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.

Osaka Takashimaya

A long-established department store with branches located around the world.

Daimaru Shinsaibashi

This department store is housed in a massive neo-gothic style building designed by Vories.

Dotombori Konamon Museum

Konamon Museum is a place where you can eat, learn about and make Takoyaki: Osaka's soul food.

namBa HIPS

NamBa HIPS is an entertainment complex with golf, spas, amusement facilities and restaurants.

Naniwa Tanken Cruise (Osaka River Cruise)

Take a one-and-a-half-hour leisurely cruise through Osaka while listening to a Rakugo storytelling guide.

Minamisemba

District with stylish sidewalk cafes, Osaka-based designer shops, and other distinctive attractions.

Minatomachi River Place

Multi-purpose event space complex offering dynamic urban landscapes and atmospheric waterside views.

Namba Yasaka Shrine

Affectionately called "Namba no Yasaka-han," Namba Yasaka Shrine features the eye-catching enormous Ema-Den. The Tug-of-War Ritual taking place here is Osaka City's first intangible folk cultural property.

Namba Hatch

Namba Hatch is a club presenting various genres of live music, such as rock, jazz, soul and hiphop.

Tombori Riverwalk

Running through the center of the Minami area (southern downtown Osaka), the Dotombori River is one of the most famous waterways in Osaka. Along both sides of the river, promenade construction is underway as part of a project for revitalizing the Aqua Metropolis Osaka.

Namba Shrine

This is an old shrine where a playhouse was once located. The name of the playhouse, "Bunraku-za," was the origin of "Bunraku," traditional Japanese puppet theater. Crushed ice is given to worshippers during Himuro Festival, Namba Shrine's summer festival held on July 20 and 21 every year.

Osaka Prefectural Museum of Kamigata Comedy and Performing Arts (Wahha Kamigata)

This Osaka Prefectural museum collects, conserves and exhibits materials and documents on Kamigata (the old name of the Kyoto-Osaka area) comedy and performing arts, including "rakugo" traditional Japanese storytelling, "manzai" comic dialogue, "rokyoku" recitation and "kodan" storytelling.

Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium

A sporting center for various sports, including volleyball, basketball, judo and gymnastics. Classes for yoga and aerobics are also available.

OCAT (Osaka City Air Terminal)

The largest bus terminal in western Japan, directly connected to the Namba Station of JR Line. Adjoining are offices, restaurants, shopping facilities, plus a full-scale rooftop garden.

Dotombori

A bustling commercial street that is representative of the Minami area of Osaka, always busy with playhouses and food shops from the Edo Period to today.

America-mura (American Village)

A unique, vibrant area in the Minami area of Osaka that is the centre of Kansai's youth culture.

Namba Grand Kagetsu

A hub of stand-up comedy culture, proudly presented by Yoshimoto Kogyo. Come experience entertainment provided by a wide variety of Yoshimoto comedians.

National Bunraku Theatre

A theater where Bunraku, a traditional art of Japan that has been designated as one of the world's intangible cultural assets, can be enjoyed.

Hozenji Yokocho

An area located in the busy district of Minami, but still retaining the tranquil Naniwa atmosphere. Within Yokocho are long-standing Japanese restaurants, bars, okonomi-yaki (Japanese pancake) restaurants and kushi-katsu (skewered and fried meats and vegetables) restaurants.

Shinsaibashi-suji Shotengai

A commercial avenue stretching north and south for about 580 meters from the south of Nagahori-dori to Soemoncho-dori. Visitors to this street number about 60,000 on weekdays and about 120,000 on weekends and holidays.

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