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The Kita (North) district gets less attention than its Osaka neighbors such as Namba. The area around Umeda station is a bustling business district, better known for its hordes of salarymen than for tourist activities. Despite this reputation, you won’t get a more authentic Osaka experience than in Umeda. There are a host of hidden gems for those looking to sample the local culture. In this article, we suggest a day of cultural activities that will leave you with a better understanding of Japan’s second city.
1. A morning visit to the Museum of Oriental Ceramics
For fans of art, The Museum of Oriental Ceramics is a must see. Even if you are just curious about local artistic culture, and not an expert or student, it is a worthwhile experience. The collection is remarkable and you can see it all within an hour or so. On display are various samples of Korean and Chinese ceramics, including artifacts from the Tang Dynasty among other treasures. The Museum opened its doors in 1980 and today is a nationally-respected center for Asian ceramics. Entrance is 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for students and free for junior high school age students and younger. Make sure to check the museum website (http://www.moco.or.jp/en/exhibition/schedule/) for details of the upcoming schedule.
The Museum of Oriental Ceramics can be reached in a 4-minute walk from Naniwabashi Station.
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Ride the Keihan Nakanoshima subway line to Naniwabashi Station and take exit number 1.
2. Lunch around Kitashinchi
After enjoying some Asian art, you will have worked up an appetite. We recommend checking out the Kitashinchi district at lunchtime. Kitashinchi is an upscale part of town, sometimes referred to as “The Ginza of Osaka.” Despite its expensive reputation, you can find a number of reasonably-priced lunch options during the day. Normally expensive restaurants (including some Michelin-starred establishments) sometimes offer a lunch menu for just 1,000 yen. There are lots of restaurants so take a walk around. Plan to eat around 1pm rather than noon, if you wish to avoid the crowds.
Kitashinchi can be reached in a 3-minute walk from Nishiumeda Station.
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From Naniwabashi Station, take the Keihan Nakanoshima line as far as Kyobashi station (2 stops). Then change onto the JR Tozai line until Kitashinchi (3 stops).
3. Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
After lunch, head to the fascinating Osaka Museum of Housing and Living. At this popular attraction, you can experience a real life replica of Osaka in the Edo Period (1603-1868). Other notable points in Osakan history are also recreated. You can also rent traditional Japanese clothing such as Kimono or Yukata (during summertime), although the waiting line for rentals can be quite long. Entrance is 600 yen for adults, 300 yen for students. Children up to junior high school age are admitted free.
The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living can be reached in a 2-minute walk from Tenjinbashisuji Rokuchome Station.
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From Kitashinchi, walk to Higashi Umeda subway station. Take the Tanimachi Line to Tenjinbashisuji Rokuchome Station. The museum is located nearby exit 3.
4. Dinner at Shin-Umeda Shokudogai
By night you can experience unfussy but authentic postwar-style Osaka dining at Shin-Umeda Shokudogai, which is conveniently located inside Umeda Station itself. There is a variety of food to choose from, including ramen and Osaka favorites such as takoyaki, and okonomiyaki.
Shin-Umeda Shokudogai can be reached in a 2-minute walk from Umeda Station.
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Take the Tanimachi Line back to Higashi Umeda Station and walk to Umeda Station. The restaurant area is located near to McDonalds. Ask station staff for directions if you can’t find it.
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