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No. 13 Osaka, Japan

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Annual Ridership: 836 million

Osaka is the third-largest city in Japan, and the most crowded station within the network is Umeda station, in a major commercial district. Its 2.29 million daily passengers transit through the station to access offices, hotels, shopping malls, and skyscrapers. At the Umeda Sky Building, you can ride an escalator up to a rooftop observatory for panoramic views high above the fray.

Source: World Metro Database, 2010

World's Most Crowded Subways

No. 13 Osaka, Japan

Annual Ridership: 836 million

Osaka is the third-largest city in Japan, and the most crowded station within the network is Umeda station, in a major commercial district. Its 2.29 million daily passengers transit through the station to access offices, hotels, shopping malls, and skyscrapers. At the Umeda Sky Building, you can ride an escalator up to a rooftop observatory for panoramic views high above the fray.

Source: World Metro Database, 2010

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World's Most Crowded Subways

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