space, plazas, rental space, etc. The large shopping area has over 260 individual stores, including fashionable luxury brand boutiques, interior furnishings stores, etc.; many of the stores are their brands’ first Kansai region store, or the Kansai region flagship store.
  • Umeda Loft
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Chayamachi 16-7
    This general living goods specialty store is about a seven-minute walk from the Chayamachi ticket gate at Umeda Station. Focusing on general goods and stationary they offer a wide variety of popular and trendy items. The store contains many sub-stores including the playful bookstore Village Vanguard, the hobby-shop/anime goods store Bunkyodo JOY, the first of its kind in Kansai three price shop via Capri, Shimamura Instruments, Ticket Port, mini theater Theater Umeda, and others. A variety of popular events are held in the first floor Loft Market and the fifth floor Loft Forum.

    梅田の中心部から徒歩で行ける所にあるロフトです。文具やコスメ、日用雑貨とかいろんなものが売ってあります。若い人や観光客が多い印象でした。周辺には若者向けの店やテレビ局などがあり、賑わっています。

  • Osaka Station City
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Umeda 3-1
    This large composite facility is centered around JR Osaka Station, the South Gate Building, and the North Gate Building. You’ll find everything from the encyclopedia Daimaru Umeda, Hotel Granvia Osaka, the Lucua 1100 commercial facility, a movie theater, a sports club, and more, not to mention clothing shops, restaurants, hotels, medical facilities, and every other type of business and service imaginable. There are several plazas as well, making it convenient for meeting up or taking a break.
  • Billboard Live OSAKA
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    4.5
    11 Reviews
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    Osaka Osaka-shi Kita-ku Umeda 2-2-22 Herbis PLAZA ENT B2
    A live music club and restaurant located inside the HERBIS PLAZA ENT mall in front of Nishi-Umeda Station in Umeda, Kita Ward, Osaka City. Located one floor B1 and connected via an underground passageway, here customers can enjoy a meal while watching live performances by artists from a variety of genres. The table and counter seating areas are unreserved and customers can sit anywhere they like. There's also a members' seating area, box seats, and casual self-service area which includes one drink.

    国内外のトップアーティストのステージを間近に見ることができます。カジュアル席ではビルボードの豪華な食事は頂けませんが、ドリンク込みで、カウンター席で気軽に音楽を楽しめます。

  • Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Chayamachi 19-1
    The Umeda Arts Theater Main Hall is located inside the Chayamachi Applause in Chayamachi. It was previously known as the Umeda Koma Theater. It moved to its current location from the west of the HEP FIVE building in 1992 and in 2005 it was renamed. You can enjoy a wide variety of performances from Takarazuka Revues, plays, modern and classic musicals, opera, and ballet. The auditorium holds 1,905 seats with a large chandelier in the center. You can enter on the first and second floors with a lobby on each floor, as well as shops and restaurants.
  • Nakanoshima Park
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Nakanoshima
    The first public park in Osaka City, which opened in 1891. Sandwiched between the Dojima and Tosabori rivers, the park serves as a verdant oasis amidst a downtown business district. The park contains numerous natural and cultural facilities, including a rose garden blooming with 3,700 rose plants spanning 310 cultivars, and the Neo-Renaissance-style Central Public Hall which is a nationally designated Important Cultural Property.
  • Utsubo Park
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    Osaka prefecture Osaka-shi Nishi-ku Shimamoto cho
    This park is located just past Tosabori Road, south of Umeda, Osaka. The park is split into two parts, east and west, across Naniwa-suji Street, with rows of Zolkova trees and a rose garden on the east side, and Utsubo Tennis Center on the west side, which hosts international tennis competitions. The rose garden is the oldest in Osaka City, and 3,400 roses are planted there, with 170 different varieties. The garden is used, not only for people to visit, but also doubles as a wedding venue. Every year, in mid-May, when the roses are in bloom, the Rose Festa is held here, drawing a great many visitors.
  • Kema Sakuranomiya Park
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    Osaka prefecture Osaka city Kita-ku - Miyakojima
    This park is a famous cherry blossom viewing spot along the banks of the Okawa River. The riverside park runs from the Owaka River's Kemaaraizeki to the downstream Tenma Bridge and has water, greenery and cherry trees. There are approx. 4,800 cherry trees that line the 4.2 kilometers of the park, and it becomes a spectacular spot to view cherry blossoms bustling with many people when they are in bloom. Along the park, besides Japan's first gas lamps and retro brick buildings such as one that houses a mint, there is also a water plaza and promenade, making it an ideal place for relaxing strolls. In addition, the park has barrier-free access.

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While Osaka prefecture is the country's second smallest prefecture, its capital, Osaka City, is the country’s third-largest and arguably one of the most popular in the Kansai region thanks to its vibrant nightlife, the Osaka people’s openness, and its much-loved cuisine, which has earned it the nickname "the nation’s kitchen."

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