Tenjinbashisuji Shoutengai is Japan's longest shopping arcade, and here are some spots you should check out when you visit. There's plenty of good things crammed into this shopping arcade that you can only find here, including food and shopping.
1. One of the shoutengai's most popular snack shops, Nakamuraya
Nakamuraya specializes in fried food. Their most popular item are croquettes, made from mashed potatoes that is mixed with ground meat, wheat, egg, then covered in panko and fried. The freshly-made croquettes are packed full with ingredients. The outside is crispy and the inside is moist, and that coupled with the sweetness of the potato will make you fall in love. One is only 70 JPY, a perfectly reasonable price! It's been featured in the media before, and though there is often a line, they work very quickly so you won't wait as long as it seems. If you visit Tenjinbashisuji Shoutengai, this is one store you should definitely check out.
2. Maruichikaho, a popular shop that gets orders from all around the country
Maruichikaho is a famous wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) shop that offers various unique products. For example, they have the Ballet Sweets Mai (210 JPY (tax incl.)) that was created for ballerinas, and it's a low calorie healthy wagashi. Of course, it's popular with ballerinas, but also with the general public. Also, Japanese entrance exam season is in February, and around there they have Goukaku Pan (250 JPY (tax incl.)), a bread that has the characters for "passing" written on it in chocolate. A flood of orders from the entire country come in for it in February as good luck charms for those who are facing exams and tests. Since it's also a very old shop, the taste is also great.
3. Shine in Osaka fashion with clothes from Namiki Youhinten #2
This store handles clothes that will make you think "this is pure Osaka!" They have all sorts of clothes, including women's clothing, menswear, kids' clothes, pajamas, socks, and more all at reasonable prices like 500 JPY for a t-shirt and 1,000 JPY for a dress. You can bulk buy as well. In Japan, older ladies from Osaka have an image of having fun with their clothing and dressing pretty flashily including lots of animal print (especially tiger and leopard). Don't you want to pick up some animal print and feel what it's like to be an Osakan lady?
4. Tenma Tenjin MAIDOya, a select shop of Osaka souvenirs
Tenma Tenjin MAIDOya gathers great Osaka souvenirs and gifts. For example, you can find items like Tenma kiriko cut glass items, tenugui hand towels, local beers, and more. It's a must-see for people who want slightly more refined souvenirs. Also, every month they have events such as tastings from Osaka wineries miso-making workshops that anyone can participate in, so if you have the right timing, please join in. The store's sign is made up of various lanterns that have different words in Osaka's dialect, making it a very unique item. Definitely take a picture in front of it for your memories!
5. Enjoy real liquor at BAR ALBA
BAR ALBA is just 1 minute away from Tenma Station. You take one step into the bar and you'll be transported to a new space away from the bustling shopping arcade. Their liquor menu is huge, and they even have a slightly-addicting whiskey from Islay, a small island off the coast of Scotland. The fresh fruits cocktail made with seasonal fruits is popular with women. The bartender is exceptionally knowledgeable about liquor, so it might be good to have him choose a liquor you might like. This is a good place to talk about the memories you made in Osaka while enjoying alcohol.
What do you think about these five businesses in the Tenjinbashisuji Shoutengai? Of course, all the stores there have their own charms and positive points, so please search for your favorites.
*Please note that the prices and other information in the article may not be the most up-to-date information