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Grand Front Osaka may have been a relatively recent addition to Osaka Station's north side, but these four towers filled with nearly 270 different shops and restaurants have quickly grown into one of Osaka's most popular shopping centres and complexes. The four towers and neighbouring JR Osaka Station are connected by elevated walkways.
The four Grand Front Osaka towers are made up of a 48-floor residential tower, event hall, North Building, and South Building. The highlight of the South Building, which contains many of the same international shopping chains found in major shopping centres throughout the world, is an interactive Panasonic showroom covering three floors with lifestyle, living, and solution themes.
The South Building's second floor contains the walkway towards the North Building, whose main attraction is the Knowledge Capital. The labs in this intellectual entertainment arena feature robotic pets, fresh greens, and whiskey cask furniture. The ground floor lobby seating area is renowned for its artful design, while the sixth floor of the South Building features the 16 trendy restaurants in the Umekita Dining area.
Address and contact: 3-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 530-0011, Japan; tel: (81) 6 6372 6300
Opening times and fees: restaurants open 11:00 - 23:00, shops open 10:00 - 21:00Where to stay
None of the hotels near Grand Front Osaka Mall is closer to the complex than the Intercontinental property located within the skyscrapers on top of the North Building. There are also a couple of other highly rated five-star establishments located within walking distance of this impressive complex. Gourmet restaurants and fitness facilities can be found at all of the most luxurious hotels near Grand Front Osaka Mall.
The list of hotels near Grand Front Osaka Mall also includes dozens of mid-range properties classified as three star. Even many of these more affordable places to stay, however, offer long lists of luxurious services commonly to be had at more expensive establishments.
Comfortable desks, internet access, flat screen televisions, and even refrigerators can be found within a lot of guestrooms at the higher end hotels near Grand Front Osaka Mall. The Mall is conveniently located immediately north of JR Osaka Station and just a five- minute walk from Umeda Station.