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.
Neon signs at the Dotonbori canal
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.
There are two bus terminals around Namba railway stations.
Kansai Airport Limousine bus runs from Kansai International Airport to Namba OCAT bus terminal, ¥1000 one way.
- Namba Highway Busterminal
- Ticket office window: 9:00AM - 8:00PM
- OCAT Bus Terminal
- Ticket office window: 7:30AM - 10:00PM
- Tohoku - Yamagata, Sendai, Fukushima, Koriyama, Iwaki
- Kanto - Tokyo, Shinjuku, Hachioji, Yokohama, Odawara, Kawagoe, Kumagaya, Kuki, Mito, Tsukuba, Tsuchiura Utsunomiya, Tochigi,
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- Ticket office window: 6:30AM - 10:50PM
- Kansai - Fukuchiyama, Maizuru
- Chugoku - Tottori, Yonago, Kurayoshi
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Osaka English speaking Pub Crawl, ""url="http://www.samanddaveone.com/hours=""price=""¥1500. We offer organized Nightlife tours for tourists and locals through the streets of Osaka, visiting famous local bars and finishing of with Free entry to Sam and Dave nightclub the Biggest international night club in Osaka.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- DenDen Town (電電タウン), (A 10 minute walk east of Namba.). DenDen Town is full of game centers, retro stores and Anime/Manga shops. People in Osaka sometimes call it little Akihabara (in reference to the district in Tokyo). If you look for video game merchandise, anime/manga merchandise or a cat/maid/owl cafe, DenDen Town is certainly worth a trip.
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.
Dotonbori shopping street
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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~.
- Bar Kama Sutra, (East Shinsaibashi 東心斎橋, a few meters from Cinque Cento on 5F of Jumbo Bldg), ([email protected]). 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 protected]) No cover, ¥600 drinks.
- Blarney Stone, ([email protected]), . This pair of Irish pubs have a laid-back atmosphere, friendly staff, and a decent happy hour.
- Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Higashi Shinsaibashi 2-5-27, Kohda Bldg. B1, ☎ 06-6484-2220.
- The Blue Note, . This jazz club is a branch of the original Blue Note in New York.
- 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).
- 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.
- Club Life, Gold Center Building B1F 2-8-12 Higashi Shinsaibashi, ☎ +81 (0)6 6484 3264 ([email protected]), . Great place to listen to Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae and negro 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.
- Cafe de Jumpin' Jumpin', ☎ 066-363-3367, . 7PM-morning. One of Osaka's gay and lesbian bars. No Cover Charge.
- Clube Joule, 2-11-30 Nishi-shinsaibashi (next to Sankaku (Triangle) Park in America Mura), . Packed with trance lovers.
- Club Pure, Chuo-ku, Soemon-cho 2-3-12 Diamond Bldg B1F, ☎ +81 06-2536-6278 ([email protected]), . 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.
- Sam and Dave ONE Shinsaibashi / Minami area, 6F, 2-7-20, Higashi-Shinsaibashi Chuo-ku,Osaka, ☎ +81 06-6212-5867 ([email protected]), . 10PM-5AM. You'll play with a young, hip and festive crowd at Sam and Dave one. This Foreigner friendly establishment is a newly renovated, modern nightclub effervesces energy with its fluorescent lights, large dance floor and popular top 40 and hip hop music.Open every night with Fridays and Saturdays being the busiest Cover ¥2000 men, ¥1000 women;includes 1 or 2 drinks in cover charge.
- SD bar ("formerly), Osaka-shi, Osaka, Kita-ku, Nishitenma 4-15-19 Plaza plum new 1F. (Nearest station 5 minutes walk from the subway Tanimachi Line Higashi-Umeda Station Exit 7. JR Tozai Line Kitashinchi Station 11-41 5-minute walk from Exit. Subway Midosuji Line, a 10-minute walk from Keihan Electric Railway Yodoyabashi Station Exit 1 or a 15-minute walk from each line Umeda Station and JR Osaka Station cover 2000 yen which includes free drinks.), ☎ +81 06 6365-1688, . A foreigner friendly bar/club that is always busy on the weekends with a lively crowd and friendly staff. A good club to meet the locals and party all night.
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 ([email protected]), . Staff are very knowledgeable and helpful, though the common area can get cold. Has female-only dorms. Dormitory ¥2500, private rooms available.
- 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.
- 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.
Asahiplaza Shinsaibashi Capsules
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (toll free: ", 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.
- 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.
- 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 protected], 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.
- 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 ([email protected], 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.
- 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 (toll free: ", 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 -.
- 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.
- Hotel New Otani Osaka, 1-4-1 Shiromi, Chuo-ku, ☎ +81 6-6941-1111 ([email protected]), . 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.
- Swissôtel Nankai, 5-1-60, Namba,Chuo-ku, ☎ +81 6-6646-1111 ([email protected], fax: +81 6-6648-0331), . Next to Namba train and bus stations.
- 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.