Osaka is a popular destination for foreign tourists that has many wonderful shopping and sightseeing spots, as well as great food. In this article, 10 recommended shopping complexes and popular stores in various parts of Osaka are introduced.
Yodobashi Camera is a big-box store in a shopping complex in front of JR Osaka Station that sells a wide selection of electronic goods - such as cameras, computers, home appliances, AV equipment, clocks, watches, and game consoles - at affordable prices. There is a tax refund counter on each floor, so you can get your refund right after purchase. There is also a currency exchange corner and staff who speak English and Chinese. The complex has a variety of shops selling fashion goods and miscellaneous items, including the fast fashion brand, Uniqlo, and the 100-yen shop, Daiso. There are also many shoe shops and sporting goods stores.
Hankyu Department Store Umeda Main Store
Hankyu Department Store Umeda Main Store, which opened in 1929 as the world's first department store to be built adjacent to a train station, is the most high-end of the department stores in the Umeda area. The cosmetics department, which is one of the largest in western Japan, has a wide selection of both domestic and international brands. The store also sells a variety of items, ranging from fashion items, including those by top brands, to household goods. Nihon-no Teshigoto Salon, where you can purchase items that show off the outstanding skills of Japanese craftsmen, and the food floor that sells a variety of wagashi (traditional Japanese sweets) that are popular as souvenirs, are not to be missed. There is also a Foreign Customer Services counter (B1F), tax-free counter (1F), assistance by interpreters, and a currency exchange machine.
HEP FIVE is a landmark of the Umeda area. It is a commercial complex with a big red Ferris wheel that is integrated into the building, so you can go from shopping to enjoying a 360-degree panoramic view from 106m up in the air (600 JPY/person). The complex has approximately 170 shops selling a variety of items, including those by fashion brands that are trendy among the younger generation and ones selling household goods. There is also a popular casual restaurant in the building. There is free Wi-Fi and interpretation services over the phone.
Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai, which is known to be Japan's longest shotengai (outdoor shopping arcade), is located around Temma Station, one stop away from Umeda (Osaka Station) on the JR Osaka Loop Line. The 2.6km street is lined with approximately 600 shops. There are shops selling super-cheap clothing and miscellaneous items, drugstores, 100-yen shops, and ones selling items that are uniquely Japanese, such as folding fans and yukata (cotton garment typically worn during the summer). There is also a variety of cheap and delicious food available for take away, such as the Osaka specialty, takoyaki (cooked spheres of batter with pieces of octopus and other ingredients inside). One of the appeals of Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai is the down-to-earth atmosphere of a shopping area for locals.
Namba Area (ex: Shinsaibashi and Dotonbori)
Sennichimae Kitchenware Street
This is a unique shotengai with shops selling a wide range of items related to food, such as cooking utensils and equipment for professional kitchens. The 150m-long arcade is lined with shops selling everything from tools for professional chefs, to utensils perfect for the home cook. You can also find tableware, signs, noren (curtains placed at the entrance of shops), and uniforms. It is particularly fun to see equipment unique to Osaka, such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki grills. At shops selling food samples that look almost like the real thing, you can participate in workshops (for about 2,000 JPY) to actually make the food samples!
Americamura is an area that is teeming with youngsters day and night. It has numerous shops selling new and vintage fashion items, as well as record shops and live houses, and is known as a place where much of the Kansai region's youth culture originates. With creative objet d'art and buildings, such as wall murals made by professional artists and street lights in the shape of people, it is fun just to walk around in. There is a currency exchange machine in Shinsaibashi BIG STEP, a shopping complex in the middle of town. The complex also has free Wi-Fi around the large staircase.
Namba Parks is a shopping complex connected to Nankai Electric Railway's Namba Station with a verdant terraced Parks Garden from the 2nd floor up to the 9th floor. It has more than 200 shops that sell a variety of items to enhance people's lives, ranging from stylish fashion and interior goods to daily items, cosmetics, and goods for kids and babies. This is a complex with something for both those who like to follow trends, and those who have their own unique sense of style. Many of the shops offer items duty free for foreign visitors, and there is a refund counter and a currency exchange machine on the 7th floor. There are spots within the building with free Wi-Fi.
This is an underground shopping mall in the passage between Namba Station and Nippombashi Station. There are approximately 270 shops lining the passage, including fashion boutiques, food stores, shops selling miscellaneous items, and cafes. There are many shops offering duty free shopping to foreigners, including famous chains such as Uniqlo and MUJI, as well as drugstores and cosmetics stores. The currency exchange shop, Travelex, has an outlet in the mall, and there is also a currency exchange machine. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the facility. The mall is directly connected to stations on various subway lines, Kintetsu Railway, and Nankai Electric Railway. It is also connected to the OCAT Bus Terminal from which buses to Kansai International Airport and various places across the country depart, so it is in a location that is extremely easy to access.
Rinku Town is located on the shore facing Kansai International Airport. With an area of about 3.2 million sq.m., it offers a variety of different facilities. There is Rinku Premium Outlets, where products by various domestic and international brands can be purchased at reasonable prices. In Rinku Pleasure Town Seacle, there are numerous shops, such as the duty-free store, Laox, 100-yen shops, and shops selling ninja goods and small Japanese-style items. There are also many specialty stores, such as Nitori, where you can purchase interior products at reasonable prices, as well as the consumer electronics retailer, Yamada Denki. There is also a park and beach along the sea to take a stroll in.
Abeno Harukas is famous as the tallest building in Japan. There is an observatory (1,500 JPY/adult) at the top, between 58F and 60F, from which there is a fantastic panoramic view from 300m above ground. It is a great place to visit before shopping to enjoy the fabulous views. Kintetsu Department Store, which is on floors B2 to 14, sells a variety of high-quality items including clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and household goods. There is a Foreign Customer's Salon on the 3rd and 5th floors that offers tax exemption procedures, currency exchange, and baggage hold services. There is also free Wi-Fi throughout the building.
Be sure to refer to this article when going shopping in Osaka!
*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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