Osaka City welcomes visitors at one of their five Sightseeing Information Centers. These Centers are located one each at Osaka's four large train stations - Umeda/Osaka Station, Shin-Osaka, Tennoji and Namba - as well at Kansai International Airport (KIX).
There you will find a wide range of maps and pamphlets about all attractions and facilities in Osaka City and there will also be members of staff fluent in foreign languages to answer all your questions and to provide assistance with bookings of accommodation or attractions or with mapping out your adventures in Osaka.
In addition, however, there is a wealth of information available online. All you need to do is access one of the two free Wi-Fi connections available to visitors in the Osaka area: Osaka Free Wi-Fi and Osaka Free Wi-Fi Lite.
Of course you can access these Wi-Fi connections from your laptop, tablet or smartphone. The former connection offers you unlimited internet access while the latter allows you to use the internet four times a day for 15 minutes each (or for one hour in total). For more information on Osaka Free Wi-Fi, please see the Wifi and Rally.
Additional online sources from the Osaka Government Tourism Bureau
There you can find model courses for half-day, one-day or more-day excursions as well as detailed, downloadable area maps and guides. For example, you might want to explore Osaka's Minami Ward, which is considered downtown Osaka, or the Kita Ward, which is the Umeda area around Osaka Station.
Other Non-affiliated Information Sites
For help with information on the ground, you should consider hiring a volunteer guide. You can find a number of available guides in Osaka on the Visit Kansai Volunteer Guides website.
If you are happy to guide yourself by using an app on your smartphone, then the Japan Tourism Agency's Osaka Sightseeing Info app is for you. This is a freely downloadable app.
Finally, for the hottest news on bars, restaurants, events and more, the magazine Kansai Scene is just for English speakers. And it's free for you to pick up at convenient places throughout the city. Find it at tourist information centers (Umeda, Namba), major hotels and guesthouses, select Junkudo and Kinokuniya bookstores and expatriate bars.
You may also be interested in the following pages here at Osaka Info: