City of Osaka

Osaka Ports and Harbors Bureau


Outline of the Port

Outline of the Port of Osaka

Having a major production and consumer base of 21 million, the Kinki Region centering on the City of Osaka, forms the backbone of the nation's economy. Situated at the heart of the region, the Port of Osaka is linked to various parts of the region through a comprehensive highway and other transport network.

Osaka's Position in the National Economy

Items Osaka City (A) Kinki Region (B) Japan (C) A/C(%) B/C(%)
Population*1 2,750,835 20,439,240 125,502,290 2.19 16.29
(km2) *2
225.33 27,351.48 377,974.63 0.06 7.24
Gross Product
(Hundred million yen)*3
201,938 887,687 5,563,037 3.63 15.96
Companies*4 249,999 1,079,521 6,398,912 3.91 16.87
(Hundred million yen)*5
35,747 516,789 3,225,334 1.11 16.02
Foreign Trade
(Hundred million yen)*6
Export 38,087 153,702 683,991 5.57 22.47
Import 45,168 131,273 680,108 6.64 19.3

※1 Estimated population as of Oct 1, 2021;
※2 National Area Survey Based on Prefectures and Municipalities (as of Oct 1, 2021)
※3 Reports on National Accounts, Prefectural Accounts, and Municipal Accounts FY2018;
The figures are nominal.
※4 Economic Census 2019-Basic Survey Results
(Statistics Bureau, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)
※5 Census of Manufactures 2020 (results for 2019);
The figures represent statistics on business establishments with four or more employees.
※6 Osaka Customs Trade Statistics (Kinki Region) for 2020 (confirmed values)
The figures for Osaka City represent the amount of trade at the Port of Osaka.

A Brief Outline of the Port

Known in ancient times as "Suminoenotsu," "Naniwatsu," the Port of Osaka served as an embarkation point for ships travelling to and from the Korean Peninsula and China. Since its opening to foreign trade in 1868, Osaka based industry and trade began to thrive and the number of vessels utilizing the Port of Osaka increased dramatically thanks to the construction of a new port. The Port of Osaka, as one of the nation’s leading ports, entered an age of prosperity, becoming one of Asia’s major trade ports. The port continues to prosper as a thriving international trading port through its commitment to overhauling facilities, utilizing state-of-the-art technology and providing improved port services. Handling around 80 million tons of cargo annually and linked to about 600 ports in approximately 140 countries and regions, the port is supporting economic activities and everyday lives of 21 million people in Kinki region.

Volume of Cargo Handled in 2021

Foreign Trade Domestic Trade Total
35,385,711 tons
(including 32,905,217 tons of
container cargo)
49,320,364 tons
(including 32,051,473 tons of
ferry cargo)
84,706,075 tons

Reclaimed Land Area
(as of October 2022, including reclamation planned and also in progress)

Maishima Yumeshima Sakishima
(Nanko District)
New Island District
220 hectares 390 hectares 1,045 hectares 204 hectares

Port District / Harbor Limits (as of October 2022)

Port District Harbor Limits
1,978.7 hectares 4,575 hectares