Den-Den Town in Nippombashi is Osaka’s answer to Tokyo’s Akihabara. It’s the city’s electronics, camera, computer and pop culture shopping neighborhood - and it’s just as much of an otaku paradise as Akihabara, with fewer crowds and big city madness.
A UFO Catcher claw game in Den-Den Town. - image © Florentyna Leow
Fans of Japanese anime and those looking for bargains on electronics visiting Tokyo will invariably hit up the Akihabara neighbourhood. But if you’re in Osaka, the corresponding area to visit is Den-Den Town, which is West Japan’s answer to Akihabara. It’s the city’s electronics, camera, computer and pop culture shopping neighborhood.
We think Den-Den Town is, in general, a superior alternative to Tokyo's Akihabara district. For one, the shops are concentrated along two long, main streets, which makes it easy to navigate and find what you need. For another, it doesn’t see quite the same volume of foot traffic as its Tokyo counterpart. Everyone can relate to needing more breathing room when you’re shopping for figurines or keyboards! Many major stores found in Akihabara such as Mandarake, Animate, and Super Potato, can be found in Den-Den Town as well.
Den-Den Town is located about 10 minutes’ walk southwest of Namba Station in Nippombashi, running roughly between Nippombashi and Ebisucho stations on the Sakaisuji subway line. Many of the shops here have someone on hand who can speak English, so don’t be afraid to ask for help when looking for something.
For more, check out our detailed guide to Den Den Town.
Nipponbashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, 556-0005
Varies by shop
Subway: Directly connected to exit 1-A and 1-B of Ebisucho Station on the Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line.
Official Website (Japanese)
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