Osaka Station Travel Guide

Osaka Station is at once the city's premier transport hub and a bustling lifestyle complex. Read on for a full guide to everything Osaka Station.

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Osaka Station is the city’s main transport hub and one of the busiest train stations in Japan. The train station was first opened in 1874 and having undergone numerous redesigns now stands as Osaka Station City – a station and lifestyle complex all in one. 

For travellers, Osaka Station can be a maze, so we’ve decided to make things easier by introducing you to the station and all it has to offer. From train line and platform guides to facilities and restaurants, we’ve got it all. 

Osaka Station Exit Map

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Osaka Station Train Lines

Osaka station is comprised of 11 platforms servicing 16 Japan Railway (JR) west lines and express trains. Connected to Osaka Station are six other subsidiary stations which service railway and metro lines connecting to all parts of the city and neighbouring regions. 

JR West Lines

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Platforms 1-2

Osaka Kanjo Line (Loop Line): Loop line connecting 19 central Osaka stations including Kyobashi, Tennoji and Osakajokoen.

Sakurajima Line: Direct access to Universal City (USJ) connecting from Nishikujo to Sakurajima.

Yamatoji Rapid Line: For Nara via Namba and Tennoji.

Kansai Airport Rapid Line: For Kansai Airport.

Kishuji Rapid Line: For Wakayama city.

Platforms 3 – 4

Takarazuka Line (Fukuchiyama Line): For Takaruzaka, Sasayama and Fukuchiyama in northern Kyoto.

Limited Express Kounotori Line: For Fukuchiyama and Kinosaki Onsen Station in Hyogo prefecture.

Kobe Line (Rapid and special rapid lines): For Sannomiya and Himeji in Hyogo prefecture.

Hamakaze Line: Connecting Osaka, Kobe and Tottori.

Super Hakuto Line: Kyoto to Tottori via Osaka Station.

Platform 5 – 6

Kobe Line (Rapid, special rapid and local lines): For Sannomiya and Himeji in Hyogo prefecture.

Takarazuka Line (Fukuchiyama Line): For Takaruzaka, Sasayama and Fukuchiyama in northern Kyoto.

Platform 7-8

Kyoto Line (Local line): For Kyoto via Shin-Osaka and Takatsuki.

Platform 9-10

Kyoto Lines: (Rapid and special rapid lines) For Kyoto via Shin-Osaka and Takatsuki.

Biwako Express: For Kusatsu and Maibara.

Platform 11

Limited Express Thunderbird: For Wakura Onsen station in Ishikawa prefecture.

Limited Express Hida: Nagoya to Takayama with one stop at Osaka Station daily.

Limited Express Sunrise Izumo: An overnight sleeper train from Tokyo to Izumo via Osaka Station.

Limited Express Sunrise Seto: An overnight sleeper train from Tokyo to Takamatsu via Osaka Station.

 

Metro and Private Railway Stations

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Together, there are six metro and private railway stations located within walking from Osaka Station. 

Umeda Station for the Midosuji Subway Line: Take Midosuji North or South Gates into an underground walkway for Umeda Station (subway). The Midosuji Line links to popular Osaka districts such as Namba, Shinsaibashi and Hommashi.

Hankyu Umeda Station: North-east of Osaka Station, Midosuji North Gate is the closest exit to the station. This train line serves several destinations in Osaka and neighbouring prefectures including Kyoto and Hyogo.

Hanshin Umeda Station: A subway station located on the south of Osaka Station. The railway connects between Umeda and Kobe.

Higashi-Umeda Station (for Subway Tanimachi line): Located on the south-east of Osaka Station, this subway line travels via Tenmabashi and Tanimachi-Yonchome.

Nishi-Umeda Station (Subway Yotsubashi line): Located on the south-west of Osaka Station, this subway line also stops at Honmachi and Namba.

Kitashinchi Station(for the JR Tozai Line): Located about 10 minutes on foot from the south of Osaka Station, this subway line goes between Kyobashi Station and Amagasaki Station in Hyogo prefecture. 

Osaka Station City

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In 2012, Osaka Station City was officially opened as a huge urban shopping and entertainment complex in the heart of Osaka. Osaka Station City is comprised of two main buildings: North Gate and South Gate. The complex was built with the intention of blending modern lifestyles with a green, environmentally friendly ethos. 

North Gate Building

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The buildings facilities include shopping, dining and entertainment options. Lucua, a notable Japanese shopping mall brand is also located inside. However, North Gate’s highlight is Tenku-no-noen: an urban farm located on the 14th floor. 

 

South Gate Building

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In this building find extensive shopping options including popular Japanese stores such as Uniqlo and even a Pokemon Center. The building also provides an outdoor relaxation space on the 15th to 17th floors.

Official Website: Osaka Station City

Umeda Area Guide

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Umeda is a downtown area of Osaka which offers both day and night sightseeing and entertainment. Within walking distance of Osaka Station, Umeda offers a tourist everything they could need. Here’s a brief guide to the best of it. 

Osaka Grand Front

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A giant complex featuring six distinct areas of diverse services and facilities for urban living including shops and restaurants, a five stars hotel, a knowledge centre and terrace gardens. 

Official Website: Osaka Grand Front

 

Umeda Sky Building

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The Floating Garden Observatory is the highlight of the Umeda Sky Building. Towering at 173 meters high and with a 360-degree panned view of Osaka, here is where to find one of the most beautiful views of the city.

Official Website: Umeda Sky Building

 

Hankyu Entertainment Park

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Located only eight minutes walk from Osaka Station, Hankyu Entertainment Park (HEP) is a shopping and entertainment centre with a giant red Ferris Wheel. One of Umeda’s top landmarks.

Official Website: Hankyu Entertainment Park

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