How to Start a Business in Japan: Spotlight on Okayama

(Okayama Prefecture business support services for solopreneurs and SMEs of all shapes and sizes)

Whether you’re looking to start a business in Japan’s Okayama prefecture, or grow an SME already located in beautiful Chugoku, this growing list of resources should help. Want me to feature you on this list? Please reach out.

Updated: April 4, 2021

Starting a Business in Okayama?

Ask the Government

Get help from prefectural establishments geared interested in attracting and keeping SMEs in Okayama.

Look to Private Industry

Work with those already in the trenches and develop the resources that will help you and Okayama grow together.

Location Resources

If you need physical office or manufacturing space for your business in Japan, Okayama has tech parks, and plenty of other commerical real estate to assist you in your venture.

Starting from Scratch?

Working on a startup in Okayama? Let’s see who is here to help you pull that off.

Where should you start a business in Okayama Prefecture?

(Okayama‘s biggest cities are: Okayama, Kurushiki, Tsuyama, Sōja, Tamano, Kasaoka, Maniwa (Ochiai), Ibara, Akaiwa (Sanyō), Bizen, and Takahashi)

How to Start a Business in Japan, Spotlight on Okayama
Doc Kane, Nihon Hustle

Howdy, all, I’m Doc. I live in the beautiful port city of Kobe, JAPAN. I launched this site to help others interested in working with, or starting, a business in Japan.

We all wear different hats, my job is to help you find the one that fits you best. Thanks for reading, and go get ’em!

Entrepreneurial Business Support, and Brainstorming Prompts to Help You Start a Business in Okayama Prefecture

Labor Force (2015)

Number of Establishments (2014)

More Okayama Area Business Resources

Business Incentives in Okayama

Real Estate and Finance in Okayama

Travel to Kyoto | Life in Okayama

Get detailed information on 1,423 business services companies in Okayama172 government offices, and 26 non-profits including financial statements, sales and marketing contacts, top competitors, and firmographic insights at Dun & Bradstreet. 

Want to explore business opportunities in all eight regions of Japan? Visit our regional resource collections below. (Only Kansai is live at the moment, more coming as things develop throughout 2021!)

Japan Kyushu Map
Japan Kansai Map
Japan Chubu Map
Japan Kanto Map
Japan Tohoku Map
Japan Hokkaido Map

Start Your Business in the Chugoku Region’s,  Okayama, Today.

Explore Okayama, the Land of Sunshine (Okayama Prefecture, Japan)

The Old City | Kurashiki

Let’s Build Something Together

I’ve done my best to include a variety of resources here that might help you launch, or grow a business in the beautiful Chugoku region, but if I’ve missed something, or if you’re looking for something in particular, please reach out and I’ll see what I can do to help.


I need help recruiting experienced and new staff...

Throughout 2021, I’ll be fleshing out these individual sections on each prefectural page. In this section I’m going to cover mid-career recruiting here in Japan, as well as some of the work I’m doing with my service.

If you’re a recruiter, and would like to be interviewed for this page, or are interested in sponsoring this section, please reach out via the Nihon Hustle contact form on the left side of this page.



What industrial clusters are common in Okayama?

There numerous industrial clusters throughout the Okayama region. Below are a few of the more prominent sectors:

◇ In Kurashiki City’s Mizushima Industrial District, there are a number of larger firms in the petroleum, chemical, steel, and automobile industries. Okayama also has a reputation for having developed a number of nationally known local industries in the textile, refractory, and machinery/metal industries.

Source: JETRO, Okayama


What are some of the more well known firms operating in Okayama?

Below is a very short list of overseas companies doing business throughout Okayama. Over time, I’ll build this resource out.

Nakashima Propeller
Tanaka Machinery
Ikoma Robotech Corporation
Yokohama Fishing Net Company
Daiya Industry
Fujiwara Techno-Art
Sounowa Denim

Are there venture funds, or private investors for startups in the area?

Members of the Japan Venture Capital Association are understandably active throughout Okayama. Below are a few VC firms that consistently pop up on the radar in Kyoto and in nearby Osaka. If you would like to be listed here, or are interesting in our sponsorship package, just reach out using the Nihon Hustle contact form on the left of this page.

  • Kobashi Industries
  • Chugoku Bank
  • Tomato Bank
  • Ikoma Holdings


Do you have any prefecture-agnostic (but specific) resources available?

Yes! On our resources page you can find all sorts of research, case studies, guides, stories, and links that might help you further research your market here in Japan.

Do you recommend any tools for businesses?

I do, actually. All of the tools I use personally in my business, or that I have reviewed and tested, are on my Toolbox page.

Need to book a business hotel in Okayama?