The city of Osaka spreads over such a large area that it actually has two main city centres: one around Namba Station, also known as Minami (which means south); and one around the Osaka and Umeda stations, also known as Kita (north). Choosing an Osaka hotel in Namba puts you right in the heart of the city’s most renowned entertainment district, with all shopping, eating and sightseeing opportunities you could possibly need.
Where to Stay in Namba
Osaka has a reputation for non-stop fun and entertainment, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the packed streets and shopping malls of Namba. If you’re in the market for a serious shopping spree, you could book your Namba accommodation near Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, where you’ll find upscale designer brands; or near Namba Parks, a vast 9-floor shopping and restaurant complex designed to look like a natural canyon. It even has a landscaped park and allotments on the roof.
Trend-Watching in Namba’s Youth Culture Neighbourhoods
For some uniquely Japanese shopping style, head for Amerikamura, Osaka’s answer to Tokyo’s famous Harajuku district. It’s here that all the latest teenage fashion and youth culture trends are born.
Sample the Best Local Food in Dotonbori
When the sun goes down, bright lights, quirky neon signs and delicious aromas attract locals and visitors to Dotonbori in the heart of the Namba district. The area’s famous for its bars, restaurants and street food.
What Kind of Hotels Are There in Namba?
If you’re looking to stay right in the thick of things, there’s a good choice of Namba hotels to suit those on a budget and visitors with more luxury hotel tastes. But no matter where in Osaka you’re staying, it’s easy to reach Namba on the train, subway or bus.
See Traditional Japanese Theatre in Namba
Don’t miss the opportunity to explore Osaka’s traditional theatres from your Namba hotel. The National Bunraku Theatre, where performances involve metre-tall puppets, is the most revered of its kind in Japan and the Shochikuza Theatre is Osaka’s main venue for kabuki performances.