Toki-no-hiroba Plaza, Osaka Station
Roof Structure, Osaka Station
Spectecular Roof Structure, Osaka Station
North Gate, Osaka Station
Umekita Plaza at North Gate, Osaka Station
Atrium, Osaka Station
Facts & Figures
Osaka Station is the biggest train hub in Osaka, the busiest station in western Japan and the fourth-busiest railway station in the world. Approximately 2.3 million people using this station every day. Osaka Station is served by many local and interregional trains. Be aware that Shinkansen trains will not stop here. Shinkansen trains are served by the Shin-Osaka Station, which is 3km away. The whole area offers plenty of department stores, hotels and entertainment facilities. Enjoy the view from the Toki-no-Hiroba Plaza, which spans over the railway tracks. The plaza is covered by a gigantic glass and steel roof, which in itself is an architectural masterpiece designed by Mitohka Eiji. Toki-no-Hiroba Plaza (Time and Space Plaza) is also connecting the North and South Gate Buildings of Osaka Station. These two buildings forming the so called Osaka Station City. Explore Ryokans in Osaka >
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The Osaka Station was built in 1874. It was one of the first railway stations within the Kansai region and the primary transportation hub in Osaka. The whole area was damaged during the air raids in WW2. The station underwent reconstruction work in 1901, 1940 and 1979. The huge glass and steel roof and the new North Gate Building were added to the complex in 2011.
Osaka Station is located within the modern shopping complex of Osaka Station City in the Umeda district in Kita-ku (ward).
Address: 1-1 Umeda Sanchōme, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
How to get to Osaka Station?
- Osaka Station gets served by JR Kobe/Kyoto Lines (Tokaido Main Line) and the Osaka Loop Line.
Sightseeing spots of the Osaka Station City
North Gate Building - The building opened its doors for the public in 2011. It has 28 stories and you will find there the Lucua and Isetan department stores, a movie theatre, offices, Konami Sports Club and many garden plazas like Kaze-no-Hiroba and Yawaragi-no-Niwa with amazing views over the city.
Kaze-no-Hiroba Plaza (garden of the wind) - This open space with flowers, benches and a small water place is located at the 11th floor of the North Gate Building. Take a break there and enjoy the view. The plaza is open from 7:00 am until 12:00 pm.
Yawaragi-no-Niwa Garden (peaceful garden) - It is a beautiful terrace located at the 10th floor of the North Gate Building. It features a traditional Japanese style garden. Come here to enjoy the amazing view over the northern part of Osaka. The garden is open from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm.
Osaka Station City Cinema - The movie theatre is located on the 11th floor and offers 2564 seats, 12 screens and barrier-free access. The cinema is open from 9:00 am until 11:00 pm.
Tenku-no-Noen Farm (sky farm) - The small farm is located on the 14th floor. There is a chance for you to harvest different fruits, vegetables and herbs.
South Gate Building - The biggest part of the building with 29 stories is occupied by the Daimaru department store and the Hotel Granvia. It was built in 1983.
Taiyo-no-Hiroba Plaza (plaza of the sun) - These terraces within the South Gate Building stretching from the 15th to the 17th floor. You will find there flowers, trees, benches, a beer garden and cafe. The terraces are open from 10:00 am until 11:00 pm.
Daimaru Department Store - The shopping paradise in the South Gate Building is open from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm.
Toki-no-Hiroba Plaza (Time and Space Plaza) - This bridge/plaza is located on the 5th floor of the Osaka Station City. It connects the North and South Gate buildings. You will find there the famous golden and silver clocks, which are a popular meeting point within the station.
Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)
Tenjin Matsuri Festival (24th till 25th)
Osaka’s greatest traditional festival (over 1000 years old) and ranked as one of the top 3 festivals in Japan. Enjoy spectecular processions on land and in the water, great fireworks and a unique atmosphere created by the traditional costumes and music. My must-see recommendation for you.
Osaka German Christmas Market (18th Nov. till 25th Dec.)
Enjoy this unique event at the Umeda Sky Building. It offers specialties from Germany and you have to try out one Glühwein:)
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