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.

Namba Walk

A popular underground shopping in the center of Minami with around 270 shops.

Hakimonotonya-gai (Wholesale dist Shopping Street rict of shoes)

A wholesale district selling shoes, handbags and umbrellas.

Luxury Shop Street

Famous brand name shops are concentrated in the crossing section of Midosuji and Nagahori Dori.

Bic Camera

Mega department store of electric devices.

Ebisubashisuji Shopping Street

Shopping arcade along the approach to the Imamiya Ebisu Shrine.

Bunraku Senbei

At the The National Theater, light meals are served at the restaurant on the 1st floor, and unique gifts like post cards, bunraku figures and mobile phone accessories are sold at the kiosk.

BIG STEP

A landmark entertainment building of America Mura.

Tanika Toy

Selling bettan, lottery, chocolate sticks, rice crackers, and more, this old penny candy store is still going strong after 100 years.

Kagetsudo

Kagetsudo sells hand crafted decorations, such as curtains, lanterns, antiques and a range of very popular Beckoning Cat goods.

Senda Co., Ltd.

A comprehensive store selling over 80,000 kitchen items from in and out of Japan.

Ichimonji Chuki

A knife specialty store selling over 5000 knives for professionals and households.

Sofmap Namba store SAURUS2 Hardware store

A huge range of electronics including new and used PCs.

Joshin Super DenDen LAND

A huge appliance store in Nippombashi selling a range of electronic and AV products.

Namba CITY

A vast shopping mall located at Namba Station on the Nankai Line.

Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian: Naniwa merchandise

A store full of Osaka-themed merchandise including the quirky and fun Osaka Nioikan: scent of Osaka in a can.

Yoshimoto TV Dori / Goods of Yoshimoto Kogyo comedians

A store brimming with original goods featuring various popular comedians, from novices to respected veterans.

Oguraya Yamamoto: Ebisume

Cooked using traditional techniques, Oguraya Yamamoto's "Ebisume" is the original shiofuki-kombu.

551 Horai: Barbecue Pork Buns & more

551 Horai is one of the most popular barbecue pork bun stores in Osaka, selling more than 110,000 buns every day.

Namba Parks

This shopping mall is an oasis in the city where people can enjoy trees and flowers while browsing boutiques.

Shinsaibashi OPA & OPA Kireikan

A mall dedicated to fashion that's directly connected to Subway Shinsaibashi Station.

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