Top 5 Recommended Shops in Ame-mura, Osaka’s Hub for Youth and Western Culture
Here we come! Osaka’s American Village! Also known as Amerika-mura or Ame-mura for short! It is a popular tourist spot in Osaka, not far from Shinsaibashi Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line. The area is lined with popular second-hand clothing stores and trendy, gourmet shops. Here we will introduce some of the top recommended stores in Amerika-mura, so I hope this article helps you find somewhere good!
- 1.Recommendations Gourmet in Ame-mura
- 2.Recommended vintage clothing stores in Ame-mura
- 3.Famous places in Ame-mura
- 4.Access to Amerika-mura (American Village)
1.Recommendations Gourmet in Ame-mura
First, here are some of the best eats you should try when you come to Ame-mura!
First, let’s talk about takoyaki in Ame-mura! We went to Kogaryu Honten! It is a very famous restaurant that has been listed in that Michelin Guide. This time, I ordered the royal sauce mayo.
Koga-style takoyaki is fluffy and very tasty! The soft and fluffy dough has a mild broth that makes you feel warm and cozy. The sauce wasn’t too thick, so it went perfectly with the dough! If you’re going to eat takoyaki in Ame-mura, this is definitely the place to go!
2.Recommended vintage clothing stores in Ame-mura
Ame-mura is a place to visit vintage clothing stores. Ame-mura is a battleground of vintage clothing stores for those in the know.
Among the countless numbers of secondhand clothing stores, I’d like to introduce three popular clothing stores that I highly recommend.
2-1.Pigsty, for American casual vintage clothing
If you want to buy American casual vintage clothing, Pigsty is the place to go!
They have vintage vintage clothing from the 30’s to the 80’s, so no matter what decade you are from, you can find something you like.
Although we went there in the fall, they have a large selection of T-shirts for the summer. This Ame-mura store has a particularly large selection of T-shirts, with over 1,000 items. They also have a variety of vintage items, from women’s vintage clothing to antique goods, so be sure to stop by when you’re in Ame-mura!
2-2.JAM, one of the largest second-hand shops in Japan
JAM, a vintage clothing store that I often visit.
The reason I love it so much is that they have everything from casual items to slightly more mature items!
I especially like their wide variety of hoodies and knits. I come here more often in the fall and winter than in the summer. They also have a great selection of sundries and shoes, so it’s my favorite used clothing store to visit any time of the year!
The store is one of the largest in Japan in terms of inventory, and is packed with a variety of items. You are sure to find your favorite!
2-3.JETRAG, for American brand-name fashion
For a cheap and stylish American casual wear boutique, look no further than JETRAG!
Clothes lined up outside the store…and they’re so cheap!
You can see all kinds of cute and casual items in the store as well.
And they are really cheap. And not just in the front of the store, the items in the store are so petite, you could buy a whole bunch of stuff!
You can get unique clothes that you cannot find anywhere else at low prices. If you are in Ame-mura, this is a recommended secondhand clothing store to stop by!
3.Famous places in Ame-mura
When you’re in Amerika-mura, you might as well take a tour of the sights!
Speaking of Ame-mura! Please stop by these three famous places on your way to Ame-mura.
3-1.The center of Ame-mura is here, Triangle Park
Ame-mura is where it’s at! Triangle Park! It is famous as a gathering place for young people. Its real name is Mitsu Park, but it is a landmark of Ame-mura, which came to be called Triangle Park because of its triangular shape. Located in the center of Ame-mura, many famous stores such as takoyaki (octopus dumplings) shops and used clothing stores are nearby. It is a famous spot that cannot be avoided when sightseeing in Ame-mura.
▼Click here for directions from Shinsaibashi and Namba Stations
3-2.BIG STEP, a landmark shopping center in Ame-mura
This is another Ame-mura landmark called Big Step. It is a complex of various genres, including popular brand-name fashion and gourmet food, a movie theater, a live music club, and an area where you can enjoy pinball. The restrooms on each floor are also full of attention to detail, so be sure to use them for a restroom break!
3-3.Shinsaibashi OPA, the trend-setting center
Amemura’s center is right here in Shinsaibashi OPA! Located along Osaka’s main street Midosuji, OPA is a fashion building that offers a wide variety of fashion brands, so you can always find what you want. There are plenty of cafes and restaurants, perfect for shopping or just taking a break!
4.Access to Amerika-mura (American Village)
And finally, here’s how to get to Ame-Mura!
4-1.Access by train
If you are going by train, it is convenient to use two stations.
① Shinsaibashi Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line
The first is to go from Shinsaibashi Station.
Go up to the ground level from Exit 7 and turn right, and you will see a large Apple Store on your right.
Straight ahead, you will reach the center of Ame-mura with Big Steps and Triangle Park.
▼Click here for an explanation of how to get to Amerika-mura
②Yotsubashi Station on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line
The second is to go from Yotsubashi Station.
This route will take you to the Ame-mura, which is a 100m walk in the south direction after reaching the ground level.
4-2.Access by car
You can reach Ame-mura by taking either the “Honmachi” or “Shinanobashi” exit on the Hanshin Expressway Loop Line and driving for about 10 minutes. There are many parking lots around the Ame-mura area, so you should have no particular trouble finding a parking space. If you’re thinking, “I want to buy lots of old clothes, sundries, etc!!!” Then a car might be more convenient for you!
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What do you think of our recommendations for stores in Ame-mura? Ame-mura is a treasure trove of gourmet food, vintage clothing stores, and general shopping. All of the stores introduced here are well-known shops in Ame-mura. You will be able to enjoy yourself wherever you go. In particular, Kogaryu Honten, a takoyaki (octopus dumpling) shop, is the birthplace of Ame-mura and a popular tourist spot. This famous restaurant is listed in the Michelin Guide, so be sure to stop by!
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