Northern hub of the Japanese
city of Osaka
, served by the Hankyu
and Hanshin railway
lines as well as JR
) and the Midosuji
, and Yotsubashi
lines of the Osaka City Subway
. It is full of department stores, underground shopping malls, pachinko
parlors, bars, and other shady establishments that make it a great yakuza movie setting. In fact, the Hankyu station in Umeda was where Michael Douglas
' partner had his coat ripped off by a cycle gangster in the movie Black Rain
Attractions in Umeda include the Sky Building, a tall, hollow building with an awesome observation deck and a glass escalator running twenty stories above the ground, and Hep Five, a seven-story mall with a fiberglass whale hanging in its lobby. Sam and Dave's is a blissfully seedy expat nightclub.
The Hankyu, Hanshin, and Daimaru department stores are all located here, as are the Kinokuniya and Junkudo bookstores, and the Weston and Hilton hotels.