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Have you ever heard of Ota-Road??

03.03.2019

Out of Japan’s electronics & entertainment districts, Ota-Road is the best for Western Japan–a haven for all things pop culture and anime.

But what is Ota-Road? It’s an area in Osaka mainly concentrating around the Sakaisuji Street (Nipponbashi 3-Chome to 5-Chome).
But why is it called “Ota-Road”? Sometimes it’s also called “Akihabara of the West” or “Osaka’s Akiba”–Akihabara/Akiba is a huge electronic district in Tokyo. In this Akihabara of the West you can find all things otaku: figurines, anime goods, plastic models, and so on. There are all types of shops for whatever your hobby may be.
Thus, it is considered an “Otaku Road” or “Ota-Road” for short!
**Otaku: someone who really loves anime, manga, figurines etc.

But Ota-Road isn’t just for anime and figurines: it’s also a great place to buy used goods! There’s something for everyone, so let’s take a look!

 

~Anime & Game Shops~

 


①Gee Store (Osaka)

Gee store is close to southern Nankai Namba Station–located where Nansan Street and Ota-Road intersect. This place is a perfect shop for souvenirs as it offers official goods & apparel for all your favorite characters! Here you can also find official costumes, books, CDs, Blu-Ray, DVDs, and more! It’s a one-stop shop for all your anime needs.
 

ジーストア大阪店 Gee Store (Osaka)
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区難波千日前7-7
7-7 Namba Sennnichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Business Hours 11:00~20:00
Holidays Beginning/end of the year and for inventory count (2 times a year)
Homepage http://www.geestore.com/geenet/geestore/osaka

Photo Source: ジーストア

 


②Kotobukiya Nipponbashi
Kotobukiya Nipponbashi specializes in plastic model kits & figurines. On the first floor you can find a wide range of products ranging from STUDIO GHIBLI to Nintendo, Square Enix and even overseas items such as Star Wars, MARVEL, DC COMICS and so on. The 2nd floor focuses on popular anime and game figures. You can also find tools for model sets here too!
And it’s right next to Ookini Hotels Ota-Road Apartment!!

 

コトブキヤ日本橋 Kotobukiya Nipponbashi
Address 大阪府大阪市浪速区日本橋4-15-18 コトブキビル
Kotobuki Bldg. 4-15-18 Nipponbashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Business Hours 11:00~20:00
Holidays N/A
Homepage https://www.kotobukiya.co.jp/store/nipponbashi/

Photo Source: Danny Choo

 


③ Volks Osaka Show Room
From the 1st floor all the way to the 8th you’ll find Volks Osaka Show Room jam-packed with dolls, plastic models & figurines from all sorts of genres! There’s even an area for a hands-on model kit building experience. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner: you’ll be able to find someone to help you, no problem. This building can be considered a prime hobby spot from top to bottom!
 

ボークス 大阪ショールーム Volks Osaka Show Room
Address 大阪府大阪市浪速区日本橋4-9-18
4-9-18 Nippombashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Business Hours
11:00~20:00
Holidays N/A **If the building is closed, then the store will be as well.
Homepage https://www.volks.co.jp/jp/shop/osaka_sr/

Photo Source: ボークス 大阪ショールーム

 

~Maid Cafes~


① Good Smile x Animate Cafe Osaka Nihonbashi
A collaboration between popular anime & games!

You can enjoy food and decoration based on the theme at that time. Each food is inspired by the anime or game the cafe is collaborating with at the time: a must for fans!! You can also buy original goods to take home a souvenir.

The collaboration changes after a set time, so check out the website for more details!

 

グッドスマイル×アニメイトカフェ大阪日本橋
Good Smile X animate cafe Osaka Nipponbashi
Address 大阪府大阪市浪速区日本橋4-15-17 2F
2F, 4-15-17, Nipponbashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Business Hours 11:00~21:30 (Times may vary depending on the current collaboration at the time)
Holidays  N/A
Homepage https://cafe.animate.co.jp/shop/nipponbashi/

Photo Source: Beatriz Garcia

 


e-maid
If you come to Nipponbashi, perhaps you’re thinking that you want to try out a maid cafe–where the staff welcomes you while dressed as maids.

Try out e-maid!

The food is so cute you won’t want to eat it: with pictures drawn on the omu-rice and so on. But don’t let that stop you: this restaurant uses the finest ingredients. Once you start eating you won’t want to stop!

 

e-maid
Address 大阪府大阪市浪速区難波中2-3-2-3-6
Nambanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Business Hours Weekdays – 12:00~22:30
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 11:00~21:50 (L.O. 21:50)
Holidays Thursdays
Homepage https://e-maid.net/

Photo Source: e-maid

 


③ Atara Xia Cafe
All the spots we’ve mentioned now may seem a little “touristy,” but this place is quite special.

This cafe is for girls & women only: no boys allowed!

You can order food and enjoy manga and doujinshin (fan-made manga). There are free Wi-Fi and charging areas, so you can play games, browse the internet, or just charge your phone while there.

The first time you visit, you’ll be asked to register as a member so don’t forget to bring your ID!
 

アタラキシアカフェ Atara Xia Cafe
Address 大阪市浪速区日本橋3丁目8番25号 光ムセンたまらんどビル 3F
Hikari Musen Tamarando Bldg., 3-8-25 Nipponbashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Business Hours Weekdays – 12:00~23:00 / Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays – 11:00~23:00
Holidays N/A
Options
-All You Can Drink Soft Drinks: 1,580 JPY (tax excl.)
-Premium Drink Plan:  1,280 (tax excl.)
-Weekday Only! Short Course Plan: 500 JPY (tax excl.)
**Food not included
Homepage http://www.ataraxiacafe.com/
*Note: When visiting for the first time, you must bring an ID to verify your gender and that you are +18 years old in order to register for membership to use this facility.

Photo Source: アタラキシアカフェ

 

~Ramen~

From Denden Town to Ota-Road you’ll find the best of the best ramen shops! This area is highly competitive with a rush of new stores newly opened with the intent on making their mark on Osaka! If you like ramen, this is the place to go.

 


①Konshinya
Yokohama style ramen–this shop is a rare find in Osaka!

This ramen’s base is pork and soy sauce with thick, straight noodles originating in Yokohama.
 

横浜家系ラーメン 魂心家 大阪なんば店 Konshinya Osaka Namba
Address 大阪府大阪市浪速区難波中2-4-3
2-4-3 Nambanaka, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Business Hours  Weekdays – 11:00~24:00, Saturdays 10:30~1:00AM, Sundays and Holidays 10:30~24:00
Holidays N/A
Homepage http://www.konshinya.com/index.html

Photo Source: 魂心家

 


②Menya Jouroku: #1 in Osaka in the 2017 Ramen Walker – Kansai Edition
This shop uses the famous Takaida style ramen noodle. The soup is jet black and it is loaded with green onions on top. There are many fans of these masters & this shop has been featured in various magazines and even on TV. Thus, there’s almost always a line out the door to get in and try it!
 

麺屋 丈六 (【旧店名】〇丈) Menya Jouroku
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区難波千日前6-16
6-16 Namba Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Business Hours
11:30~15:00 / 18:00~21:00
**The 1st Sunday of every month wake up with “Ohayou Ramen” (The shop will not open for night service that day) 7:00~10:00 / 11:30~15:00
Holidays Wednesday
Homepage http://jouroku.blog.fc2.com/

 

~Ookini Hotels Ota-Road Apartment~

Right in the heart of it all, we have Ookini Hotels Ota-Road Apartment: conveniently located close to Nankai Namba Station!
Group of four? No problem–try our Bunk Bed Room!
Group of two? We got you covered with our Twin Bed Room!
Want a nice big bed? We have that too with our Double Bed Room!
It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling with your friends, sweetheart or by yourself, Ookini Hotels Ota-Road Apartment is a great place to stay.
This location is close to Namba and Ota-Road–making it a great home base for your travels in Japan!
 

For those of you who have trouble waking up in the morning: Ookini Coffee is located on the first floor! As a token of gratitude, we even supply a free drink coupon to our guests during their stay.

It’s a simple room with easy & fast self check-in–making Ookini Hotels Ota-Road a convenient place to stay!

 

Ookini Hotels Ota-road Apartment
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区高津2-4-21
4-15-20 Nipponbashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Nearest Station Nankai Namba Station on Nankai Main Line / Within a 5 minutes walking distance from East Exit
Map https://goo.gl/maps/x4Y6HfBsRWp
Reservations http://ookinihotels.com/en/
Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ookinihotelsgroup/

 

Ota-Road is a vibrant area with everything you could hope for: anime, figures, second-hand goods and more! We hope that you’ll give it a try during your stay in Osaka.

 

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