Location

Umeda
—a nerve center for global business

Reaching out to the world—GVH #5 stands in the heart of Osaka, the economic hub of the thriving Kansai region.

One of the things that makes Hankyu Corporation’s GVH #5 such an excellent business accelerator is its location. It’s right in the heart of Umeda, Osaka’s prime business district and one of Japan’s main transport hubs.

GVH #5 provides the perfect office environment for entrepreneurs looking to boost efficiency and expand business networks.

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IP: Umeda Area Management Alliance

With its population of over 20 million, the Kansai region is Japan’s second largest economic zone.

At the center of it all is Umeda, the main commercial area of Osaka. Here, packed within a one-kilometer radius, you’ll find the offices of countless major international companies, along with seven train stations and a multitude of high-end stores, hotels, law firms, banks, government agencies, and consulates. All this makes Umeda an outstanding place for doing business. Continued growth-boosting development will only make Umeda an even more attractive base for domestic and global business operations.

Leading Asia through economic growth

With its large population and economy, Kansai is a huge market teeming with business potential.

Comprising six prefectures—Osaka, Kyoto, Hyogo, Shiga, Nara, and Wakayama—the Kansai region boasts an economy to rival those of entire Asian nations such as Korea and Indonesia. 。
Centrally located Umeda is home to a high concentration of globally competitive companies, financial resources, and cutting-edge technologies.

Comparison of Kansai Area’s Nominal GDP with Various Countries (2011)
Global Power City Index

Easy access to destinations in Japan and beyond

Being within reach of three major airports, Umeda offers easy access to key Japanese cities such as Tokyo, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

Since ancient times, Osaka has flourished as a leading center of commerce, politics, and transport.
At the center of the city, Umeda boasts 12 train lines and seven stations that serve a staggering 2.5 million commuters every day. Trains from Umeda whisk you swiftly and conveniently to Kyoto, Kobe, and elsewhere in Kansai. And if your destination is further afield in Japan or overseas, you can take a 30- to 60-minute bus or train ride to Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport (a.k.a. Itami Airport), or Kobe Airport.

Umeda is evolving dynamically as the center of Kansai.

JR Osaka Station sits in the middle of Umeda, surrounded by numerous landmark buildings: Hep Five and the Hankyu Department Store to the east, Grand Front Osaka and Yodobashi Camera to the north, and major office buildings, hotels, and luxury brand shops to the south.

Hankyu Department Store(The Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Group) / HEP FIVE(The Hankyu Hanshin Holdings Group)

Umeda is the ideal location for businesses of all stripes, from start-ups taking on the world with disruptive innovations to established enterprises looking to expand their business.

JR Osaka Sta.

Industry-academia collaborations in Kansai

Government agencies, corporations, universities, and research institutes are teaming up to foster innovation in Kansai.

Kansai is renowned for its many high-quality educational institutes. One notable example is Kyoto University, where Shinya Yamanaka recently earned a Nobel Prize for his research into iPS cells.
A plethora of globally oriented companies based in Kansai continue to generate innovations, through smart collaborations with highly regarded universities and other educational and research institutes.

Global Companies Headquartered in Kansai Area (example)
Inventions from Kansai
Pluripotent stem cells are able to replace various parts of the body including nerves and muscle. Their discoverer, Professor Shinya Yamanaka of Kyoto University, won a 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Globally Ranked Universities in Kansai