About insideosaka.com and Chris Rowthorn
Chris is the author of Lonely Planet's Japan, Kyoto and Discover Japan guides. Chris strongly recommends picking up a copy of one of these guides to supplement the information available on this site. Chris has lived in Japan since 1992. He's based in Kyoto but travels frequently to Osaka, which is only 15 minutes from Kyoto by train. His children love Osaka and it’s a favorite family destination.
Chris runs Chris Rowthorn Tours for travelers who wish to get a closer look at Japan, Hong Kong and Bangkok. You can find out more about his tours at ChrisRowthorn.com. You can also read reviews of Chris Rowthorn Tours on TripAdvisor.com
About Chris Rowthorn
Chris Rowthorn was born in Oxford, England, in 1966. He was raised in the United States, where he attended Vassar College, graduating with the class of 1989. In 1992, Chris moved to Kyoto, Japan, and started studying the Japanese language and culture. After the mandatory stint as an English teacher, Chris started writing for the Japan Times in 1995.
In 1996, Chris was recruited by Lonely Planet Publications to work on their guidebooks to Japan. Since then, Chris has written 29 books for Lonely Planet Publications. He is the sole author of the Lonely Planet Kyoto City Guide, and has been the lead author of the last seven editions of the Lonely Planet Japan country guide.
He also authored one edition of the Tokyo city guide and worked on one edition of the Lonely Planet Hiking in Japan guide. He's also worked on guidebooks to Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei, Borneo, Southeast Asia, Victoria (Australia) and the Philippines.
Chris has also written for dozens of magazines and newspapers including National Geographic Explorer, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, BBC Online, and many more.
Chris's wife is from Kyoto and they have two children who are proudly multicultural. Chris speaks and reads Japanese fluently. Here's a clip of Chris on Japanese TV explaining the appeal of Kyoto. In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, trekking, snorkeling, diving, reading and spending time with his family.
Contact Chris Rowthorn
Please note: Due to time constraints, I'm unable to reply to individual inquiries about Osaka/Tokyo/Kyoto/Japan travel.
Travel Consulting: If you wish to book a private consultation about your upcoming trip to Japan, please see my page on Japan Travel Consulting where you can specify your requirements.
Walking Tours: If you wish to book a private tour of Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Hiroshima/Miyajima or Kanazawa, please visit ChrisRowthorn.com
Media Inquiries: Please use the form below to contact me for interview requests. I can also provide articles and website content on topics related to Osaka and Japan.
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Where Are These Places Located?See these places on the Inside Osaka Google map:
- Open the Osaka map
- You will see the list of places on the left hand side. (Click the 3-line icon in the top left corner if not). Scroll down or use the map search (the magnifying glass icon) to find the place you want.
- Click the name of the place in the list. Its location pin will be highlighted on the map.
- Map pins are color coded - BLUE: Hotels / Ryokan / Guesthouses | VIOLET: Ryokan | PINK: Places to Eat | GREEN: Shops | YELLOW: Things to See and Do
- If you're using the map on your phone, open the map and then search for the name of the place. The map will then zoom in on its location.
Osaka Vacation Checklist
- For all the essentials in a brief overview, see my First Time In Osaka guide
- Check Osaka accommodation availability and pricing on Booking.com - usually you can reserve a room with no upfront payment. Pay when you check out. Free cancellations too.
- Need tips on where to stay? See my one page guide Where To Stay In Osaka
- You can buy a Japan SIM card online from Klook for collection on arrival at Osaka's Kansai International Airport. Or rent an unlimited data pocket wifi router.
- View my comprehensive Packing List For Japan
- Compare flight prices and timings to find the best Japan flight deals
- If you're visiting more than one city, save a ton of money with the Japan Rail Pass - here's why it's worth it
- Get a prepaid Icoca card to make travelling around Osaka easy - here's how.
- Find out why it's essential you have travel insurance for Japan - we recommend World Nomads.