Conveniently situated in the Kansai* region of western Japan, Kinki University’s Higashiosaka Campus is just a short journey away from some notable places of interest.
* Also known as Kinki region
Higashiosaka City, home to the Higashiosaka Campus, is located in the middle of Osaka Prefecture just to the east of Osaka City and within easy reach of major cities in the Kansai region.
Although the university doesn’t have dormitories, the areas around the train stations clearly cater to students’ needs. The bustling street leading from the main-access station (Kintetsu Nagase Station) to the university is one such example. It’s lined with eateries, cafés, takeout shops, drug stores, convenience stores, supermarkets, real estate agencies, and more.
At the astonishing height of 300 meters, Abeno Harukas is the tallest building in Japan. This skyscraping commercial complex, opened in March 2014 in Osaka City’s Abeno Ward, houses office space, restaurants, a department store, an art museum, and a luxury hotel.
The Harukas 300 observation deck on floors 58 through 60 offers visitors a breathtaking 360-degree view of the Osaka landscape from approximately 300 meters up. On clear days, that view extends as far as Kyoto, the Rokko Mountains in Hyogo Prefecture, and the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge—and even all the way to Awaji Island, the Ikoma Mountains, and Kansai International Airport.
Built as a redevelopment project on the former site of a freight yard in Osaka City’s Kita Ward, this group of high-rise buildings is home to high-end boutiques, restaurants and cafés, a theater, a luxury hotel, condominiums, offices, showrooms, a convention center, and space for industry-government-academia collaborations. Opened in April 2013, Grand Front Osaka has become a new landmark for the city.
Located on the 6th floor of Grand Front Osaka’s North Building, in an area known as the Knowledge Capital, this university-run restaurant serves tuna and other types of fish bred at Kinki University Fisheries Laboratory in Wakayama Prefecture, along with vegetables and other produce from Wakayama. The popular eatery is also a showcase for Kinki University’s world-first achievement in breeding tuna via full-cycle aquaculture.
Consisting of two 40-story towers connected to each other at their top floors by the Floating Garden Observatory, Umeda Sky Building is one of Osaka City’s most recognizable landmarks. This spectacular high-rise building towers above Shin Umeda City, a 10-minute walk from JR Osaka Station and Hankyu Umeda Station. An escalator crosses the wide atrium-like space in the center of the observatory, which offers an unobstructed 360-degree view of the city.
Takimi-Koji Alley, another Sky Building attraction, can be found on the first basement floor. This recreation of a Japanese street from the early Showa Period is crammed with interesting eateries and shops.