1. Power of Osaka
In the recorded history of Japan, several ancient capitals were located for a long time in the Kansai region (western Japan) including Kyoto, Kobe and Nara. In this region, Osaka has developed as a center of economy, industries and world trade. Osaka still continues to play a leading role in these fields in modern Japan.
Today in Osaka there are numerous world-leading companies, research institutes and individuals who are active in various fields. Osaka is proud of the Kansai International Airport, which is open around the clock, as well as its highly-extensive railway network and food culture. Osaka welcomes international visitors with Osaka-style "omotenashi" (hospitality).
Osaka has been attracting people from around the world by holding various international events such as the Japan World Exposition (1970), the International Garden and Greenery Exposition (1990), the APEC Summit (1994), the Track and Field World Championships (2007), Rugby World Cup (2019) and World Masters Games in Kansai (2021).
2. Excellent Access
Kansai International Airport (KIX) provides direct services to 74 cities in 27 countries throughout the world, as well as many cities in Japan. The airport, which acts as an Asian hub and serves a large number of flights to the Asia-Pacific region, is conveniently located within 30 minutes by train of downtown Osaka.
3. Top-Notch Meeting Facilities and Accommodation
Osaka is equipped with first-class meeting and event facilities, including the state-of-the-art Osaka International Convention Center, Congres Convention Center, Osaka Central Public Hall, INTEX Osaka, Asia-Pacific Trade Center and Kyocera Dome Osaka.
In addition to being home to some of the world's foremost hotels, there is also an abundance of reasonably priced accommodation. With approximately 50,000 guest rooms situated throughout the city, there is sure to be something to suit the needs of every visitor.
4. Competitive, Safe and Friendly
Japan is not as expensive as you may think. Prices are extremely stable and airfares and hotel rates are globally competitive. In fact, Osaka is one of the most affordable cities in Japan, despite the fact that it is the country's second largest city. Japan is also outstandingly safe, the people are honest and street crime is rare. The people of Osaka are known for their friendliness and English is widely used and understood.
5. A Rich Variety of Tourist Attractions and World Heritage Sites
Having been the center of economic and cultural development for many centuries, Osaka has many traditional and modern sightseeing attractions, including Bunraku (a traditional puppet theater designated by UNESCO as an intangible cultural asset), Osaka Castle, Universal Studios Japan™ and Kaiyukan aquarium, which is one of the largest aquariums in the world. There are always things to do, places to visit and new things to discover.
One of Osaka's greatest advantages is its proximity to the many World Heritage sites which are scattered throughout the cities of Kyoto, Nara, Kobe and Wakayama, some no more than 30 minutes away. Osaka is home to its own recently-recognized World Heritage Site, the Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group. Day trips can also be made to Hiroshima, Nagoya and even Tokyo.
6. Enchanting Cuisine and Delightful Shopping
Known for its rich food culture, Osaka is a gourmet paradise offering the best from land and sea. Shopping is also a delight in this city, which is famously known as a City of Merchants. Osaka has the largest underground mall and the longest shopping arcade in Japan, in addition to many department stores, outlet malls and stores selling top fashion brands, and the famous Nipponbashi consumer electronics district.