Translated by Lester Somera
How To Reach Umeda Sky Building From Osaka Station
The Umeda Sky Building is a popular Osaka sightseeing destination known for its floating garden observatory. This in-depth guide explains the fastest and easiest route to get to the Umeda Sky Building from Osaka Station and Umeda Station, and tips on not getting lost.
Written by Keisuke Yamada
The Umeda Sky Building is famous for its observation platform with gardens, the Umeda Sky Building Floating Garden. It is a popular sightseeing spot in Osaka where visitors go to take in gorgeous views.
The Umeda Sky Building is a major landmark in the Kita area of Osaka, but finding it successfully can be difficult for first-time visitors. This article explains how to reach the Sky Building from the JR Osaka Station or the Umeda Stations in the area.
How to Get to the Umeda Sky Building
The Umeda Sky Building is located near JR Osaka Station and Umeda Station, in an area with many skyscrapers. Below are tips and things to know when heading to this major destination to get there fast.
1. Aim For Grand Front Osaka
From Osaka Station, head toward the Grand Front Osaka building, a commercial complex with businesses and offices. It is connected to JR Osaka Station, and divided into a south and north hall.
Look at the red circle. If you stand where the human-shaped figure is, facing the direction of the arrow, you will see the raised pathway that connects the south and north halls. First, head to this spot.
If you head up to this connecting pathway, you will be able to see this underground entrance and the Umeda Sky Building. Don't forget that it is possible to mistake it for a different building from the wrong angle, so be careful.
2. Head Underground
Next, go through the underground passageway. It is a little dark, so watch your step. This path is traversed by many people during the day, so don’t worry.
Walk a little further and stairs will come into view. You’re almost there! Go up the stairs.
At the top of the stairs, there is a pedestrian crossing. It might look like a different building, but the Umeda Sky Building is right in front of your eyes.
Head through the crosswalk, and you’ve arrived.
Tips on Getting to Umeda Sky Building
Below are some things to keep in mind when making your way to the Umeda Sky Building.
1. Mind the Skyline
First, people say that they lose track of where the Sky Building is while heading in its direction. Since it is surrounded by other tall buildings, if you are not careful, you may lose sight of the Umeda Sky Building.
2. Look for the Correct Underground Path
To access the Sky Building, you can either go underground or take a roundabout path above ground. Going underground takes less time but can be slightly more confusing than above-ground. Keep in mind that the path which connects to the Sky Building is not linked to these other passages. Many first-time visitors get lost trying to find this one path.
3. Umeda Sky Building Can Look like Other Buildings
The Umeda Sky Building has a distinctive shape, but from certain viewing angles, it can look like a different building altogether. While walking towards the Sky Building, people realize they no longer recognize what building they’re aiming for.
Get to Umeda Sky Building
The Umeda Sky Building and its floating garden observatory is a must-visit when in Osaka. It also makes a great part of an Osaka day trip from Kyoto, Nara, or Kobe. Offering stunning views both day and night, leave from Osaka and Umeda stations and master getting to this popular destination.