I have been living in Osaka for about 6 months now so I am by no means an expert. From my experiences if people find out you are queer, Japanese or not, they don’t really give a care. There are tons of opportunities to meet women and the Japanese girls are much more open to relationships with foreigners, some even look for it. There is also a growing community of foreigners. So by all means jump in the water’s just right!
I am going to first state that this is an unfinished entry because I think there are a lot more girls things going on in Osaka that I just don’t know about yet. So I will tell you all what I do know and if anyone has anything to add, comment please! The Queer district in Osaka is mainly in Doyamacho near Umeda/ Osaka JR station.
JAKE – Lesbian only bar in Shinsaibashi and Tennoji. FTM is also OK!
Marble – A cozy bar owned by a lesbian. Very low key, mostly groups that know each other come to hang out but you can find some single ladies at the bar ;). Foreign friendly.
Yume-hachi – Friday night all you can drink get together in Umeda with a small group of girls. Fems looking for boi girls and vise versa is the theme.
**Many of these events took place in Explosion but with the crazy dance laws they might have moved.**
Lady Killer – Dance Party
Sista – A dance event where around 150+ girls come to get their groove on. Everyone was really friendly and the place was completely packed despite the new no dancing law when I went. Very foreign friendly. The most recent one was at Village.
Annual Events/ Bi-Annual Events
Kansai Film Festival – End of September in Osaka, mid-October in Kyoto
Kansai Rainbow Parade – November