Live It Well and make the best moments in full colour at the Swissôtel Nankai Osaka!
The Swissôtel Nankai Osaka is under Accor, a leading Augmented Hospitality Group with more than 5,300 hotels in 110 countries around the world. Accor is a Platinum-Level partner of the International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA). Every day, throughout the world, in hotels and offices, Accor celebrates diversity and welcomes it as an asset, a component of its DNA. All these elements make us unique and shape our vision of the world and our relationship with others.
The Swissôtel Nankai Osaka is accredited by the Osaka Convention and Tourism Bureau (OCTB) as an LGBTQ+ friendly hotel, and actively supports the Bureau’s Visit Gay Osaka campaign.
The hotel is also proud to be an IGLTA-accredited hotel, the first hotel in Asia and the first Accor property to pass the organization’s mandatory audit. Click here to view our IGLTA Accreditation Certificate.
In line with our commitment on diversity and inclusion, all employees undergo OCTB’s LGBTQ+ seminar, coupled with diversity and inclusion modules under Accor, as part of the employee onboarding process.
As part of our efforts on ensuring a more inclusive travel, key members of our team have also completed the Proud Hospitality Training, and have successfully secured our Travel Proud Badge from Booking.com, one of the world’s leading digital travel companies. Click here to view our certification.
An intrinsic part of our Group’s DNA is to continuously build upon and develop initiatives to ensure the LGBTQ+ community feels supported to travel and experience the world. This promise is reflected in Accor’s Diversity and Inclusion Commitment – know more here.
The Hotel recognises the needs of our LGBTQ+ community as they travel, and have developed some helpful tips, must-visit spots and dependable resources in Osaka, to confidently plan itineraries and make the best moments during their visit.
LGBTQ+ TRAVEL IN OSAKA
TRAVEL WITH PRIDE AND PEACE OF MIND
Like any other traveler, an LGBTQ+ traveler’s safety and security is always a priority and primary concern when considering places to visit. Each destination have varying cultures to take into account, and grasping an overview of the local community particularly their attitude towards the LGBTQ+ community is an important consideration.
ALLSAFE FOR YOU
More than a hotel, our Swiss Service provide guests peace of mind to explore, discover life’s true rewards and embrace opportunities during their stay.
The Swissôtel Nankai Osaka received an independent certification from the Environmental Health Consultancy (EHC) for being fully compliant with ALLSAFE, Accor’s enhanced health and safety protocols, developed and vetted specifically for Accor by Bureau Veritas.
IMMERSE IN LOCAL CULTURE
The Japanese in general are quite conservative and sensitive to public displays of affection, so it is helpful to pay respect and be conscious of this during your visit. Locals esteem a certain level of emotional reservation, and visitors may observe that this also holds true even for straight couples. While engaging in icha-icha (a blanket word which means being lovey-dovey in public) can sometimes surprise the Japanese, they are extremely respectful people particularly to foreign visitors.
Laid back and fun-loving people, Osaka has a relatively large LGBTQ+ community and is an enjoyable and secure city in Japan. The local government actively supports LGBTQ+ with campaigns and initiatives for the community, with even one of its government districts being the first in Japan officially supporting LGBTQ+ human rights.
PRACTICE DUE DILIGENCE
Do your research and be mindful of the overshare during the course of your travel. While every travel circumstance may be different, trusting your gut and researching on experiences of those within the community or leveraging your network are always helpful.
Forums and apps make it much easier to connect and meet locals or fellow visitors within the community, but as with all travelers, one must err on the side of caution.
LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY BARS IN NAMBA
Engage, connect and just be yourself – right in the heart of Namba. The Swissôtel Nankai Osaka is a few steps away from LGBTQ+ friendly spots. Enjoy a memorable night in town and walk your way back safely to your Home SWISS Home.
300 metres from the hotel – click here for directions.
LGBTQ+ FRIENDLY BARS IN DŌYAMACHŌ
Accessible via major modes of transportation, your stay at the Swissôtel Nankai Osaka provides the comfort and convenience you need. Make your way through LGBTQ+ spots in where you can let loose and be where you want to be.
4.5 kilometres (21 minutes via Midosuji Subway line) from the hotel – click here for directions.
LGBTQ+ TRAVEL TIPS FROM THE OSAKA CONVENTION & TOURISM BUREAU
LGBTQ+ travelers can also discover the latest information, events and updates on the community in Osaka through Visit Gay Osaka. Visit Gay Osaka is an initiative of the Osaka Convention and Tourism Board, a member of the IGLTA since October 2018.
Swissôtel Nankai Osaka ☆☆☆☆☆
5-1-60 Namba Chuo-ku, 542-0076 Osaka
Tel: 06-6646-1111 | +81 6 6646 1111
Fax: 06-6648-0331 | +81 6 6648 0331