This article is based on a visit made on Sunday, 20 November 2016.
Edit 7 October 2019: Updated prices to reflect the increase in Japan's national sales tax.
Osaka Museum of History. Once I had my fill, I crossed town to the Umeda Sky Building (田スカイビル, Umeda Sukai Biru), a skyscraper in the Kita (north) district of Osaka. It stands 173 metres (568 feet) tall, opened in 1993, and was designed by Hiroshi Hara (原 広司, Hara Hiroshi, b. 1936), also famous as the architect of Kyoto Station.
and subsequently my hotel, should be around here somewhere...
the night before.
Hours: Open from 9:30 AM to 10:30 PM. Admission ends 30 minutes before closing time. No regular closing days.
Address: 1-8-7 Ōyodonaka, Kita-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 〒531-6023
Access: The Umeda Sky Building is 10 minutes on foot from Osaka (JR Kyoto/Kobe (A) and Osaka Loop (O) lines) and Umeda (Osaka Metro Midosuji (M) and Hankyu (HK) lines) stations.
Directions: From the North exit of Osaka Station, walk along the bridge between the two buildings, and turn right when you reach the road. At the next traffic light, cross the road to your left, and head along the underground passage. Once you emerge, the building will be across the next street.
From the Umeda subway station, climb up from exit 5; you will emerge in front of the Yodobashi Camera department store. Facing the road, turn left, and left again at the next traffic light. Continue down the road until you reach the end, and the underground passage described above.
From Hankyu's Umeda station, head down the street from the Hankyu Sanban-gai exit. The underground passage will be at the end of the road.