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NambaOsaka

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.


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Top hotels in Namba

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
4 out of 5
The price is P3,932 per night from 3 Nov to 4 Nov

Located in Namba, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Osaka City Air Terminal, Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple. Osaka Museum of History and Umeda Sky ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,221 reviews)

"The property felt a bit old but the view from our room was amazing."…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
The price is P1,950 per night from 2 Nov to 3 Nov

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Tsutenkaku Tower and Abeno Harukas are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (2,784 reviews)

"Easy to use Hotel with no hastle, best location for a trip to Osaka especially if you like to drink or like Otaku goods and game shopping."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2020

APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi
APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi
3 out of 5
2-7-11, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is P1,758 per night from 23 Nov to 24 Nov

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dotonbori Glico Sign and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Tsutenkaku Tower and Kyocera Dome Osaka are also within ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,059 reviews)
Good location

"Good location"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi
Hotel Nikko Osaka
Hotel Nikko Osaka
4 out of 5
1-3-3 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is P6,316 per night from 6 Nov to 7 Nov

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Tempozan Harbor ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (1,634 reviews)
osaka trip

"great location,"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Hotel Nikko Osaka
 Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
3.5 out of 5
The price is P1,860 per night from 30 Nov to 1 Dec

Located in Namba, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Tsutenkaku Tower, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Osaka Museum of History and Osaka Science Museum. Osaka Castle ...

4.2/5Excellent! (3,036 reviews)

"Very friendly and helpful staffs... Wide range of amentites available for self-service in the lobby, clean and comfy room... Super prime location, just few mins walk to Dontonburi... Love it!! :D"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
The Wall Hotel
The Wall Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-17-9 Nishishinsaibashi Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is P1,338 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Amerikamura and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Ebisu Bridge and Dotonbori Glico Sign are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (328 reviews)
An Inexpensive Hotel Close to all the Action.

"This hotel is a nice balance between near it all and affordable. The bathroom and bathtub are large. Being 6'2 and trying to take a nice hot bath after a long day of walking/shopping and getting lost is usually impossible in most Japanese style hotels (kind of like trying to stuff yourself into one ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb 5, 2020

The Wall Hotel
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Other neighborhoods in Osaka

Dotonbori featuring central business district and outdoor art as well as a large group of people

Dotonbori

A noteworthy feature of Dotonbori is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura.

Dotonbori
Shinsaibashi showing street scenes

Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Namba Parks and Kuromon Ichiba Market. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station.

Shinsaibashi
Shinsekai showing a city as well as a small group of people

Shinsekai

Shinsekai is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Tsutenkaku Tower and Spa World.

Shinsekai


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