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Business Areas in Osaka

Urban Development Projects

Osaka is the center of Kansai, one of the world’s preeminent metropolitan regions. Osaka is home to west Japan’s largest terminal at the Osaka Station area and offers exceptional access both from within Japan and overseas. Osaka is currently undergoing multiple large-scale development projects, including Yumeshima with its extensive development sites, in order to expand the business opportunities available here.


Umekita Area

Referred to as Osaka's last premier district, Umekita is a 24ha development site situated on the north side of Osaka Station where projects are now underway to capitalize on its excellent location and, with the help of industry, government, and academia, form bases for creating new industries. The Osaka Station District has also been designated as a special zone by the government, offering businesses who meet specific conditions a variety of support and services including tax incentives.

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Yumeshima

Located in the Osaka Bay area, Yumeshima is an artificial island home to Japan's foremost container terminal, with full road and highway access throughout Kansai. Based on ideas from both private and public enterprises, Yumeshima is currently undergoing conceptual planning for developing the entire island. This is being done with the aim of making a base for international tourism that attracts global investment and bringing together industries leading the way in creating new technologies and services.

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Development Project in other areas

In addition to the above sites, Urban development projects are currently being carried out in various other areas of Osaka, such as Midosuji, Nakanoshima, and Namba.

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Major Business Areas

Located in the heart of the world-class Metropolis Kansai area, Osaka has several unique business hubs, such as Shin-Osaka, Umeda, Nakanoshima, and Namba. Some areas in the city have been designated as Special Urban Renaissance Districts, under which urban development is being implemented to incorporate more attractive urban functionalities.

  • Shin-Osaka

    A highly demanded business district in a prime location, with the transportation advantage of an arrival and departure station for the shinkansen (bullet train). Shin-Osaka is a convienent business location where travels to all over the country is possible. It is also directly linked to major business areas and downtown areas in Osaka by subway, JR and etc.

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  • Osaka Station District

    Known as 'Kita', the Osaka Station District serves as the City’s northern gateway and is used by 2.5 million people daily making it the largest terminal in West Japan. This dynamic District is home to numerous commercial facilities including three major department stores and continues to promote the latest trends in entertainment and fashion.

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  • O B P/Kyobashi

    O B P, adjacent to the symbol of Osaka; Osaka Castle Park is surrounded by a harmonious balance of rich natural greenery and water, office buildings, accomodation facilities, cultural facitilies and commerical buildings, coexisting to create a nature based business environment. Within the Kyobashi area, where OBP is located, there are 6 stations operated by JR, Keihan Railways, and the Osaka Municipal Transportation Bureau that serve an average of 500,000 passengers each day.

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  • Yodoyabashi/Nakanoshima

    Nakanoshima Island has been a time-honored center of economy, culture, and administration in Osaka. Still at present, the central functions of companies are gathered here. It also plays a role as information dissemination center for Osaka's art and culture scenes. Nakanoshima is a symbolic island of "Aqua Metropolis" Osaka, floating between the Dojima and Tosabori Rivers.

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  • Hommachi/Shinsaibashi

    Hommachi has been long known as the center of business and is still a highly popular business area with its history and beautiful scenery of colonnade of Ginkgo trees, which line Midosuji Avenue. South of Honmachi lies Shinsaibashi, a district well-known as a major shopping area, centered on well-established department stores and it's famous 'Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Street' stretching down all through the center of Shinsaibashi. Along Midosuji Avenue, you will find world-famous brand-name stores that have made this Avenue one of Japan’s most distinguished ‘brand’ streets.

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  • Namba/Minatomachi

    This area, also known as 'Minami' (meaning "south" in Japanese), is a representative commercial area in Osaka. Since the area is linked to Kansai International Airport by direct train services, its popularity has been surging among tourists, mainly from overseas.

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  • Abeno/Tennoji

    Accessed by over 730,000 people daily, Abeno/Tennoji is a prime access location, with direct lines from Nara and Wakamaya to central Osaka. Surrounded by rich history, culture and nature with popular places to visit within such as the traditional boasting Shitennoji Temple, the lush Tennjoji Park, Osaka Zoo, Tsutenkaku Tower, and Osaka Municipal Museum, holding numerous important cultural assests; Abeno/Tennoji is a refreshing twist to what a business area should be.

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  • Sakishima Cosmosquare

    The Cosmosquare Area is a part of Sakishima – an artificial island developed in the 1970's – and offers a well-organized infrastructure and convenient access with a location just 20 minutes by car or train from Osaka’s city center and 40 minutes by car from Kansai International Airport, Kansai’s ‘gateway’ from overseas. Looking to create a base for business and R&D, this area has been constantly developing.

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