Debut of the Osaka Insider Guidebook–and My First Published Work!

Some of you may remember my Osaka Insider blog, and ongoing project that eventually led me to start writing a guidebook. After much hard work, I have finally released my first published work, Osaka Insider: A Travel Guide for Osaka Prefecture!!

This unique guidebook covers sightseeing destinations throughout Osaka Prefecture, both famous and unknown. Written by a Japanese-speaking American expatriate and former long-term resident of Osaka, it offers an unbiased and in-depth look into the best things to see and do in Osaka, whether you are a first-time visitor or local resident. The addition of ramen and okonomiyaki guides, festival and event information, rail and walking maps, general sightseeing information and tips, essays by the author and more make this the single most comprehensive English-language guide on Osaka Prefecture to date. It’s the guidebook that no visitor to Kansai should leave home without. Come to Osaka and discover the best-kept secrets of Kansai!

Currently it’s available through my online store and also at It’s same price either way! For customers in Japan, you can still purchase it through the American Amazon site even if you have a Japanese credit card–the slowest international shipping option is very affordable, although it will take a little while to arrive (overseas express shipping options are also available). If you happen to live in or visit the Fukuoka area, I would be happy to sign your copy personally.

I have also created a Guidebook Maps page, which was designed to be used in conjunction with this guidebook. This is especially useful if you have internet access during your time in Japan.

One of the biggest motivating factors behind this project was the warm and support and encouragement I have received over the years from my readers, and for that I thank all of you. For those of you who have never visited Kansai, or those who heven’t spent much time in Osaka, I hope you will consider purchasing Osaka Insider: A Travel Guide for Osaka Prefecture and discovering more of the great things it has to offer!

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4 Responses to Debut of the Osaka Insider Guidebook–and My First Published Work!

  1. Ken says:

    Congrats on this accomplishment. I’ve enjoyed your blog and as a frequent visitor to Osaka, I’ll definitely be picking up the book.

  2. Hi, as a former resident of Osaka (1990-1992), I am looking forward to checking this out. Congratulations on your first book!

  3. Steve says:

    Awesome! That must mean in the future you will publish Fukuoka Insider Guidebook too! I will buy that for sure!

  4. paul says:

    Had the book for a few months now and it is unreal. I get to Japan yearly and Osaka is always the highlight. Hope to see the Fukuoka book before the next trip, as I’ll be riding my bicycle from Narita to Fukuoka via Chiba, Kamakura, Osaka,Tokushima, Kochi,Uwajima then onto Kyushu via ferry.

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