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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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Hotel Nikko Osaka
Hotel Nikko Osaka
4 out of 5
1-3-3 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$211 per night from 5 Feb to 6 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (1,574 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 24 Sep,2020

Hotel Nikko Osaka
Agora Place Osaka Namba
Agora Place Osaka Namba
3.5 out of 5
1-9-7 Sennichi-mae, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
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Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Market and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are also within ...

4.4/5Excellent! (1,533 reviews)

"Well firstly! Location is amazing!!! Coming into the hotel the entrance is amazing and the rooms are very well set up. Spent 3 nights here and they were great. Bathroom is very nice and strong showerhead for those long days! Right near Dotonbori so food is available at your doorstep!"…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar,2020

Agora Place Osaka Namba
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
3 out of 5
4-29 Sennichimae, Namba, Osaka, Osaka
The price is SG$56 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (2,711 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 16 Aug,2020

APA Hotel Namba-Ekihigashi
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 SG$54 per night from 28 Jan to 29 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (904 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 3 Jan,2021

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Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Swissotel Nankai Osaka
5 out of 5
5-1-60 Namba Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$256 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (2,083 reviews)
Four day mini-vacation in Osaka

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

Reviewed on 23 Feb,2020

Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Yukinoyado
Yukinoyado
3 out of 5
1-4-12 Shiokusa, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka
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Located in Namba, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Namba Yasaka Shrine, Nipponbashi and Namba Parks. Amerikamura and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade ...

3/5 (1 review)

"建物は広く、内装や小物にこだわったようでおしゃれなイメージでしたが、、、、。 前の使用者がリビングで焼肉でもしたのか、きつい焼肉のようなにおい。フローリングも油でべたべた。 管理人に連絡したところ、「清掃担当者はにおいを感じなかった」と回答。このにおい感じないとかあり得ない。 滞在期間が長かったので自費で消臭剤を買い、フローリングも清掃した。 それでもカーテンや壁に染み付いたにおいはまだ少し残っています。 テーブルの奥のほう、椅子の下を触ると手がべたべたする。 何かが付着しているようです。 ここまでは気持ちが悪いので清掃していません。 風呂場も清掃が行き届いていなく、カビが多かったのでこれまた自費でカビハイターを買って清掃しました。 ..."…"

Reviewed on 13 May,2020

Yukinoyado
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