Also known as ‘Amemura’, ‘Amerika-mura’ or ‘America Village’ is Osaka’s most famous centre of youth culture. Taking its name from the influence of American culture – most readily identifiable in the area’s many secondhand clothing outlets selling imports from the US – Amerika-mura is in fact a glorious mishmash of subcultures including street and hiphop, goth, punk, Lolita and lots of genres that many of us are too old to ever heard of. Secondhand outlets are jumbled together with young designer boutiques, music stores and bars, galleries, all manner of shops and of course plenty of nightlife. If you’re under the age of 30 and heading to Oaska for the first-time, then make sure to spend an afternoon or evening exploring the village and for anyone older, you should go too. It really can be a lot of fun.
Opening hours vary by venue with most shops opening around 11:00 and many bars and restaurants staying open into the early morning
Accessible anytime of day
Amerika-mura can be approached from multiple directions and is within easy walking distance of Shinsaibashi Station and Yotsubashi Station