Gourmet dining is a priority when you go to Osaka!
Enjoy true Osaka gourmet food, such as takoyaki, okonomiyaki, kushikatsu and udon!
And when you're full, it's time to go shopping.
The vibrant markets, shopping streets with a simply staggering number of shops and outlet malls for the whole family are also to be recommended.
At night, spend a memorable time in one of the lounges or bars.
Either drink in a relaxing atmosphere or party with friends.
Here, you will surely find a favorite place!
- Walk north 5 minutes from Exit No.14 of Namba Station on the Subway Midosuji Line.
Dotombori came into being at the beginning of the Edo period, when a certain Yasui Doton invested his own money to turn a natural river into a canal. Urban planning by the Edo shoganate government saw to it that Osaka's playhouses were concentrated on the south side of the moat (the "bori" in Dotombori"), and for a long period thereafter the area flourished as a major center of Japanese theater. The plays attracted people in large numbers, so the next things to flourish were the places to eat. This was the beginning of Osaka as the place to go to enjoy epicurean pleasures, and Dotombori flourished as Japan's number one culinary center. Modern Dotombori, Osaka Minami's entertainment district, runs from east to west between Mido-suji and Sakai-suji, and the shopping streets along its length are crammed with lively places to eat and drink. The vibrant shopping streets are lots of fun to explore, and you will be spoilt for choice by all the ramen, okonomiyaki, takoyaki, yakiniku, nabe and izakayas on offer. Just walking around Dotombori, you will feel the energetic power of Osaka's native inhabitants.
- Southeast from Exit No. 10 of Nipponbashi Station on the Subway Sennichimae Line.
This is the bustling kitchen of Osaka where people shop if they want to eat until they drop: even on a week day 18,000 shoppers is quite normal, and around New Year's the market sees as many as 150,000 visitors a day. Around 150 stores lined the streets along the north side of Denden Town, just southeast of Dotombori. Kuromon Market got its name from the black gate of Enmyo-ji, a large temple which stood close by up until the end of the Meiji period. The market is mainly home to shops selling fresh fish and vegetables, but there are also some shops which sell meat. The market not only sells foodstuffs, but also has lots of restaurants where you can eat noodles, sushi, curry and so on, all cooked with fresh ingredients and reasonably priced. Shops sell fresh fish nestled side by side with seasonal vegetables, and you'll get a boost from the lively voices filling the air just by walking around.
- Walk 3 minutes from Ebisu Station on the Subway Sakaisuji Line.
Shinsekai was once familiar as an amusement quarter for the common people, but the district saw a decline owing to a combination of the diversification of tourism and its not being located near a large private railway terminal. The area has been growing in popularity again recently however, precisely because it has retained its downtown culture and the retro atmosphere of an old neighborhood. If you see a long queue in Shinsekai, it will be people lining up to eat the district's specialty, "kushikatsu". Shinsekai is considered the birthplace of kushikatsu. Kushikatsu is meat on a skewer, eaten by dipping in a thin Worcester sauce held in a deepish stainless steel container. There are lots of counter-style diners where you can eat while standing or sitting down if you want, and the sauce pot is shared with the customers sitting next to you. Characteristic of these eateries are the "No double-dipping, please"signs, displayed of course in the interests of hygiene. Many kushikatsu establishments provide square-cut pieces of cabbage for free, to be eaten by way of a break between skewers.
- Walk north 3 minutes from Ebisu Station on the Subway Sakaisuji Line.
Denden Town is a district of electronics stores around Nipponbashi-suji and along Nansan-dori. Nansan-dori used to be a street of furniture stores, with electronics stores overwhelmingly favoring Nipponbashi-suji, but now Nansan-dori is also in the process of transforming into an electronics street as the number of electronics stores continues to increase rapidly. Denden Town offers everything from household appliances to sound systems, lighting and multimedia, all at reasonable prices, and the area is always alive with light, sound and color. The narrow lane on the west side of the main street has seen an explosion in stores selling figurines, toys and electronics parts, and the many visitors who crowd there on weekends make it the liveliest place in town.
- Take the Hanwa Line at JR Tennoji Station. Alight at Rinku Town.
"Enjoy shopping all day in an extraordinary space" is the concept of this collection of outlets modeled on the historic American port town of Charleston. Visitors can enjoy shopping in the midst of a beautiful townscape which overflows with a resort atmosphere and is characterized by neat rows of two-story buildings. The area offers convenient access from Kansai Airport. There are approximately 150 stores.
- Walk for approx. 10 minutes from either JR Yamazaki Station or Hankyu Oyamazaki Station.
- +81-75-962-1423 ※ Guided tour is by advance reservation only
The distillery experience offers an easy-to-understand introduction to the attraction of “Yamazaki", a single malt whiskey packed with and the history of whiskey production and the climate of the Yamazaki Distillery, birthplace of Japanese whiskey. The real highlight is the walls lined with thousands of bottles of various blended and unblended whiskeys. Beneath the distillery's high ceiling, you can see on display the actual pot stills and fermenters used throughout the distillery's long history, and feel the very life of whiskey manufacturer. There is also a tasting counter where (for an additional fee) you can compare the flavors of unblended whiskeys and get a feel for the work of blender.