Okamoto

20 min to Umeda every 10 min7 min to Sannomiya every 9 min
Hankyu Okamoto Station (阪急岡本駅), just 7 minutes from Sannomiya (or 20 min from Umeda), and JR Settsu-Motoyama (20 min from Osaka Station) serve a quiet neighborhood with a very special shopping district.

Almost the entire area between the two stations is a pedestrian-priority shopping zone (highlighted below in cyan).  It is somewhat of a “University Village”, with many cafes and shops catering to students of several nearby colleges.  This shopping area occupies essentially all of Okamoto 1 Chome (岡本1丁目).Okamoto Highlighted AerialThe streets above are highlighted hierarchically as follows:
– Magenta:    Hankyu Okamoto Station and JR Settsu-Motoyama Station (摂津本山駅).
– Cyan:           High volume of pedestrian traffic, low volume of one-way car traffic.
– Red:             “Busy” Boulevards.
– Orange:       “Quiet” Boulevards.
– Yellow:        Woonerfs & Narrow Streets.
– Green:         Laneways.  Only a fraction (1/3?) are highlighted.

Note that the highlighted area lies within two separate islands of walkability.

The Hierarchy of Japanese Streets categorizes the highlighted streets as follows* (with stats given for this area specifically):
Hierarchy Stats
Hierarchy Spectrogram* NOTES:
1) Only a fraction (1/3?) of the Laneways are counted and highlighted (green).
2) Most of the SLOW streets of Okamoto are #curbless, stone paved commercial streets with high pedestrian traffic, but -unlike most SLOW streets- they have no bollards, and very few trees.
3) The “Quiet Boulevards” of Okamoto generally lack bollards and street trees.




Streets Hierarchy, Illustrated

Level 5, high volume of pedestrian traffic, low volume of one-way car traffic:
Level 5 commercial stone paved 2Level 5 commercial stone pavedLevel 5 commercial stone paved uphill
Note the #curbless, facade-to-facade stone pavement, and the high density of shops.

Level 4, Busy Boulevards:
Level 4 Busy BlvdLevel 4 Busy Blvd EW
The density of shops, cyclists, and pedestrians seems particularly low on the Busy Boulevards of Okamoto.  Perhaps Busy Boulevards should be demoted to the bottom of the hierarchy in this case… This highlights the pattern wherein the roads with the most vehicles are relatively peripheral to the pedestrian experience.

Level 3, Quiet Boulevards:
Level 3 Quiet Blvd 2

Level 2, Woonerfs and Narrow Streets:
Level 2 woonerf 1
Level 2 woonerf 2
Level 2 woonerf

Level 1, Residential Laneways:
Level 1 Laneway by Steam 2Level 1 Laneway by StreamLevel 1 Laneway by Stream 3



Wayfinding:
wayfinding

High intensity development near the JR station:
high intensity development near the station

A trendy cafe in Okamoto 1 Chome (note the 3 mamacheri bicycles):
mamacheri

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