Kita-ku, Osaka

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Location of Kita-ku in Osaka City

Kita (北区 Kita-ku?) is one of 24 wards of Osaka, Japan.

Economy[edit]

Kita-ku, particularly the Umeda area surrounding Osaka Station, is one of the main commercial centers of Osaka. Kita-ku is also a financial administration center, housing the headquarters of the Japan Mint and the Osaka branch of the Bank of Japan.

Firms headquartered in Kita-ku[edit]

Asahi Kasei, Itochu Corporation and Kuraray each have "headquarters" in both Kita-ku and in Tokyo.

Firms with branch offices in Kita-ku[edit]

Dentsu and Yomiuri Shimbun have branch offices in Kita-ku.[5][6] Mazda has an office in the Umeda Sky Building Tower East.[7] Air France has an office on the third and sixth floors of the Shin-Sakurabashi Building in Umeda.[8] The office handles Aircalin-related inquiries.[9] Google has an office in the Hankyu Grand Building in Kita-ku.[10] Bandai Visual's Kansai Office opened in Kita-ku in March 1988; the division is now known as the Osaka Branch.[11] Japan Airlines at one time operated a ticketing facility on the first floor of the Daiichi Seimei Building in Umeda, Kita-ku.[12]

Diplomatic missions[edit]

The Consulate-General of the United States in Osaka is located in Kita-ku. The Consulate-General of Belgium in Osaka is located on the twelfth floor of the Snow Crystal Building in Umeda, Kita-ku. The Consulate-General of Germany in Osaka is located on the thirty-fifth floor of the Umeda Sky Building Tower East in Kita-ku.[13] The Consulate-General of Italy in Osaka is located since April 2013 on the 17th floor of the Nakanoshima Festival Tower in Nakanoshima.[14]

Landmarks[edit]

Umeda downtown[edit]

Hankyu Department Store
Main article: Umeda

Commercial and business centre of Kansai region with many high-rise buildings and large underground complexes.

Nakanoshima island[edit]

Main article: Nakanoshima

Government facilities and museums, and office buildings is situated on this island. Notable establishments is City hall, Central Public Hall, Bank of Japan Osaka branch and Osaka International Convention Center. National Museum of Art, Osaka and Osaka Science Museum is also in this island.

Parks[edit]

Shrine and Temple[edit]

Others[edit]

Department stores[edit]

Mass media[edit]

Newspapers[edit]

Broadcasting stations[edit]

Railway stations[edit]

Mido Suji Boulevard, south of Ōsaka Station in Umeda.

Terminals:

The following stations are also connected to Osaka and Umeda by underground passageways:

Other stations in Kita-ku:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nichibutsu Fact Book." Nihon Bussan. Retrieved on February 19, 2010.
  2. ^ "Corporate Data." Nipro. Retrieved on April 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "Company Overview." Santen Pharmaceutical. Retrieved on April 14, 2014.
  4. ^ West Japan Railway Company. "2008 Annual Report". Retrieved 6 July 2009. (English)
  5. ^ "Company details." Dentsu. Retrieved on November 9, 2009.
  6. ^ "組織体制." Yomiuri Shimbun. Retrieved on March 5, 2010.
  7. ^ "Offices." Mazda. Retrieved on October 29, 2009.
  8. ^ "Contact / Air France agencies." Air France Japan. Retrieved on January 16, 2009.
  9. ^ "Contact Us." Aircalin. Retrieved on January 16, 2009.
  10. ^ "Google Offices." Google. Retrieved on July 12, 2009.
  11. ^ "History." Bandai Visual. Retrieved on March 16, 2010.
  12. ^ "JAL Group Offices Information." Japan Airlines. March 28, 2009. Retrieved on July 21, 2011. " 1st floor, Daiichi Seimei Bldg., 1-8-17 Umeda Kita-ku, Osaka City, 530-0001"
  13. ^ "List of Consulates in Kansai Area." Creation Core Higashi Osaka. Retrieved on January 15, 2009.
  14. ^ Consolato Generale d'Italia a Osaka, official site of the Consulate

External links[edit]

Media related to Kita-ku, Osaka at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°42′20″N 135°30′36″E / 34.70556°N 135.51000°E / 34.70556; 135.51000