Updated: October 03, 2019
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9 Things to Do in Namba, Osaka!

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Namba is the southern part of Osaka and is considered to be the heart of Osaka. If you want to dive into Osaka's unique culture, here is a list of 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. The area is filled with so many restaurants and places to visit, and it becomes remarkably vibrant at night.

Things to do

1. Kuromon Market

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Kuromon Market is where it's at for seafood lovers in Osaka! The huge, covered shopping street stretches for more than half a kilometer and has about 150 shops and restaurants selling everything from fresh seafood (including fugu in the winter) to sushi, to fresh seafood skewers that you can munch on while you walk. Even if you don't buy anything, it's fun just to walk through the market and experience all the sights and smells. Seafood lovers definitely shouldn't miss a trip to Kuromon Market when visiting Osaka!

The market is located about 5 minutes away from Nippombashi Station (Exit 10). It's best to go in the morning or early afternoon because many of the shops will begin closing in the early evening.
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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 has a refined atmosphere that 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 and pour water on top of "Ofudo-san" while making a wish. "Ofudo-san" is covered with moss, which shows that lots of people have been visiting (photo below).
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3. Namba Yasaka

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Namba Yasaka Shrine has one of the most unique buildings of any shrine in the world! This Osaka shrine's iconic lion head-shaped building was built in the 1970s and isn't actually very old. However, the shrine itself has a long history, and its annual festival held in January(which incorporates an awesome tug-of-war competition) is designated as an intangible folk cultural property by the Japanese government.

The shrine is around an 8-minute walk from Nankai station.

4. Sennichimae Kitchenware Street

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Located near Osaka's Namba Station, 'Sennichimae Dogayasuji Shotengai' is a shopping street that is almost entirely filled with kitchen-related shops. You can find everything from pots and pans, to knives and cutlery, to beautiful artisan dishes. Having such a strong food culture, it only makes sense that Osaka should have such an awesome kitchenware shopping street. Whether you want to bring back some high-quality Japanese dishes for a souvenir, or are searching for an awesome Japanese knife for slicing fish at home, you can find it here!
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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 a show at Namba Grand Kagetsu! Namba Grand Kagetsu offers "Yoshimoto Shinkigeki", which is a really famous and popular comedy show which is also aired on TV in Japan. Many Osaka people grow 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, but is still interesting even if you can't understand the words. Who knows, you just might be able to pick up some Osaka dialect words!

6. Soemon-cho

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Soemon-cho is a street that has more than 400 years of history and is one of the Osaka's symbols. The street has 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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Located near Osaka's Namba Station, 'Sennichimae Dogayasuji Shotengai' is a shopping street that is almost entirely filled with kitchen-related shops. You can find everything from pots and pans, to knives and cutlery, to beautiful artisan dishes. Having such a strong food culture, it only makes sense that Osaka should have such an awesome kitchenware shopping street. Whether you want to bring back some high-quality Japanese dishes for a souvenir, or are searching for an awesome Japanese knife for slicing fish at home, you can find it here!

8. Denden Town

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If you want to experience an Akihabara-like atmosphere in Osaka, or if you're an anime fan, then Denden town is definitely worth a visit! Much like Akihabara in Tokyo, this street is where many of Osaka's major electronics stores are located. In addition, you can find maid cafes, cosplay stores, and anime and manga stores, too! The area is only about 4 minutes 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 considered. It is located really close to Namba Grand Kagetsu, and is a short shopping arcade that used to be full of furniture stores, but recently has become home to many casual restaurants that attract local Osaka people.

Learn How to Cook Ramen and Gyoza!

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The best way to really get to know an area is to meet a local. There's a Namba local name Yucco who teaches a ramen and gyoza cooking class right out of her house! Anyone who loves food and is looking for a true insider look into Japanese life should consider taking the class!

Namba 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).

While you are in Namba...

Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori are both interesting places worth visiting in the Namba area. 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 place.

Namba Restaurants!

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