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The Umeda skyline
The Umeda skyline
Umeda is located in Japan
Country Japan
Prefecture Osaka Prefecture
City Osaka
Ward Kita-ku
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)

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

The area is notable for its comparatively high concentration of tall buildings, of which those in Nishi-Umeda, Dojima and Nakanoshima form a prominent skyscraper district.[1] Four of the city's largest department stores (Hanshin, Hankyu, Daimaru, and Isetan) are located here, as well as popular shopping and tourist areas such as HEP Five, Osaka Grand Front, and Umeda Sky Building.

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 seem to believe that the old characters merely carried a negative connotation.


  • Railway stations 1
    • JR West 1.1
    • Hankyu Railway 1.2
    • Hanshin Railway 1.3
    • Osaka Municipal Subway 1.4
  • Establishments around Umeda 2
    • Osaka Station City 2.1
    • Diamond district 2.2
    • Hankyu Umeda East district 2.3
    • North Umeda district, Shin Umeda City 2.4
    • West Umeda district (Osaka Garden City, etc.) 2.5
    • East of JR Osaka Station (Komatsubaracho, Doyamacho, Sonezaki Nichome, Taiyujicho and Toganocho) 2.6
    • Underground malls 2.7
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Railway stations

Hankyu Umeda Station

JR West

Hankyu Railway

Hanshin Railway

Osaka Municipal Subway

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

Establishments around Umeda

The Ekimae office towers along Midosuji Blvd. and Umeda Shinmichi

Aside from being a major business district in Osaka, Umeda offers a large selection of shopping, entertainment, and nightlife venues.

Osaka Station City

Osaka Station North Gate and Osaka Grand Front in Umeda

Diamond district

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

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

North Umeda district, Shin Umeda City

Pedestrian traffic in North Umeda
North Umeda district (Umeda Sky Building)

West Umeda district (Osaka Garden City, etc.)

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

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

  • 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

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

See also


  1. ^

External links

  • Osaka InfoGuide
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