glico running man

The Glico Running Man

The Glico running man is one of the most well known landmarks in Osaka. This huge brightly lit sign has glowed over the Dotombori canal in Osaka’s premier shopping and entertainment district for more than 80 years.



Minami is the Japanese name for south and as such, the Minami ward is located in the south part of Osaka. Minami is where the…

Tsutenkaku Tower

Tsutenkaku Tower

Like many of the towers in Japan, Osaka’s Tsutenkaku Tower is loosely based on Paris’s Eifel Tower. The Tsutenkaku, or Path Reaching Heaven, is one…

Minami Street

About Minami

Minami in Japanese means south, so the suburb of Minami is basically South Osaka. Minami is home to Namba Station and huge entertainment and shopping…

National Bunraku Theatre

National Bunraku Theatre

The National Bunraku Theatre is an arts centre designed is to preserve, develop and pass on traditional arts forms from the Osaka and Kyoto area…

Amerika Mura


The movie Bladerunner, where east meets west or somewhere from out of space would be the only way you could describe this amazing place known…

Osaka Den Den Town

Den Den Town

Sometimes known as Nihonbashi or Nipponbashi, Den Den Town, like Tokyo’s Akihabara, is Osaka’s electrical district. This amazing district from Nansan Dori to Nihombashi is…



Also known as Shinsaibashi-suji, Shinsaibashi is a popular shopping street featuring one huge long undercover strip mall that stretches out nearly a mile. This shopper’s…

Osaka Dotonbori


Dotonbori is home to Osaka’s canal banked entertainment district and has one of the most electric and exciting atmospheres found anywhere in Japan. Dotonbori comes…

Only in Japan


These huge mechanical crabs are popular with many seafood restaurants.