Overview of Chuo-ku
95,500 (44,555 males, 50,945 females)
(As of January 1, 2017)
Chuo-ku was established in February 1989 from the merger of Higashi-ku and Minami-ku.
From out nation's first metropolis Naniwanomiya through the early modern-day construction of the Osaka-jo to today,
Chuo-ku boasts its long history. As the central area of Osaka, an international city, it still continues to develop vibrantly.
In the Northwest area of the Ward, centered on Midosuji can be found the head offices of financial institutions,
general trading firms and other major businesses. In the central "Semba" district are gathered textile related businesses,
and "Kitahama" of securities houses, "Doshomachi" of drug companies, and "Matsuyamachi" of toys and dolls can all be found
in the area which is home to lively economic activity.
The Northeast of the Ward with Osaka-jo Park and Naniwanomiya Ruins Park at the center is a green-filled oasis in the heart of the city.
The vicinity of Osaka-jo Park centered on Osakajo Tensyukaku, where the Osaka-jo Hall and the Osaka Museum of History are located, plays a central role in the community as a destination for tourists from near and far as well as a gathering place for local residents.
Furthermore, to the west of the Park are gathered the offices of the national and prefectural government and to the northeast Osaka Business Park serves
as the new focal point for business and the area is developing.
The South of the Ward is known by the affectionate name of "Minami" and
is a "Town of Pleasures". Around Shinsaibashi/Dotonobori are
market streets, department
stores and restaurants.
Kuromon Market known
as the "Kitchen
of Minami" teems with activity. And in
America-mura and Europe-mura,
which are home to many
trendsetters, a young
popular culture thrives
and in underground
complexes such as Nanba Walk and Christa Nagahori
numerous people are
gathered. In the Southeast
of Nakadera, Tanimachikaiwai,
are numerous temples and shrines connected
with Chikamatsu Monzaemon
and Ihara Saikaku,
and a calm historic
mood can be found.
Slightly to the west is the National Puppet Theatre which serves
a vital role in Kansai
culture as a base for
the fine arts.
Chuo-ku aims at maintaining its rich history and culture while
serving as the center of the new era's economy and culture. Chuo-ku
is the central Ward within an international city and the community
has continued to thrive as an energetic and appealing place to