Minami (Namba)

Osaka’s southern part (south = minami in Japanese) is home to Osaka’s major entertainment districts; Namba and Shinsaibashi. It is considered the “center” of the city with abundant dining and shopping options. Home to much of the city’s tastiest street food, multistorey arcades, and wild dive bars, Minami is a must-visit for both tourists and locals.

Group Attractions

  • Attractions
  • Dining
  • Experience
  • Omiyage

Dotonbori

Named after the 400-years old canal that runs through the middle of it, Dotonbori is lined with rows of giant restaurant signs advertising Takoyaki, ramen, crab, and more. The Ebisubashi Bridge over the canal where there is Glico Man is a popular photo spot. At night, the alleys and streets surrounding Dotonbori light up by hundreds of neon lights, and draw a huge crowd. It is one of the most colorful areas in Osaka and an absolute must-visit location when traveling through Kansai region.

Activities : Photo stop, shopping Fee : None Time required : at least 45 minutes

Shinsaibashi-suji Shotengai

The Shinsaibashi-suji Shotengai is Osaka’s premier shopping center. This covered shopping arcade stretches approximately 600-meters long from Shinsaibashi Station to Dotonbori and is lined with rows of established department stores and high-end brand-name boutiques. It is one of the busiest and oldest shopping streets in Japan, offering all kinds of shops to suit every budget and taste. The center attracts about 60,000 shoppers per day on normal weekdays with figures doubling on weekends.

Activities : Shopping, "tabearuki" (walk and eat in Japanese) Fee : None Time required : at least 1.5 hour

Amerikamura

West of Shinsaibashi is Amerikamura (Amerika Village). Known locally as “Ame-mura”, this entertainment district is named for its origins as a place to buy US goods after World War II. Within this small area, over 2,000 stores are selling local and important fashions, cafes, restaurants, bars, and clubs. Everything is centered on Sankaku Koen Park, a triangular concrete plaza and popular local hang-out where young people gather to show off their unique styles and discover the latest trends.

Activities : Shopping, sightseeing Fee : None Time required : 45 minutes

Den Den Town

Comparable to Tokyo’s Akihabara, Den Den Town is the city’s electronics, camera, computer, and otaku paradise with numerous manga and anime retailers. It also has maid and cosplay cafes. Den Den Town is about 10 minutes walk southwest of Namba Station, in Nippombashi. Tourists and locals often bargain for a better deal. At smaller stores, discounts are common and negotiating a price is the norm. At the bigger stores, there are often tax-free offers for overseas visitors.

Activities : Shopping, eating Fee : None Time required : at least 1 hour

Kuromon Ichiba

Kuromon Market (Kuromon Ichiba) is renowned as “Osaka’s Kitchen”. Originally a market where many Namba restaurants would purchase supplies, Kuromon Market now is a place where locals and visitors from overseas can freely buy items from fresh vegetables, fruit to seafood. Sashimi and sushi made from tuna are particularly popular. You can buy the fish and some establishments will prepare it on the spot. Kuromon Market is close to the Nipponbashi subway station and is walkable from Namba.

Activities : Shopping, eating Fee : None Time required : at least 1 hour

Hozenji Yokocho

Hozenji Yokocho (which means the alley next to the Hozenji Temple) is a small district near Dotonbori, right behind the Hozenji Temple. This stone-paved alley lined with traditional and restored shops retains an old-time atmosphere that often reminds visitors of Kyoto’s Pontocho. Once you step through the gate, you will discover about 60 taverns and restaurants along the 80 meters long and 2.7 meters wide alley serving Osaka’s specialties. The street is particularly atmospheric at night when the lamps become illuminated. Hozenji has a very special, peaceful, and magical atmosphere.

Activities : Shopping, eating Fee : None Time required : at least 1 hour

Nearby Areas

Shinsekai is a colorful area to the west of Tennoji Park packed with cheap stores and eateries. It is also best known for its iconic Tsutenkaku Tower. Tsutenkaku is a tower many people consider the symbol of Osaka. This magnificent observation tower is 103 meters high, offering breathtaking views of the city. Take a walk around Shinsekai and discover great souvenirs and try the local food.

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