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Living in Osaka

The living environment of Osaka

The successive cities Osaka, Kyoto and Nara located in the region of Kansai were once the last destination of the famous ‘Silk Road’, prospered as the center of Japanese politics, culture and economy.

Representing Japan since, Kansai boasts its cultural heritage (Buddhist temples and shrines) and Entertainments (Kabuki, Noh and etc.) still succeeding to this date. Kansai is a location where many new businesses and new products are born and in the heart of this place is the capital Osaka, serving as the second biggest economic scale in Japan, next to Tokyo.

Osaka is a megacity where the traditional culture and modern charm co-exist, with a population of approximately 9 million, Osaka has been ranked 12th in ‘World’s most livable cities’ survey in 2014 (ranked Japan’s highest), held by the Economic Intelligence Unit in England.

The charm of the dining culture and safety

Osaka has long developed as a trade/business city, famous for its rich and abundant food culture, so rich and abundant that the phrase “eat till you bust” is often used by the people of Japan to describe it’s richness.
Shopping can also be enjoyed at many different department stores, outlet malls, Japan’s longest underground shopping district, Japan’s longest shopping street and at Osaka’s own electronic district, Nipponbashi.

Ranking third in the report of 'The world's most safest cities' in 2015 hosted by the Economic Intelligence Unit, outranking Tokyo in the division of safety and medical. Osaka city is a city that not only boasts business and different forms of entertainment, but also safety as its number one priority.

Please look at the following videos on the living environments of Osaka.

Asian Gateway, Osaka

Global city: Osaka

Osaka has gained the title of being a ‘Global City’ by cultivating global talents, progressively servicing environments to appeal to foreigners. Every year, the management consultant company, A.T. Kearny announces the Global Cities Index, with Osaka ranking 45th in the world in 2008 and 52nd in the world in 2016, making Osaka one of the most comfortable places to live in the world for foreigners.

Services for Foreigners Residents

In Osaka, there are many facilities and organizations whichi provide multilingual services to foreigners residing in Osaka. The services range from legal consultation, information on everyday life and administration.

Osaka International House foundation (iHouse)

Uehonmachi, Tennoji-ku Osaka City, 8-2-6 Japan
General Information TEL +81-6-6773-8989 FAX +81-6-6773-8421
【Lifestyle consultations】TEL +81-6-6773-6533
【Legal consultations】TEL +81-6-6772-1127
Supported languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean
Operating times: Everyday 9:00 to 21:00 (Excluding end of year and new years)

Osaka Foundation of International Exchange (OFIX) Osaka Information Service for Foreign Residents

Mydome Osaka 5F Honmachibashi 2-5, Chuo Ward, Osaka City
TEL +81-6-6941-2297 FAX +81-6-6966-2401
Supported languages:Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Filipino, Siamese.
*FAX and email services are only offered in English and Japanese.
*For enquiries on other supported languages, please give us a call.
Hours: Monday - Friday: 9:00 ~ 17:30 (excluding National holidays and New Year holidays)

Employment and labor consultation for foreigners

As part of the Kansai National Strategic Special Zone’s initiatives, free counseling services are available to companies within this Special Zone (Kyoto, Osaka, and Hyogo prefectures) that have just set up a new business or are a non-Japanese company looking to establish a business. These services will be provided by licensed social insurance consultants and lawyers to ensure that Japanese employment regulations related to hiring and labor contracts are properly understood and that the company’s business development progresses smoothly.

Kansai National Strategic Special Zone Employment Counseling Center

Room K827, Knowledge Capital 8F,
Grand Front Osaka North Building,
3-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0011 Japan
TEL +81-6-6136-3194 FAX +81-6-6371-3195
Supported languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 11:00 to 20:00 (Excluding Public Holidays and New Year Period.

Educational institutions for foreigners

In Kansai region (including Osaka), there are numerous International schools accredited by international educational evaluation organization ( WASC, CIS, ACSI, IB) which offer high quality education programs for foreign residents.

Main international schools located in Kansai centering on Osaka

School Location International Accreditation Website

Osaka YMCA International

Osaka City


Umeda International School

Osaka City

(only Japanese Website available)

Kansai Gakuin Osaka International School

Minoh City


Osaka Chinese school

Osaka City

(only Japanese Website available)

Canadian Academy

Kobe City


Marist Brothers International School

Kobe City


St. Michaels International School

Kobe City


Deutsche Schule Kobe

Kobe City


Kobe Chinese school

Kobe City

(only Japanese Website available)

Kyoto International School

Kyoto City


KIU Kyoto International University Academy

Kyotanabe City


Kansai Christian School



※IB(International Baccalaureate), WASC(Western Association of Schools and College ), CIS(Council of International Schools), ACSI(Association of Christian Schools International)