Juso Station & Arcades

3 minutes to Umeda
Hankyu Juso Station (阪急十三駅), just 3 minutes from Umeda, is a commercial node with covered shopping arcades extending directly from both west and east exit.  This post will focus on the west side of the station.

Juso Highlighted Aerial
The streets above are highlighted hierarchically as follows:
– Magenta:    Arcades and open air, car-free “nightlife alleys”.
– Red:             “Busy” Boulevards.
– Orange:       “Quiet” Boulevards.
Orange with Orange Outline:  Scramble intersection and wide crosswalks.
– Yellow:        Woonerfs & Narrow Streets.
– Green:         Laneways.  Only a fraction (3/4?) are highlighted.

Note that the whole highlighted area lies within a single island of walkability (the Friendly Street + Motoima Road arcade connects the two halves under the north-south elevated expressway).

The Hierarchy of Japanese Streets categorizes the highlighted streets as follows* (with stats given for this area specifically):Juso Streets Hierarchy StatsJuso Streets Hierarchy Spectrogram
* Only a fraction (3/4?) of the Laneways are counted and highlighted (green).



Street Hierarchy, Illustrated

Level 6A, Covered Shopping Arcade:
Juso Friendly Street near east end
Juso Friendly Street middle
Level 6B, Nightlife Alley (an unusually wide one):
Juso entrance to Hokoten

Level 4, Busy Boulevards:
Juso Busy Blvd.png
Level 4, Busy Boulevard at scramble intersection:
Juso Friendly Street east end

Level 3, Quiet Boulevards:
Juso Quiet Blvd 1Juso Quiet Blvd 2

Level 2, Woonerfs and Narrow Streets:
Juso woonerf looking northJuso woonerf looking west

Level 1, Laneways:
Juso Laneway

And finally, four views of a single highway underpass:
[ most elevated tracks & highways in Japan rank zero on the hierarchy, because they are high and narrow enough to not negatively impact the pedestrian experience.  This highway is wide and low enough that it does create a bit of a division thru the city.  Shops underneath go a long way to mitigate safety concerns. ]
Juso under the highway NEJuso under the highway NWJuso under the highway SEJuso under the highway SW

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