Osaka's central shopping district is a vibrant mass of neon lights and shopping malls, filling the city with energy throughout most hours of the day. While the buildings have changed over the centuries, Shinsaibashi has been Osaka's commercial heart since the 17th century. It's now mostly made up of large malls and upscale shops.
Shinsaibashi-suji is the visitor focus of the district, a covered shopping street that holds almost four centuries of history. It's the premier shopping area in Osaka. Nearby Amerika-mura has evolved into a showpiece of Japanese youth culture, filled with unusual boutiques and graffiti-laden walls.
Mido-suji runs through the centre of Shinsaibashi, linking the downtown districts of Namba and Kita; it contains the flagship stores of a variety of international brands and is locally named the Champ-Elysees of the East.
Shinsaibashi Station is located on the Midosuji subway line, roughly 15 minutes travel from Shin-Osaka Station.
This district is named after Shinsai Okada, who built a 35-metre wooden bridge across the Nagahori-gawa canal in the early 17th century. By connecting two sides of the canal, the bridge elevated the popularity of the area. By the 21st century the original bridge had disappeared, replaced by a German-made iron bridge.