Mixed ages, sexes, and orientations, it's a place for just about everyone!
Saturday nights feature a popular drag show at 11 or so, with another one at around 2am. While Umeda's Doyama area is where gay most brightly shines, there is indeed life beyond. Best if you speak a bit of Japanese when you venture into these places, but hey, a smile and some simple English will also work just fine.
All the places listed here are welcoming of foreigners regardless of English ability. The following is a few bars to start your exploration with. Once you get friendly with the patrons or bartenders at one of these places, you are bound to be told of other options in the area. Namba is about 10 minutes south of Umeda where Doyama is by subway, and then Shin-sekai, distinguished by the landmark Tsutenkaku Tower , is another 5 minutes south of that.
Typical of anywhere outside Doyama-cho, customers tend to be on the mature side. Ken's Club is for if you like your drinks with home-style food, aquariums, and karaoke. Ken's Club is a little slice of hospitality heaven. The premises are small , holding only around 7 people, but it's going to be a great time with your newly made friends that will probably be in their upper 30s to upper 50s. The name Garcon Cercle , suggestive as it may sound, refers to the close-knit atmosphere of this bar that, with a capacity of just seven people, means there's nowhere to hide.
This is a good thing, because there's plenty of good conversation to be had.
It's dark, but in a relaxing way, not a dank or sleazy one. The vibe is relaxed, welcoming, but still very polite. Hospitality like this doesn't come cheap: Your first drink "set" will run 1, yen, with follow-up drinks starting at yen. Headlining the "Only in Japan" category, Zakoza Bulge Bar is a bar where you are welcome to show your bulge, as it were, wrapped in a fundoshi Japanese traditional, skimpy wraparound loin cloth type affair or some other skimpy largely imagination-robbing clothing vehicle.
There's a bar area, lounge area, and - oh my! Upon entering Zakoza, you will be expected to change into the skimpy bottom of the night. Every night is topless, and every night an adventure, especially if this scene it new to you.
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Your fellow bulgers will primarily be in their 30s and 40s, but hey, just come as you are! Shin-sekai in the south of Osaka is the area surrounding that classic old landmark of Osaka, Tsutenkaku Tower. Shin-Sekai's reputation is for unrefined realness, which is what you'll also find in the gay bars here. Don't, however, expect that youthful a scene! Hotei is a comfortable karaoke bar strictly for the older set, i.
Friendly faces line the long bar, and if you're in the market for friends, your cup with runneth over. Since it has been gaining popularity as a means of international exchange in Japan despite its reputation as a hookup app in other parts of the world you may even run across a match only to find out that s he is straight and just wanted to be friends. Proof of age required to be eligible for discount. Hospitality like this doesn't come cheap: We've got a few suggestions for you to start with, spotlighting places where foreigners are welcome and at least a bit of English is spoken.
Japanese language ability preferred, but not required. Expect the place to be full by 7pm, because the older set is the earlier set. Friendly faces line the long bar, and if you're in the market for friends, your cup with runneth over.
If you're done with socializing over drinks, then it's time to get closer up and personal. Note that as a foreigner you should be discreet. Cruising spaces should be visited alone, or with no more than one other person. Hokuoukan "hoku-oh-kahn" is a "business inn and sauna.
Choose to use just the sauna, or stay overnight - but watch your back while you snooze! This uber-cruisy space has just about everything you can imagine going on in it. Private hotel-style rooms from an additional 3, yen. Proof of age required to be eligible for discount. The staff are friendly and well-trained, and offer warm and relaxing service.
A varied service menu including akasuri, scrub, aroma salt scrub, aroma oil massage, and scrub and relaxation. Prices start from 8, yen for a minute course. City guide to Osaka. Check out coverage here of Tokyo Lesbian and Gay Parades.
Osaka gay and lesbian centers, bars, clubs, cinemas, stores, cruising spots Osaka GLBT help Osaka gay bars Osaka gay cruising Massage Osaka is a city renowned for being friendly and saying what it thinks. There are a lot of gay bars in different parts of Osaka. The biggest and most visible concentration of gay and lesbian bars and clubs is in the Doyama area.
Bar Bacchus Bar Bacchus may not be what it once was in terms of foreigner hangouts, but it's still got an outgoing bartender with fluent English who's out to make you feel right at home, and will give you advice of things to see and do in Doyama and beyond as well.
Google Map to J's Osaka Explosion Explosion is big and fun, and has an eclectic crowd you can mingle with on or off the dance floor. Google Map to FrenZ-FrenZY Grandslam Grandslam Grandslam features a somewhat airy space that is complimented by an elaborate karaoke setup complete with light show and fog maker.
Google Map to Jack in the Box King King King has plenty of space to comfortably mingle, which is not often the case at gay bars in Japan. If so, there is a bar in the Shin-Sekai area of southern Osaka city just for you. Hotei is a narrow venue, with a long bar extending deep back from the entrance and a couple of tables in the very rear.
In that case, there is no action. What you will find is a lot of jovial middle-aged guys chatting each other up from their comfy bar stools. Serving the older gay customer — Hotei, in Osaka, Japan. Karaoke is very much in effect, and the staff is fun and friendly. Fridays and Saturdays are busiest, with peak bustle hitting its stride at about 7: Although this is not an all-nighter kind of gay party crowd for the most part.
The friendly bartender at Hotei, a gay bar for older men in Osaka. However, regardless of your language abilities, you will be welcomed like a long lost relative. The laid back atmosphere of gay bar Hotei, Osaka.
Sidling up to the bar at Hotei Osaka will run you 1, yen, and that will cover your first drink and some nibbles. Beyond that, additional drinks start at around yen. Seats and table to relax at in Hotei Osaka.