Osaka is Japan's third largest and second most important city and has been the economic powerhouse of the Kansai region for many centuries.
Many volleyball teams of the V-League, the Japanese Volleyball Premier League, are based In the Kansai-area. Amongst other major competitions, Osaka hosted the final of the 2003 FIVB Women’s World Cup as well as matches of the 2007 edition.
Venue: Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium
Built with “harmony with nature” as its concept, the Osaka Municipal Central Gymnasium resembles two green hills from the trees that are planted on its rooftops. It is one of the very few multipurpose facilities worldwide that is built completely underground. The Gymnasium serves as Osaka City’s main entertainment venue, holding a variety of different events not limited to sports.