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Osaka is a massive city. Anyone who lives here would understand this first hand. Despite its huge size, there is considerable debate to how many people live there. In the city centre,which is quite small, there are only two million people. Ive seen population figures of between 10 and 20 million for its metropolitain area that includes Kyoto to Kobe and across to Nara. It acutually streches much further.But I guess you have to draw the line somewhere.

Here is a cut and paste from Osaka's city website.It gives the answer to what ive been looking for years.


Osaka Metropolitan Area

Osaka forms an urban metropolis integrated with the rapid urbanization of the surrounding areas. The Osaka Metropolitan Area refers to the urban area closely related to Osaka geographically, socially and commercially. The area is undergoing a large growth in population, industry, and economic progress, and the industry, economy and citizens’ lifestyles cover a broad range of activities.
Basically, 128 municipalities including Osaka City constitute this area.

The Osaka Metropolitan Area covers a total area of 7,800 square kilometers within a radius of about 50 to 60 km from the center of Osaka. The population totaled about 17 million as of 1995, making it one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the world.

Among these municipalities, 29 cities are located within a radius of approximately 20 km and are considered primary areas. They are closely related to Osaka City in the following aspects: straight-line distance, distance in time, continuous urban area, and population employed in Osaka City. In addition, 98 municipalities on the city outskirts are considered secondary areas.





Here's the same area on google.A bit patchy with all the photos, but you get the drift. This city is a monster.Notice how the urban areas go on beyond the picture .Japan is a crazy place.



Love it!!!!
 

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Hey Nick, I was missing your threads :happy: Ah, I want to go to Osaka so badly :D
By the way, when are you coming to Tokyo? ^ ^
 

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Sorry, Nick, but Osaka is not a Japanese city.
For the people in Tokyo, she seems to be a city in china or Korea. That's why the Tokyoites cannot help but disdain her.
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If you're going to talk about regional Osaka, just call it the Kansai area. Just like Yokohama and Kawasaki aren't part of Tokyo, but are part of the Kanto area. People in Kyoto, Osaka, and Kobe are all very different.
 

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^It is, but Yokohamans, at least those born and raised in the city, are said to have a distinctive character.

@Coldstar, don't play the bad boy :D

We all love Osaka, don't we? :)
 

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Well, that's kind of like saying Oakland is part of San Francisco or San Jose. The population difference between Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe isn't that large. You'd just say "bay area" or "kansai area".

And Yokohama is the second largest city in Japan, but most people seem to completely forget about it!
 

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Just like Yokohama, cities in Kansai also have a distinctive character. Osaka (pop. 2.6 mil) is Japan's historic commercial capital, and is not so much bigger than nearby cities of Kobe (1.4 m) and Kyoto (1.4 m). Kobe is a rather new city that grew after Japan's opening in the 1850s, while little needs to be said about the character of Kyoto, Japan's most historic city. Not to mention the old commercial port of Sakai (pop. 800K) and the even older city of Nara. What can compare in Kanto? :)
 

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Definition of "Osaka"

Greater Osaka: Also known as "Keihanshin" is made up of the metropolitan areas of the cities of Osaka in Osaka prefecture, Kobe in Hyōgo Prefecture, and Kyoto in Kyoto prefecture as well as Wakayama city. Keihanshin, like the greater Tokyo area is basically one large urban city.

Osaka Prefecture: Osaka prefecture has 33 cities. Osaka city is the capital of Osaka prefecture and the largest city, followed by Sakai.

Osaka City: Osaka is a city in Japan and the capital of Osaka prefecture. Inside of the city Osaka has 24 wards, these are not the same as the special wards of Tokyo..but simply "wards" without much power. Osaka city is more akin to a single of Tokyo's special wards.

Note - The newly elected governor and mayors of Osaka city and Prefecture are attempting to merge Osaka city and Prefecture into a megalopolis like Tokyo.
 

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Osaka Statistics

Population
Greater Osaka: 19,341,976
Osaka Prefecture: 8,863,280
Osaka City: 2,670,731

Density
Greater Osaka: 1,700/km2 (approx)
Osaka Prefecture: 4,668.6/km2
Osaka City: 12,004.9/km2

Area
Greater Osaka: 11,170 km²
Osaka Prefecture: 1,898.47 km2
Osaka City: 222.47 km2

GDP
Greater Osaka: ¥82.122 trillion, around $1.04 trillion 3rd in the world at current exchange rates; $774.7 billion at PPP
Osaka Prefecture: $500 billion at current exchange rates; $366.2 billion PPP
Osaka City: ?

GDP Per Capita
Greater Osaka: $55,782; $41,552 PPP
Osaka Prefecture: $56,433; $41,136 PPP
Osaka City: ?

Companies
Osaka has 8 fortune 500 companies, the largest being Panasonic.

Stock Exchange
The Osaka Stock Exchange is the 2nd largest stock exchange in Japan and is currently being merged with the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

Source:
http://www.esri.cao.go.jp/index-e.html
http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/global500/2010/
 

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Osaka Statistics Continued



Rail statistics
Greater Osaka: 13 million passengers daily; 4.7 billion yearly the 2nd highest in the world.
Greater Osaka Subway: 2.92 million daily; 1.06 billion yearly. Represents 22% of total rail ridership.

Osaka City Transportation Modal shares (combined figures)
Train: 45.7% (36.4% alone)
Bicycle: 33.9% (27.8% alone)
Private Automobile: 10.3% (9.9% alone)
Walking: 8.5%
Bus: 4.1%
Other: 3.1%
Motor bicycle: 2.8%

Osaka Prefecture Transportation Modal shares (combined figures)
Train: 40.6% (28.6% alone)
Bicycle: 28.6% (21.9% alone)
Private automobile: 19.8% (19.1% alone)
Walking: 6.8%
Bus: 5.9%


Airports
Osaka has 2 major airports: Itami airport which is the main domestic airport and the busiest. Kansai International Airport which serves international flights. The newest airport in the region is the Kobe airport which serves primarily domestic flights.

Expressways
Osaka has several expressways: Hanshin Expressway, Meishin Expressway, Chūgoku Expressway, Sanyō Expressway, Kinki Expressway, Maizuru Expressway (To Maizuru), West-Meihan Expressway (To Nara Prefecture, Nagoya), Hanwa Expressway (To Wakayama Prefecture). Several national highways also cross through Osaka.

Skyscrapers/Buildings
Buildings/structures over 200m: 6; tallest being Abeno Harukas at 300m, tallest in Japan.
Buildings over 150m U/C (2015): 3
While Osaka will lag behind Tokyo for number of skyscrapers, it has the tallest building and 3rd tallest buildings in Japan as well as the tallest residential building. Please visit the Project Quick Links thread in our construction forum for more info: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=1212657

Crime
Osaka is known as the most dangerous city in Japan. Osaka had a murder rate of 0.58 per 100,000 in 2012. Violent crime including robbery, assault and murder are the highest in the nation though relatively low when compared to the world's major cities.

Cuisine/Food
Osaka is known as "天下の台所 the nation's kitchen" and many of Japan's foods were invented here. Osaka is famous for it's Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki. Michelin stars: 88 ★ restaurants, 15 ★★ restaurants, 5 ★★★ restaurants.

Sources:
http://www.mlit.go.jp/kisha/kisha07/01/010330_3/01.pdf
http://www.pref.osaka.lg.jp/attach/1891/00039840/kokucho juugyouchi tsuugakuchi.pdf
http://todo-ran.com/t/kiji/10567
http://www.police.pref.osaka.jp/05bouhan/tokei/pdf/h24_02.pdf
http://www.fine-dining-guide.com/michelin-guide-kyoto-osaka-kobe-nara-2012-pr
 

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Osaka's Climate/Weather
Osaka has a humid subtropical climate with 4 distinct seasons. Summer in Osaka is generally hotter than Tokyo. Osaka like most of Japan experiences a rainy season called "tsuyu" which lasts from June to mid July. Osaka has a cool autumn season where the trees change color, called "momiji". Winters Osaka are relatively cold with a few snowfalls yearly, winter has the most sunny days. Spring in Osaka is pleasant with the cherry blossoms blooming.

 

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Aim to create an Osaka metropolis. This will allow better governance and funding of Osaka and also let it become a "back up capital" in case of a Tokyo Earthquake.

Ex-Osaka Governor Elected Mayor on Pledge to Merge Local Governments
Osaka voters elected ex-Governor Toru Hashimoto as mayor over an incumbent backed by the political establishment, responding to his message to merge local governments in Japan’s second-biggest business center. Hashimoto, a 42-year-old-lawyer who stepped down as Osaka governor last month before the end of his first term, yesterday defeated Kunio Hiramatsu, winning 59 percent of the vote, according to the city’s website. Ichiro Matsui, a member of Hashimoto’s One Osaka party, won the gubernatorial election. One Osaka, established last year, controls the prefectural assembly and has the most municipal seats. Hashimoto pledged to merge the mayoral and guberantorial posts to centralize the region’s authority along the lines of Tokyo.

More: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-...yor-on-pledge-to-merge-local-governments.html
Itami airport site to be Tokyo backup?
If a group of lawmakers in Tokyo and Osaka get their way, a decade from now major government functions would be able to relocate to the site Itami airport currently occupies if a megaquake devastates the capital. Facilities for the Diet, central government bureaucracy, foreign diplomatic corps, major media and other organizations deemed critical would relocate to the site, making Osaka the capital, at least temporarily.

"If a Tohoku-like disaster hits Tokyo, the damage would be enormous — politically and economically. Depending on the time the potential temblor strikes, the number of people killed is conservatively estimated at between 10,000 and 100,000," Ishii said.

The Itami airport site was officially selected because it already possesses good highway connections, and is less than 3 km from the nearest shinkansen line. According to the plan, Kansai airport and Kobe airport could be connected by an underwater tunnel to become a "two-in-one" airport. Kansai would be for international flights and Kobe for domestic routes.

Any backup capital at Itami would be temporary, until Tokyo started to function again. But the grand plan for a backup capital on the border of Osaka and Hyogo prefectures calls for a futuristic city straight out of a science fiction novel. It would consist of eight different zones, with buildings for the Diet, ministries, Supreme Court, the Imperial family, and all major diplomatic missions to Japan.

More: http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120113f1.html
 

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Metro Osaka bills in works / Government to reduce involvement at Hashimoto's insistence
The Democratic Party of Japan plans to submit a bill to the current Diet session to create an Osaka metropolis, but the central government will reduce its involvement at the insistence of Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto.

Hashimoto's dream is to realize a metropolis similar to Tokyo's and many political parties are cooperating with this aim as the mayor's Osaka Ishin no Kai is expected to win Diet seats.

The DPJ will begin negotiations with opposition parties on its planned legislation. The Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito have already submitted a similar bill to the Diet and Hashimoto is expected to demand integration of the two bills. Whether the ruling and opposition parties can reach a compromise likely will be the key to the passage of legislation to create an Osaka metropolis. Your Party and the New Renaissance Party also jointly submitted a similar bill to the Diet.

With an eye on the next House of Representatives election, the political parties want to avoid conflicts with Osaka Ishin no Kai, political observers said. Both the DPJ's bill and the one submitted by the LDP and Komeito initially obliged the Osaka authorities to hold prior discussions with the internal affairs and communications minister in devising a plan to create an Osaka metropolis. But as Hashimoto wants to minimize the central government's involvement, the LDP and Komeito deleted a clause concerning this obligation and changed it to "explain [its plans] to the internal affairs and communications minister."

Osaka Ishin no Kai then expressed its support of the LDP-Komeito bill.

Fearing the ruling party might be left in the lurch, DPJ Policy Research Committee Chairman Seiji Maehara met on May 7 and 18 with Taichi Sakaiya, former director general of the Economic Planning Agency, who is Hashimoto's top adviser. After Maehara asked what Osaka Ishin no Kai wanted, the DPJ decided to revise its bill. Though prior discussions with the international affairs and communications minister will be conducted up to a point, the obligation will be limited to points on which the central government needs to implement legislative measures, such as distribution of tax revenues.

The DPJ and LDP-Komeito bills both call for a referendum related to setting up special administrative wards. However, in addition to the prior discussion clause, the bills differ over such points as the involvement of the central government when the Osaka city and prefectural governments work out their plan to set up the wards. This will be a focus of debate among the ruling and opposition parties. On the central government's involvement, the LDP-Komeito bill stipulates the Osaka city and prefectural governments "should provide information [of the ward plan] to the internal affairs and communications minister."

The DPJ's revised bill will stipulate the Osaka government "should report to the internal affairs and communications minister before submission of the plan to the local assemblies. The minister can present opinions about the plan."

At a press conference Thursday, Hashimoto praised the DPJ's decision to revise its initial draft of the bill. Hashimoto called on the political parties to make continued efforts to pass the legislation.

"The LDP, Komeito, DPJ and Your Party are making cooperative efforts. I have to leave the rest to Diet members," he said.

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T120527001954.htm
 

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After Abeno Harukas is completed, wouldn't that make the Yokohama Landmark Tower the 2nd tallest?
 

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maybe I was too vague. Allow me to restructure the question into a statement.

After Abeno Harukas is completed, that would make Osaka home to the tallest and third tallest buildings in Japan.

While Osaka will lag behind Tokyo for number of skyscrapers, it will have the tallest and 2nd tallest buildings in Japan (not counting towers).
 
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