Osaka/Minami( 大阪 ミナミ ) is the largest commercial area in Osaka.
All manner of shops and entertainment can be found in the Minami Area, which stretches from Semba (Honmachi) to the area surrounding Namba station. In Minami, locals and tourists alike can enjoy the city atmosphere of Osaka.
There are three main train stations in this area, namely Namba Railway Station, JR-Namba railway station and Osaka-Namba Railway Station. The three train stations are close to each other.
The fastest trains between Kasai Int'l Airport and Osaka station are "Ltd.Express Rapi:t" which operates by Namkai Railway. The journey takes approximately 34 minutes at a cost of ¥1390: ¥890 regular fare + ¥500 limited express fare.
Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, ☎ +81 066 211-0393, . Tu-Su 11AM-6PM. (上方浮世絵館) A rather small museum in Nanba dedicated to ukiyoe, Japanese woodblock prints. The interior of the museum looks a bit like an adobe house. It may be most interesting to someone already familiar with the art, as the information inside mostly Japanese only.¥500. edit
Osaka Museum of History (大阪歴史博物館), 1-32 Otemae 4-Chome Chuo-ku (5 min walk from subway Tanimachi 4-chome Station; also accessible via Osaka Castle or from JR Osaka-jō Station), . M-Th 9:30AM-5PM, F 9:30AM-8PM, closed Tuesday, or Wednesday if Tuesday is a holiday. An ideal place to learn all-abouts of Osaka's history. Enjoyable view over Osaka Castle and the OBP skyscrapers.¥600. edit
Exploring Dōtonbori nightlife with the Osaka Pub Crawl
Dōtonbori, (North of Namba Subway Station). If you're looking for action at any given time, this is where its happening. Dōtonbori, which refers to the area along the Dōtonbori Canal, offers plenty of places to eat, drink, shop, sleep and just about everything else. Expect large crowds, especially at night.edit
Osaka Pub Crawl, . A friendly group of organized bar hoppers who meander the streets of Namba and Shinsaibashi in search of cheap drinks and amusing nightlife. Check out a few different bars and mingle with both locals and expats.¥2000 - ¥2500. edit
National Bunraku Theater, (Nipponbashi.). One of the last places in the world where bunraku, a form of intricate puppet theater from the Edo period, can be seen live. The large puppets, which require three operators each, are accompanied by traditional music and narration, and act out great Japanese plays of the 1600s and 1700s. Transcripts in Japanese and synopses in English are provided.edit
Sumo Spring Grand Tournament (大相撲春場所), (Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium, a 10 minute walk from the Namba subway stop.), . The Osaka Tournament of Japan's national sport, sumo wrestling, is usually held mid-March annually at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. Check for schedules and ticket availabilities at the official Nihon Sumo Kyokai homepage.¥3000-¥14,300. edit
Osaka's most famous shopping district is Shinsaibashi (心斎橋), which offers a mix of huge department stores, high-end Western designer stores, and independent boutiques ranging from very cheap to very expensive. Within Shinsaibashi, the Amerika-mura (アメリカ村, often shortened to "Amemura") or "American Village" area is particularly popular among young people, and is often said to be the source of most youth fashion trends in Japan. Near Amerika-mura,Horie (堀江) is shopping street of mainly Japanese brands shops. The many shops in Umeda are also popular among trendy locals, particularly in the Hep Five and Hep Navio buildings adjacent to Hankyu Umeda Station, although these shops tend to be too expensive to captivate most tourists' interest. In this area, new shopping buildings have been constructed recently. For example, the“E-ma” buildings next to Hanshin department store, and “Nu-Chayamachi” (Nu 茶屋町), opened in October 2005 near Hankyu Umeda station.
For electronics, the Nipponbashi (日本橋) area southeast of Namba, and particularly the "Den-Den Town" shopping street, was once regarded as the Akihabara of western Japan; nowadays, more people would rather shop at the new, enormous Yodobashi Camera (ヨドバシカメラ) in Umeda or BicCamera (ビックカメラ) and LABI1 in Namba, although Nippombashi still offers good deals on many gadgets, PC components and used/new industrial electronics.
Tako Tako King, (In the Shinsaibashi area, on the north side of the Dotonbori River and west of Midosuji.). This takoyaki place has very friendly staff. Look for the big red octopus wearing a crown.edit
Tamago-yaki stand, Amerika-mura (next to Asahiplaza Capsule Hotel). Best for a snack, this outdoor stall offers a hard-to-find and delicious treat called tamago-yaki, fried egg atop a wide flat sembei cracker with sauce and a variety of toppings available. Much tastier than it sounds.edit
Tsuruhashi Fūgetsu (鶴橋風月), Hankyu Grand Building 29F (Next to Hankyu Umeda Station.), . Good okonomiyaki as well yakisoba, with extra toppings (egg, cheese, etc.). The restaurant overlooks Umeda. There's an English menu.¥700-800. edit
En (Namba) (えん難波店), 大阪市中央区難波千日前 12-30 難波長和ビル4F (The En sign 'えん' is visible from the big crossing in front of the Takashimaya department store in Namba. The elevator to En is on the right as you enter the shopping street.), ☎ 06-6648-9896. The Namba branch of the excellent En izakaya (see above).edit
Torikizoku (鳥貴族), . 5 or 6 pm to late. Torikizoku is the most popular WikiPedia:yakitorichain in Kansai, and can be found near most major stations in Osaka. The food is delicious, comes in generous serves and is very cheap. It's very popular with both locals and expats, and is always busy. Try to come before 7:30 to secure seats. All food/drink ¥300 each. edit
Harijyu (はり重), 1-9-17 Dōtonbori, Chuō-ku, ☎ +81 06 6211-7777, . W-M 11:30AM-9:30PM. Shabu-shabu or sukiyaki in Japanese tatami rooms. No reservations are taken except for large groups, so arrive early at nights (6PM or so) to be sure you get a room without waiting.¥6300 and up. edit
Kani Dōraku (かに道楽), 1-6-18 Dōtonbori, Chuō-ku, . Now a nationwide chain, but this is the original. Easily identifiable by the giant mechanical crab waving its pincers about, and as you might guess, the speciality here is crab.Set meal ¥4000-5000. edit
Bar Cherry Bomb, (Osaka-shi Chuo-ku higashishinsaibashi junon hachiman building 5f 2-4-8). The coolest little rock bar in Osaka. This little bar is tucked away in higashi-shinsaibashi, which is where Osaka`s nightlife thrives. Good music and a great atmosphere make this bar a must on your trip to Osaka. American run so English and Japanese are spoken.¥500~. edit
Bar Kama Sutra, (East Shinsaibashi 東心斎橋, a few meters from Cinque Cento on 5F of Jumbo Bldg), (firstname.lastname@example.org). 9PM-morning daily. Small cozy karaoke bar is almost impossible to find but well worth the effort. Foreign and English-speaking Japanese staff, and over 130,000 songs to choose from. The owner, Richard, is a long term resident of Japan and is a wealth of information on what to do and see in the area, where to stay and even where to find work. (No "u" in e-mail address is correct, or: email@example.com)No cover, ¥600 drinks. edit
The Blue Note, . This jazz club is a branch of the original Blue Note in New York.edit
Hub. This British pub chain is at many locations around Osaka, including along Midosuji street in Shinsaibashi, in Namba, and in Chayamachi (Umeda, east side of Hankyu station and walk north a little). Hub serves as a meeting place for many expats as well as Japanese locals. Get there early for happy hour discounts on cocktails (5-7 pm).edit
Physique Pride, 8-23 Sanyo-Kaikan 1-F Doyama-cho, ☎ +81 066-361-2430, . One of Osaka's most popular gay and lesbian bars among foreigners.edit
Club Life, Gold Center Building B1F 2-8-12 Higashi Shinsaibashi, ☎ +81 (0)6 6484 3264 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Great place to listen to Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae and all black music. Beside playing the latest music, you can also listening the old school classics. Enjoy a wide range of drinks to get you in the party mood or help you relax.edit
Cafe de Jumpin' Jumpin', ☎ 066-363-3367, . 7PM-morning. One of Osaka's gay and lesbian bars.No Cover Charge. edit
Clube Joule, 2-11-30 Nishi-shinsaibashi (next to Sankaku (Triangle) Park in America Mura), . Packed with trance lovers.edit
Club Pure, Chuo-ku, Soemon-cho 2-3-12 Diamond Bldg B1F, ☎ +81 06-2536-6278 (email@example.com), . 10PM-5AM. Extremely crowded dance club. The crowd is around 25-30% international. Be sure to bring your passport, as the ID check here is atypically rigorous. The closest subway station is Namba Station, which is about 5-10 min walk. NOTE: sometimes due to arbitrary crackdowns on dancing you may see a ban for on dancing in the club, if you want to dance wait for a night that has an event listed; these are private events set up by a third party and anti-dancing laws don't cover private functions.Cover ¥4000 men, ¥2500 women; includes unlimited drinks but don't lose your cup. edit
Sam and Dave Shinsaibashi, 1-3-29 4F Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, ☎ +81 06 6243-6848. edit
The usual suspects tend to be situated within a 5-10 minute walk north to north-west of JR Namba (a few blocks past the love hotel district). The big advantage here is that this district is also roughly a 10 minute stroll from Dotonbori. Thus, for the light traveller, a cost effective way to stay in a nice hotel is to simply enjoy the food and atmosphere along the canal until midnight, then take advantage of the various after midnight check-in discounts (typically about 30% off the regular night rate). For example the Tokoyo Inn reduces its single room prices from ~¥6500 to a clean ¥4500, and the Dormy Inn from a regular ¥7000 fee down to ¥4900.
Guest House Koma, 2-3-12 Saiwai-cho, Naniwa-ku (One station away (walking distance) from the central Namba area.), ☎ +81 06 6567-5000 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Staff are very knowledgeable and helpful, though the common area can get cold. Has female-only dorms.Dormitory ¥2500, private rooms available. edit
Guest House U-en (由苑), 1-5-8 Uemachi, Chuo-ku (Walking distance from Osaka Castle.). The ground floor of this building was once a printing factory, and the upper level was a family home. The guest house has a traditional atmosphere, and reservations must be for 7 nights or more.Dormitory ¥2300-2500, private rooms ¥5500-6500. edit
Asahiplaza Shinsaibashi, 2-12-22 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku (At Amerikamura.), ☎ +81 06-6213-1991 (fax: +81 06-6212-0954), . Sauna available, and there is a separate area for women.¥2800, ¥3100 with dinner. edit
Azu-Garden Nippombashi (アズガーデン日本橋), 1-6 Soemon-cho, Chuo-ku (Subway Exit #2 of Nippombashi Subway along the Sennichimae line, one stop from Namba station), ☎ +81 06-6212-1120 (fax: +81 06-6212-1160), . Online reservation site in English here but you may or may not get a response. If no response, try an online booking agent.Single ¥4,200, double ¥9030, twin ¥9,030 per apartment. All rates inclusive of taxes. edit
Kaneyoshi Ryokan (かねよし旅館), 3-12 Soemon-cho, Chuo-ku (Subway Exit #2 of Nippombashi Subway along the Sennichimae line, 1 stop from Namba station), ☎ +81 6-6211-6337 (fax: +81 6-6213-0843), . This modern Ryokan is conveniently located in the heart of downtown. Comfortable Ryokan on the riverside of Dotombori and very close to the Osaka shopping quarter. English website has an online reservation system.edit
Weekly Green in Namba (ウィークリーグリーンINナンバへようこそ), 2-7-23 Shikitsu-Nishi Naniwa-Ku (Subway Exit #2 of Daikokucho Station on the Midosuji line, one stop from Namba station), ☎ +81 6-6647-3719 (fax: +81 6-6647-5837), . English website has an online reservation system. It claims to have English speaking staff on its website so you may attempt an online reservation. If no response, try an online booking agent. Each apartment equipped with in-suite shower and toilet, kitchenette, fridge, portable cooking stove, A/C, TV and telephone.Single ¥4200, twin ¥9450, triple ¥14490, quad ¥18900 per apartment. All rates inclusive of service charge & consumption tax. edit
Best Western Hotel Fino Osaka Shinsaibashi, 1-2-19 Shinsaibashi Chuo-Ku, Osaka, 542 0083 (1 minute walk from Exit 5A at Nagahoribashi Station), ☎ +81 6 6243 4055 (fax: +81 6 6243 4059). checkin: 3:00p.m.; checkout: 10:00a.m.. A newly opened (July 1, 2010) hotel that is located only about 5 minutes walking distance from the Shinsaibashi shopping area. Some staff spoke good English. The rooms were very small, but very clean since it is a new hotel.edit
Comfort Inn Shinsaibashi, 1-15, Higashi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku (10-min walk from Shinsaibashi station on the Midosuji subway line), ☎ +81 6-6258-3111 (fax: +81 6-6258-3121), . 2 blocks east of Shinsaibashi's central covered shopping arcade, this hotel is a little better than the average business hotel, with clean rooms, English-speaking staff, and a complimentary yet generous breakfast buffet.Singles start at ¥6500. edit
Il Cuore, 1-15-15, Namba-Naka, Naniwa-ku (Less than 5 minutes walk from Namba or Kintetsu-Namba stations), ☎ +81 6-6647-1900 (email@example.com, fax: +81 6-6647-1905), . This is a slightly nicer business hotel with larger than average rooms. The hotel provides English language instructions for laundry machines and other hotel services. Breakfast an additional ¥ 1,000.Single ¥9,000 with a double bed for one or two guests. edit
Park Hotel Rinkai, Nishi-ku, Utsubo Honmachi 1-19-16 (Near Honmachi Station, Exit 28 from the Yotsubashi line, walk E for 5 min), ☎ +81 06-6444-0809 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +81 06-6444-4199), . checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. A business hotel located in the center of the business district. Near Honmachi station offering access to 3 subway lines. Unfortunately, most of the staff can't speak English.¥6000 single, ¥10,000 twin. edit
Yamatoya Honten (大和屋本店), 2-17-4 Shimanouchi Chuo-ku (3 minutes walk from exit #6 at Subway Kintetsu Nipponbashi.), ☎ +81 (0)6-6211-3587 (fax: +81 06-6212-1553), . checkin: 3:00p.m.; checkout: 10:00a.m.. A Japanese style hotel located in Dotonbori. There are staffs who can speak English.4,725 yen -. edit
Hotel Nikko Osaka, 1-3-3, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, ☎ +81 6-6244-1111 (fax: +81 6-6245-2432), . checkin: 3PM; checkout: noon. Huge Landmark Hotel smack in the middle of Shinsaibashi along tree lined Mido-suji Avenue. Rooms are comfortable and have amazing views at night as hotel is the tallest building in the immediate area. Attached to Shinsaibashi train station and close to Amerika-mura, shopping, and night-life.edit
Hotel New Otani Osaka, 1-4-1 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, ☎ +81 6-6941-1111 (email@example.com), . A luxury business hotel in Osaka, Japan offering accommodations, 13 restaurants and bars, vacation packages and meeting rooms. This five star hotel is in the Osaka Business Park near Osaka Castle.edit
Swissôtel Nankai, 5-1-60, Namba,Chuo-ku, ☎ +81 6-6646-1111 (firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: +81 6-6648-0331), . Next to Namba train and bus stations.edit
Osaka Visitors Information Center - Namba, 3F Nankai Terminal Bldg. 1F 5-1-60 Namba Cnuo-ku (Short walk from Exit 24 at Namba Sta.), ☎ +81 (0)6-6631-9100. 9AM-8PM, Open: all year round, excluding 12/31～1/3. Tourist information is offered in English and Japanese.edit