Namba is the center of the Minami Area and the home of entertainment in Osaka. Located in the southern area of the city, Namba is a location of many popular and widely recognizable tourist attractions that Osaka is world famous for.
Discover the Famous Namba District
Namba is one of the two busiest districts in the Osaka prefecture and is a must-see spot in your travels around the Kansai region. With many different areas that encompass everything Japan has to offer, you can lose yourself for days at a time exploring all of Namba.
Den Den Town in the Nipponbashi area of Namba is often compared to the Akihabara district in Tokyo and where your inner geek can come loose. The waterfront area of Dotonbori is a bright neon cityscape that puts Osaka on the map. The image of the Glico Man is known throughout the world and you can get your image in front of him in the here.
Shop Underground at the Namba Walk
Namba Walk is one of two of the major shopping centers of the district. The sprawling underground complex is 715 meters long and is filled with boutique clothing stores, restaurants and daily supply stores. Namba Walk is popular with the younger crowd thanks to the newer fashion styles on sale.
Shop Above Ground at the Namba Parks
If you want to stay above ground, the Namba Parks complex was built on the old site of the Osaka Baseball Park in 2003, with some of the newest shops in Japan. With 9 floors of shopping and food goodness, Namba Parks also boasts a rooftop garden with an event space surrounded by beautiful flowers and trees and a movie theater.
The Hidden Namba Yasaka Shrine
Namba Yasaka Shrine is a little shrine hidden away among the neon lights of the district. Famous for the lion’s head stage which extends 12 meters tall and 7 meters deep, this shrine is known to bring business related luck to those who visit, and thus is most popular during the start and end of financial quarters. Visitors to the shrine will love the mix of the traditional Japanese shrine and the retro look of the lion’s head.
- Spot name: Namba Yasaka Shrine
- Street address: 2-9-19 Motomachi, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka 556-0016
- Access: An 8-minute walk from Nankai Station
Relax in one of the Namba Hotels
Staying in one of the Namba Hotels can help you explore the district to its fullest extent. You’ll be able to enjoy the nightlife until the early hours of the morning and still be able to get back to your relaxing bed.
Namba Oriental Hotel
Only a 5-minute walk from Nipponbashi Station, the Namba Oriental Hotel features a gorgeous plaza featuring an impressive fountain. Walking into the hotel takes you away from the busy, bustling Namba district and transports you to a relaxing peaceful space.
- Spot name: Namba Oriental Hotel
- Street address: 2-8-17 Sennichimae, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka 542-0074
- Access: A 5-minute walk from Nipponbashi Station
Hotel Sunrise Osaka Namba
Located close to the Dotonbori Canal and area, Hotel Sunrise Osaka Namba is a quaint hotel to stay in while you explore Osaka. Situated within walking distance is all the best sights in Namba and some of the best restaurants in Japan. Rooms in the hotel are complete with all the amenities you need to have a comfortable stay in downtown Osaka.
- Spot name: Hotel Sunrise Osaka Namba
- Street address: 1-1-13 Nipponbashi, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka 542-0073
- Access: A 3-minute walk from Nipponbashi Station
Burn Calories While Namba Running
Utsubo Park is the best place to get your Namba running on. Just north of the area there is two different tracks, a short one around the park and the other, which takes you from the park down to the Dotonbori canal and waterfront. Do be aware that these routes are some of the most popular in Osaka and can get quite busy during the warmer months.
Make Namba Station Your Base in Osaka
Namba Station can refer to three different stations in the same general vicinity in the Namba area. The first of the which is the actual Namba Station, which houses the Nankai Electric Railway above ground train lines and the Osaka Municipal Subway lines underground.
The second station is the JR Namba Station. The West Japan Railway operated station is the final stop on the Yamatoji Line, which connects Osaka to Oji Station and Nara Station in Nara prefecture and is the terminus for the Kansai Main Line.
The last station in the area is Osaka Namba Station. The station holds the Kintetsu Namba Line and the Hanshin Namba Line, both private lines from the named companies. The Kintetsu line is an extension of the Nara and Osaka lines which also connects Osaka to Nara, and the Hanshin Line takes passengers to Hyogo Prefecture.