Outlet malls in the Osaka area have a different mood compared to those in the Tokyo area. Why don't you give it a try and enjoy the shopping, eating, and leisure while indulging in the fun atmosphere? You may be lucky enough to find your bargain! This time we will show you 5 selected outlet malls near Osaka.
1. Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi
Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi was opened 1995 in Osaka, and has a unique appearance thanks to its retractable roof. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors in this outlet mall covers a wide variety of domestic and imported brands. The brands tend to be on the casual side, and some 60 stores share the space. They range from sports/outdoor brands like Nike and Adidas, to fashion and variety stores. While this mall is the smallest among the list, this mall is recommended for its good access since it is only about 30 minutes by train from Osaka Station. On weekends and holidays, street performances and live music events are held on the 3rd floor with in the event hall that has a capacity for around 300 people. It's a fun place to be when you go shopping with your family or if you just want a day out.
2. Kishiwada CanCan Bayside Mall
The Kishiwada CanCan Bayside Mall located in Kishiwada, Osaka, is a large commercial complex with an exotic atmosphere based on the image of a warehouse district of a British port town. This mall is made up of two buildings, one called "EAST" that is made up of community-based specialty shops, while the other, "WEST," is made up of an outlet mall and a cinema complex. Around 100 stores of both domestic and import are located here, ranging from fashion, interior, variety, and many more. Since it was built on the seafront, all of the restaurants here command a great view on the ocean. In addition, you can find the 'United Cinemas Kishiwada,' one of the largest cinema complexes in the Kansai area, and other various amusement facilities as well. This place may be a little short on outlet stores, but it's great for those who want to enjoy everything. Whenever you get tired from shopping, you can always go to the movies then relax and enjoy the ocean view from the restaurants! Only a ten minute car ride from Kansai International Airport.
3. Rinku Premium Outlets
The Rinku Premium Outlets is a super-sized outlet mall with more than 200 shops. It's located in Rinku Town on the opposite shore of Kansai International Airport. Its convenient location only about 20 minutes by shuttle bus from the airport and its beautiful scenery based on Charleston, an American port city, is liked by many. It makes people feel they are enjoying shopping in a resort-like atmosphere. Here you can find famous domestic and imported fashion brands like Banana Republic or Coach, but also they have an abundant variety of shops ranging from household goods, shoes, bags, accessories to restaurants. You can shop here all day, or drop by in the few hours before the flight. There are coin lockers available to help you with your luggage.
4. Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pia Kobe
"Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pia Kobe" was opened in 1999 to be the first full-blown outlet mall in Kobe and it was made with the image of an 18th-19th century Southern European port town. To get here, you can either take a 45 minute ride by train from Osaka or take the free shuttle bus Tarumi Station on the JR Kobe line. They have a selection of around 130 shops from domestic and import brands like Diesel and BEAMS. Here you can find a wide variety of items such as fashion, outdoor, sports, interior and even knick-knacks. The great view of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and the beautiful illuminations after sunset that you can see from here is also famous among tourists. Don't forget to take a break from your shopping and check out the views of the ocean side!
5. Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets
The "Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets", modeled after Pasadena, a luxurious town outside of Los Angeles, is among the largest outlet malls in western Japan. You can either take a 1 hour ride on a train or a bus from Osaka, or take a bus from the neighboring cities. You can find many luxury brands like Gucci or Bally among the 220 shops housed here. Other than fashion, they have a wide variety of interior and household goods stores like Delonghi, as well as a good range of restaurants. Since the mall is a one-story building, you can enjoy the expansive grounds as you shop. There are also many luxury tableware brands here which are a must-see for all the collectors out there! It's only a 30 minute bus ride from the famous Arima Hot Springs so how about putting both in your plans for the day?
So how was it? Outlet malls are always a fun place to visit since they offer your favorite brands at affordable prices. If you are traveling close, be sure to drop by and hunt for your perfect bargain!