Kwansei Gakuin University (KGU) is a leading comprehensive private university founded in 1889. It has 11 undergraduate schools, 14 graduate schools, and more than 1,300 international students. KGU is proud of its 250+ partner institutions overseas in 50+ countries and its global alumni network of around 250,000.
Kansai is Japan’s second largest urban region following the Tokyo metropolitan area. The region includes Hyogo prefecture, where KGU is located, as well as the prefectures of Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Shiga and Wakayama. Kansai is home to a number of ancient capitals, and rich in historic architecture and cultural assets designated as national treasures, making the region ideal for learning about Japanese culture.
Nishinomiya city is located on the south-east of Hyogo prefecture, from Osaka Gulf Coast on the south end to the north side of Mt. Rokko on the north end. It has a population of 480,000 and is therefore a suburban city by Japanese standards. It is located midway between Osaka and Kobe and has been developed as an "educational living district" by taking advantage of the convenient location and rich natural environment. Nishinomiya is home to the professional baseball team, Hanshin Tigers and to high school baseball players’ holy site, Hanshin Koshien Stadium. Nishinomiya is also famous for its sake brewery district and many cake factories.