Downtown Minami is a bustling and energized tourist spot. A popular area full of modern and traditional entertainment.
Namba is the center of popular downtown called the "Minami" or south, competing with the "Kita" or north around Umeda. It has become a shopping zone with many shops after the redevelopment of the railway station building and underground shopping mall.
Namba is also a southern gateway for Osaka. The Namba City at the Nankai Namba Station is a shopping zone with convenient access and 300 shops and restaurants stand side by side. The area around the Namba Station of the subway is concentrated with restaurants that serve popular, reasonably priced foods of Osaka.
Namba is also known as the town of entertainment. There is Shin-Kabuki-za, a theater exclusively devoted to Kabuki and Namba Grand Kagetsu, a theater of Yoshimoto Kogyo which is a company employing many comedians. In the Yoshimoto Kogyo Building in the west of Namba Grand Kagetsu theater, there is Wahha Kamigata, the Osaka Prefectural Museum of Kamigata Comedy and Performing Arts, and a performance hall with 307 seats.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] Take JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line for 2 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka Station. Then take a subway for 17 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station to Namba Station.
From Osaka :
[Rail] 38 min from Kansai Airport to Namba Station (Osaka) by Nankai "Rap:t" (limited-stop express).