What to Expect
I would like to introduce to you the northern area of Osaka, including the Umeda Sky Building, Osaka Station City and Grand Front Osaka.
The Umeda Sky Building with a height of 174 meters is the landmark of Umeda. The floating garden observatory on the roof allows you to see a 360 degree view of Osaka City. In 2013, around 250,000 foreign tourists visited the building because it was selected as one of "the top 20 buildings representing the world" in the London TIMES in 2008. Two forty-story buildings are connected at the top level.
Osaka is popularly known as a city of merchants and is largely divided into two commercial hotspots. One hotspot is Kita (North) town which is centered around JR Osaka Station. Recently five major department stores have entered a period of hard competition. The Osaka Station City has in it the JR Osaka Station and also department stores such as Mitsukoshi Isetan, Daimaru, and LUCUA.
Grand Front Osaka is a large complex facility with 4 buildings that opened on Apr. 26th 2013. It's very easy for people to visit Grand Front Osaka because it's directly connected to the Osaka Station City building on the second floor. You can eat Kindai tuna there, the tuna that Kinki University successfully "farmed" for the first time in the world.
Around Osaka Station City, there are two local department stores. One is the Hankyu Department Store with many specialty shops and the other is the Hanshin Department Store which is populary known for its "depa-chika" or the basement food floors. They have delicous foods of all kinds down there.
You enjoy eating, drinking and shopping on this tour!