Umeda

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Umeda
梅田
Umeda is located in Japan
Umeda
Umeda
Coordinates: 34°42′0″N 135°29′49.2″E / 34.70000°N 135.497000°E / 34.70000; 135.497000Coordinates: 34°42′0″N 135°29′49.2″E / 34.70000°N 135.497000°E / 34.70000; 135.497000
Country Japan
Prefecture Osaka Prefecture
City Osaka
Ward Kita-ku
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Umeda south at night

Umeda (梅田) is the main commercial and central business district in Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan, best known as the city's main northern railway terminus (Ōsaka Station, Umeda Station).

Umeda is a large traffic hub, as well as the principal office and hotel district. It is especially a street lined with large buildings at West-Umeda, Dojima and Nakanoshima, with over 40 prominent skyscrapers in the district. Umeda is also known for shopping: four of the city's largest department stores (Hanshin, Hankyu, Daimaru, and Isetan) are located there, as well as several shopping malls, such as Diamor Osaka, HEP Five, HEP Navio, and Whity Osaka.

The district's name means "plum field". It was originally written as "buried field" (埋田), because the area had been agricultural and was filled in to accommodate the new train station in the 1870s. There are several theories as to why the kanji changed, although most people[who?] seem to believe that the old characters merely carried a negative connotation.[citation needed]

Economy[edit]

Air France has an office on the third and sixth floors of the Shin-Sakurabashi Building in Umeda.[1] The office handles Aircalin-related inquiries.[2]

The Consulate-General of Belgium in Osaka is located on the twelfth floor of the Snow Crystal Building in Umeda.[3]

Japan Airlines at one time operated a ticketing facility on the first floor of the Daiichi Seimei Building in Umeda.[4]

Railway stations[edit]

Osaka Station North Gate and Osaka Grand Front in Umeda
Hankyu Umeda Station

JR West[edit]

Hankyu Railway[edit]

Hanshin Railway[edit]

Osaka Municipal Subway[edit]

There are over 2.3 million passengers a day at these stations. They rank fourth busiest in Japan.

Establishments around Umeda[edit]

Umeda area is not only a business area but also an amusement area—there are many restaurants, live spots and amusement spots.

Osaka Station City[edit]

Osaka Station City

Diamond district[edit]

Diamond district
  • Hanshin Department Store
  • Osaka Marubiru
    • Osaka Daiichi Hotel
  • Umeda DT Tower
  • E-MA
    • Umeda Burg 7
  • Shin-Hankyu Building
    • Shin-Hankyu Hachi-Bangai
  • Osaka Ekimae Buildings
    • Osaka Central Post Office
  • Hilton Osaka
  • Osaka Daiichi Seimei Building
  • Umeda Square Building


Hankyu Umeda East district[edit]

Hankyu Hanshin Holdings, Inc.
Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. (MBS)


North Umeda district, Shin Umeda City[edit]

North Umeda district (Umeda Sky Building)


West Umeda district (Osaka Garden City, etc.)[edit]

West Umeda district at night
The Hilton Plaza West and Herbis ENT


East of JR Osaka Station (Komatsubaracho, Doyamacho, Sonezaki Nichome, Taiyujicho and Toganocho)[edit]

  • Hankyu Higashidori
  • OS Rakutenchi Building
    • Toho Cinemas Umeda Annex (Theater 9, 10)
  • Sonezaki Ohatsu Tenjin-dori
    • Ohatsu Tenjin
  • Sonezaki Police Station
  • Umeda Club Quattro
  • Boatpier Umeda

Underground malls[edit]

  • Whity Umeda
  • Diamor Osaka: 42,977 m2 but it is coupled on another mall, total area is over 80,000 m2

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact / Air France agencies." Air France Japan. Retrieved on January 16, 2009.
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Aircalin. Retrieved on January 16, 2009.
  3. ^ "List of Consulates in Kansai Area." Creation Core Higashi Osaka. Retrieved on January 15, 2009.
  4. ^ "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"

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