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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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The Wall Hotel
The Wall Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-17-9 Nishishinsaibashi Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥4,165 per night from Mar 7 to Mar 8

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! (362 reviews)

"Big bathtub for two people was a surprise and great."…"

Reviewed on Nov 29, 2020

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Best Western Hotel Fino Osaka Shinsaibashi
Best Western Hotel Fino Osaka Shinsaibashi
3.5 out of 5
1-2-19 Higashi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥3,927 per night from Mar 11 to Mar 12

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, Kuromon Ichiba Market, and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Osaka Castle and Umeda ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,001 reviews)

"Rooms a bit tiny but clean. It is in the quit part of Shinsaibashi so it is good in this regard."…"

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2021

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Smile Hotel Premium Osaka Hommachi
Smile Hotel Premium Osaka Hommachi
3.5 out of 5
2-8-6 Minamisenba, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥3,273 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

Located in Namba, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, Dotonbori Glico Sign, and Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater. Osaka Castle and Tempozan ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (912 reviews)

"We very likely the hotel.thanks for the staff they are very friendly and nice"…"

Reviewed on Jan 3, 2021

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Hotel Nikko Osaka
Hotel Nikko Osaka
4 out of 5
1-3-3 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥13,620 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

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! (1,473 reviews)
High level of Japanese service

"I usually stay here when in Osaka. There is a consistant high grade of Japanese service given. You really feel like a welcome guest. Japanese breakfast was delicious."…"

Reviewed on Sep 24, 2020

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APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥3,636 per night from Mar 5 to Mar 6

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! (2,569 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

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Namba Oriental Hotel
Namba Oriental Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-8-17, Sennichi-Mae, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥5,909 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Located in Namba, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Tsutenkaku Tower. Shitennoji Temple and Osaka Museum of History are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,818 reviews)

"Location is awesome. close to several subway stations. We took the airport shuttle and it's easy to reach both times. It has lots of restaurants near the hotel and a supermarket right next to it. It's very convenient if you need some essential goods. The hotel provides candies and masks in the morning ..."…"

Reviewed on May 26, 2020

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