Osaka Prefecture


Main City: Osaka

Population: 8,839,000 people, ranking 3/47 prefectures (2015) [1]

Area: 1,899 km2 [2]

Geographical / Landscape description

Osaka is the second smallest prefecture in Japan and home of the third largest city of Japan. As of 1 April 2012, 11% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as natural park. [2]


Osaka belongs to the humid subtropical climate zone. Its winters are generally mild and rarely see snowfall. Spring in Osaka starts off mild, but ends up being hot and humid. Summers are very hot and humid. Fall sees a cooling trend with the early part of the season resembling summer while the latter part resembles winter. [2]

Time zone: GMT +7 in summer (+8 in winter)

International dialling code: 0081

Recent history, culture

Osaka City’s historic background as a city of commerce helped shape today’s Osaka.  It played a major role in distribution, trade, and industry in Japan and it is now further developing to become an international city. [3]

More chapters:

  • Economic overview
  • Infrastructure
  • Major types of economic activities
  • Opportunities for EU Investors / Exporters / Importers
  • Setting up a business in the prefecture
  • Other contacts