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Osaka Prefecture
Japanese: 大阪府
Map of Japan with Osaka highlighted
34°41′11″N 135°31′12″E / 34.68639°N 135.52000°E / 34.68639; 135.52000Coordinates: 34°41′11″N 135°31′12″E / 34.68639°N 135.52000°E / 34.68639; 135.52000
Capital Osaka
Region Kansai
Island Honshu
Governor Hirofumi Yoshimura
Area (rank) 1,905.14 km² (46th)
 - % water 17.9%
Population  (April 1, 2018)
 - Population 8,819,416 (3rd)
 - Density 4,629 /km²
Districts 5
Municipalities 43
ISO 3166-2 JP-27
Prefectural Symbols
 - Flower Japanese apricot (Prunus mume)
Primrose (Primula sieboldii)
 - Tree Ginkgo tree (Ginkgo biloba)
 - Bird Bull-headed shrike (Lanius bucephalus)
 - Fish
Symbol of Osaka Prefecture
Symbol of Osaka Prefecture
Flag of Osaka Prefecture.svg

Osaka Prefecture (大阪府 Ōsaka-fu?) is a prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan on the island of Honshu.[1] The capital city is Osaka.[2]


Osaka prefecture was created by merging the area of Kawachi Province, Izumi Province and Settsu Province.[3]

In 1994, the Kansai International Airport opened. This is one of the main international airport hubs of Japan.[4]


Osaka Prefecture has borders with Hyōgo Prefecture and Kyoto Prefecture in the north. Nara is east of Osaka. Wakayama Prefecture shares the prefecture's southern border. The west faces Osaka Bay.

The Yodo River (淀川 Yodo-gawa?) flows through the prefecture.[5]


Map of Osaka Prefecture.
Osaka Pref. Head Office

Thirty-three cities are located in Osaka Prefecture:

National Parks

National Parks are established in about 11% of the total land area of the prefecture.[6]

Shrines and Temples

Hiraoka jinja, Ōtori jina, and Sumiyoshi taisha are the chief Shinto shrines (ichinomiya) in the prefecture.[7]

Related pages

Osaka based organizations


  1. Nussbaum, Louis-Frédéric. (2005). "Osaka-fu" in Japan Encyclopedia, p. 759; "Kansai" at p. 477.
  2. Nussbaum, "Osaka" at p. 759.
  3. Nussbaum, "Provinces and prefectures" at p. 780.
  4. Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MLIT), Kansai International Airport; retrieved 2012-1-20.
  5. Nussbaum, "Yodo-gawa" at p. 1053.
  6. Japan Ministry of the Environment, "General overview of area figures for Natural Parks by prefecture"; retrieved 2012-3-13.
  7. "Nationwide List of Ichinomiya," p. 2; retrieved 2012-3-13.

Other websites

Media related to Osaka Prefecture at Wikimedia Commons