Other areas to stay in Osaka
The Shinsaibushi area is the largest shopping area in the city with the main street being Mido-suji street, which connects from Kita in the north to downtown Minami and Namba districts. Due to the huge selection of shops in the area, there is no wonder that so many tourists make their way to Shinsaibushi or just stay in the area. The shops consist of reasonably priced items, which sell a diverse range of things from fashion, games, jewellery, beauty products, souvenirs and much more.
Along with shops just on the street, there are various large department stores and the area is divided into a few specific areas including American Village, which is where lots of young people hang out and explore the many American brands. Also, there is another area called European Village and this is centred around Suomachi-suji street, which is a complete contrast to the American Village as it is usually much quieter and elegant looking. The European Village contains European brands as expected but has themed features like British style streetlamps and typical London-type buildings as well as the odd red phone box. The neighbourhood is surrounded by restaurants too and there are many cuisines that have to be tried including traditional Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Thai, European and American.
There are also an adequate number of pubs, clubs and hotels that appeal to every budget conscious traveller. The area is well connected too, so you can get from the airport as well as train to Shinsaibushi easily and to other places like tourist attractions and is known as a very safe place for visitors.
Not too far from Shinsaibushi is the neighbourhood of Yotsubashi, which is also known for its shopping, though doesn’t have the same amount as Shinsaibushi. Other things in the area include the Orix Stadium, which is home of the professional baseball team, ORIX Buffaloes. There are guided tours around the stadium with entry into the museum, changing rooms and regular talks about the history of the arena and the team. Other attractions nearby include the Tennoji Zoo and Botanical gardens.
Yotsubashi has a brilliant selection of top quality hotels and restaurants, which are some of the best in the city as the majority offer great views, delicious food and very spacious rooms. The neighbourhood has a fun and trendy feel about it and is incredibly well connected to the rest of the city as well as being an extremely friendly area, which makes it a decent place to stay in.