Nipponbashi (Den Den Town)
Nipponbashi, also called Den Den Town
, can be considered the "Akihabara" of Osaka.
It isn't a very wide area, it's surely smaller than Akihabara but prices are lower, where there are a lot of electronics and otaku's stuff shops (anime, manga, videogames, action figures, doujinshi, ecc).
A japanese "saying" says "Akiba in the east, 'Ponbashi in the west".
Among the many stores I recommend:
(opening hours 11:00 - 20:00), a fantastic chain of stores specializing in retrogames
. The largest shop in Japan is located in Nipponbashi. Other branches are located in other areas of Osaka and Tokyo
(opening hours 10:00 - 20:00): the largest store entirely dedicated to Gundam in all Japan, 2 floors, inside you can find everything about Gundam, from action figures to key rings or even candies.
(opening hours 11:30 - 20:30): quite large store specializing in manga and various merchandise (action figures and other things), very interesting.
-Joshin Super Kids Land
(opening hours 10:00 - 20:00): big toys and hobby store, both for adults and children, 7 floors.
: chain of stores specializing in doujinshi comics, there is a branch in Nipponbashi too. The one in Akihabara is surely larger.
: famous chain of anime stores diffused in all Japan, of course it has a branch in Nipponbashi too.
-Volks Hobby Square
(opening hours 11:00 - 20:00), another really good toys and hobbies store.
(opening hours 11:00 - 20:00), interesting store of various merchandising and especially a great department of clothing and costumes for cosplay;
i negozi Joshin Super Kids Land e Gundam's
Pratical guide, how to get to Nipponbashi and map
This area is located in the area of Namba Namba
, about 1 km south-east from Namba station.
You can reach it from Nipponbashi station (served by Sennichimae line and Sakaisuji line) and then walking south, or from Ebisucho station (next stop after Nipponbashi station along the Sakaisuji Line) and walking north.
Guided tours, activities and other things to do
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