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HEP FIVE

A fashion mall with the bright red ferris wheel which is a landmark of Umeda, primarily targeting a young generation.

Commercial Facilities, Ferris Wheel

“HEP” stands for “Hankyu Entertainment Park”, where “entertainment” has both meanings; “entertainment” as well as “hospitality”. It was founded in November 1998 aiming to create a place where we serve hospitality which makes people want to visit again and again. When the bright red ferris wheel first appeared in the middle of the city, it became a hot topic because it was the world’s first ferris wheel which is a part of the building and equipped with air conditioning. Since then, it became a landmark of Umeda.

There is a whale sculpture, created by artist Tatuya Ishii, that is suspended in the stairwell at the entrance and can be seen at close range from the escalator of the upper floors. There are about 170 stores popular among the younger generation, including casual restaurants and fashion boutiques, and there is HEP HALL on the top floor, where music and drama performances are held on the stage.

The ferris wheel, which offers a panoramic view of Osaka City, has been popular ever since its opening. A ride costs 600 yen and is free for children under the age of five. And commemorative photos are popular among couples, friends, families, and tourists of all ages, which cost 1,000 yen apiece (currently unavailable as of August 2021).

There are four private nursing rooms on the 4th floor, and they are equipped with purified water dispensers for making baby formulas. There are also gender-neutral bathrooms with baby beds that can be used as a diaper changing stations, as well as free rental strollers (currently unavailable as of August 2021).

Highlights

  • The bright red ferris wheel with air conditioning is Umeda’s landmark.
  • A whale sculpture produced by artist Tatsuya Ishii is suspended in the stairwell at the entrance.
  • There are about 170 stores popular among the younger generation, including casual restaurants and fashion boutiques.
  • It offers a full range of services for families with small children, including private nursing rooms and free rental strollers.

Photos

  • First-floor entrance

    First-floor entrance

  • Whale sculpture

    Whale sculpture

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Details

Name in Japanese
HEP FIVE
Postal Code
530-0017
Address
5-15 Kakuda-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Tel
06-6313-0501(11:00am-9:00pm)
Holidays
Varies by store
Hours
Stores 11:00am - 9:00pm, Restaurants 11:00am - 8:00pm, Amusements 11:00am - 8:00pm, Ferris wheel 11:00am - 8:00pm (Last boarding 7:45pm) *excluding some stores
*Hours of operation are subject to change to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Prices
Varies by store
Directions
1) About a 3-min walk from Hankyu Osaka-Umeda Station
2) About a 5 min walk from Hanshin Osaka-Umeda Station
3) About a 4 min walk from JR Osaka Station
4) About a 5 min walk from Umeda Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji line, or from Higashi-Umeda Station on the Osaka Metro Tanimachi line
5) About a 10 min walk from Nishi-Umeda Station on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi line
Credit Cards
Accepted (JCB, Visa, UC, Mitsubishi UFJ NICOS, MasterCard, APLUS, American Express, Diners Club, UnionPay, RakutenCard)
Official Website
Official Website (English)