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Osaka Station District

Osaka Station District

Known as 'Kita', the Osaka Station District serves as the City’s northern gateway and is used by 2.5 million people daily making it the largest terminal in West Japan. This dynamic District is home to numerous commercial facilities including three major department stores and continues to promote the latest trends in entertainment and fashion. In May 2011, Osaka Station City was opened at JR Osaka Station, offering a collection of various services and functions, such as fashion and entertainment facilities, restaurants, hotels, and offices right at the station itself. Following this, the Osaka Station District (Umekita Area) continued to develop as the representative gateway to Kansai, and in April 2013, Grand Front Osaka, a complex composed of commercial facilities, a knowledge capital of intellectual creation, a luxury hotel, and high-rise apartments was opened. Through these changes, the lively and exceptionally convenient district, which had always functioned as the center of Osaka and Kansai, achieved even further growth and development as the gateway to the region.

Osaka Station District

Area Management of Osaka Station District

In 2009, four companies - JR West, Hankyu Corporation, Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd., and Grand Front Osaka TMO General Incorporated association - launched the Umeda Area Management Alliance. In aiming for the sustainable development of the Umeda District, this partnership of companies operating large-scale facilities near Osaka Station has increased the entire area’s competitiveness as well as its ability to attract visitors and the overall strength of the region.
In addition to the Umekita Area centered on the recently-developed Grand Front Osaka and the Osaka Station District centered on Osaka Station City, the following three areas led the way in the development of the Osaka Station area.

Learn more about the Umekita Area

  • Nishi-Umeda Area

    Nishi-Umeda Area

    Nishi-Umeda, nicknamed 'Osaka Garden City', is an area of about 10 hectares created through a redevelopment project centered on the former National Railways Umeda Freight South Yard that today serves as a center for culture, international events, and information. Here, you will find Herbis Osaka, Herbis ENT, the Ritz Carlton Hotel and various large office buildings, which are connected by a green and amenity-packed underground passageway known as 'Garden avenue'. By operating and maintaining these public spaces together with the surrounding buildings, the Nishi-Umeda Area is working to achieve urban development befitting an area that is the front door to Osaka.

  • JR Osaka Station South Area(Diamond District)

    JR Osaka Station South Area(Diamond District)

    This 10.7 ha block encompassed by the Osaka Station Front Line, National Route 2, and Midosuji and Yotsubashisuji Avenues goes by the name "Diamond District" due to its five-sided shape. Here, companies and organizations representing each block have come together as the Osaka Diamond City Association to carry out discussions and consider various measures for promoting and developing the entire district.
    Located in the northeast of this area, the Osaka Hanshin Building (currently housing the Hanshin Department store) and Shin-Hankyu Building (under demolition since October 2014) are currently undergoing plans for reconstruction (Umeda 1-1 Project) by the Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd. and Hankyu Corporation to be completed by 2022. Here, Osaka is working to create a comfortable and top quality urban area that will contribute to strengthening international competitiveness.

  • Hankyu Umeda Station /Chayamachi Area

    Hankyu Umeda Station /Chayamachi Area

    In recent years, this area has seen numerous buildings opening through a succession of redevelopment and reconstruction projects. Employing the Act on Special Measures concerning Urban Renaissance, the Umeda Hankyu building, composed of the Hankyu Department Store and various offices, received an 800% easing of regulation on floor area ratio before its grand opening in autumn of 2012. Accompanying this reconstruction, pedestrian traffic flow centered on above and below ground concourses was re-conceptualized in order to improve movement between facilities in the surrounding area. The Chayamachi area, which provides visitors the chance to enjoy both shopping and strolling around town, is also quite unique for Umeda and Osaka at large. Centering on the NU Chayamachi shopping mall, various facilities in this area such as Umeda Loft, Mainichi Broadcasting, Umeda Arts Theater, and nearby hotels have partnered together in a wide range of events in working to promote and enliven this entire area.