Minami is the area around Namba, a typical bustling Osaka town and has been a cultural center of the Kansai region, especially Osaka and Kyoto, for 300 years.
Shinsaibashi-suji is a traditional shopping street with stores established in the Edo period (1603-1867). Mido-suji Street is perfect for fashion shopping. The streets around the intersection of Mido-suji and Nagahori-dori streets is lined with world premium brand stores. Daimaru Shinsaibashi and other fashion buildings provide a variety of fashionable stores. Minami-Semba with its stylish boutiques, cafes, and the flagship EVIS store, a world famous denim brand shop, offers more mature designs. Horie has select shops popular among young people and fancy cafes that provide a fashionable atmosphere. Americamura (American Village) has used clothing shops and variety stores for young people.
Namba has the well-established department store, Takashimaya Osaka. Namba Parks includes about 250 select shops and restaurants. Namba Marui is a shopping building fully equipped with a variety of stores, such as cafes and general shops.
Sennichimae-Doguya-suji Shopping Mall, a 160-meter arcade, has 45 stores selling a wide variety of goods related to food?cooking equipment, knives, and replica food. Kuromon Market is the perfect place to get fresh perishable food items. Nippombashi Den Den Town is one of the biggest electronics quarters in Japan, on a par with Akihabara in Tokyo.
Abeno Market Park, Q's Mall, a shopping center that opened in April, 2011, with about 250 shops, is conveniently connected directly to JR Tennoji Station. A major news item was that Shibuya 109 opened with 35 stores in one area of one floor.
Dotombori has many eating and drinking places with flashy neon signs and large billboards. Every restaurant is proud of its unique taste. Ebisu Tower at Don Quijote, has a huge Ebessan (Ebisu, the god of business success) and Donpen (a penguin logo) has the world's first oblong Ferris wheel with a great view of Minami and many interesting items for sale. There is a nice walking path along the Dotombori River. Hozen-ji Yokocho (Hozen-ji Temple Alley), an old cobblestone alley, is lined with old stores, allowing the imagination to slip into the good old days in Osaka. Great entertainment can be had in Osaka at a variety of theaters?the Osaka Shochiku for kabuki performances, the National Bunraku Theater for bunraku (traditional puppet theater), and the Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater for owarai (comedy).