Centered on Shin-Osaka Station – Osaka’s hub for Shinkansen transport – Shin-Osaka is a robust business district located on the north side of the Yodo River, which separates it from the bustling Osaka Station area at Umeda. The area offers exceptional convenience for traveling throughout Japan which has created high demand among businesses looking for office space. And as Shin-Osaka is directly connected to the city’s major business districts and downtown areas found at Umeda, Yodoyabashi, Shinsaibashi, Namba and Tennoji through the JR and subway lines, it makes an excellent base for beginning business in Osaka. In recent years, this area has also seen a dramatic increase in new businesses particularly in industries related to new energies and life sciences.
The Yodogawa Ward, where Shin-Osaka Station is located, is home not only to the business districts surrounding the station but also to a collection of factories and head offices of small and medium-sized enterprises in the areas along the coast and Yodo River. The concentration and high technical ability of the companies found here give the area exceptional potential for business creation.
In August 2012, as part of a project for redeveloping the north side of Shin-Osaka station, the high-rise Shin-Osaka Hankyu Building, which connects directly to the station, was erected during the renovation of station yard. This building houses hotels, offices, and commercial facilities, further improving the convenience of the area.
On the west side of Shin-Osaka Station, Nissay Shin-Osaka Building which boasts the largest floor area in Osaka is directly connected with the station building by pedestrial deck. Together with Shin-Osaka Seni City located to the west of this, these buildings compose the area’s refined business district.
There are also some long-term, large-scale plans underway such as the entry of the Linear Chuo Shinkansen, the connection of JR Osaka Tozai Lines to Shin-Osaka station and joining the subway Yotsubashi Line via the Hankyu Shin-Osaka Connecting Line. These projects are expected to boost the potential for future development in this area.