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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.

Top Hotels in Namba

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥3,719 per night

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 ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,918 reviews)

"Front desk is friendly and knowledgeable and speak proficient english, room is very clean. Breakfast is excellent"…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
5 out of 5
5-1-60 Namba Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥15,728 per night

Located in Namba, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater and Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium. Kuromon Ichiba Market and Nipponbashi ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (5,105 reviews)
Four day mini-vacation in Osaka

"Great location, great service, in the center of a transit hub. Highly recommended."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Swissotel Nankai Osaka
The Wall Hotel
The Wall Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-17-9 Nishishinsaibashi Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥2,892 per night

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Amerikamura and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Dotonbori Glico Sign and Osaka City Air Terminal are ...

4/5Very Good! (284 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
ibis Styles Osaka Namba
ibis Styles Osaka Namba
3 out of 5
2-13 Soemon-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥5,218 per night

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Doton Plaza, Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Amerikamura and Kuromon Ichiba ...

4/5Very Good! (1,014 reviews)

"Property is near Dotonbori Area. Walk down from the property and eveything is there. Food, shopping and train network are all within walking distance. Highly recommended. Love the vibes of the area."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

ibis Styles Osaka Namba
Namba Oriental Hotel
Namba Oriental Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-8-17, Sennichi-Mae, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥6,954 per night

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! (3,876 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

Namba Oriental Hotel
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 ¥3,719 per night

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! (1,114 reviews)

"Great location. Great service and breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi

Popular places to visit in Namba

Nipponbashi
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Nipponbashi

4.5/5(152 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit Nipponbashi, a favorite shopping spot in Osaka. While in this walkable area, you can savor the restaurants and coffeehouses.

Kuromon Ichiba Market
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Kuromon Ichiba Market

4.5/5(167 reviews)

Follow scents of spices and smoked goods into the covered alleyway of this bustling food market. Its popularity with chefs has earned it the nickname Osaka’s Kitchen. 

Amerikamura
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Amerikamura

4.5/5(41 reviews)

You can find the perfect gifts to bring home when you visit Amerikamura, a popular shopping spot in Osaka. While in this walkable area, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Namba Parks
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Namba Parks

4.5/5(50 reviews)

Find some respite in a leafy oasis terraced across eight levels of an inner-city shopping mall, where parks and gardens blend with contemporary architecture.

Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater
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Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater

5/5(1 review)

For a night of entertainment and Japanese-style humor, head to Osaka’s busiest theatrical center.

Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
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Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium

Catch an event at Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium during your trip to Osaka. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Namba

Japanese sweets making and Tea Ceremony in Osaka
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Japanese sweets making and Tea Ceremony in Osaka

100% of travellers recommend
¥6,500
Per adult
Ninja & Samurai Sword-Fighting Experience in Osaka
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Ninja & Samurai Sword-Fighting Experience in Osaka

100% of travellers recommend
¥8,471
Per adult
Osaka Pub Crawl with Drinks
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Osaka Pub Crawl with Drinks

¥2,500
Per adult
Osaka Bar Hopping Food Tour in Namba
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Osaka Bar Hopping Food Tour in Namba

86% of travellers recommend
¥10,000
Per adult
Osaka Market 3-Hour Food Tour with a Local expert
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Osaka Market 3-Hour Food Tour with a Local expert

¥18,000
Per adult
Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan
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Unlimited Prepaid Nano SIM Card for Japan

¥3,918
Per adult

Other neighborhoods in Osaka

Dotonbori featuring city views 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
Kuromon Ichiba featuring interior views and a city as well as a large group of people

Minami

4.5/5Wonderful!(59 area reviews)

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

Minami
Shinsaibashi featuring street scenes

Shinsaibashi

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

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

Shinsaibashi
Osaka featuring zoo animals and a park

Naniwa

4.5/5Wonderful!(240 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Naniwa. Nipponbashi is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Daikokucho Station or Ashiharabashi Station to see more of Osaka.

Naniwa
A hidden rooftop garden in busy Osaka...
Amandine Chaignot on trover

Honmachi

4.5/5Wonderful!(13 area reviews)

Shopping and restaurants are notable features of Honmachi. You might consider a stop by Osaka Kigyoka Museum while you're exploring the neighborhood.

Honmachi
Osaka Castle which includes a city

Chuo

4.5/5Wonderful!(192 area reviews)

Chuo is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Osaka Castle and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Tanimachi 4-chome Station or Tanimachi 6-chome Station.

Chuo