From long back, the Abeno and Tennoji district has been one of Osaka’s main southern gateways, providing railway access to central Osaka from Nara, Wakayama, and Osaka Prefecture’s southern regions. The area is intersected by the JR, Kintetsu Railway, and Osaka Municipal Subway lines as well as Osaka’s only street car, Hankai Line, and serves approximately 730,000 passengers each day. Together with the Kita (Umeda) and Minami (Namba) areas, this area is Osaka’s third major hub.
Tennoji Station District
This unique business district holds a number of important cultural properties ranging from the renowned Shitennoji temple and lush Tennoji Park to Tennoji Zoo and Tsutenkaku Tower. With the feel of an urban oasis, Tennoji also offers the chance to experience history, culture, and nature at facilities such as the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts.
In 2014, Abeno Harukas – Japan’s tallest high rise building at 300m – opened to the public, bringing renewed vitality to the area and a collection of cultural and commercial facilities including a department store, luxury hotel, offices, museum, and observation deck. Joining the ranks of Osaka landmarks, this structure has been gathering attention as the new face of Osaka. And in the area surrounding this building, a variety of other large-scale facilities are concentrated offering visitors convenient access to restaurants and shopping, with options such as AND, Hoop, Abeno Lucias, and Q’s Mall.
In October 2015, as part of a redevelopment project for the Abeno/Tennoji district, the city created a grass park covering approximately 25,000㎡, known as ‘Tenshiba’, that functions as a multi-purpose entertainment area filled with restaurants, sports and recreation facilities, and guest houses.