What's Keihanna?

Significance and philosophies of the City’s construction

The construction of Kansai Science City (“Keihanna”) was undertaken to create a base for activities focusing on the three philosophies outlined below, and for new creative developments in culture, sciences, and research that combine elements of different industries, different disciplines, and different countries. These activities also take advantage of the rich cultural and scientific resources that have been cultivated in the Kinki region.
In addition to contributing to the creation of a “new Kinki,” this project contributes to the development of culture, science, and research in Japan and throughout the world, and to the ?development of the national economy.

The three philosophies of the City’s construction

  1. Creating a base for new development in culture, science, and research
  2. Contributing to the development of culture, science, and research in Japan and throughout the world, and to the development of the nationak economy.
  3. Foundation of the intellectual and creative city that opens doors for the future.

City functions and Development direction of the facilities

The following developments are aimed.

City functions

  • To be a base of the cultural creations and lead future activities of the academic pursuits and industries
  • To announce accomplishments of the activities domestically and to the worlds
  • To realize developments of the city where cultures and hospitability are integrated.

Development direction of the facilities

  1. Facillities for the cultural and academic pirsuits
  2. Promotion of the industries
  3. Habitats
  4. City functions
  5. Extensive transportations and fundamental facilities for information and communications

Structures and scale of the city

The areas extended to the three prefectures, seven cities and one town
The city is constructed in 15,000ha of the area extended to the three prefectures “Kyoto”, “Osaka” and “Nara”, and seven cities and one town “Kyotanabe”, “Seika”, “Kizugawa”, “Hirakata”, “Shijonawate”, “Katano”, “Nara” and “Ikoma”.

The city consists of Science zone and surrounding zone. The Science zone has public beneficial facilities, habitats and other facilities in addition to the facilities for the Sciencees and those exchanges. This zone is divided to twelve districts and total about 3600ha. The surrounding zone has necessary facilities to enhance the Science zone and conserves natural environments.

Features of the city developments

1. Clustering developments

The Science zones are designed to have 12 districts like a grape bunch. Each districts shares the functions and all districts are organically connected with the transportations and information networks, which is a polycentric coordination style of the development methods. In this method, these districts are able to harmonize with the existing urban districts and conserve the agricultural areas and natural environments such as woods

2. Gradable developments

Considering integrity of the entire city, developments are performed designedly and gradably from the Science zone where the development conditions have been fulfilled. In this way, huge prior investments and drastic changes can be prevented. Effective constructions can be performed accordingly.

3. Utilization of nongovernmental powers

Underlying cooperation of industries, academies and government, nongovernmental powers are utilized at the maximum. Each party performs the properly allocated roles and develops public beneficial facilities related to the Science facilities, habitations, other habitats and urban functions

Development organizations of the city construction

Nickname and symbol mark

“Keihanna” is a nickname of Kansai Science City. Motif of the symbol mark is “Hiten”, which means a Japanese style angel “Tennyo”who is flying and sprinkling petals, playing music and emitting incense. Its fascinating curves of her shape expresses the Keihanna hills, three shapes of the hills does accumulations of pass, presence and future, alignments of Kyoto, Osaka and Nara and coordination of industries, academies and government.

About use of symbol mark

All rights of the symbol mark belong to Kansai Research Institute. Use of the symbol mark shall be permitted by the organization in advance.

lPlease contact the following address for any questions and applications.
Kansai Research Institute, General Affairs and Planning Department
1-7 Hikaridai, Seika-cho, Soraku-gun, Kyoto
Keihanna Plaza, Laboratory Bldg 3F