The Osaka Station complex, also called “Osaka Station city”, consists of multiple buildings around Osaka (大阪) Station in the northern Umeda (梅田, Kita) district. It’s one of the main transportation hubs in the city. Shinkansen (新幹線) do not stop at this station though, the stop for those is the Shin–Osaka Station which is a little farther north.
Osaka Station was just used for transportation only and used to be very focused on practicality. In 2011, it got completely revamped with a lot of entertainment and dining options added.
The station buildings itself also got a full update and were modernized. If you’re looking to come to Umeda, you’ll most definitely end up at this station or at least be very close to it.
Osaka Station complex is now one of the most visited places in all of Osaka. It has two main buildings, a southern and a northern one. These buildings are connected with a bridge which is called Toki no Hiroba. From here, you can observe the surroundings of the Osaka Station complex as well as the trains that come and go.
Dining and entertainment
Both buildings have a lot to offer, namely big department stores where you can on an endless shopping spree as well as multiple terraces on the top floors with amazing views and the possibility to relax. The northern building also has a fruit and vegetable garden on top of it.
All in all, you will find many things to do besides waiting for your train.
You can also expect the usual services like tourist information centers, JR offices and rental companies.
Below you’ll find access information.
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How to get to the Osaka Station complex
Osaka Station complex is called this way because it consists of many different train stations. The most notable ones are Osaka and Umeda Station. 4 different railway companies serve these stations, making the Osaka Station complex the busiest in western Japan.
When you arrive with a Shinkansen from a faraway city, you can transfer from Shin-Osaka Station to Osaka Station within 4 minutes and 160 Yen (1,37€/1$.51; exchange rate as of September 2019) boarding a JR line.
From southern Osaka, Namba (難波, Minami), you can reach it via the Midosuji Line for 8 minutes and 230 Yen (1,97€/$2.17).