Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – Japan chapter Kansai has to say about Osaka:
"Umeda Sky Building
Also known as Kita (north), this neighbourhood is the city’s centre of gravity by day, with office buildings, department stores, shopping complexes and hotels, plus the transit hubs of JR Osaka Station and multiple train and subway lines converging at Umeda Station. There are few great attractions, but Kita does have the eye-catching Umeda Sky Building.
Opened in 1993 and named one of the world’s top 20 buildings, Umeda Sky Building, resembles a 40-storey space-age Arc de Triomphe. Twin towers are connected at the top by a ‘floating garden’ (really a garden-free observation deck) with breathtaking 360-degree city views day or night. Getting there is half the fun, an escalator in a see-through tube takes you up the last five storeys, between the towers (not for vertigo sufferers). Its architect, Hara Hiroshi, also designed the Kyoto Station.
Osaka Museum of Housing & Living
This museum contains a life-sized reproduction of an 1830s Osaka neighbourhood: shophouses, drug stores, an old-style sentō (public bath) and more. Enhancing the Edo period mood, lighting shifts between day and night, shops sell traditional toys and unique souvenirs. Visitors can rent kimonos for photo ops.
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