Japan : Den Den Town Osaka – The Animate Kingdom!

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

“Anime” – refer to Japanese animation

“Anime” is a borrowed word from “animation” in English. Japanese has a lot of borrowed word from the west & China but I am not going to talk about it here. This post is about Anime Kingdom in Osaka – The Denden Town.  Let’s explore Japanese anime culture!

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

Anime Fans’ Paradise

Den Den town is a popular shopping destination for fans of Japanese anime and manga. I was doing a city tour in Osaka so included Den Den Town as well, since it is within walking distance from Nippombashi & Kuromon market.

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

Retro Gems

Over here in Den Den Town, you also find small electronic stores that selling home-ware, camera and white goods. Plenty of video games stores/vintage games, toy shops and second-hand shops here. You may find some retro gems here.

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

Second Hand Shop

I was exploring one of the toy stores and find many of the toys are second-hand and retro.  If you have lost some old toys in your childhood days and missed them badly, then this is the place to dig and very likely you can find them here.

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

This store (below) sells anime and manga figures and toys and most figures are being locked up behind the glass wardrobe. I heard you can also sell your old toy here.

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

A big fly sculpture at the top of the building in Den Den town

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

DVD & CD & Game Shops

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

Pombashi Hobbyist Village

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

Animate (Nippombashi Branch)

This is one of the biggest stores in Den Den town, it has 4 levels to see from various ranges of animate related stuff, such as comics, manga, CD & DVDs and cosplay costumes.  Animate is the chain store which can be found in all over Japan.  This place also hold events regularly so I would strongly recommend to check this store out.

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

Guru of Anime – Hayao Miyazaki

My favorite anime films would be some of the famous collections from director Hayao Miyazaki such as “Spirited Away” , “My neighbor Totoro” and the more recent masterpiece – “Ponyo”.  Have you watched any of Hayao Miyazaki’s anime?

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

Anime merchandise aren’t cheap

Anime merchandise aren’t cheap at all, especially those popular characters or figures.  Anime fan is willing to spend on their collectable.

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

Otaku’s Playground

Den Den town is favorite place for “Otaku”.  Otaku mean young Japanese single man who is obsessed with anime, manga, cosplay, collectibles, role-playing and computer games.  In English, the closer word I could think of is “geek”. Otaku usually stay hours at home and never come out to socialise with others.  Have you met any “otaku” in your country?

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

Taito Station Osaka Den Den Town

Taito Station is another huge store for anime stuff, in total there are 4 levels.

Japan : Den Den Town Osaka - The Animate Kingdom!

Final thoughts:

If you are a fan of Japanese anime, you should include Den Den town when you are in Osaka.  Wear your cosplay costume and walk around in Den Den town;  or visit the maid cafe and get serve by young Japanese maids with over-the-top French maid outfits. These are the few things you may want to experience about the anime culture while in Den Den Town.

How to get there :

I was here by train as we parked our car in the hotel and took JR and subway.

  • Nearest train station – Nippombashi Station or Namba Station

 

34 Replies to “Japan : Den Den Town Osaka – The Animate Kingdom!”

  1. OMG, throughout the post I could only think of how cool it would be like to be in such an environment. My sister is 10 and I know she would love this. It looks amazing, I am glad I stumbled upon this post because I did not know this side of the Japanese culture. Thank you for sharing, I am going to ask my friend Mika to tell me more about the culture.

  2. Japan is on our bucket list we’ve been planning to go there. This is such a beautiful place to explore with rich history and culture. You made me convinced to come visit there very soon.

    1. Dear Farrah,
      Den den town is in Osaka and Osaka is one of the biggest city in Japan after Tokyo. Osaka and Tokyo by bullet train needs about 2.5 hour.
      If you travelling to Osaka, don’t miss the anime kingdom in Den den town.

    1. Dear Keshia,

      Animate in Japan are targetted for all ages,not just for children. Anime are not retricted by age or gender. People watch it since young and it never stop even when they grow up. Unlike cartoon from the west, you only watched till certain age and you will stop.

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