Akihabara of Osaka
You heard so much about Akihabara of Tokyo. They called it the “electric town” or the “otaku town”. Otaku is a Japanese word and the term commonly refers to people with obsessive interests, commonly the anime and manga fandom. One of the most famous “otaku” celebrities is none other than Malaysian Danny Choo who resides in Japan permanently.
Akihabara is located in Tokyo but is there any Akihabara in Osaka? The answer is yes. Even though Osaka might not be as colourful as Tokyo, it has its own Akihabara and its own “otaku town”. The name of the place is Nipponbashi but its nicknamed as “Den Den Town”.
It is not as huge as Akihabara but Den Den Town or Nipponbashi is at least 1/3 of its size. It is in walking distance from Namba and Dotonburi.
Like Akihabara, you can find comic (manga) shops, toy shops, DVD shops, maid cafes and other otaku related shops.
Names like Guilty Crown, Naruto, Mondaiji-tachi ga Isekai kara Kuru Sou Desu yo?, Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, Danganronpa: Kibou no Gakuen to Zetsubou no Koukousei, One Piece, Angel Beats!, High School DxD, Blood Lad, The World God Only Knows, Fairy Tail, Hataraku Maou-sama!, Sword Art Online, Shingeki No Kyojin and Dragon Ball Z are all over Den Den Town. You just need to get to the right shop to get your favourite anime toys / DVD / manga.
If you are looking for vintage toys like me say old school Transformers or Gundan, you won’t run out of luck. There are quite a number of shops selling collector’s item at a reasonable price. You just need to find them.
If are a huge otaku fan and you are so happen to travel in Osaka, you should spend a day or two in Nipponbashi. You won’t regret I promise you.
You can go to Nipponbashi via subway/train as follows:
* Kintetsu Namba Line
* Osaka Municipal Subway (Nipponbashi Station)
o Sakaisuji Line (K17)
o Sennichimae Line (S17)