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Osaka is a city in Japan.
West/East towards Hiroshima, Kyoto
- Via Hanshin Expressway (阪神高速道路): Take the Osaka Loop Line (JR) to Fukushima and get out at the Northern exit. When you walk underneath the railway bridge you can already see the highway in front of you and the first turn to the left is the road which goes unto the Hanshin Expressway. This highway meets the Meishin Expressway that goes towards Kyoto and later meets the Chugoku Expressway which goes into the Western direction towards Hiroshima. You should cross this road and stand with your sign as close to the road as possible so that cars that turn towards the highway can see you. There is a small place where they can stop, or if you are lucky one of the tollgates could be closed so that cars have a place to stop for you. For Hiroshima you should write down the name of the Takarazuka SA (Service Sation on the highway) on your sign.
- Via Meishin Expressway
(名神高速道路): From Shin-Osaka, take the Tokaido line (JR) to Ibaraki. Take the West exit. From here you can either walk or take a bus. If you walk, simply go down the main avenue up to the crossroads. Go right here and keep walking straight. Eventually (should take about 15-20 mins) you will see the Meishin Expressway entrance to your left. If you want to take a bus, simply hop on bus 92 and ride until you see the highway entrance. Just in front of the tollgates there is plenty of room for cars to stop.
Another option is to walk 2km from Kishibe Station (岸辺駅) to Suita Service Area (吹田SA). There are some "do not enter" signs on the gate of the parking lot you have to go through to access the tunnel to the SA, but they seem to be about keeping people from parking there, not keeping pedestrians out.
Other useful info
Always write down everything in kanji on your sign. Although Japanese people can generally read the Roman/Latin script, it takes them some time which could prove to be too long for them to understand what you have written down and stop for you. You can make a simple sign with either "西" (West, for Kobe, Hiroshima, etc) or "東" (East, for Nagoya, Tokyo, etc) on it. Works like a charm.
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