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Welcome to Joopan, Osaka! The best place to locate yourself when planning your trip in Japan. Close to Kyoto, Okayama and not too far from Hiroshima, and just a bullet train away from Tokyo and Fukuoka. Osaka is central, cheap, has the best food and funniest locals you’ll ever meet.

overlooking Yodogawa river, Osaka city

overlooking Yodogawa river, Osaka city

Osaka is my home. I have 4 bicycles, a heated coffee table, and a bathroom that looks like it should be on an airplane. I’ve been here so long that my apartment is starting to feel spacious (it’s not) and I cook with take-away chopsticks. I wash my garbage and believe that parks don’t need grass. Backyards are for rich people and farmers. Where the dogs say “one-one”, there is 24 hr access to booze, unidentifiable meats and excessive politeness – or as I like to call it “heavily disguised love.”