[Special Edition] Top 10 Must-Visit Outlet Malls and Major Shopping Centers in Osaka
Outlet malls and shopping centers in the Osaka area have a different vibe from those you find in Tokyo. You can indulge yourself in shopping, food, and leisure activities while enjoying the atmosphere, and get that item you've had your eye on! Below are 10 recommended outlet malls and large-scale shopping malls in and around Osaka.
- 1. Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi
- 2. Kishiwada CanCan Bayside Mall
- 3. Rinku Premium Outlets
- 4. Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pia Kobe
- 5. Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets
- 6. Osaka Nanko ATC Town Outlet Mare
- 7. Hankyu Umeda Main Store
- 8. Takashimaya Osaka Store
- 9. Daimaru Shinsaibashi Branch
- 10. LUCUA osaka
1. Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi
Launched in 1995, Mitsui Outlet Park Osaka Tsurumi is known for its unique façade that features a retractable roof. The 3rd, 4th, and 5th floors of the complex comprise of the outlet mall housing the stores of a wide range of domestic and foreign brands. There are around 60 stores here that sell sports and outdoor brands like Nike and Adidas, fashion for men, ladies and kids, and lifestyle goods. You will find an extensive array of products that tend to be on the casual side. While this outlet mall is relatively small in scale compared to the other malls featured in this article, it is still highly recommended because of its great accessibility, as it is just about 30 minutes by train from Osaka Station. There is an event space on the 3rd floor that can accommodate around 300 people, and it transforms into a venue of street performances, live music shows and other events on weekends and holidays. This outlet mall is a place where you can go shopping with your family or go on a date with your loved one.
Business hours: Shops are open on weekdays at 11:00 am - 8:00 pm, and on weekends and holidays at 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
2. Kishiwada CanCan Bayside Mall
Kishiwada CanCan Bayside Mall is a major commercial complex filled with an exotic atmosphere that was built according to the image of a warehouse district in a British port town. It has two buildings – the “EAST” that houses specialty shops tied to the local community, and the “WEST” that is made up of an outlet mall offering reasonably-priced fashion brands, and a cinema complex. About 100 shops of domestic labels and famous foreign brands are gathered in this mall, selling a variety of goods that include fashion, interior and miscellaneous items. Meanwhile, all the restaurants along the coast offer a superb view of the ocean. You will also find United Cinemas Kishiwada, the largest cinema complex in the Kansai region, and an amusement center in this mall. There may not be a lot of outlet shops here, but this spot is still recommended to those who want to enjoy different things. If you get tired from shopping, you can take a break at any of the dining spots facing the sea! This mall is also convenient as it is just about 10 minutes away from Kansai International Airport by car.
Business hours: EAST/1F 9:00 am - 8:00 pm (except some stores), 2F-3F 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, WEST/Shops are open at 10:00 am - 8:00 pm (except some stores)
3. Rinku Premium Outlets
Rinku Premium Outlets is a supersized outlet mall housing more than 200 shops that is located in Rinku Town on the shore opposite Kansai International Airport. It is easily accessible as it is just 20 minutes by shuttle bus from Kansai International Airport, and people love it as a place where they can enjoy shopping in a beautiful resort-like town inspired by the American port town of Charleston. Aside from Banana Republic, Coach and other famous domestic and foreign fashion brands, it also offers a wide range of shops carrying household goods, shoes, bags and accessories, as well as restaurants. You can enjoy a day of shopping here, or just go window-shopping while waiting for your flight after you deposit your luggage in the coin lockers in the mall!
This outlet mall is pretty famous, so there is a shuttle bus that runs between the mall and Terminal 1 of Kansai Airport every 30 minutes. Fare is 200 JPY one-way. You will get to the mall in about 20 minutes, so definitely try out this service.
Business hours: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, and 10:00 am - 7:00 pm on weekends in February (hours may change due to year-end and New Year holidays, and other seasonal events)
4. Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pia Kobe
Opened in 1999, Mitsui Outlet Park Marine Pia Kobe is the first full-fledged outlet mall in Hyogo’s Kobe City. It was built based on a theme of port towns in 18th-19th century Southern Europe. You can get here in about 45 minutes from Osaka by train. There is also a free shuttle bus from Tarumi Station on the JR Kobe Line, which is the nearest station to the mall. You will find about 130 shops of famous and seasonal brands from Japan and overseas, including Diesel and BEAMS, offering everything from fashion for ladies, men, and kids, to sporting goods, interior, and miscellaneous items. Tourists love the beautiful view of Akashi Kaikyo Bridge and the gorgeous illuminations after sunset. The area along the sea also looks stunning, so try to take a break from shopping and go for a stroll along the coast.
Business hours: Shops are open at 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
5. Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets
Modeled after Pasadena, an upscale neighborhood in the outskirts of Los Angeles, Kobe-Sanda Premium Outlets is western Japan’s largest outlet mall that was built with a town for adults in mind. It is about an hour away from Osaka by train or bus. You can also get here by riding in any of the shuttle buses from the neighboring cities. This outlet mall is home to a collection of luxury fashion brands such as Gucci and Bally, a long list of shops selling interior decorations and household goods such as Delonghi, and a variety of restaurants. You will find around 220 shops here. It is a one-floor mall, so you will enjoy shopping in an open atmosphere. There are also many luxury tableware brands, so if you love tableware, then you shouldn’t miss this spot! This outlet mall is also just about 30 minutes from the famous Arima Hot Springs, so how about putting that in your itinerary as well?
Business hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm on weekends in February (hours may change due to year-end and New Year holidays, and other seasonal events)
6. Osaka Nanko ATC Town Outlet Mare
Within Osaka Nanko ATC Town Outlet Mare, an extremely popular spot is ATC Asobimare, an indoor amusement park where kids and their parents can have fun all day. With reasonable prices, you can enjoy loads of physical activities without worrying about the cost. Once the children have played to their heart’s content, you can then have them accompany you to go shopping.
The recommended shop is the outlet store of ABC-MART, where you can get discounted sneakers from famous sports brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Converse. You should also drop by Honeys, which is not really an outlet store, but you can get the latest ladies’ fashion items there at very reasonable prices.
Children tend to get bored shopping, but at this outlet mall, they are sure to enjoy it with their parents!
Business hours: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm (varies depending on the shop)
7. Hankyu Umeda Main Store
Hankyu Umeda Main Store is a department store that lies at the heart of Osaka, located near JR Osaka Station and Hankyu Umeda Station. With a fine selection of products and gracious customer service, everybody is sure to enjoy shopping here, regardless of age or gender.
More than any product, though, this department store is known for the wide selection of cosmetics that are sold at HANKYU BEAUTY that occupies the 2nd, 3rd and 10th floors. There are leading cosmetic brands from Japan and abroad, so if you find anything you like, just call the salesclerk to try it out!
Business hours: The shopping floors are open at 10:00 am – 8:00 on Sunday-Thursday, and 10:00 am – 9:00 pm on Friday-Saturday
8. Takashimaya Osaka Store
Takashimaya Osaka Store can be easily reached via a number of train lines, such as Namba Station on the Osaka Metro’s Midosuji Line, Yotsubashi Line and Sennichimae Line, and Namba Station on the Nankai Electric Railway. It is also right next to the shopping malls Namba CITY and Namba Parks, so it'd be fun to go around lots of shops in a day!
Osaka Takashimaya is a department store, so just like other department stores, the fashion taste differs per floor. The 3rd to the 5th floors are the fashion floors, so search for that fashion item that suits your taste.
Business hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm (varies depending on the shop)
9. Daimaru Shinsaibashi Branch
Daimaru Shinsaibashi Branch boasts excellent accessibility as it is just next door to Shinsaibashi Station on the subway. It is divided into the North and South Buildings, with the North Building housing a conventional department store and the South Building consisting of shops targeting tourists. LAOX on the 1st, 2nd, and 5th to 8th floors is a duty-free shop that offers everything tourists love to buy, including cosmetics, drugs, folk crafts and fashion goods, so finding something you’d like would be a cinch! There are also staff who can speak foreign languages, so it's really reassuring!
Business hours: 10:00 am - 8:30 pm for the North Building and 10:30 am - 9:00 pm for the 1st - 8th floors of the South Building (varies depending on the shop)
10. LUCUA osaka
LUCUA osaka's East Building "LUCUA" and West Building "LUCUA 1100" are two shopping buildings that stand in a row on the north side of JR Osaka Station. They may be two separate buildings, but there are many floors that have bridges linking both buildings, so going back and forth is quite easy. Many of the shops carry products for men and women that are more on the casual side. It has more shops for miscellaneous goods and interior than department stores, so how about checking out some souvenirs, too?
If you’re looking to buy miscellaneous goods, then you should go to the 7th floor of LUCUA 1100, which offers an array of shops selling natural goods, and to the 9th floor of LUCUA, which has a large stationery store called LOFT. There is also a shop in front of LOFT that sells travel goods, so you can find something that will make your plane ride back home more comfortable.
Business hours: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm for the shopping floors at LUCUA and LUCUA 1100
Outlet malls are places where you can find great bargains, while department stores appeal to customers for the gracious hospitality that they get while shopping in a store with an air of luxury. Both spots are bursting with their own kind of charm. So, with this article as your guide, search for that store that's right for you!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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