中之島 - An island
in the middle of Osaka
, near the Umeda
area. Its name literally means "island
in the middle
," as it sits between the Tosa Canal
and Dojima River
, two branches of the Old Yodogawa
. In the 1700's, Nakanoshima was where many samurai
families kept their houses.
Today, Nakanoshima is where Osaka City Hall, the Bank of Japan, the Rihga Royal Hotel, the Osaka Science Museum, and Ogimachi Senior High School are all located. There are no train stations on the island itself, but it is close to the Osaka City Subway stations at Yodoyabashi and Higobashi, as well as the JR and Hankyu stations at Umeda.