Updated: November 06, 2018
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What To Do in Namba, Osaka

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Namba is the southern part of Osaka and is considered to be at the heart of Osaka's culture. If you want to know about Osaka's unique history, here are the top things to do in Namba, Osaka.

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What Is Namba?

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You can experience Osaka's local atmosphere here in Namba. It is also known as "Minami", meaning south since it is located in the southern part of Osaka. There's so many restaurants and places to visit, and it becomes remarkably vibrant at night. It is really close of Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori area too.

Things to do

So what exactly can you do in Namba? Here's a quick guide to introduce the top things to do in Namba, Osaka!

1. Kuromon Market

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Kuromon Market is where it's at for seafood lovers! It is a market in Namba where they have a variety of seafood street food, and there are also lots of good sushi restaurants. You can buy food and walk around.
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It doesn't get much tastier than this!

2. Houzenji Yokocho

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Hozenji Yokocho is the symbol of Minami Osaka. It is a street full of restaurants, and its refined atmosphere is really popular among tourists. It's fun to just walk around this area!
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In the heart of Hozenji Yokocho, there is Hozenji Temple, where people come visit to pour water on top of "Ofudo-san" while making a wish, so that their wishes could come true. "Ofudo-san" is covered with moss, which shows how lots of people have been visiting (photo below).
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3. Namba Yasaka

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Namba Yasaka Shrine has this remarkable building with a humongous lion's head. The shrine has been destroyed by war, so the lion head was rebuilt pretty recently. It's around a 5 minute walk from Namba station.

4. Sennichimae Kitchenware Street

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Kitchen materials are really important in terms of cooking, and of course the food town Osaka takes it seriously. This street has lots of kitchen materials that are made professionally by experts in Japan. They also have dishes too, so make sure to check them out! You may find your favorite plates.
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5. Namba Grand Kagetsu

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People say that comedy in Osaka and Tokyo is really different. If you are curious what Osaka's comedy look is like, definitely go watch Namba Grand Kagetsu! Namba Grand Kagetsu offer "Yoshimoto Shinkigeki", which is a really famous and popular comedy show which is also aired on TV in Japan. Many Osaka people are grown up watching the show. If you are lucky, you might be able to take a photo with comedians too! The show is all in Japanese, so you might be able to pick up some Osaka dialect words!

6. Soemon-cho

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Soemon-cho is a town that has more than 400 years of history, one of the Osaka's symbols. They have lots of restaurants and bars, so if you are looking for a place to go bar hopping or just have a casual dinner, it's worth visiting!

7. Namba Parks

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If you are looking for a place to shop, you should definitely check out Namba Parks! It has lots of shops and restaurants, and it's really close from Namba station. It is also famous for its architectural design! It has 8 floors of rooftop garden.

8. Denden Town

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If you want to experience Akihabara-like atmosphere in Osaka, or if you like anime, definitely go to Denden Town, where all the electricity stores are located. They also have maid cafes and cosplay stores too! It takes around a 4 minute walk from Midosuji Namba station, or less than a minute walk from the south exit of Nankai Line Namba station.

9. Southroad Sennichimae

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Have you ever heard of "Ura-Namba"? It means "Back Namba", and that's what Southroad Sennichimae is referred to. It is located really close to Namba Grand Kagetsu, and is a short shopping arcade where furniture store used to gather, but recently casual restaurants are attracting local Osaka people.

Access

- Subway Midosuji line, Yotsubashi line, Sennichimae line "Namba" station
- Nankai Electric Railway "Namba" station
- JR "Namba" station

From Shin Osaka station:
- Take Subway Midosuji line to Namba station.

From Osaka Airport (Itami Airport):
- Take Osaka Monorail to Hotarugaike station, transfer to Hankyu Takarazuka line to Umeda station, transfer to Subway Midosuji line and to Namba station.

From Kansai International Airport:
- Take Nankai Kukou Tokkyu Rapito (Rapid) to Nankai Namba station, or take a limousine bus to OCAT (Namba).



You can also walk from Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori.

While you are in Namba...

As mentioned in the beginning, Namba is really close to Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori. While you are in Namba, why not visit both? Osaka is a super fun and lively city, I hope this article will help you make the best of this awesome city.

Make the most out of your Namba visit!

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They also have good ramen restaurants too, so make sure to check them out too!
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