Location of Kita-ku in Osaka City

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


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-kuEdit

Asahi Kasei, Itochu Corporation, Kuraray and Kaneka Corporation[9] each have "headquarters" in both Kita-ku and in Tokyo.

Firms with branch offices in Kita-kuEdit

Dentsu and Yomiuri Shimbun have branch offices in Kita-ku.[10][11] Mazda has an office in the Umeda Sky Building Tower East.[12] Air France has an office on the third and sixth floors of the Shin-Sakurabashi Building in Umeda.[13] The office handles Aircalin-related inquiries.[14] Google has an office in the Hankyu Grand Building in Kita-ku.[15] Bandai Visual's Kansai Office opened in Kita-ku in March 1988; the division is now known as the Osaka Branch.[16] Japan Airlines at one time operated a ticketing facility on the first floor of the Daiichi Seimei Building in Umeda, Kita-ku.[17]

Diplomatic missionsEdit

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.[18] The Consulate-General of Italy in Osaka is located since April 2013 on the 17th floor of the Nakanoshima Festival Tower in Nakanoshima.[19]


Umeda downtownEdit

Grand Front Osaka

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

Nakanoshima islandEdit

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.


Shrine and TempleEdit


Department storesEdit

Mass mediaEdit


Broadcasting stationsEdit


International schools:

Railway stationsEdit

South of Osaka Station in Umeda


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

Other stations in Kita-ku:



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  3. ^ "Nichibutsu Fact Book Archived 21 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine." Nihon Bussan. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
  4. ^ "Corporate Profile." Nippon Paint. Retrieved October 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "Corporate Data." Nipro. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "Company Overview." Santen Pharmaceutical. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "Corporate Data." Toyobo. Retrieved March 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "2008 Annual Report" (PDF). West Japan Railway Company. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 10, 2011. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
  9. ^ "Corporate Data." Kaneka Corporation. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "Company details Archived 28 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine." Dentsu. Retrieved November 9, 2009.
  11. ^ "組織体制 Archived 31 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine." Yomiuri Shimbun. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  12. ^ "Offices Archived 7 October 2009 at the Wayback Machine." Mazda. Retrieved October 29, 2009.
  13. ^ "Contact / Air France agencies." Air France Japan. Retrieved January 16, 2009.
  14. ^ "Contact Us." Aircalin. Retrieved January 16, 2009.
  15. ^ "Google Offices." Google. Retrieved July 12, 2009.
  16. ^ "History." Bandai Visual. Retrieved March 16, 2010.
  17. ^ "JAL Group Offices Information." Japan Airlines. March 28, 2009. Retrieved July 21, 2011. " 1st floor, Daiichi Seimei Bldg., 1-8-17 Umeda Kita-ku, Osaka City, 530-0001"
  18. ^ "List of Consulates in Kansai Area Archived 23 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine." Creation Core Higashi Osaka. Retrieved January 15, 2009.
  19. ^ Consolato Generale d'Italia a Osaka, official site of the Consulate
  20. ^ "Contact Us." Osaka YMCA International School. Retrieved November 1, 2015. "6-7-34, Nakatsu Kita-ku Osaka city 531-0071"

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