Fukushima-ku, Osaka

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Location of Fukushima-ku in Osaka City
Hotarumachi

Fukushima-ku (福島区?) is one of 24 wards of Osaka city, Japan.

The ward is primarily a residential quarter, but has some office buildings and a commercial district, as well as factories and wholesale businesses. In recent years, many high rise apartment buildings and office buildings have been built in this ward, because it is close to the Umeda and Dōjima business centres.

As of 2008, the number of residents is 63,237.[1] Land area is 4.67 square km.[2] It is bordered by Yodo River on the north, and Dōjima River on the south.

History[edit]

This district (north part of Dōjima) was a suburban farm village during the Edo period, and large factories, especially textile factories, were built during the Meiji period. Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. was established in 1918 in Fukushima-ku. Even today, there are many printing companies and automobile parts wholesalers in the ward. Prior to World War II, Osaka University Hospital and Osaka City Central Market was located here. After World War II, many office buildings were built around JR Fukushima station, because it is close to Umeda (business centre of western Japan). Other areas of Fukushima-ku were converted from factories into residential areas and commercial districts.

In recent years, high rise apartment buildings were built at many places in Fukushima-ku. In 2008, Hotarumachi was redeveloped at the former site of Osaka University Hospital.

Places of interest[edit]

Buildings[edit]

City Tower Nishi-Umeda

Libraries[edit]

  • Fukushima Municipal Libraries

Parks[edit]

Hospitals[edit]

  • Oska Kouseinenkin Hospital
  • Kansai Electric Power Co. Hospital

Department Store[edit]

  • WISTE, department store
JUSCO supermarket
  • Yamada Denki, consumer electronics store
  • Kohnan, hardware store

Company Headquarters[edit]

Large Factories[edit]

  • Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma : Osaka Center (Factory, Research centre)
  • Shionogi : Research Laboratories
  • Toppan Printing : Kansai Division (Office, Printing factory)
  • Rengo : Yodogawa Factory (Paper manufacture)
  • Fukuyama Transporting : Osaka distribution centre (Truck terminal)

Information and Communication[edit]

  • NSPIXP-3 (IX) at Softbank IDC

Historical sites[edit]

  • Fukuzawa Yukichi birthplace (at Hotarumachi)
  • Sakaro-no-matsu monument
  • Fukushima-tenmangu shrine
  • Noda-ebisu-jinjya shrine

Transport links[edit]

Rail[edit]

Road[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Population on 2008/08/01, referred from Official Stat of Osaka City
  2. ^ Land Area, referred from Official Stat of Fukushima-ku

External links[edit]

Media related to Fukushima-ku, Osaka at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°41′32.48″N 135°28′20.03″E / 34.6923556°N 135.4722306°E / 34.6923556; 135.4722306