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Regional Information Osaka city
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The information below is as of November 2017.
Located at the center of Japan's land, sea, and air transportation networks, Osaka City provides an ideal environment for business, logistics and tourism. Its sophisticated transportation infrastructure ensures excellent accessibility to and from not only major domestic cities, but also cities in China and the rest of Asia.
Osaka City is an area accessible to the Chukyo and Kanto regions through the Meishin Expressway and Shin-Meishin Expressway, while being accessible to the Chugoku and Kyushu regions through the Chugoku Expressway and Sanyo Expressway. From Osaka City, people are able to access the rest of Japan through a network of artery routes, placing the starting point at the Hanshin Expressway in the central area of the city.
Equipped with Japan’s only two 4,000 m runways and providing 24-hour services throughout the year, Kansai International Airport serves as a hub airport and provides smooth accessibility to destinations in other regions, operating flights to about 84 cities in 24 countries and regions. The airport also plays an important role as an international distribution hub, while collaborating with Osaka International Airport in terms of a domestic flight network. It also boasts a cargo-terminal site that is the largest scale in Japan and has leading functions in Asia as appropriate for an air cargo hub.
- Required time to Tokyo
One hour; flights are available every 30 minutes.
- Outline of Kansai International Airport
Number of passengers (FY2015): 24 million (of which 17 million passengers used international flights)
Volume of cargo (FY2015): 700,000 tons (of which 680,000 tons were shipped by international flights)
Osaka Port has strong ties with Asian countries in terms of imports and exports due to its geographical closeness and historical background.
Designated as a “Strategic International Container Port” along with Kobe Port, Osaka Port has become a “nucleus international port” thanks to its well-organized distribution functions, aiming to become an international hub port in East Asia.
- Volume of import/export cargo (2015): 34.66 million tons (of which 30.19 tons were involved in container shipping.)
- Number of ferry passengers abroad (2015): 70,000
Osaka is the focal point of the Kansai region; major cities such as Kobe and Kyoto are only 20 to 30 minutes away by train. It is also possible to make a one-day trip to Tokyo and other major Japanese cities from Osaka.
From Osaka, Shinkansen services run to Tokyo and the Kyushu region. The Tokyo and Hakata journey takes approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. Diverse railway routes serviced by JR and five private railway companies provide easy access to areas including neighboring Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. These rail links are used extensively by business people and tourists. Osaka has excellent railway networks in both central Osaka and its suburban areas.