The Best Things to Do in Nakazakicho, Osaka

Nakazakicho is a thriving hipster neighbourhood in Osaka
Nakazakicho is a thriving hipster neighbourhood in Osaka | © Travel and Still life photography/Getty Images

Nakazakicho is one of Osaka’s hippest, artsiest districts. Characterised by ramshackle buildings renovated into independent art galleries and eclectic thrift shops, it’s a great place to explore both historic architecture and contemporary trends. Below are the best things to do while wandering Nakazakicho.

Nakazakicho is fast becoming Osaka’s coolest hipster hangout
Nakazakicho café street is a serene escape from the bustle of Osaka

1. See where the local art scene started at Salon de AManTO

Cafe, Coffee

Nakazakicho started to become a hipster hangout in 2001 when Salon de AManTO opened as an artist refuge in what was then a derelict district. Owner Jun Amanto transformed the 120-year-old building into half café and half community centre. Having recycled every bit of the old building along the way, the retro vibes are delightfully authentic. Since its opening, Nakazakicho has been revitalised as independent artists and sellers have moved in, setting up galleries, cafés and shops. Amanto has since teamed up with other artists to renovate many other Nakazakicho buildings and turn them into creative spaces.

2. Enjoy coffee and sweets at Taiyo no Tou cafe

Cafe, Coffee

Another thing Nakazakicho is known for is its cute cafés, and Taiyo no Tou is one of the most popular. It’s visually striking, with a colourful exterior and delightfully garish interior. Various antiques and retro furniture decorate the space. Both the food and drink menus tend to include items with lots of fresh fruit and veg – like the root vegetable salad or the mint mojito – and plenty of sweets. They also have a selection of Minoh Beers, a local craft brew. The café is smoke-free and has Wi-Fi.

4. Thrift shop at Green Pepe


Thrift stores are beginning to gain popularity in Japan, though they tend to favour American trends and manufacturers. Green Pepe has a slightly different vibe. Started by Megumi Ishihara, the shop gets most of its items from Japan and specialises in vintage items from the ’60s and ’70s. Colourful, patterned, one-of-a-kind items fill the racks of the eclectic shop and, though the apparel is geared mainly towards women, there are also sections devoted to male apparel and furniture. The average price is slightly higher than at other thrift stores, but so is the quality.

5. Snack on organic granola at Granda Familio

Restaurant, Healthy

Nakazakicho is one of the few places in Osaka where niche healthy-eating trends are popular. Vegan, vegetarian and organic foods are quite easy to find on these winding streets, making this a wonderful area for those with dietary restrictions. Granda Familio roasts and mixes its own granola and blitzes a mean organic smoothie. Husband and wife founders Yasuharu and Chiaki Sawada make a point of using natural and healthy ingredients in their food. This wholesome attitude has spread to the atmosphere as well; they often host community events like farmer’s markets and networking events for local mothers.

landscape with balloons floating in the air


Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

Edit article