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Revel in music, dancing, drag, and good times at Osaka’s most explosive gay club.

Osaka at night is known for revelry, excess and debauchery, but most of all, carefree fun. But few places offer all these under the same roof quite the way Explosion does. This gay club is open to anyone looking to have a wild night out with a diverse group of people from buff shirtless men to spectacular drag queens. Everyone is welcome to join in at this crazy, flashy club!

Explosion is a well-established bar and club in Doyamacho, a popular nightlife and LGBT district in downtown Osaka. With an interior as bright and inviting as a fruity candy, the club’s vibrant atmosphere and sparkly dance floor invite guests to have nothing but the best time dancing and drinking all night long.

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The club’s philosophy is to be friendly and open to all. Unlike many of the smaller, older Osaka LGBT institutions in the area, Explosion is not at all exclusive. Anyone and everyone open enough to party at such a place is welcome. Though there are occasionally “Men Only” nights, women and straight men frequent it, as well.

Even a weeknight at Explosion is worth a trip. Though the atmosphere is generally a lot more subdued, the venue becomes more of a bar than a club. Still, the drinks are served until late, and it’s a perfect place to meet fellow LGBT people.

Global Kiss

Explosion is also very foreign-friendly, often having discounts like three free drink tickets for foreigners with ID. The club has many English-speaking staff and they host travelers and expats, as well as locals, most nights of the week. In fact, the establishment claims to be home to the No. 1 international gay mix party in the city, Global Kiss. This bi-monthly event features flamboyant drag queens and shirtless go-go dancers entertaining the crowd while live DJs get everybody hyped! Global Kiss usually goes from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Explosion has events most weekends (at least!), so check the event calendar on their website or their facebook page for more info.

Things To Know

Fees and hours

The club is closed on Tuesdays, but open the rest of the week from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. (except events). There is usually no cover charge, however, events like Global Kiss generally cost about ¥2,000. Alcoholic beverages start from ¥700.

How To Get There


Japan, 〒530-0027 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Kita-ku, Dōyamachō, 8−23 サンヨー会館

By train

Explosion is located in Umeda, one of Osaka’s main city centers. To get here, get off at Osaka station or Higashi-Umeda station. From both stations, you will need to walk for 10 minutes to get to Explosion.

Where To Stay

Hotel Livemax Umeda Doyama
  • 8-15 Doyamacho, Osaka-shi Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0027 Japan
  • ¥7,140 - ¥8,330
  • 2.63/5 (208 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Capsule Inn Osaka (New Japan Umeda)
  • 9-5 Doyamacho, Osaka-shi Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0027 Japan
  • ¥3,800 - ¥4,200
  • 4.01/5 (2,546 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Osaka Tokyu REI Hotel
  • 2-1 Doyamacho, Osaka-shi Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0027 Japan
  • ¥10,400 - ¥53,155
  • 3.95/5 (4,284 reviews)
  • 0.1 km
Hotel Wing International Select Osaka Umeda
  • 8-4 Kamiyamacho, Osaka-shi Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0026 Japan
  • ¥8,160 - ¥15,640
  • 3.44/5 (332 reviews)
  • 0.2 km
Via Inn Umeda (JR-West Japan Group)
  • 1-20 Komatsubaracho, Osaka-shi Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0018 Japan
  • ¥9,472 - ¥55,195
  • 4.18/5 (1,168 reviews)
  • 0.2 km

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