Japan Osaka Minami


A hub of youth culture and American-inspired street fashion

Photo of Amerikamura, Japan (IMG_0908 by hslo)

Amerikamura, affectionately known as Ame-mura, is a colorful emblem of youth culture in Osaka, Japan. This district, steeped in American fashion and pop culture, is renowned for its array of shops, street art, and entertainment options, reflecting the city’s youthful energy.

About Amerikamura

Originating in the 1970s as a center for second-hand clothing and Western goods, Amerikamura has become synonymous with American culture in Japan, particularly that of the West Coast, which influenced its moniker, “American Village.” The district today continues to be a hub for fashion, music, and food influenced by American trends.

At the core of Amerikamura is Triangle Park, encircled by shops and boutiques that cater to a variety of styles and subcultures, such as punk, goth, and Lolita. Street art and graffiti are integral to the district’s character, with the “Peace on Earth” mural by Seitaro Kuroda from 1983 standing as a cultural landmark.

Entertainment thrives in Amerikamura, which bustles with activity in its cafes, bars, and music venues, especially after lunch. The district hosts flea markets and street performances, drawing a vibrant weekend crowd that includes up-and-coming comedians and musicians.

Despite its international ambiance and foreigner-friendly establishments, Ame-mura remains a favorite spot for locals seeking the latest in urban culture.

While Amerikamura itself offers a rich experience, nearby Nippombashi and the Minami area’s events, like the Dotonbori COSPLAY Festival and Osaka Halloween, are also attractions for pop culture enthusiasts. Conveniently, Amerikamura is just a short walk from Shinsaibashi Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line.

A notable yet often overlooked feature is the district’s small-scale Statue of Liberty. For a full Amerikamura experience, visitors should spend time people-watching in Triangle Park and explore the underground music scene in one of the many live houses.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Amerikamura

Y 14

 Yotsubashi Line

 about 5 minute walk (400m)
M 19

 Midosuji Line + 1 more

 5-10 minute walk (600m)
HS 41

Hanshin Ōsaka Namba
 Hanshin Namba Line + 2 more

 5-10 minute walk (800m)
N 14

 Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line

 5-10 minute walk (800m)

Around Amerikamura


Shopping Street in Osaka

open 11am - 9pm
closed Irregularly


アメリカ村, 大阪

Google MapsApple Maps

Updated 14 Mar 2024 • Report an error

People say about us...

It's an awesome guide and has been so helpful in that it covers much more than just the destinations itself. - Jeff

Brilliant job. Your insight will let us plan our days so much more effectively. Very much appreciated. -  Gordon & Claire