More Japan posts! I can’t believe I was just there a month ago…
So we were staying in the Namba area in downtown Osaka, and often found ourselves walking along the famous shopping stretch about 10 mins away known as Shinsaibashi, known for its long, long straight stretch of covered walking street. You could probably spend a good amount of time just strolling down the stretch and poking into all the stores, or popping into the little cafes for a drink and snack when you’re tired.
Shinsaibashi is named for the bridge (bashi = bridge), now a stone bridge, that spans the canal, and from the bridge you can check out the also-famous Glico man billboard and other colourful billboards that span the river. Take a stroll along the boardwalk by the canal where you can enjoy a little peace and quiet away from the masses – it’s the back side of Dotonburi and not so many people walk here compared to the main street.
If you have the time, pop off the main street – there’s more shopping and little joints hidden in the alleyways off to either side! Amerikamura which is off to the side is probably the most famous and fashionable place to be at. If not, just stroll along the arcade and enjoy the atmosphere!
It is as the Shinsaibashi bridge that you’ll find another popular stretch running perpendicular to it called Dotunburi. It’s quite distinct because the sheer amount of things shouting for your attention goes up – lots of interesting loud store signage – it’s pretty touristy and there are a lot more people in this area, but there’s a great vibe and energy you get just walking down the street!
Lots of eating spots here, do make sure you come back at night! It gets even more crowded and seems like a whole different place when it’s all lit up in the evening.
And as you walk towards Namba, suddenly Shinsaibashi will change into Ebisubashi – nothing really different, it’s still shops and food galore along this walking street, just that it’s called a different name really.