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Namba

With thrilling amusement arcades, underground bars, neon billboards and second-hand shopping, this dynamic district never ceases to surprise. 

Experience the excitement of ritzy Namba, Osaka's primary entertainment district. With undercover shopping centers, canalside restaurants, neon-lit thoroughfares and traditional theaters, there is plenty here to entertain.

Enter Namba from the north and follow crowds passing through the mighty Shinsaibashi shopping arcade. The walkway is just under 2,000-feet (600-meters) long and houses a range of trendy brand stores. Battle the claw machine at a Sega gaming arcade, get your phone repaired at a pop-up stall or have professional cartoonists draw you as a caricature. 

The northwestern side of the district has an adults-only vibe. Delve into the stranger lifestyles of Osaka's underground scene as you explore quirky themed bars, cat-petting cafés and stores selling imaginative gadgets.

Take a boat tour down the Dotonbori canal, which runs east to west through the center of the district. After disembarking, you may want to wander along the promenade, where you’ll find dumpling stalls and Don Quixote, a popular duty-free department store. 

Visit the waterfront at night to experience its bar scene, which is fuelled by lively music, engaging street performers and streams of passers-by. Night is also the best time to appreciate the oversized neon billboards and the Glico Running Man, a huge depiction of a runner crossing a finishing line, which has become iconic to Osaka.

South of the canal, see rare wood block prints from the 18th century at the tasteful but small Ukiyo-e Museum. Nearby Hozenji Yokocho alley is a popular dining spot, with more than 60 traditional restaurants. Pour water over the statues at Hozenji Temple for good fortune.

In Namba's southeast, explore the eclectic Nipponbashi DENDEN town. This bohemian shopping area specializes in used clothes, secondhand books, cooking knives and discount electronics.

For a night of cultural entertainment, book a seat at one of Namba's theaters. Watch Japanese comedy at Namba Grand Kagetsu, check out an oversized puppet performance at the National Bunraku Theatre or observe an elegant, dancing kabuki show at the Shochikuza Theatre.

The Namba district is located between Shinsaibashi subway station to the north and Nankai Namba station to the south. The area is best explored on foot.


Guide to Exploring Namba


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1-2-3 Minatomachi, Osaka
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of 5, from 1,248 reviews
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Located in Dotonbori, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Osaka City Air Terminal and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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2-5-15 Shinsaibashi-suji, Osaka
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Located in Chuo, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Ebisu Bridge and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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Y's Cabin Osaka Namba

Y's Cabin Osaka Namba

2-2-9 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka
4.2
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Located in Chuo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Osaka Shochikuza and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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2-2-5 Higashishinsaibashi, Chuo, Osaka
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Located in Chuo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Mall and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Osaka Museum of History are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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Namba Oriental Hotel

Namba Oriental Hotel

2-8-17, Sennichi-Mae, Osaka
4.2
of 5, from 500 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Chuo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hozenji-Yokocho Alley and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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Dormy Inn Premium Namba Natural Hot Spring

Dormy Inn Premium Namba Natural Hot Spring

2-14-23 Shimanouchi Chuo-ku, Osaka
4.4
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Located in Chuo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Mall and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Osaka Museum of History are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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Hotel Sunroute Osaka Namba

Hotel Sunroute Osaka Namba

1-1-13 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
4.2
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Located in Chuo, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of National Bunraku Theater and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Guesthouse ENN Nipponbashi

Guesthouse ENN Nipponbashi

2 Chome 18-1 Nipponbashi, Chuoku, Osaka
4.3
of 5, from 43 reviews
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Located in Chuo, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Mall and Tsutenkaku Tower. Shitennoji Temple and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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