Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street

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  • Check out the latest trending Japanese youth fashion in Amerikamura and shop global brands and traditional boutiques on the historic Shinsaibashi Shopping Street.

    Peace on Earth by Seitaro Kuroda on a building wall - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com

    Looking to shop for the latest fashion and name brands in Osaka? There are plenty of design and trendy options at Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi to rival Harajuku and Ginza in Tokyo.

    Amerikamura アメリカ村

    Amerikamura is located in the center of Osaka and you can get there easily via Yotsubashi Station and Shinsaibashi Station. The name Amerikamura or “Ame-mura” translates to “American Village” and you might wonder why there is an area in Osaka called “Amerika”?

    Back in the 70s, warehouses in the area were converted into stores that sold American and western goods. It gained notoriety in the 80s and 90s as TVs and magazines referred to the area Amerikamura. Fast forward to today, it’s a hot spot for young people and trendy fashion with cafes, clubs, and clothing stores.

    Sankaku Park - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Mitsu Park or better known as Sankaku Park (Triangle Park)

    Big Step Amerikamura

    One of the bigger shopping complexes in Amerikamura is Big Step. It has clothing and sporting goods shop, art gallery, restaurants, used record shop, and a pinball arcade among its many stores.

    In addition to the retail shops, creativity and artistic vibe of the area could be seen throughout the building. There are arts by Seitarou Kuroda, buggy, and Dragon76 on the interior walls and floors. The bathrooms on some of the floors are quite wild with curved mirror walkway, colored lights, and funky paint patterns and shapes.

    Big Step - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com

    front view of Big Step - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com

    While browsing in Big Step, we found a row of the gachapon machine with interesting toys and prizes. The first one is animals standing at a urinal, the second one is poop in various colors, and the last one is a mini gachapon. Which one would you collect?

    animal standing at a urinal by Kunio Sato inside gashapon machine - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Kunio Sato’s Animal at Urinal
    toilet and poop prizes in gashapon machine - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Unchi toy (Poop)

    mini gashapon machine as prizes inside gashapon machines - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com

    Art in Amerikamura

    Outside of clothing stores and shopping, Amerikamura is also known as a mecca for performers and artists. As you walk around the area, you’ll see artists creation all over building walls and store signs.

    Vicki! I--I Thought I Heard Your Voice! by Roy Lichtenstein on a building
    Vicki! I–I Thought I Heard Your Voice! by Roy Lichtenstein on a building
    Peace on Earth by Seitaro Kuroda on a buiilding wall - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Peace on Earth by Seitaro Kuroda

    artistic designs on a bike shop building - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com

    Shops and Restaurants in Amerikamura

    Amerikamura is not a big area so you can browse through most of it in a few hours. However, despite its size, there are plenty to see and eat.

     Retail stores in Amerikamura - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Retail stores in Amerikamura

    clothing store - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com

    Used good shop and restaurants - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Used good shop and restaurants

    Eating options including numerous famed takoyaki stands (Kogaryu Takoyaki and Wanaka), popular steakhouse, and original sweets like ice dog.

    Popular steak chain Ikinari Steak - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Popular steak chain Ikinari Steak
    Original Ice Dog - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Original Ice Dog shop
     IKKI kasuteira sweets shop - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    IKKI kasuteira sweets shop

    Elk Pancake Restaurant

    We took a break during our visit and had some souffle pancake at Elk – a pancake specialty cafe. The mango souffle pancake with ice cream was the perfect dessert our family devoured.

     Elk Restaurant- Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Elk Restaurant

    interior of Elk Restaurant - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com

    Mango souffle pancake at Elk Restaurant - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Mango souffle pancake!
    smiling elk face on coffee foam - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Coffee at Elk Resturant

    Shinsaibashi Shopping Street

    Located just north of Dotonbori across the Ebisu Bridge is Shinsaibashi. Shinsaibashi is one of the busiest shopping streets in Osaka with 60,000 visitors on weekdays and over 100,000 on weekends.

     View of Shinsaibashi from Dontonborio - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    View of Shinsaibashi from Dontonbori.

    The area has been a major retail center for Osaka since the mid-1800s. Today, there are over 180 stores under the 2000 feet (600 meters) covered shopping arcade. The stores are mostly large international brands with a few restaurants and specialty shops scattered in between.

    WEGO Fashion Store - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    WEGO Fashion Store
    Lush cosmetics store - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Need handmade cosmetics?

    shoppers walking along Shinsaibashi - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com

    shoppers walking along Shinsaibashi - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com

    sushi restaurant on Shinsaibashi - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Sushi restaurant
    Peko-chan on Fujiya Restaurant Sign - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Peko-chan on Fujiya Restaurant Sign
    Sanrio Gallery - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Sanrio Gallery
    Mitsuya Yoshoku (western food) Restaurant - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Mitsuya Yoshoku (western food) Restaurant
     Gram Pancake Restaurant- Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Gram Souffle Pancake Restaurant
    photo of Pedestrians crowding Ebisu Bridge in 2003 after Hanshin Tiger won league champion - Osaka Guide: Amerikamura & Shinsaibashi Shopping Street | www.justonecookbook.com
    Pedestrians crowding Ebisu Bridge in 2003 after Hanshin Tiger won the league champion

    Thank you for reading our guide on the trendy Amerikamura and historic Shinsaibashi Shopping Street. Whether you’re looking for edgy fashion or designer brands, you’ll probably find something you love in these areas. We’ll see you soon in our guide for Osaka Castle.

    Just One Cookbook Osaka Guides

    1. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shinsekai District 新世界・通天閣
    2. Dotonbori & Namba 道頓堀・難波
    3. Kuromon Ichiba Market and Kitchenware Street 黒門市場・千日前道具屋筋商店街
    4. America Village & Shinsaibashi アメリカ村・心斎橋筋
    5. Osaka Castle 大阪城
    6. Umeda 梅田
    7. Tempozan 天保山
    8. USJ ユニバーサルスタジオジャパン
    9. Expocity エキスポシティー

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