Umeda (梅田) is a commercial and business district in Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan, best known as the city's main northern railway terminus (Osaka Station, Umeda Station). Umeda is the large traffic hub, as well as the principle office and hotel district. It is especially a street lined with large buildings at West-Umeda, Dojima and Nakanoshima, with over 40 skyscrapers in the district. Umeda is also known for shopping: three of the city's largest department stores (Hanshin, Hankyu, and Daimaru) 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 "ume 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.

Train stations

*JR West
**Osaka Station It has over 600,000 passengers a day.
*:(JR Kobe Line, JR Kyoto Line, JR Takarazuka Line, Osaka Loop Line, JR Yumesaki Line, Yamatoji Line, Hanwa Line, Kansai Airport Line)
**Kitashinchi Station
*:JR Tozai Line
*Hankyu Railway
*:legend-line|#41b76e solid 3px|Kyoto Line, legend-line|#3388cf solid 3px|Kobe Line, legend-line|#ff8603 solid 3px|Takarazuka Line
**Umeda Station It has over 550,000 passengers a day.
*Hanshin Electric Railway Main Line
**Umeda Station
*Osaka Municipal Subway
**Umeda Station (Midosuji Line, M16)
**Nishi-Umeda Station (Yotsubashi Line, Y11)
**Higashi-Umeda Station (Tanimachi Line, T20)

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

Establishments around Umeda


*Hankyu Department Store
*Hanshin Department Store
*Herbis ENT: BVLGARI, Gucci, Coach, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co.
*Yodobashi Camera
*Books Kinokuniya: Over 3,000 square meters
*Books Asahiya: Over 2,000 square meters
*Diamor Osaka: 42,977 m² but it is coupled on another mall, total area is over 80,000m²
*Pokemon Center Osaka (in the Umeda Center Building)


*Umeda Koma theater
*HEP Five
*Shiki Theatre Company
*Blue Note Osaka→Billboard-Live Osaka
*Umeda Sky Building

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


*Hilton Hotel
*Ritz Carlton Osaka
*Westin Osaka
*New Hankyu Hotel (In Hankyu Umeda station. It has some branch hotels at another area in Japan.)
*Hotel Granvia (In JR Osaka station)
*Hotel Monterey
*Hearton Hotel
*ANA-InterContinental Hotel Osaka


*Osaka Central Post Office
*the headquarters of Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc.


*In the videogame "Shodai Nekketsu Kouha Kunio-kun", Umeda is the place where you start your adventure.
*In "Police 911 2", players can conclude Japan's nationwide arrest plan at Umeda provided that the performance was good enough throughout the stages proceeding the final stage.
*The 1989 Ridley Scott film "Black Rain" has scenes shot in Hankyu Umeda Mall.

External links

* [ Osaka InfoGuide]

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