About Us

Efforts of the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

The Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau (OCTB) is Osaka's official destination marketing organization (DMO) representing Osaka prefecture, the city of Osaka, and the city of Sakai. Capitalizing on Osaka's vibrant history, culture, and economy, the OCTB promotes Osaka as a premier business, leisure, and convention destination through a wide range of initiatives.

In order to recognize Osaka as an LGBTQ friendly travel destination, the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau joined the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) in October 2018. We are actively engaged in making Osaka a welcoming destination for LGBTQ travelers, such as by holding LGBTQ training for staff and by hosting FAM trips for LGBTQ travel professionals.

See more information about our LGBTQ tourism initiatives here: https://octb.osaka-info.jp/en/business/b15.html

What is Visit Gay Osaka?

Japan's first comprehensive LGBTQ information English website for international travelers from a local tourism bureau. The website features columns by LGBTQ journalists, LGBTQ bar information, LGBTQ friendly restaurants and cafes, LGBTQ event information, LGBTQ travel agencies, and more.

What is the IGLTA?

The IGLTA (International LGBTQ+ Travel Association) was founded in 1983 and is the world's leading network of LGBTQ-welcoming tourism businesses. IGLTA provides free travel resources and information while continuously working to promote equality and safety within LGBTQ+ tourism worldwide. IGLTA's members include LGBTQ-friendly accommodations, transport, destinations, service providers, Travel Advisors, tour operators, events and travel media located in over 80 countries. Asia's first-ever IGLTA Annual Global Convention is coming to Osaka in October 2024.