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A Look at Nightlife in Osaka, Japan

Do you often visit the cocktail lounge at your local Japanese steakhouse? If so, then you may enjoy learning more about entertainment and nightlife in Japan. Osaka, which is located in the Kansai region, is part of the Keihanshin metropolitan area, which is the second largest one in Japan. Continue reading for an introduction to Osaka’s nightlife.

Gaijin Bars

When visiting Osaka, Japan as a foreigner, one type of nightlife that’s available every night of the week is gaijin bars. “Gaijin” means foreigner, and these bars are those that are frequented by visitors to Japan. This difference means that if you stop by one of these bars, that you shouldn’t have trouble ordering a drink, despite not knowing the language. Also, you’re more likely to meet English-speaking Japanese at one of these locations.


If you’re looking for a good party, then you’ll find that Osaka’s nightclubs don’t disappoint. The city has several in its center and within walking distance of one another, allowing you to move on to another if the first wasn’t quite what you were looking for. However, it’s important to keep in mind that Osaka’s subways don’t run between around 1 am and 5 am, meaning you should decide in advance if you’re going to pull an all-nighter.

Karaoke Bars

In the entertainment neighborhoods of major cities like Osaka, karaoke bars are incredibly common. These bars can typically be identified by the word karaoke written in katakana and have 4-12 floors that house karaoke boxes. In a karaoke bar, individuals or groups can enjoy drinks and an evening of singing and socializing. Karaoke bars offer various plans, sometimes including all-you-can-drink, and generally have rates that go by 30 or 60 minutes per person. Be sure that you understand the rates before getting the evening started because it can be easy to run up charges while enjoying karaoke.

House of Genji offers a cocktail lounge, teppanyaki, and authentic Japanese dining in San Jose. To schedule your next reservation, please call (408) 453-8120.


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