Shin Saibashi Shopping Arcade

Shin Saibashi Shopping Arcade is the main shopping area in central Osaka.  It’s always busy, and is full of all kinds of shops and restaurants.  Expect to spend a while window shopping and finding some good bargains.

Budget travel tips

  • Come here for cheaper and more family friendly restaurants than Dotonbori Street.
  • For a full days shopping, combine this with a trip to Amemura (America Town).  It’s a short walk away.

How to get there

From Nanba station (Osaka Subway line), take Exit 14 or 15B, then walk north towards the canal. Take a right into Dotonbori Street just before the Canal, then take the first left (you will see a dancing crab model!).  Walk over the bridge to arrive at the entrance.

From Umeda station (Osaka), take the Midosuji line (Osaka Subway) to Nanba station and take the follow the instructions above (7 mins, 230 yen).


Recommended Hostels and Cheap Hotels

Hostel 64 Osaka

Great access to the main areas in Osaka, you should be able to just walk to most of the main areas. Lots of services, like bike rentals, available. Check prices at

Capsule Hotel Asahi Plaza Shinsaibashi

Not exactly a 5-star hotel, but this capsule hotel is fine for a few days. Good English support and free spa access included. Check prices at

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Osaka Accommodation Guide

Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.