Suminoe-ku, Osaka

Suminoe-ku (住之江区) is one of 24 wards of Osaka, Japan, stretching along the south-west border of the city. It borders the wards of Minato-ku, Taisho-ku and Nishinari-ku to the north, and Sumiyoshi-ku to the east. It is the largest land area of all wards in Osaka, and includes about half of the Osaka Bay harbor area.

Location of Suminoe-ku in Osaka City

Suminoe-ku is connected to the region by three municipal subway lines (the Yotsubashi Line, the Chuo Line, and the Nankō Port Town Line), as well as two rail lines (Nankai Main Line and Hankai Line) and three expressways. The ward is also home to the Osaka international ferry terminal with services to Shikoku and Kyushu, as well as international destinations Shanghai, China, and Busan, South Korea.[1][2]


Within the ward are multiple large parks, museums, international business facilities, and arts facilities.

Kitakagaya Creative VillageEdit

A largely pre-war neighborhood, with a large concentration of galleries, artist workshops, studios, urban farms, and other creative facilities among factories and old wood-frame homes[3]

Chidori Bunka – a community arts and crafts complex, built inside a collection of old interconnected buildings[4]

Creative Center Osaka – a large dockside arts and performance complex

Morimura@Museum – interactive arts museum by Yasumasa Morimura, a well-known contemporary Japanese artist

The Branch Art Lab – ecological art gallery with urban garden and residency program[5]


Former Kansai Electric Nanko Power Station – former gas power plant, now decommissioned

Intex Osaka – one of the largest conference and exhibition centers in Japan

Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building – formerly known as Osaka World Trade Center, at 256 m (840 ft) is the third tallest building in Japan, with shops, restaurants, and observation deck[6]

Other Galleries and MuseumsEdit

Osaka Maritime Museum – an award-winning maritime museum, designed by architect Paul Andreu but which closed in 2013 just a decade after its opening

Mizuno Sportology Gallery

Wine Museum Osaka

Parks and Recreation FacilitiesEdit

Osaka Nanko Bird Sanctuary – 19-hectare wetland park serving as a stopover point for migratory birds coming from as far as Siberia and New Zealand, with public observation towers[7]

Suminoe Park

Sumiyoshi Park – opened in 1873, a storied park that is the oldest in Osaka City

Sumiyoshi Park

Shopping and EntertainmentEdit

Asia & Pacific Trade Center – large international trade complex and shopping mall

Zepp Osaka – major music hall


International schools:

Notable peopleEdit


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External linksEdit

  Media related to Suminoe-ku, Osaka at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 34°36′34″N 135°28′58″E / 34.60944°N 135.48278°E / 34.60944; 135.48278