Osaka/Minami

Osaka/Minami( 大阪 ミナミ ) is the largest commercial area in Osaka.

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.

Get in

By train

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.

Namba Sta.
JR-Namba Sta.
Osaka-Namba Sta.

By bus

There are two bus terminals around Namba railway stations. Kansai Airport Limousine bus runs from Kansai International Airport to Namba OCAT bus terminal, ¥1000 one way.

Namba Highway Busterminal
Ticket office window: 9AM - 8PM
  • Nankai Bus
OCAT Bus Terminal
Ticket office window: 7:30AM - 10PM
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Chugoku - Hiroshima
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Ticket office window: 6:30AM - 10:50PM
Kansai - Fukuchiyama, Maizuru
Chugoku - Tottori, Yonago, Kurayoshi

See

Do

Buy

Osaka's most famous shopping district is Shinsaibashi (心斎橋), which offers a mix of huge department stores, high-end Western designer stores, and independent boutiques ranging from very cheap to very expensive. Within Shinsaibashi, the Amerika-mura (アメリカ村, often shortened to "Amemura") or "American Village" area is particularly popular among young people, and is often said to be the source of most youth fashion trends in Japan. Near Amerika-mura,Horie (堀江) is shopping street of mainly Japanese brands shops. The many shops in Umeda are also popular among trendy locals, particularly in the Hep Five and Hep Navio buildings adjacent to Hankyu Umeda Station, although these shops tend to be too expensive to captivate most tourists' interest. In this area, new shopping buildings have been constructed recently. For example, the“E-ma” buildings next to Hanshin department store, and “Nu-Chayamachi” (Nu 茶屋町), opened in October 2005 near Hankyu Umeda station.

For electronics, the Nipponbashi (日本橋) area southeast of Namba, and particularly the "Den-Den Town" shopping street, was once regarded as the Akihabara of western Japan; nowadays, more people would rather shop at the new, enormous Yodobashi Camera (ヨドバシカメラ) in Umeda or BicCamera (ビックカメラ) and LABI1 in Namba, although Nipponbashi still offers good deals on many gadgets, PC components and used/new industrial electronics.

Eat

Budget

Mid-range

難波長和ビル4F (The En sign 'えん' is visible from the big crossing in front of the Takashimaya department store in Namba. The elevator to En is on the right as you enter the shopping street.),  +81 6-6648-9896. The Namba branch of the excellent En izakaya (see above).

Splurge

Drink

Try Amemura area - There you will find all kind of bars with different genre from hip-hop to reggae.

Nightclubs

Sleep

The usual suspects tend to be situated within a 5-10 minute walk north to north-west of JR Namba (a few blocks past the love hotel district). The big advantage here is that this district is also roughly a 10 minute stroll from Dotonbori. Thus, for the light traveller, a cost effective way to stay in a nice hotel is to simply enjoy the food and atmosphere along the canal until midnight, then take advantage of the various after midnight check-in discounts (typically about 30% off the regular night rate). For example the Tokoyo Inn reduces its single room prices from ~¥6500 to a clean ¥4500, and the Dormy Inn from a regular ¥7000 fee down to ¥4900.

Budget

Capsule hotels

Asahiplaza Shinsaibashi Capsules

Budget apartments

Mid-range

Osaka, 542 0083 (1 minute walk from Exit 5A at Nagahoribashi Station),  +81 6 6243 4055. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 10AM. A newly opened (July 1, 2010) hotel that is located only about 5 minutes walking distance from the Shinsaibashi shopping area. Some staff spoke good English. The rooms were very small, but very clean since it is a new hotel.

Splurge

Connect

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