Architecture Night Walk: Fukushima Ward to Osaka Station

Architecture Night Walk: Fukushima Ward to Osaka Station The Real Japan Rob Dyer
HAL building, Osaka

Osaka is blessed with countless buildings worth investigating if you’re interested in architecture.

Its streets also have a special atmosphere at night.

So I thought I’d make a film incorporating both things – a walk at night through an area containing some of my favourite architecture.

 

Architecture Night Walk: Fukushima Ward to Osaka Station The Real Japan Rob Dyer
View of the Gate Tower Building

 

I shot the film after going to a gig at a the 2nd Line live house in Fukushima ward. I starting filming around 10:45pm.

The walk back to Osaka Station was a leisurely 15 minutes.

 

Architecture Night Walk: Fukushima Ward to Osaka Station The Real Japan Rob Dyer
Osaka: architectural juxtapositions

 

I knew the route had a number of architecturally interesting buildings along the way.

Fukushima-ku is one of 24 wards of Osaka.

 

Architecture Night Walk: Fukushima Ward to Osaka Station The Real Japan Rob Dyer
Illuminated trees in front of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

 

The Area Includes Famous-Name Hotels

The ward is primarily a residential quarter, but has some office buildings and a commercial district, including famous-name hotels as well as factories and wholesale businesses.

In more recent years, many high rise apartments and office buildings have been built in this ward.

 

Architecture Night Walk: Fukushima Ward to Osaka Station The Real Japan Rob Dyer
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel

 

Mainly because it is close to the Umeda and Dōjima business centres, and not far from Osaka Station – a major transportation hub.

I hope you enjoy looking at these photographs I took of some of the buildings along the route.

 

Architecture Night Walk: Fukushima Ward to Osaka Station The Real Japan Rob Dyer
HAL building, Osaka

The Gate Tower Building

The straightforward walk first takes in the Gate Tower Building – known for having an elevated highway passing through its fifth to seventh floors! (See photo above.)

Next, on the south side of the street, is The Ritz-Carlton Osaka hotel. Which is located within the large Herbis Plaza commercial development.

 

Architecture Night Walk: Fukushima Ward to Osaka Station The Real Japan Rob Dyer
Osaka nightscape

 

Towards the end, there are views of the HAL Osaka building.

HAL is Japan’s largest college for the creative  industries, with schools close to each of the major train terminals in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya.

All of these also feature in the film below…


 

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