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Located around Namba Station, Minami (~i~, "South") is one of Osaka's two major city centers. It is the city's most famous entertainment district and offers abundant dining and shopping choices. The district is easily accessible as it is served by three train companies as well as three subway lines and a highway bus terminal. The other major city center is Kita (L^, "North") which is located around Osaka and Umeda stations.

Shopping and Nightlife

Dotonbori

Best seen at night, Dotonbori never truly closes with some restaurants open 24 hours.

Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade

Hours vary by store; typically from around 10:00-11:00 to around 18:30-21:00.

Amerikamura

Hours vary by store.

Den Den Town

Hours vary by store; typically from around 10:00-11:00 to around 19:00-20:00.

Kuromon Market

Hours vary by store, typically 8:00 to 18:00

Namba Parks

Shops are open 11:00-21:00. Restaurants vary but most are open 11:00-23:00.

Culture and History

National Bunraku Theater

Bunraku performances are usually held in three week runs in January, April, June, July/August and November. Ticket prices vary by performance but typically range from 2000 to 6000 yen.

Shochikuza Theater

Kabuki performances are usually held in five runs per year, each lasting between three to four weeks. Ticket prices vary by performance but typically range from 4000 to 15000 yen.

Hozenji Yokocho

Admission to the temple is free. Restaurant hours vary.

Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum

Hours: 11:00 to 18:00 (entry until 17:30)
Closed: Mondays (or following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Admission: 500 yen

Getting there and around

The Minami area is centered around Namba Station and the Osaka City Air Terminal (OCAT) and is served by multiple train and subway routes as well as buses.

Namba Station is not a single station, but rather a collection of multiple station buildings and platforms, including Nankai Namba Station, JR Namba Station and Kintetsu's Osaka Namba Station. Furthermore, the Midosuji, Yotsubashi and Sennichimae Subway Lines stop at their respective Namba Stations.

Most airport and highway buses serve the Osaka City Air Terminal (OCAT), which is located in the same building as JR Namba Station.

From Shin-Osaka and Osaka Stations

The Midosuji Subway line connects Shin-Osaka and Osaka/Umeda Stations directly to Namba Station. It takes approximately 8 minutes and 230 yen from Osaka/Umeda Station and 15 minutes and 280 yen from Shin-Osaka Station.

From Kansai Airport

By train

Nankai Railways operates direct trains between Kansai Airport and Nankai Namba Station. Express trains take around 45 minutes and cost 930 yen (non-reserved seats only), while limited express trains ("Rap:t") take around 35 minutes and cost 1450 yen (reserved seats only).

It is also possible to travel by JR, but it requires a transfer at Tennoji Station along the way. The whole trip takes approximately one hour and costs 1080 yen, using the JR Airport Rapid.

By bus

Buses run from Kansai Airport to the Osaka City Air Terminal (OCAT) approximately every 30 minutes. Tickets can be purchased at the airport limousine bus counter and cost 1100 yen. Travel time is about 50 minutes.

How to get to and around Osaka

Hotels around Osaka

    • Kaneyoshi Ryokan
      A modern Japanese inn in Dotombori. the center of Osaka. 2 subway stations nearby. Close to many shops and Osaka Castle.
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    • Cabin & Capsule Hotel J-SHIP Osaka Namba
      Mid-range
      Located a minutefs walk from JR Namba Station South Exit, J-SHIPg is a capsule hotel offering free WiFi. Rooms for men and women are located on separate floors. Featuring male and female public baths, the property provides nightwear, towels, slippers and toothbrushes. Bath amenities are also offered. Snacks and drinks vending machines are available on site. Guests can relax in the shared lounge. Namba CITY shopping mall is a 9-minute walk from the property, while Kyocera Dome Osaka, Osaka Castle and Osaka Tenmangu Shrine can be reached within a 20-minute drive away. JR Osaka Station and Umeda Station are 10 minutes by car, while Universal Studios Japan is a 25-minute train ride away. Osaka Itami Airporty is 40 minutes by car from J-SHIPg.
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    • Hiyori Hotel Osaka Namba Station
      Luxury
      Ideally located in the Shinsaibashi, Namba, Yotsubashi district of Osaka, Hiyori Hotel Osaka Namba Station is set 200 metres from Nankai Namba Station, 850 metres from Glico Man Sign, 1.6 km from Tsutenkaku and 1.6 km from Shinsekai. Located around 3.1 km from Shitenno-ji Temple, the hotel is also 3.7 km away from Abeno Harukas. The property is non-smoking and is situated 8 km from Universal Studios Japan. At the hotel, rooms have a desk and a flat-screen TV. With a private bathroom fitted with a shower and a hair dryer, rooms at Hiyori Hotel Osaka Namba Station also feature free WiFi. All units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. There is an in-house restaurant, which serves European cuisine. Speaking both English and Korean, staff at the reception can help you plan your stay. Kuromon Market is 800 metres away, while Osaka Castle is 4.9 km from Hiyori Hotel Osaka Namba Station. Itami Airport is 18 km from the property.
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    • Hotel S-Presso Central
      Luxury
      Located within 400 metres of Kamomecho Park and 600 metres of Naniwa Park in Osaka, Hotel S-Presso Central provides accommodation with free WiFi and seating area. Accommodation is fitted with air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen with a dining area, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with hot tub, bathrobes and slippers. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Motomachinaka Park, Shiokusa Park and Nipponbashi Park. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 15 km from Hotel S-Presso Central.
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    • WELLSTAY Namba
      Mid-range
      In a prime location in the Shinsaibashi, Namba, Yotsubashi district of Osaka, WELLSTAY Namba is located 300 metres from Kamomecho Park, 400 metres from Naniwa Park and 500 metres from Motomachinaka Park. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel, every room is fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV, a private bathroom, bed linen and towels. All units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. Popular points of interest near WELLSTAY Namba include Shiokusa Park, Minatomachi River Place Convention Centre and Orange Street. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.
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    • Citadines Namba Osaka
      Luxury
      Citadines Namba Osaka has a restaurant, fitness centre, a bar and shared lounge in Osaka. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel features family rooms. At the hotel the rooms include air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a shower, slippers and a hairdryer. At Citadines Namba Osaka each room is fitted with bed linen and towels. A continental breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. A business centre and vending machines with drinks are available on site at Citadines Namba Osaka. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Nipponbashi Catholic Church, Nipponbashi Park and Komyo-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 15 km from Citadines Namba Osaka.
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    • Hotel S-Presso West
      Mid-range
      Situated within 200 metres of Kamomecho Park and 400 metres of Shiokusa Park in Osaka, Hotel S-Presso West features accommodation with seating area. All units here are air-conditioned and feature a flat-screen TV, a living room, a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area, and a private bathroom with bidet, bathrobes and slippers. A microwave, a fridge and stovetop are also available, as well as a kettle. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Naniwa Park, Motomachinaka Park and Nipponbashi Park. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 15 km from Hotel S-Presso West.
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    • Hotel Royal Classic Osaka
      Luxury
      Set in Osaka, 600 metres from Minatomachi River Place Convention Centre, Hotel Royal Classic Osaka offers accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a bar and a terrace. Each accommodation at the 4-star hotel has city views and free WiFi. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and currency exchange for guests. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Hotel Royal Classic Osaka the rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. The accommodation offers a ? la carte or American breakfast. Popular points of interest near Hotel Royal Classic Osaka include Motomachinaka Park, Orange Street and Glico Man Sign. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 14 km from the hotel.
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    • Kamon Hotel Namba
      Budget-friendly
      Located just a minute's walk from Nippombashi Station, Kamon Hotel Namba offers free WiFi throughout the property and free luggage storage service. All rooms features air-conditioning with a desk and TV. Private bathrooms include slippers, towels and a hairdryer. There is a variety of restaurants for guests to enjoy within a 5-minute walk from this hotel. Namba Station is a 7-minute walk from Kamon Hotel Namba. Namba CITY is an 8-minute walk away, while Glico Man Sign is an 8-minute walk from this hotel. Osaka Itami Airport is 35 minutes via limousine bus from Kamon Hotel Namba.
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    • Hostel Chill Out
      Budget-friendly
      Hostel Chill Out is located in Osaka, a 6-minute walk from Sakuragawa Station. Both the Glico Man Sign in Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi Shopping Street are around a 10-minute walk away from this hostel. Bathroom facilities are shared for all guests. For your comfort, you will find slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Hostel Chill Out features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a shared kitchen on site that is equipped with a microwave, fridge and an electric kettle. Guests can enjoy coffee in the common lounge. Guests can also play darts at the guest house. The guest house offers bicycle rentals. Namba City Shopping Mall is a 15-minute walk from the property. The nearest airport is Osaka Itami Airport, 14 km from Hostel Chill Out.
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    • GRIDS PREMIUM HOTEL OSAKA NAMBA
      Luxury
      Offering air-conditioned rooms in the Shinsaibashi, Namba, Yotsubashi district of Osaka, GRIDS PREMIUM HOTEL OSAKA NAMBA is 200 metres from Motomachinaka Park. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel has family rooms. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. At GRIDS PREMIUM HOTEL OSAKA NAMBA the rooms are equipped with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Continental and buffet breakfast options are available every morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near GRIDS PREMIUM HOTEL OSAKA NAMBA include Glico Man Sign, Minatomachi River Place Convention Centre and Naniwa Park. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 15 km from the hotel.
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