Umekita District - The Osaka Station area - is west Japan’s largest terminal and home to an extensive public transportation network that serves an average of 2.5 million passengers each day. As the heart of Osaka, this area has been the focus of numerous development projects in recent years. Among these is the Umekita development area to the north of Osaka Station, which covers approximately 24ha and is considered as the last prime location available in Osaka. Capitalizing on its excellent location, the city is carrying out projects with the help of industry, government, and academia to form a base for creating new industries. The district has also been designated as a special zone by the government, offering businesses who meet specific conditions a variety of support and services including tax incentives.
In addition to commercial and office space, the District is set to become the future 'Knowledge Capital' of Japan, a hub for intellectual creativity connecting industry, government and academia. It will also feature a urban park which will double as a disaster-prevention park, providing a central control hub for Western Japan during disasters such as earthquakes.
This long-term project will provide valuable insights, lessons and opportunities for planners, government and developers on a mega-project sites similar in size to the proposed Sydney Central Station development.