KOREA TOWN 코리아타운 OR 한인타운 The Korean enclave in the city of Osaka, concentrated in the Ikuno Ward, and dominated by Jeju Islanders, is by far the largest in Japan, where 25% of the inhabitants are of Korean origin.
Korea Town is a three hundred-meter-long shopping street situated between and east of JR Tsuruhashi and Momodani stations, with about 150 Korean food stores, Korean restaurants and ethnic clothing stores. Many of those stores and restaurants are run by Korean residents of Japan and therefore the street is filled with Korean-language signs.
In recent years residents in the area have founded an NGO to give hands-on classes on how to make Korean pickles and to provide introductory Korean classes to junior high school and high school students visiting the town on school excursions, in addition to guiding them around the street.
It is said that Miyuki-dori is named after Miyuki-no-mori Shrine, which was established around the 5th century on the site where the Emperor Nintoku took a rest when he visited the area to inspect people who had come from Paekche to live there (in the woods formerly located at the west end of where the street now stands).