Rising high in Central Osaka, Fukushima is a popular district for business travellers to the city. It's dominated by a string of glass-fronted skyscrapers and some of the city's largest factories. Fukushima's proximity to the business centres of Umeda and Dojima has seen its popularity rise in recent years.
In some ways, Fukushima is an extension of neighbouring Umeda, the business centre of Western Japan. It's grown exponentially since WWII, with new residential and office buildings fanning out from the central Fukushima Station. The abundance of hotels often makes Fukushima good value versus Umeda.
Hiding amongst the urban landscape are glimpses of Japan's history, like the temples of Jizoji and Fukusengi. As an escape, Nakanoshima Park is one of Osaka's largest, with landscaped green cascading beneath highway and train overpasses.
Fukushima Station and Noda Station are on the Osaka Loop Line that connects the city's central districts, including Umeda and Dojima. The JR Tozai Lane provides regional connections to major stations across Osaka and Kyoto, stopping at Shin Fukushima and Ebie Station within this district.
One of the founding fathers of modern Japan hails from Fukushima. Fukuzawa Yukichi published a series of books describing Western culture and institutions to the Japanese population, encouraging them to think differently and resist European imperialism. His book Sekai Kunizukushi (All the Countries of the World) became an official school textbook.