In the Kita area, a transportation hub including JR Osaka Station and the Umeda stations of Hankyu railway, Hanshin railway, and subway lines, there are many big department stores such as Hankyu, Hanshin, and Daimaru.

There are also many electrical appliance stores and fashion boutiques in this area. The web of underground shopping malls is convenient in all weather.
JR Osaka Station is in the process of being redeveloped. Above the platform of Osaka Station is a huge dome-shaped structure measuring 180 meters from east to west and 100 meters from north to south. Th is will be Osaka’s latest new hot spot and will include JR Osaka Mitsukoshi Isetan department store and Lucua shopping mall. Acty Osaka, on the south side of the station, will be renamed South Gate Building. And the fl oor space of Daimaru department store will be 60% greater. Pokemon Center Osaka, an offi cial store of the popular video game Pokemon, recently opened. In December 2010, Maruzen & Junkudo Umeda bookstore opened in the large commercial complex Chaska Chayamachi, designed by architect Tadao Ando, and is one of the largest bookstores in Japan with 2 million books for sale. From the Floating Garden at the top of Umeda Sky Building, there is a beautiful city view of Osaka. And you can ride on the large red Ferris wheel at Hep Five, another major commercial and entertainment complex.

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