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Regional Information Wakayama
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Your Regional Guide : Aiko Yamaga
1-1 Komatsubara-dori, Wakayama-city, Wakayama Prefecture 640-8585
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The information below is as of November 2017.
Wakayama City is the closest prefectural capital to Kansai International Airport, and the prefecture is served by well-appointed ports, too, meaning Wakayama can handle express freight by air and large consignments by sea. There is also an extensive network of expressways connecting Wakayama with all the major cities and roads in the Kansai region.
The southern progress of the Kise branch of the Kinki Expressway, which reached as far as Susami Town in August 2015, and the planned Keinawa Expressway will see road transport in Wakayama become significantly more convenient. At present, the trip from Wakayama City to Osaka City takes just one hour.
The opening of the second runway at Kansai International Airport has dramatically increased the scope for handling of freight and, now that the airport is fully operational 24 hours a day, it can handle night flights, which has resulted in a major reduction in distribution speed. Wakayama Prefecture is just 30-60 minutes from Kansai International Airport by car, meaning that the airport is easily available for effective use by companies in the prefecture as an international logistics base.
Wakayama Shimotsu Port is a Designated Key Port. Container ships regularly operate between Shimotsu and Busan, South Korea, which ranks third in the world in terms of freight processing volume, and the amount of freight handled at Shimotsu is increasing slowly but surely.
At an hour from Osaka to Wakayama City, Wakayama is considered to be within commutable distance, meaning that companies operating in Wakayama can hope to draw their workforce not only from within the prefecture, but from southern Osaka as well.