In Osaka there is area commonly known as "Amerikamura"—American Village—in the Nishi-shinsaibashi area. Amerikamura is regarded as a trendsetting area and sometimes referred to as "Harajuku in the West" or "Shibuya in the West." Apparel stores, restaurants, music-related shops for the youth are concentrated in the area from Shimizumachisuji to Hachimansuji centering on Mitsu Park (commonly known as Sankaku Park). "Shinsaibashi BIG STEP" is the largest complex in Amerikamura. If you walk towards Midosuji, you will find Shinsaibashi OPA, a fashion building (a building containing apparel-related stores) and a Daimaru Department Store.
Have fun in Amerikamura
If you like Harajuku and Shibuya in Tokyo, towns for the youth, you should visit Amerikamura too if you come to Osaka. The area is a little chaotic and inundated with many people, bicycles, and cars. However Amerikamura has many stores that handle clothes, accessories, sundries, and the like targeting at those who like youth culture. In addition, there are more than 20 clubs with live music where events are held by various artists every day. These clubs feature many artists of "visual kei" music compared to clubs with live music in other areas. Amerikamura also has a lot of bars and clubs. You can have fun in the area not only in the daytime but also in the nighttime. While Amerikamura is popular amongst young people, it is less safe in the nighttime. You should use common sense and be careful if you go there in the nighttime.
Although there are pay parking lots, it is recommended to take public transportation when visiting Amerikamura, as the streets are narrow and crowded with people. It takes roughly three minutes on foot to Amerikamura from Shinsai-bashi station of the Midosuji Line and the Nagahori-tsurumi-ryokuchi Line and Yotsubashi station of the Yotsubashi Line of the Osaka Municipal Subway. It takes about seven minutes from Namba station from the Midosuji Line, the Yotsuhashi Line and the Sennichimae Line.
Image Gallery: Amerikamura
1 Nishi-shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
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