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Travel & Resources: OSAKA
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OSAKA -- area code +81-6

General Information

Osaka UFO Catcher (c) 2006 by John C Goss

    Osaka is a modern metropolis sprung up around a Shogun's castle that rises imposingly from its peach and plum blossom heart. Japanese say that the most handsome men in the region migrate to Osaka. The big city does provide anonymity for gays who flee the "small town" nosiness of metropolitan surroundings including Kobe and Kyoto when they want to relax. There are plenty of hunky country lads and city slick angels to meet. Much of the scene takes place around the transportation hub where trains, the local subway and the bus terminal to the international airport intersect.

Osaka Hard Gay (c) 2006 by John C Goss

    Osaka's gay scene feels more friendly and international that Tokyo's. A decade of economic contraction in Japan has wiped out many small businesses, gay bars included. The clubs that remain now welcome a broader mix of guests, even women and straights, rather than the highly specialized clientele typical in the past. In Osaka, things have remained fairly stable with a few places closing and a few new clubs opening to take their place. As always, there are hundreds of Japanese-only gay bars around, but the places listed here are where visitors and foreigners living in Japan can meet up with locals for fun. Travelers can can use popular gay apps, like 9 Monsters, Jack'd, Blued, etc., to arrange social contacts ahead of time.

Osaka Queens (c) 2006 by John C Goss

    The population of metropolitan Osaka is over 19 million (that's over 750,000 Utopians).


Popular Spots


Bars and Clubs


Massage and Spas

Meeting Places


    Osaka Okonomiyaki (c) 2006 by John C Goss

      One of the specialties of Osaka cuisine is okonomiyaki, a kind of jumbo vegetable pancake with a variety of fillings that is cooked right at your table or on stove-top counters. This is no-frills dining, perfect for a late night snack and a beer or two. There is an easy-to-find okonomiyaki shop right on the corner as you turn at Fine love motel to get to Physique and Explosion (see our map under Bars and Clubs).

    • Do With Café (DWC)

Saunas and Hattenba

Shops and Salons

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