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Kansai Science City
Keihanna Science City


Kansai Science City
Keihanna Plaza in Seika
Keihanna Plaza in Seika
Coordinates: 34°44?42?N 135°45?54?E / 34.745°N 135.765°E / 34.745; 135.765
OpenedOctober 1994
Founded byAzuma Okuda
 o Total15,410 ha (38,080 acres)
(April 1, 2019)[1]
 o Total251,857
 o Density1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (JST)
Doshisha University in Ky?tanabe

Kansai Science City (?, Kansai Bunka-gakujutsu-kenky?-toshi) is an unincorporated city located in the Keihanna Hills (, Keihanna ky?ry?), a border region between Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara Prefectures in Kansai region, Japan. The name is commonly shortened[a] to Keihanna Science City (, Keihanna Gakken-toshi) or Gakken-toshi (?). The name Keihanna is constructed by extracting a representative kanji from Kyoto, Osaka, and Nara. It is about 25 kilometers (16 mi) south of the city of Kyoto and 30 kilometers (19 mi) east of the city of Osaka. The city was constructed to help the advancement of creative arts, sciences, and research, as well as to spur the creation of new industries and cultures.


Kansai Science City is located in portions of the following eight cities (?, shi) and towns (?, ch?), in three prefectures:

Out of these, Seika in Kyoto Prefecture is completely inside the Kansai Science City.

The overall area of the Kansai Science City is 154 square kilometers (59 sq mi), with an estimated population of 250,000. There are 12 "Cultural and Academic Research Zones" within the Kansai Science City, encompassing 33 square kilometers (13 sq mi), with an estimated population of 100,000. Seika & Nishikizu is the central district of this city. Fugenji and Kita-Tawara are science districts in land use adjustment.

Areas, populations, and zones as of 1 April 2019[1]
Jurisdiction Osaka Prefecture Kyoto Prefecture Nara Prefecture Total
Hirakata Shij?nawate Katano Ky?tanabe Seika Kizugawa Nara Ikoma
Area 15.10 km2 14.70 km2 15.50 km2 24.42 km2 25.66 km2 23.62 km2 14.60 km2 20.50 km2 154.10 km2
Population 33,295 11,288 14,473 21,505 56,963 37,248 52,825 25,236 251,857
Cultural and Academic Research Zone Himuro & Tsuda (0.74 km2) Seika & Nishikizu (5.06 km2) Takayama (3.33 km2)
  • (33.29 km2)
  • Population : 97,895
Kiyotaki & Muroike (3.40 km2) Heijo & Soraku (6.26 km2)
Tanabe (1.00 km2) Kizu (7.37 km2)
Minami-Tanabe & Komada (3.44 km2) Heijo Palace Site (1.42 km2)
Tawara (1.27 km2) Fugenji Kita-Tawara

Main research institutes and universities


Research institutes



In 2016, a government committee planning the final Kyoto-Osaka segment of the Hokuriku Shinkansen proposed routing the new high-speed line through Ky?tanabe.[7]

About 100 minutes by bus from Kansai International Airport.


  1. ^ The Japanese form of the official name, which literally translates to Kansai Culture and Academic Research City, is substantially longer than the official English name.


This article was translated from a portion of the corresponding article in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on December 10, 2006.

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