COLUMNS & LOCAL VOICES

 

COLUMNS

  • Enjoy many gay bars

    Osaka has 2nd largest gay scene in Japan. There are more than 100 gay bars in Osaka, which are distributed in three areas: Kita (Doyama), Minami (Namba), Shin Sekai.

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  • Explore Lively City

    Speaking of the image of Osaka in Japan, the atmosphere that is full of humanity and vibrancy, full of laughter at the Kansai dialect.

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  • Osaka Gay Scene

    Osaka is known for having a tight yet diverse community, and there are a multitude of bars and spots to hang out at that are almost too numerous to count.

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  • Osaka launches 2022 Pride Month Campaign

    The Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau (OCTB) strives to make Osaka a safe and welcoming destination for all travelers, and works to not only spread awareness on diversity, but to also work alongside operators in the industry to ensure that LGBTQ+ traveler

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  • Osaka Recommended Places

    You have been to Osaka Castle, eaten okonomiyaki, and been shopping in Ame-mura? Well, I think you are ready for some lesser-known delights of Osaka. If you are here for a few days, here are my recommendations.

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  • Pride festival held in Oct.

    In Osaka, a pride festival & parade called "Rainbow Festa!" is held every October.

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  • REPORT OF LGBT+ TURISMO EXPO 2022

    LGBT+ TURISMO EXPO 2022 is one of the largest LGBT+ expos in Latin America, held annually in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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  • Two Community Centers in Osaka

    In 2022, Pride Center Osaka, the second permanent LGBTQ community center in Japan and the first in western Japan, launched. This makes Osaka the first city to have two community centers.

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  • Your essential gay travel guide to Osaka

    Do you want to know why they really call Osaka the Kitchen of Japan? It’s because once you see all of those scrumptious boys wandering about the city, you will be left hungry for more!

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LOCAL VOICES

  • A creative force for CHANGE!

    The creative energy here inspires change, creating innovation and motivation for everyone.

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  • A dynamic melting pot

    Osaka is a very large, metropolitan, and comfortable city. It has efficient transportation and beautiful views, but I think what sets it apart is the people. The people are incredibly friendly, they are always interested in people who are different.

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  • A great city to stay out and proud!

    Osaka is more and more becoming a friendly and welcoming place for LGBTQ+ people, so as an openly gay man I feel more and more comfortable being out and proud as gay.

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  • A place full of ADVENTURES

    Osaka is a place where there is a lot to discover. There are a lot of small places I’ve never been to that surprise me every day.

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  • A place I call my second HOME

    I have lived in Osaka for 6 years, and sometimes I feel like I really was raised here. I am home.

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  • A place where I can be myself!

    I’ve been in Osaka since 2018, but I lived here for one year when I was in university as an exchange student at Kansai Gaidai University. I liked it so much that I moved here after living in Fukuoka for four years.

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  • Delicious! (the Food & People)

    I live in Kobe nearby, but I come into Osaka for two things: the food (like the cafes, restaurants, and especially the ramen) and the parties! Osaka has a lot of great things, but those are the two things get me to come visit all the time.

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  • Friendly, fun and foodie!!

    I think the people of Osaka are friendly, especially the foreign community. It’s fun, you can go to any place and you’ll find something that’s happening.

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  • Osaka is beautiful

    Osaka is beautiful; the people, the places, the vibe. I have found a lot of friends in Osaka, and it really helps to have people that you can always talk to and hang out with.

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  • The end of the rainbow

    For me, Osaka feels like the end of the rainbow in the sense that it is the place where I settled. But Osaka is also historically the end of the silk road.

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  • The Heartbeat of Japan

    Osaka to me feels like a second home. Tokyo may be the capital, but Osaka feels like the heart of Japan.

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  • Warm and Welcoming

    Osaka has so much to offer. While Kyoto is a very traditional city, it also has a metropolitan feel, but Osaka in particular feels like an even bigger mix of traditional and modern, with its traditional spots, and even bigger temples like this one [Shiten

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