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Honmachi

Honmachi flourished as a center below Osaka Castle, and even to this day it is known as one of Osaka's representative business districts. When Toyotomi Hideyoshi unified the nation, Honmachi was the economic center, bringing specialty products from various regions into a single market as the "Kitchen of the Nation." During the construction of Osaka Castle, a large number of retainers and warriors gathered here to aid in its building, consequently resulting in the beginnings of the town. In 1970, the world's fair was held in Osaka, and to coincide with it, the Senba Center Building was opened. It is an iconic building in Honmachi, containing stores, restaurants, and offices. Furthermore, Honmachi Bridge, which runs through the lower part of the Hanshin Expressway No.1 Loop Route, was installed during the castle's construction, and is known as the city's oldest bridge. And on its northern end is Nishimachi Bugyosho, which used to function as the administrative center of Osaka. The existing bridge is a replacement from 1923, and is supported by stone piers that make it a sturdy construction.

Address

Honmachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Access

Osaka Metro Midosuji Line, Yotsubashi Line, Chuo Line [Hommachi Station]

  • Infomation

    The underground area beneath Hommachi Station and Sakaisuji Hommachi's Senba Center Building has lots of restaurants and is a great place to have lunch in Hommachi. Senba Shinsaibashi Shopping Street is also nearby. It has many udon, soba, and ramen restaurants and is worth stopping by if you happen to be sightseeing in Hommachi. Hommachi has lots of historical buildings like the Mengyo Kaikan. We recommend taking a walk from Senba Center Building to Kitahama Station.

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