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Why Minami (Namba) is special ?
Minami (南, "South") is one of Osaka's two major city centers. It is the city's most famous entertainment district and offers abundant dining and shopping choices. 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. The district is easily accessible as it is served by three train companies as well as three subway lines and a highway bus terminal. The other major city center is Kita (北, "North") which is located around Osaka and Umeda Stations.
What to explore at Minami (Namba)?
It’s a charming and lively area, where you can visit Dotombori, with its flashy Kanidouraku and Glico signs; Minamisenba and Horie, filled with unique shops and cafes; and Shinsaibashi, home to high-class brand shops and Amerika-mura (American Village), a front-running district in youth culture. There are also many theaters where you can see bunraku and kabuki, both part of the Kansai culture since the Edo period, as well as manzai style comedy. If you want to see the real, undistilled Osaka, be sure to visit Minami.
How to get to Minami (Namba)?
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.
- Place to see, stay and dine
- Shopping & walking area
- Experience Nightlife
- Great for everything
- Great for shopping and food
Namba Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Tips for you
Loved shopping in the Namba area, mainly, Takashimaya and Muji. Some of the most famous images of Osaka, including the Glico Man and the Kani Doraku Crab, are located around the Dōtonbori canal in Namba. Namba is also known as an entertainment district, and hosts many of the city's most popular bars, restaurants, nightclubs, arcades, and pachinko parlours. Don't forget there's plenty to also see underground with the Namba Walk.