Kansai Now

The 2019 G20 Osaka Summit was staged in the Kansai region and attended by leaders from around the world. Although Osaka was the main venue, representatives from across the Kansai region were able to convey Kansai’s appeal to the world. That autumn, the "Rugby World Cup 2019" was held at two venues in Kansai, Kobe and Higashi-Osaka, positively promoting exchanges with rugby fans from around the world. The number of foreign tourists visiting the Kansai region continues to increase year by year, with the total number of foreign guests staying in Kansai reaching 22.69 million in 2019, accounting for about a quarter of the nation's total, making it a tourist destination that is attracting worldwide attention. The increase in the number of foreign tourists to the Kansai region is expected to continue in the future, and the rush to open hotels in large urban areas such as Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe has continued for several years.

Kansai’s Future

The Kansai region currently has two major international events coming up that are attracting attention from across the world. In May 2021, the World Masters Games 2021 Kansai, an international competition for lifelong sports that attracts approximately 50,000 participants from all over the world, will be held in various locations within the Kansai region. Also, from May to November 2025 (a total of 185 days), the 2025 Osaka Kansai EXPO will be held in Osaka City for the first time in Kansai since 1970. In addition, one of the world's most popular theme parks, Universal Studios Japan, is planning to launch a new attraction, the world’s first "SUPER NINTENDO WORLD" ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Additionally, Osaka and Wakayama are fully engaged in promotional activities to attract integrated resorts (IRs), including casinos, and are expected to become more vibrant areas in the near future.