Ame-Mura is the Osaka resident’s shorthand for Amerika Mura (America Village), an eclectic shopping district in-between the Hommachi and Namba areas of Osaka. This area is famous for having a wide variety of fashion shops, restaurants, and music and dance clubs. It is similar to China towns in California or New York, except full of Western stores instead of Eastern.
You can easily get to Ame-Mura by either the Midosuji Line and get off at Shinsaibashi or Tanimachi Line and get off at Yotsubashi station. From Shinsaibashi, leave the station from the number 7 exit, turn left, go straight, and take your first left. Go straight and you’ll be in Ame-Mura. From Yotsubashi, get out at the number 5 exit turn left and follow this street to Triangle Park.
〒542-0086 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo Ward, Nishishinsaibashi, 1−9−16
In the 1970s, many of the warehouses in the area were renovated by young entrepreneurs, selling imported clothing, music, and all things western. This area grew and more and more shops opened growing the area into what it is today.
The clothes stores in Ame-Mura are unlike the stores in other areas of Japan. Stores in Ame-Mura mostly sell imported clothes, targeting younger buyers. So, the styles are very different. Many of the shops target or are run by foreigners. Ame-Mura is well known for being a hang-out for expats living in Japan. With many bars and clubs focusing on foreign patronage. In the middle of Ame-Mura, you can find Big Step. A large shopping center filled to the brim with shops and stores.
If you are interested in opening a shop in Japan, this is the perfect area.
Take a day and wonder around Ame-Mura. Even if you don’t buy anything you will certainly enjoy the sites and sounds of this unique area.