Umeda Station (梅田駅 Umeda-eki) is a railway station in Kita-ku in the northern commercial center of Osaka, Japan. It is the busiest station in western Japan, serving 2,343,727 passengers daily in 2005.
|Location||Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture|
Umeda Station is served by the following railways:
- Hankyu Railway (Kōbe Line, Kyōto Line, Takarazuka Line)
- Hanshin Electric Railway (Main Line)
- Osaka Metro (Midōsuji Line, Station number: M16)
The nearby stations Ōsaka (JR West), Kitashinchi (JR West Tōzai Line), Nishi-Umeda (Osaka Subway Yotsubashi Line, Y11) and Higashi-Umeda (Osaka Subway Tanimachi Line, T20) are within walking distance and connected by a large complex of underground malls.
|Hanshin Railway station|
|Location||Umeda Sanchōme, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture|
|Operated by||Hanshin Electric Railway|
|Line(s)||Hanshin Main Line|
|Station code||HS 01|
The underground Umeda terminal of Hanshin Electric Railway (officially Umeda Station, but commonly called Hanshin Umeda Station) is located south of Ōsaka Station, next to underground of Hanshin Department Store. The Hanshin station first opened on December 21, 1906 as a ground level station and moved to the present underground location on March 21, 1939.
There are five bay platforms and four tracks on the second basement. There are east ticket gates on the second basement and center ticket gates and west ticket gates on the first basement.
|1||(Not used during non-rush hour)|
■■limited express trains (for Kobe and Himeji)
|2||■■limited express trains (for Kobe and Himeji)|
■morning express trains
■a limited express train departing for Himeji at 6:25 (weekdays)
Adjacent stations of Hanshin UmedaEdit
|Main Line (HS 01)|
|Terminus||Local (普通, every day)||Fukushima (HS 02)|
|Terminus||Morning Express(区間急行, on weekdays)||Fukushima (HS 02)|
|Terminus||Express (急行, every day)||Noda (HS 03)|
|Terminus||Limited Express (直通特急, 特急, every day)||Amagasaki (HS 09)|
|Terminus||Morning Limited Express terminating at Umeda (区間特急, on weekdays)||Noda (HS 03)|
|Hankyu Railway station|
Platforms of Hankyu Umeda Station
|Location||1-2, Shibata Itchōme, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture|
|Operated by||Hankyu Corporation|
The Umeda terminal of Hankyu Railway (officially Umeda Station, but commonly called Hankyu Umeda Station) is located northeast of Ōsaka Station.
The station first opened on March 10, 1910, as a ground-level station. The original location of the station was southeast of Ōsaka Station and the Hankyu (then Minoo-Arima Electric Tramway) tracks crossed the Tōkaidō Main Line by an overpass. The station was elevated on July 5, 1926.
When Osaka Station was elevated in 1934, Hankyu's elevated tracks were forced to be removed and new Umeda Station was built to handle new ground-level tracks. The switching of tracks were carried out on June 1, 1934. This station facility was used until November 28, 1971, when the move of station to the present location was completed. This move was because of a sharp increase of transit, which forced Hankyu to operate 8-car trains. The existence of JNR tracks on the northern end of the 1934 station prevented the expansion of the station so that the station could not handle long trains.
After the opening of the current huge elevated station, spaces around and beneath the station, as well as the site of former station, were extensively redeveloped. One of the symbols of the commercial complex surrounding the station is the BIG MAN video screen above the Kinokuniya bookshop, common and necessary places to meet in this bustling railway station.
The Hankyu Department Store, built next to the station in 1929, was a pioneer of the successful business model of department stores run by urban railway companies in Japan. The store is still in business at the original location even after the move of the station (as of 2007, the reconstruction of the store building is in progress).
There are ten bay platforms serving nine tracks on the third floor. There are south ticket gates on the third floor and center ticket gates and on Chayamachi ticket gates on the second floor.
|1||■limited express trains|
|2||■local trains (non rush-hour)|
■commutation limited express trains (in the morning and the evening on weekdays)
■rapid express trains (in the morning and the evening)
■rapid services (in the evening on weekdays)
■local trains (partly in the morning on weekdays)
■limited express trains "Kyo-Train" (on the weekend and holidays)
|4||■express trains (every day)|
■local trains (weekday morning rush hours only)
■limited express trains for Nissei-Chuo (weekday evening rush hours only)
|5||■local trains (every day)|
■express trains (weekday rush hours only)
|6||■local trains (weekday rush hours only)|
|8||■limited express trains (non-rush hour)|
■express trains (in the morning on weekdays)
■commutation express trains (from the evening until night on weekdays)
■local trains (every early morning and every night)
|9||■limited express trains|
■morning commutation limited express trains
■rapid express trains
■local trains (every early morning and every night)
Adjacent stations of Hankyu UmedaEdit
|Kobe Main Line|
|Terminus||Semi-Express (terminating only)||Jūsō (HK-03)|
Commutation Limited Express
|Takarazuka Main Line|
|Terminus||Commutation Limited Express (terminating only)||Jūsō (HK-03)|
|Terminus||Limited (Nissei) Express||Jūsō (HK-03)|
|Kyoto Main Line|
|Terminus||Rapid Service||Jūsō (HK-03)|
|Terminus||Rapid Express||Jūsō (HK-03)|
Commuter Limited Express
Rapid Limited Express "Kyo-Train", "Sagano"
|Terminus||Rapid Limited Express A "Kyo-Train"||Awaji (HK-63)|
|Osaka Metro station|
|Location||8-6, Kakudachō, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture|
|Operated by||Osaka Metro|
|Line(s)||Subway Midosuji Line|
|Platforms||2 inter-connected side platforms|
|Opened||May 20, 1933 (temporary station) |
October 6, 1935 (permanent station)
|Closed||October 5, 1935 (temporary station)|
|Passengers (FY2016)||431,007 daily|
Umeda is the transferring point of three lines of the metro: the Midōsuji Line, the Tanimachi Line and the Yotsubashi Line. Among them, only the Midōsuji Line station is named Umeda, with the station number M16. The Tanimachi Line station is Higashi-Umeda (meaning "East Umeda") and the Yotsubashi Line station is Nishi-Umeda (meaning "West Umeda"). These three stations are connected with each other by underground walkways. Regular tickets of the subway, Surutto Kansai cards and IC cards are valid until the passenger gets out the ticket barrier of the station. The transfer between the three Umeda stations is an exception of this principle; the fare can be calculated as one travel as if the passengers do not exit the station provided the passengers transfer within 30 minutes.
Umeda Station on the Midōsuji Line started its operation on May 20, 1933, as a temporary station. The station was moved to the present location on October 6, 1935. Originally the station with an island platform and two tracks was built amid one tunnel, but on November 5, 1989, the station was expanded to a tunnel that existed next to the station (built for Tanimachi Line but due to change of plan remained unused for decades). The two tunnels are separated by a wall with some passages.
- There is an island platform with two tracks on the second basement. There is a wall with passages in the center of the platform. On the upper level of the platform, there are north, center-north-west, center-north-east, center-south and south ticket gates.
|G||Street Level||Exit/Entrance, connection to Hankyu lines|
|B1F||Mezzanine||Ticket gates, ticket/ICOCA/PiTaPa machines, station agent, shopping arcade, restrooms |
Passageways to Yotsubashi Line, Tanimachi Line, and Hanshin Main Line platforms
|Platform 1||Midosuji Line towards Nakamozu (Yodoyabashi) →|
|Half of island platform, doors will open on the right|
|Half of island platform, doors will open on the right|
|Platform 2||← Midosuji Line towards Esaka (Nakatsu) |
(Through service to Senri-Chūō on the Kitakyu Namboku Line)
|1||■ Midosuji Line||southbound for Tennoji and Nakamozu|
|2||■ Midosuji Line||northbound for Shin-Ōsaka and Senri-Chūō|
Adjacent stations of Subway UmedaEdit
|Midosuji Line (M16)|
|Nakatsu (M15)||-||Yodoyabashi (M17)|
Japan Freight RailwayEdit
|JR Freight terminal|
|Location||2-25, Ōfukachō, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture|
|Operated by||JR Freight|
|Line(s)||Tokaido Main Line Freight Branch (Umeda Freight Line)|
Umeda Freight Terminal of Japan Freight Railway Company (JR Freight) was a freight terminal on the Umeda Branchline (unofficial name) of the Tōkaidō Main Line owned by West Japan Railway Company (JR West). The station was built to separate freight services from Ōsaka Station and began operation on December 1, 1928. The yard of the terminal was located to the north, literally in the backyard, of the Ōsaka Station.
The freight terminal ceased to handle freight on March 16, 2013 and its function was succeeded by newly established Suita Freight Terminal and other nearby yards. The station was officially closed on March 31, 2013. The site, commonly called Ōsaka Station North Area (大阪駅北地区 Ōsaka-eki Kita-chiku) or Ume-kita (うめきた), will be redeveloped.
The JR West Limited Express trains still use the freight line to transfer from the Osaka Loop Line to the JR Kyoto Line bypassing Ōsaka Station. No passenger trains have stopped at Umeda Station of JR Freight.
|JR West Tōkaidō Line Branch (Umeda Freight Line)|
- Hankyu Department Store, Hanshin Department Store (Both are owned by Hankyu Hanshin Department Stores, Inc.)
- HEP Navio
- Hankyu Men's
- TOHO Cinemas Umeda
- HEP Five
- Hankyu San-Bangai
- Hankyu Terminal Building
- Hankyu 17 bangai
- Hankyu Grand Building
- Hankyu 32 bandai
- Kitano Hankyu Building
- Shin-Hankyu Building
- Shin-Hankyu Hachi-Bangai
- Hankyu Kappa Yokocho
- Hankyu Kosho no Machi
- Sonezaki Police Station
- Asahiya Shoten
- South Gate Building
- North Gate Building
- Umeda Center Building
- Yodobashi Umeda (Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Umeda, Comme Ça Store, etc.)
- Chayamachi Applause
- Umeda Arts Theater
- Hotel Hankyu International
- NU Chayamachi
- Chaska Chayamachi
- Maruzen & Junkudo Umeda
- Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. (MBS)
- Umeda Loft
- Osaka Marubiru
- Umeda DT Tower
- Diamor Osaka
- Whity Umeda
- the Hilton Plaza East
- Hilton Osaka
- Junkudo Umeda
- the Hilton Plaza West
- Osaka Garden City
- Shin Umeda City
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