Minami (City South)

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See the real Osaka here

The shopping district centering on Namba is known as Minami. It's a charming and lively area where you can visit Dotombori, with its flashy Kanidouraku and Glico signs; Minamisemba and Horie, filled with unique shops and cafes; and Shinsaibashi, home to high-class brand shops and Amerika-mura (American Village), a front-running district in youth culture. There are also many theaters where you can see bunraku and kabuki, both part of the Kansai culture since the Edo period, as well as manzai style comedy. If you want to see the real, undistilled Osaka, be sure to visit Minami.

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The birthplace of Kansai's performing arts

When visiting Osaka, you can't miss a performance of local comedy. In the Minami area, manzai and comedic plays are performed daily at the Namba Grand Kagetsu (NGK), the home stage of comedy conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo. Other places where you can enjoy Kansai's performing arts in Minami include the Shochiku-za, which stages kabuki, musicals, and commercial plays, and the National Bunraku theatre, that specialises in the traditional puppet theatre.

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Dotonbori, home of Cui-daore (eat 'til you drop)

Dotombori is filled with famous restaurants where you can enjoy classic Osaka foods like takoyaki, okonomiyaki, tetchiri (blowfish stew), and udon. Giant sculptures in the shape of crabs or blowfish add to the excitement, helping to immerse you in the buzzing market atmosphere that is a hallmark of this city. South of the bustling Dotombori area is the more old-fashioned Hozenji Yokocho, a traditional shopping street that's reminiscent of Osaka from the olden days.

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Why not do some leisurely window shopping?

Horie is a fashionable neighborhood brimming with modern boutiques and classy cafes that are popular among young people. Minami-semba, once the site of many lumber businesses, has transformed into a district of distinctive stores, hair salons, and local designer shops. If you're looking to do some shopping with a difference, be sure to visit Horie as well as Amerika-mura, which is at the cutting edge of youth street culture. Large-scale shopping centers like the beautiful, semi-outdoor Namba Parks and O1O1 NAMBA MARUI are also lively destinations.

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Distinctive shopping streets

Another part of Minami's charm is the selection of bustling shopping streets where you can stroll past countless vendors selling unique gifts. The Shinsaibashi-suji Shotengai, running parallel to Midosuji Boulevard, has a long history and about 180 shops, including Daimaru Shinsaibashi. Another must-visit strip is the famous Sennichima Doguyasuji Shopping Street, packed with stores selling all sorts of tools related to food, from cooking utensils like knives, pots, and cutting boards, to dishes, neon signs and paper lanterns. You can also visit Kuromon Ichiba, stocked with fresh foods, and Nippombashi DENDEN Town, an electronics district on par with Tokyo's Akihabara.

ROUND1 Kita-Shinsaibashi

Round 1 is an arcade, karaoke place, bowling, sports area, billiard tables and more! It is opened till 6am, perfect place to stay all night!

Don Quijote Dotonbori Store 

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Angelic Smile Shinsaibashi

Located on the 1st floor of Midosuji Bldg. next to Shinsaibashi OPA, it is a place to attend to beauty that you can easily drop in at during shopping or on your way home from the office.

Tokyu Hands Shinsaibashi Store

Largest daily sundries shop in Kansai, with everything from crafty items to everyday goods.

La Porte Shinsaibashi

A new fashion building on Shinsaibashi-suji Street. This conspicuous building houses a variety of stores ranging from fashion clothing to cafés and restaurants.

Lucky Billiken Goods, Mike Store Shinsaibashi

"Billiken" is the god of luck with a humorous cute face. Various goods can be bought for his 100th birthday!

Oguraya: "Ogura Kombu"

Established over 150 years ago, Oguraya is well known as being Osaka's oldest and most prestigious kombu merchant.

Takomasa: Takoyaki and akashiyaki

Takomasa's popular takoyaki is tender on the inside and is flavored with soy sauce prepared to a secret recipe.

Akaneya: Arare and okaki

Akaneya pursues the traditional taste of Japan in its products by using high-quality glutinous rice in a time-honored procedure.

Amidaike Daikoku: Awaokoshi and iwaokoshi

Awaokoshi (cereal puffs, candied and compressed into bars) is one of Japan's oldest known sweets. Since its establishment, Amidaike Daikoku's awaokoshi has appealed to discerning Osakan taste buds.

Matsuyamachisuji Shopping Street

Commonly referred to as "Matchamachi" or even "Gotchamachi," the street has more than 100 wholesale and specialist stores dealing in Japanese dolls, toys, candy and Japanese paper.

Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street

A 150m-long shopping street lined with specialty stores with every cooking utensil and kitchen item available. The Doguyasuji Festival on Oct 9 is an event where various tools are on sale.

Crysta Nagahori

A 730m-long underground shopping strip stretching from Sakaisuji to Yotsubashi suji.

Yoshimoto Kaiun Kenko Koufuku Hyakkaten (department of fortune, health and happiness)

Handprints of the big names of Osaka are collected for display, just like at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood.

YAMADA DENKI LABI1 Namba

A 20,000 sq. meter appliance store with approx. 800,000 items from appliances to books to toys.

O1O1 NAMBA MARUI

Various brands from Tokyo, Osaka, and from overseas can all be found at this mall.

Nipponbashi DENDEN Town

One of the largest commercial districts in Osaka, packed with electrical equipment discount stores.

NAMBA NanNan

Famous for being the pioneer of the underground shopping mall in Osaka.

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