Namba Osaka is famous for its giant crab and other restaurants. Namba is an entertainment district of Osaka.

Namba as the centre, southern part of Osaka, Japan is called 'Minami' by locals. Namba is a mixture of tradition and modernism. It has different atmosphere from Osaka Kita. Namba has Japan's best food culture called 'Kuidaore (eat till drop)'. Namba is best known as the city's main south-central railway terminus: JR, Kintetsu, Nankai, and three lines of the Osaka Municipal Subway have stations there.


The Dotombori Canal, which runs through Minami, is the city's symbol and has often been used as a movie location such as 'Black Rain'. Both side of the canal are always busy day and night. The north side of the canal is called Soemon-cho, where there are many restaurants and bars. The south side of the canal, Dotonbori Street, is a home of 'Kuidaore' with various eateries where you will be amazed with the famous Osaka giant signs such as moving crab, puffer fish, dragon, etc. Try famous Osaka food 'Takoyaki (octopus balls)'. The bridge across the canal on the Ebisubashi Shopping Arcade is Ebisubashi, which is nicknamed 'Pick-up Bridge' as it is a famous place for young guys to pick up girls. The famous Glico sign is also here.

Namba Crab
Giant Crab in Dotonbori Namba

National Bunraku Theater

Since opened in 1984, National Bunraku Theater has been taking a significant role to preserve, develop and pass on the traditional art forms of the Kamigata (Osaka-Kyoto), especially the art of Ningyo Joruri Bunraku (puppet drama). The theater houses many facilities, including the main theater, a training institution and archives for historical materials. The building was constructed with a mix of tradition and modernity, with key elements from traditional Edo Era architecture incorporated abstractly throughout the design. The theater also uses modern technology in the stage and its functions to enhance the traditional characteristics of a Bunraku performance.
Address: 1-12-10 Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Access: 1 min from Nippombashi Station (Subway Sakaisuji Line)

Yoshimoto Shotengai
A new comedy theatre.

Namba Shopping

Kuromon Ichiba Market
Served as the main market for Osaka people, Kuromon Ichiba has a total length of 600 meters with 170 shops, providing fresh and best quality meat, fish, vegetables, eggs and other ingredients from around the country and abroad. For more than 170 years, everyone from restaurant chefs to housewives have come here, drawn by the taste, freshness and variety of its products.
Address: 2-4-1 Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Access: 1 min from Nippombashi Station (Subway Sakaisuji Line)

Den Den Town
Den Den Town is Osaka's Akihabara. This area was once popular for its wide variety of consumer electronics stores with its negotiable prices. However, with the opening of Yodobashi Camera in Umeda and Bic Camera in Namba, Den Den Town saw a major fall-off in electronics sales. These days, Den Den Town has more become known as a haven for anime and otaku culture. Tora no Ana and, Joshin Gundams are popular among them. There are many maid cafes and cosplay cafes as well.
Address: Nippombashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Access: 2 min from Ebisucho Station (Subway Sakaisuji Line)

Cosplay Shop Den Den Town Namba
Cosplay Shop in Den Den Town Namba

Namba Parks
Namba Parks is a new development consisting of a high office building, called "Parks Tower," and a 120-tenant shopping mall with rooftop garden. Various kinds of restaurants (Japanese, Korean, Italian, etc.) are located on the 6th floor, and shops on the 2nd to 5th floors. Parks Garden features enough greenery to help visitors forget that they're in the middle of the city. There is also an amphitheatre for live shows, as well as space for small personal vegetable gardens and wagon shops.

Namba City
Namba City is a shopping complex with 300 shops of clothing, brand items, restaurants and caf├ęs, adjoined to both subway and Nankai Namba Station. A huge replica of the 'N-1 Rocket' which launched Japan's first geostationary satellite in 1977 is displayed on the underground floor. This area is called 'Rocket Square' and is a popular meeting place among locals.
Address: 5-1-60 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Access: 1 min walk from Namba Station (Subway Midosuji Line)

Namba NanNan
Pioneer of the underground shopping mall of Osaka.
Address: 5 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Access: 1 min walk from Namba Station (Subway Midosuji Line)

Namba Walk
Namba Walk is an underground shopping mall.
Address: 2-1-15 Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Access: 1 min walk from Namba Station (Subway Midosuji Line)

Shinsaibashi-suji/Ebisubashi-suji Shopping Arcade
With a history of 380 years, Shinsaibashi-suji/Ebisubashi-suji Shopping Arcade was already an established shopping area in the Edo Period. Shops of all kinds and for all ages line the street, a roofed arcade 600 meters long. There are traditional kimono tailors, restaurants, fast food shops, jewellers, and boutiques featuring the latest fashions. Try Butaman (pork dumpling) at 551 Horai.
Access: 1 min walk from Shinsaibashi Station (Subway Midosuji Line)

551 Horai Namba
551 Horai Namba

Ebisubashi-suji Shopping Arcade Namba
Ebisubashi-suji Shopping Arcade Namba

America Mura
America Mura (America Village) is a center of youth culture in Osaka. See complete article.

Additional Namba Stores of Note:

  • Shinsaibashi OPA (fashion building)

  • Big Step (fashion, restaurants, cinema & live house)

  • Don Quijote (discount department shop)

  • PARCO Shinsaibashi

  • Bic Camera Namba

Department Stores in Namba

  • Daimaru Shinsaibashi

  • Takashimaya Osaka

  • Namba Marui

  • LOFT Shinsaibashi




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