Photo By: Shippo
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A home away from home for Osaka’s lesbian community.  

Miles away from Osaka’s rambunctious Doyamacho, the city’s “gayborhood,”  is an unassuming, but incredibly welcoming LGBTQ bar called Shippo (styled SHIPPO).

In contrast to many of the city’s gay-friendly venues, Shippo, tucked away in Higashi-Osaka City’s Fuse district, embraces an ambience of relaxed fun which is comfortable for beginners and conducive to meeting new people. By focusing more on creating a safe space for conversation with or without alcohol (the owner doesn’t drink and encourages other non-drinkers to visit), Shippo has gained a reputation as one of the most secure and enjoyable places to unwind for people who are normally uncomfortable in bars.

Inside Shippo

Shippo describes itself as a “mix bar” welcoming all kinds of people. Women, as well as men, transgender, and non-binary folks, are all welcome. Guests are even encouraged to come alone, though men must be accompanied by a woman to enter. However, it is first and foremost a bar for lesbians, and one of the few of its kind in Osaka.

shippo osaka

Photo by: Shippo Shippo is in a building along with many other small bars and entertainment establishments.

The vibe is very relaxed and cozy. There is soft blue lighting behind the bar and sultry images of Marilyn Monroe on the wall.

Plush seating is available both at the bar and at more private tables. This isn’t a party spot where guests shake it all night on the dance floor. Shippo is perfect for people to get to know each other in a space where they can actually hear what each other are saying. This is why it’s so popular among those who are shy and/or new to the scene.

Once a month, Shippo hosts an “Ofukai” or “Off Party” for women and people transitioning from female to male only. Every other night, anyone is welcome.

Things To Know


Shippo is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 7 p,m. to midnight. For more information, go to An cocktail/beer costs around ¥600. Keep in mind that Shippo is cash only.

How To Get There


Japan, 〒577-0057 Ōsaka-fu, Higashiōsaka-shi, Ajiroshinmachi, 7−15 モアイビル

By train

Though outside of the city center, getting to Shippo is easy. From Namba station, take the Kintetsu line for Nara to Fuse station (10 minutes). It’s about a 4-minute walk from there.

Where To Stay

Osaka Tsuruhashi-Tei Hotel (Asahi Group)
  • 3-3-24 Tsuruhashi, Osaka-Shi Ikuno-Ku, Osaka, 544-0031 Japan
  • From ¥5500
  • 2.5 km
Hoji Plaza (Place Cocoya)
  • 2-2-23 Hoji, Higashiosaka-Shi, Osaka, 577-0805 Japan
  • From ¥6700
  • 2.5 km
Hippo Hostel & Cafe Bar
  • 2-11-13 Tsuruhashi, Osaka-Shi Ikuno-Ku, Osaka, 544-0031 Japan
  • From ¥8800
  • 2.7 km
Connect Inn
  • 1-3-17 Tsuruhashi, Osaka-Shi Ikuno-Ku, Osaka, 544-0031 Japan
  • From ¥7100
  • 2.7 km
Hotel Oaks Early-Bird Osaka Morinomiya
  • 1-12-18 Nakamichi, Osaka-Shi Higashinari-Ku, Osaka, 537-0025 Japan
  • From ¥6500
  • 2.9 km

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