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The two main areas for sampling Osaka’s nightlife are around Umeda in the north, and the lively Namba and Dotonbori districts in the south of the city.
The maze-like streets of Chayamachi in Umeda have plenty of restaurants and stylish bars that beg to be explored, while expensive hostess bars in nearby Kitashinchi mostly cater to Japanese salary men.
Downtown, Dotonbori is the main party district, with heaps of clubs, lively foreign bars, noisy izakayas and late-night places to eat. Trains stop running at midnight, so a good tip is to end the night at a karaoke place to sing (or sleep) away the hours until sunrise.