Welcome to Osaka, Japan

As one of the world's great metropolitan areas, Osaka combines the strengths of neighboring cities Kyoto and Kobe to form Japan's alternative economic and cultural powerhouse known as Kansai; a metroplex with a combined population of over 12 million. In contrast to staid and bureaucratic Tokyo, Osaka is known for individuality, entertainment, tough talking business sense, and great food. A place where people tend to speak their minds, Osaka is also known for its openness not only to new ideas, but also to the many foreigners who have chosen to make Osaka their adopted home. Osakans have developed a culture and even a language the Kansai dialect of their own. They are always in a hurry, and always on the lookout for bargains and business deals. They cross streets on red lights, refuse to form lines on train platforms, and the traditional Osakan greeting begins with "How's business?" But in Osaka, entertainment is every bit as important as business. In fact, entertainment is big business. Many of Japan's largest entertainment companies, got their start in Osaka, and comedy is an Osaka specialty. Japan's largest comedy company is located in the heart of the city. The Takarazuka Revue, Japanfs fabulous all-female stage company, is also based in the area. And the area known as America Mura supports Osaka's emerging and energetic youth culture; a culture focusing on live music and outrageous fashion. Straddling the pillars of entertainment and business is Osaka's unbeatable food culture. Put simply, Osaka means great food at reasonable prices. Local favorites include Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki, but Osaka has everything: Sushi, Tempura, Ramen, Teppanyaki, Udon, Yakitori, Yakiniku, Yakisoba... If you're interested in temples and traditional culture, Kyoto, the unrivaled heart of Japan is only 30 minutes away from Osaka by train. Located 30 minutes in the opposite direction is the modern international city of Kobe, with gorgeous harbor views and a bustling Chinatown. Osaka University, located north of downtown Osaka, is within easy reach of all these areas. Combining the strength of metropolitan sophistication with its unique take on Japanese culture, Osaka provides an excellent alternative setting in which to pursue education and research at the highest levels.

<From A Guide to Osaka University for International Students>

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How to reach Convention Center, Osaka University
The Convention Center is located at Suita Campus of Osaka University
The access map from Kansai International Airport (KIX) to the campus is available in JPEG or PDF format. You can also get the campus map in PDF or JPEG. For more information, visit Osaka University's page and check "Transportation"
History of Osaka University
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe Tourist Information
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    Osaka 560-0004, Japan
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