One of the fun parts of going abroad is the shopping! Among travelers to Japan, buying products such as home appliances, skincare, body care goods, clothing, brand products, and sweets in bulk is very popular. In this article we will introduce shops where you can bulk buy in the Osaka neighborhood, Shinsaibashi.
1. Recommended spots to buy home appliances in bulk
When it comes to Japanese home appliances, rice cookers that make delicious rice and beauty appliances like hair dryers and facial care goods are very popular bulk item buys. In Shinsaibashi's shopping arcades, there are small electronics stores, but other than that there are huge electronics stores such as Bic Camera Nanba and LAOX Daimaru Shinsaibashi. In large electronics stores like those chains, of course they have home appliances, but they also offer a lot of other goods such as toys, watches, bedding, and even liquor, so you can easily bulk buy almost anything you want in one go. They usually offer tax-free shopping, where they will stamp your passport so you can get the consumption tax refunded upon leaving the country, so don't forget to get that discount! Lately people have been really interested in Japanese oven ranges, so if you come to Japan, what about checking out the latest models?
*The photo is for reference purposes only and may not reflect the actual shop layout.
2. Recommended spots where you can bulk buy cosmetics and body care goods
Lately, people who buy Japanese cosmetics, skincare, hot eye masks, disposable cooling sheets, and other such body care goods as souvenirs have been increasing. If you are interested in bulk buying those items, then make your way towards the drugstore. Of course you can get medicines like eye drops and headaches, but you can also pick up cosmetics, body care goods, everyday necessities, and even sweets. Among the drugstores in Shinsaibashi, OS Drugs has become a popular spot among Japanese people thanks to its reasonable prices. There's also other stores in the area like Matsumoto Kiyoshi and Daikoku Drugs, so please enjoy yourself while comparing the stores' stock and prices!
*The photo is for reference and may not reflect reality.
3. Recommended spots to bulk buy fashion items
Japanese fashion items have gained a reputation among travelers due to their cheap prices and high quality. The Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Center is a pioneer in the Japanese fashion world, and the now-world-famous Uniqlo has a shop here that offers tax-free shopping. Uniqlo's low-price brand GU also has a huge store here so make sure to stop by. Want shoes? ABC-Mart offers a wide variety from business shoes to sandals, or head to Onitsuka Tiger for a pair or two of their internationally popular shoes. You will definitely be able to find a number of fashionable shoes that you won't be able to resist bulk buying.
4. Recommended spots to bulk buy luxury brands
Shinsaibashi is also one of Japan's major boutique areas, and both domestic and international luxury brands such as Issey Miyake, Chanel, and Harry Winston have set up branches here. All of these stores make shopping fun thanks to their luxurious atmosphere, but if you want to bulk buy, it's recommended that you head to Daimaru Shinsaibashi instead. They have plenty of services and privileges aimed towards tourists such as a 5% off coupon you can receive at the information desk if you show your passport (not all stores accept it), free Wi-fi, currency exchange, Chinese language interpreters, duty-free counters, and more. It's connected directly to the train station by a tunnel so you can move freely even on rainy days.
*The building pictured is Daimaru Shinsaibashi North Building.
5. Recommended spots to bulk buy sweets
You can see the unique characteristics of a country in their sweets, so they're perfect as souvenirs! Japan-limited KitKats, Pocky, gummies, and other such candies are very popular souvenirs. KitKats have a huge variety of options, such as matcha, seasonally-limited flavors like strawberry and sweet potato, area-limited flavors like wasabi or flan, and more so you'll definitely have trouble choosing which ones to buy. You can buy sweets in convenience stores or supermarkets, but if you're shopping in Shinsaibashi, you should head to Sweets Department Yoshiya Shinaibashi. It's not hard to find thanks to its huge KitKat sign in the middle of the shopping arcade. You can find limited-edition KitKats there, and all of the snacks are reasonably priced! Even if you buy more than you expected, you won't break your wallet. It can get very crowded, so try going when you have some time on your hands.
*The photo is only for reference and may not reflect actual stock.
Shinsaibashi, a representative of shopping arcades, has a collection of stores from huge electronics stores to luxury brands. You'll definitely be able to bulk buy any item that you're looking for, so enjoy shopping to your heart's content!