About Osaka

Visit various places in Kansai from Osaka

Osaka is located on the main island of Honshu, roughly in the center of Japan. Osaka City, which was incorporated in 1889, has a population of 2.69 million and an area of 225.21 square kilometers. Osaka Prefecture, which includes Osaka City (its capital) and 42 other municipalities, has a population of 8.84million and a total land mass of about 1,905 square kilometers. Although Osaka is Japan's second smallest prefecture by size, its population represents 7% of the entire nation, making it the second most populous prefecture after Tokyo. Furthermore, 10% of all non-Japanese residents live in Osaka.

Kansai(Hyogo, Kyoto, Nara, Wakayama, Shiga and Osaka) area covers a total of 27,350 square kilometers within a radius of 100 km from the center of Osaka. The population exceeds 20 million, making it one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world. Kansai represents approx 16% of Japan's gross domestic products. The scale of its economy alone exceeds that of Indonesia.


Osaka is historically famous as a merchant city.
Osaka is also an innovative city.

It has also been said that the Osaka people are impatient.
Even the traffic lights display the waiting time.

With this in mind let’s take a look at some examples of Osaka inventions.

Being inspired by conveyor belts from a nearby beer factory, a manger of a sushi restaurant invented “Kaitenzushi” – the conveyor belt sushi bar.
With this innovation a small number of chefs can serve many customers at one time and all for a reasonable price.

Also whenever in Japan when taking a taxi the door opens and shuts automatically.
Perfect for those busy business people who always want to save time.

Another invention was instant noodles.
In a small hut in the backyard of a house, noodles that can be cooked in 3 minutes were invented and now are eaten around the world.

What will the people of Osaka invent next?

For more information
Please visit the following websites.
Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau: https://osaka-info.jp/en/