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Osaka's American Village, "Amemura"!

This video, titled "Strolling in Amemura, Osaka" (大阪 アメ村を散策), shows scenes of Amemura, one of the most vibrant spots for young people, in Osaka's Minami district.
American village, commonly known as Amemura (村, "mura" means village in Japanese), refers to the downtown area around Nishi-Shinsaibashi (西心斎橋, Nishi-Shinsaibashi) in Chuo Ward (中央区, Chuo-Ku), Osaka City (大阪市, Osaka-Shi), in Japan's Kansai Region (関西地方, Kansai-Chiho).

It's just a 5-minute walk from Shinsaibashi Station, and it's packed with young people and tourists on a daily basis.
This article will introduce the history of Amemura, as well as give recommendations on places to visit and things to do in the area!

About Amemura

Image of a woman with aviators
Photo:A woman with aviators

Osaka's Amemura, featured in the video, was once home to many wealthy merchants in the Edo period (1603-1868 AD).

After the 1960s, a coffee shop called "LOOP" was opened here, and young surfers introduced American casual culture to the area.
In the 1990s, many shops, such as Tower Records, opened in the area, and the area prospered as the epicenter of trends in the Kansai region.

Recommendations for Amemura!

If you're looking for American casual fashion items in the Kansai area, Amemura is the place to go.
In addition to popular vintage clothing and clothing stores, Amemura also has many live music venues.
It's a popular destination for art and music as well, making it a hotspot for young people.

It's also a great place for tourists to shop for souvenirs, with OPA and Shinsaibashi BIGSTEP offering a wide range of fashion items, Korean cosmetics, and sundries. So it is just perfect for tourists who want to buy souvenirs.
Currently, there are approximately 2,500 shops in Amemura.

Food and Event Information for Amemura

Image of Takoyaki
Photo:Takoyaki

One of the great things about Amemura is that there are plenty of lunch spots and cafes, and you can enjoy sweets and other delicious food while in the area.
The alleyways of Amemura are lined with delicious food, including the famous ikayaki (grilled squid), the Takoyaki restaurant "Koga-ryu Honten," and the original "Ice-Dog" (a hotdog bun filled with soft serve ice cream).
You can see some of these shops at 5:20 in the video.

We also recommend the bubble tea store "Babytapi," where young people make long lines to get photos for their Instagram.
There's also the popular "Sankaku Park" at the center of Amemura.
You can see Sankaku Park around 5:10 in the video.

A flea market is held in the Sankaku Park area, and there are also exciting performances as well.

Summary of Amemura

Did you enjoy reading about Amemura, the American-themed shopping district in Osaka?

This video shows more than 20 minutes of footage from Amemura.
There are many hotels that you can stay at at affordable prices near Amemura, so we recommend checking out the area and seeing everything it has to offer!

【Tripadvisor】America Village
https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g14127623-d321004-Reviews-America_Mura-Chuo_Osaka_Osaka_Prefecture_Kinki.html

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Oct. 23, 2021
Japan
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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