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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 20:00-22:00.

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: 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 lines 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 240 yen from Osaka/Umeda Station and 15 minutes and 290 yen from Shin-Osaka Station.

From Kansai Airport

By train

Nankai Railway operates direct trains between Kansai Airport and 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.

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Hotels around Osaka

    • Kaneyoshi Ryokan
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    • Hotel 88 Shinsaibashi
      Mid-range
      Hotel 88 Shinsaibashi is an 8-minute walk from OCAT (Osaka City Air Terminal) and a 10-minute walk from Namba Station. Glico Man Sign is a 4-minute walk from the property. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. Featuring modern d?cor, all rooms come with air conditioning and heating facilities, a flat-screen TV and pajamas. Private bathroom includes a bath, walk-in shower, hairdryer, toilet with an electronic bidet and free toiletries. Free luggage storage is available at the 24-hour front desk. Guests can enjoy billiards at the property. There is a drinks vending machine, and laundry service can be arranged. Tsutenkaku and Shinsekai shopping street are a 16-minute train ride away. Osaka Itami Airport is a 45-minute drive from Hotel 88 Shinsaibashi.
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    • Citadines Namba Osaka
      Luxury
      Citadines Namba Osaka has a fitness centre, shared lounge, a restaurant and bar in Osaka. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers a shared kitchen and a 24-hour front desk. The property is 700 metres from the city centre and 300 metres from Nipponbashi Catholic Church. All rooms at the hotel come with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Each room is fitted with a kettle, while some rooms are fitted with a kitchen with a stovetop. At Citadines Namba Osaka the rooms include bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Citadines Namba Osaka include Nipponbashi Park, Komyo-ji Temple and Shinko-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 22 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel Royal Classic Osaka
      Luxury
      Boasting a bar, Hotel Royal Classic Osaka is set in the centre of Osaka, 400 metres from Motomachinaka Park. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, room service and a 24-hour front desk, along with free WiFi. Private parking is available on site. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a coffee machine, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. All guest rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. A buffet breakfast is available every morning at Hotel Royal Classic Osaka. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Orange Street, Glico Man Sign and Naniwa Park. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 21 km from Hotel Royal Classic Osaka.
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    • Hotel Bali An Resort Nambadotonbori
      Budget-friendly
      Conveniently located just 3-minutes walking distance from Osaka-Namba Station, Hotel Bali An Resort Nambadotonbori is a hotel that features free WiFi throughout the property. There is a 24-hour front desk on site and luggage storage is provided at this hotel. All guest rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, Blu-ray player, sofa and electric sockets are located by the bedside. A refrigerator, microwave and an electric kettle are provided for guests to use in their rooms. The private bathroom is equipped with a spa bath, shower, high-tech toilet, hairdryer, slippers and free toiletries including toothbrushes and products by DHC Natural Skincare Series. Guests can choose their shampoo and conditioner from a variety of brands. For a relaxing stay, guests can also pick up bath salts, haircare and other amenities on site. There is a shared lounge at this hotel. Guests can enjoy their breakfast in their rooms. In addition, room service is available for guest's convenience. There are many dining options including local Japanese restaurants, bars and cafes within a 5-minute walking distance from this hotel. The concert venue, Namba Hatch is a 5-minute walk from the hotel. 5 minutes walk to OCAT, the airport bus stop. Kyocera Dome is approximately a 15-minute train ride from Hotel Bali An Resort Nambadotonbori. The Glico Man Sign in Dotonbori area is just a 4-minute walk away. Osaka Itami Airport is a 45-minute bus ride from this hotel.
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    • Centara Grand Hotel Osaka
      Luxury
      In a prime location in Osaka, Centara Grand Hotel Osaka provides air-conditioned rooms, a fitness centre, free WiFi and a restaurant. This 5-star hotel offers a bar. The accommodation features room service, a 24-hour front desk and currency exchange for guests. All units include a safety deposit box. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Namba Station, Kamomecho Park and Nipponbashi Park. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 22 km from Centara Grand Hotel Osaka.
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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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    • Apartment Hotel 11 Namba
      Mid-range
      Apartment Hotel 11 Namba offers accommodation within 300 metres of the centre of Osaka, with free WiFi, and a kitchen with a microwave, a fridge and a stovetop. This 3-star aparthotel offers a lift. The rooms are equipped with a balcony with views of the city. Fitted with a terrace, the units offer air conditioning and feature a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with bath and slippers. At the aparthotel, all units are allergy-free and soundproof. At the aparthotel, units come with bed linen and towels. Popular points of interest near the aparthotel include Namba Station, Kamomecho Park and Motomachinaka Park. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 22 km from Apartment Hotel 11 Namba.
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    • Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka
      Luxury
      Just a 3-minute walk from Namba Subway Station, Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka offers studios and apartments with free Wi-Fi. The Residence features a fitness centre and a sauna. Spacious rooms at Fraser Nankai come with an LCD TV, and washing machine. They have a well-equipped kitchenette. Guests at Osaka Fraser can go to gym, or visit the hotelfs library. The Residence offers a business centre with meeting facilities, a concierge and ticketing services. Guests can enjoy buffet style breakfast. Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka is a 15-minute subway ride from Shin-Osaka Shinkansen Station. Kansai International Airport is a 40-minute train ride from the hotel.
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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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    • MIMARU Osaka Namba Station
      Luxury
      Located in the Shinsaibashi, Namba, Yotsubashi district in Osaka, MIMARU Osaka Namba Station offers 4-star rooms with free WiFi. Popular points of interest nearby include Koden-ji Temple, Manpuku-ji Temple and Shinsengumi Osaka Tonsho Monument. The property is 200 metres from Nipponbashi Catholic Church, and within 600 metres of the city centre. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a microwave, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At MIMARU Osaka Namba Station, each room is equipped with a seating area. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Nipponbashi Park, Komyo-ji Temple and Shinko-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 22 km from MIMARU Osaka Namba Station.
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