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Denden Town in Osaka

Video game and anime fans all know about Akihabara in Tokyo, a district packed full of shops dedicated to games, electronics, and collectibles and the capital of otaku culture in Japan. For those in western Japan, Denden Town in Osaka has become a similar center for otaku culture and is well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in video games, anime, or electronics.

  • Denden Town in Osaka

    Denden Town in Osaka

    Located in the Nipponbashi district of Osaka’s downtown minami (south) area, Denden Town (which loosely translates to “electronic town”) has long been home to stores selling cheap electronic and audio items, home appliances, and furniture, as well as niche shops for hobbyists. But these days there is more of a focus on otaku goods, and visitors can find everything from retro game and manga stores to Akihabara-style maid cafes. The “town” is centered to the west of Sakaisuji Avenue and is fairly compact, stretching only a few blocks, so is easy to walk around.

    Denden Town in Osaka

    Denden Town in Osaka

    Many big electronic stores can be found in Denden Town, including the likes of Joshin and Sofmap, and a number of stores offer tax-and duty-free shopping. You can also find hobby-related nationwide chain stores such as Animate, which specializes in anime and manga.

    Denden Town in Osaka

    Denden Town in Osaka

    At many of the smaller independent stores, there is also a bargaining culture, which is quite rare for Japan. Some of the area’s specialtystores include Astro Zombies, which sells both Japanese and Western cult merchandise andcollectibles;Super Potato (of which there are a few) for new and retro video games;and Osaka Gundams, a two-floor Gundam shop. Many shops hold special pre-order events when new items are released.

    Denden Town in Osaka

    Denden Town in Osaka

    It always seems like there is something going on somewhere in Denden Town, making it an interesting place to just wander around and explore. Every year in March, the streets of Denden Town are closed to traffic forone of Japan’s biggest cosplay festivals, the Cosplay Festa. Thousands of people take to thestreets to see (or be seen in) a wild variety of character-themed costumes—a must if you are in the area.

    Denden Town in Osaka

    Denden Town in Osaka

    If all the shopping and distractions tire you out, there are plenty of places to rest up and grab some food, including the famous maid cafes. These are usually easy to find, as girls in cute maid outfits can often be spotted standing outside trying to entice customers. There are also a number of amusement centers full of arcade games along with the usual karaoke joints. With so many indoor delights to keep you busy, Denden Town is the place to head to if the weather isn’t great.

    Denden Town in Osaka

    Denden Town in Osaka

    Denden Town can be easily reached from Ebisucho Station (exits 1A and 1B) on the Sakaisuji Line, and it’s a short walk south from Namba and Nipponbashi stations.

    Nipponbashi Denden Town
    Address
    Osaka Osakashi Naniwa-ku Nippombashi 3
    Phone
    0666440260
    Nippombashi
    Address
    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nippombashi 1-chome
    Phone
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