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Osaka has long been known for its identity in building bridges, stemming from the city’s many canals where the earliest people built their livelihoods. This history has led to development into a domestic and international hub for trade, exchange, and innovation. Today, as western Japan’s largest city, Osaka is home to countless companies, universities, and research institutions.
With a culture of using humor as a communication tool, the Osakan people make connections through their friendliness and warmth. Business and commerce run through Osaka and its people’s DNA, and with all of its other traits and charms, Osaka is your ideal meeting and events destination.

Global Giant and Asian Superpower

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  • Osaka annually boasts a spot in numerous international rankings, attributed to the city’s reliable stability, extensive infrastructure, and vibrant culture.

    • #2 on the 2021 Global Liveability Ranking | Economist Intelligence Unit
    • #2 in The Best Cities in the World: 2021 Readers’ Choice Awards | Condé Nast Traveler
    • One of the World’s 100 Greatest Places of 2021 | TIME Magazine
    • #1 on the JLL City Momentum Index 2019 Commercial Real Estate Ranking |Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated
    • #10 Most Talked-About City in the World 2019 | ING Media

Extensive Experience with International Events

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  • Osaka was the site of Japan’s first G20 summit, dubbed the 2019 G20 Osaka Summit. In addition to all of the G20 member countries, Osaka proved to be an enormously successful host for the 8 additional invited countries and 9 hosted organizations that participated in this historic event. The G7 Osaka-Sakai Trade Ministerial Meeting was also held in 2023, showing that Osaka is a premier destination for international events. Osaka is also the site of the world's next biggest event: Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai.

Abundant Meeting Facilities

Uniquely Osaka Party Venues

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  • With social events in clear view of Osaka Castle, waterfront facilities with scenery showcasing Osaka’s status as an “aqua metropolis”, or parties at shopping arcades celebrating Osaka’s “eat-till-you-drop” attitude, your event will find an unforgettable atmosphere in Osaka unlike anywhere else.

A Diverse Range of Areas

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  • Osaka can be divided into a wide range of areas. From the Umeda area with incredibly convenient access, to the cultural, architectural, and research hub of Nakanoshima surrounded by rivers, to the Osaka Bay Area with vast, interconnected venues, each area holds unique traits and strengths that will prove to be suited to your event. Check our Osaka MICE Areas page for more details.

Safety and Peace of Mind for Your Event

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  • Incorporating the latest government policies, the voices of event organizers, and lessons learned cases from Japan and around the world, the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau was one of the first organizations in Japan to create a dedicated series of infectious disease control guidelines for event organizers. Check our MICE Guidelines page for more information and to download the guidelines.

Voices from Past Event Organizers:Via materials provided by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

JSAO 2019The 57th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs

President:Koichi Toda, M.D., Ph.D.

Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine

*Held alongside the 8th Meeting of the International Federation for Artificial Organs (IFAO 2019)

“Around half of all heart transplants within Japan are conducted in Osaka. Even when looking internationally, Osaka is on the cutting edge of research and development in the field of circulatory organs such as the heart and lungs and has extensive experience with such medical treatments. At IFAO 2019, we had Osaka-based small and medium-sized enterprises with high technological capabilities exhibit at display booths, giving our conference attendees from around the world an opportunity to interact with these businesses. We additionally held an evening banquet at the Osaka Geihinkan Former Guest House at Osaka Castle and offered an Osaka Castle tour. The attendees were extremely satisfied with the unique conference programs that could only have happened in Osaka.”

IEEE VR 2019The 26th IEEE International Conference on Virtual Reality and 3D Interfaces

General Chair:Kiyoshi Kiyokawa, Ph.D.

Nara Institute of Science and Technology

“Osaka and the Kansai region are home to several research organizations in the field of virtual reality, along with many researchers. There were many conference attendees seeking opportunities to meet with these researchers, and the 2019 conference saw an increase in attendees from Asia. The conference also saw record numbers of overall attendees, posters, presentations, display booths, and sponsors. We were also able to host a social event in the famous Kuromon Ichiba market. Thanks to the casual experience of walking and eating through the market, giving rising to fun interactions with other conference attendees, the event proved to be wildly popular. I believe it is thanks to Osaka’s extensive experience with international conventions that we were able to realize our plans for the conference.”