Den Den Town, also known as Nipponbasi, is a shopping district in the Naniwa Ward of Osaka. It is about a ten minute walk south from the heart of Dontonbori. It is often referred to as a mini-Akihabara for the plethora of anime, manga, electronics, and other hobby shops. Swing by one of the area's maid cafes for a truly unique experience. If you are unable to visit Akihabara or a fan of Japanese entertainment, plan time to explore the area. Here are a few of the must-see shops around Den Den Town.
GEE!Store: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Daily
A great place to stop inside if you are a fan of anime merchandise or cosplay. They carry a wide variety of Cospa merchandise for the most popular anime series such as Dragon Ball Z, Neo Genesis Evangelion, One Piece, and more. Their large assortment of cosplay outfits are located in the rear of the store. It is hard to leave without buying a hat, t-shirt, key chain, or souvenir.
Joshin Super Kids Land: HQ: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Daily
Joshin is best known for their massive selection of Gundam models and figurines. They also carry model trains and kids toys among other hobby related items. If you are a fan of the Gundam series, Joshin should be on your list of places to visit.
Super Potato: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Daily
A collector's paradise for retro games, Super Potato is one of the most famous video game stores in Japan. They have multiple locations in Osaka. The amount of retro systems, games, and selection is amazing. They also sell video game related merchandise and accessories. Be sure to take a photo next to Mario and Solid Snake out front.
Yellow Submarine Namba 3 Shop: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Daily
This is the place to go if you are interested in collectible trading card games. They carry an extensive collection of singles and sealed product for Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, and other Japanese collectible trading card games. Head to the top floor for an impressive selection of Magic: The Gathering singles and rare booster packs.
Animate: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Daily
This is the definitive place for anime fans to visit in Osaka. The shop has multiple floors of movies, manga, soundtracks, anime, video games, and plenty of related merchandise. You can easily spend a few hours just browsing everything they have to offer. Bring some loose coins to spend on gacha machines located outside and on each floor.