Nagoya Shopping

Where to Shop in Nagoya

The shopping scene in Nagoya ranges from big department stores to street and flea markets and a whole lot more in between. Many out-of-town visitors make a start at Nagoya Station (aka Meieki) because of its central location surrounded by big players like Takashimaya and Meitetsu Department Stores. It also helps that the actual station is built on top of huge underground malls. Another good choice, and if time allows, make a trip to Osu Shotengai, a shopping arcade in Nagoya's Old Town. Nagoya is truly a friendly to both bargain hunters and sophisticated shoppers.

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Underground Sakae and Nagoya Station Malls

Nagoya Station Underground Malls and Sakae Underground Shopping Centre offer the most convenient shopping in the city, especially if you don’t have too much time to spare. These venues have clothes shops after clothes shops as well as outlets selling interesting souvenirs and local traditional items. When you are hungry or tired of walking, there are many restaurants, sweetshops, bakeries and cafés to sit down and relax in.

  • Opening Hours: Most shops open from 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Nagoya Station Underground Malls located underneath Nagoya Station Sakae Underground Shopping Center located between the basement of Nishiki Dori Street, Hirokoji Dori Street and Sakae Subway Station.
  • Type: Modern and local goods & merchandise products
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Osu Shopping Street

Osu is ideal for bargain hunters and its excellent shopping street offers both new and secondhand designer clothes. Expect to see many kimonos (both new and used), porcelain and Japanese green tea. Most items for sale at Osu are said to be cheaper than other shopping locations in the city, plus there are many dining venues in the area. Osu is definitely a great place to spend time just looking around.

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Osu Street, located within minutes of Sakae
  • Type: Clothes and various nick-nacks, goods and merchandise products
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Sunshine Sakae

People usually correlate Sunshine Sakae with the 42-meter-diameter Ferris wheel attached to the side of the building that is perfect for photo opportunities, especially at night. This shopping centre was opened in early 2005 and has many international brand-name shops, restaurants and cafés. Not a place for bargain seekers, though.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: In Sakae distract
  • Type: Modern and local goods & merchandise products
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Another huge department store in Sakae District, Mitsukoshi offers fun shopping for clothes (including kimonos and accessories), cosmetics, bedding, home furnishings and accessories, jewelry, watches, gifts and travel goods. Mitsukoshi also features a children’s playland, restaurants, coffee shops and an art gallery. Many residents like to visit the food section in the basement that features ready-to-eat meals and snacks.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 20:00 except for the 5th to 9th floors which close at 19:00
  • Location: In Sakae, Nagoya
  • Type: Modern and local merchandise products
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Oasis 21

Oasis 21 is a big, futuristic, concrete and laminated glass complex located in Sakae. Famous for its unique ‘Water Spaceship’ design – a water-filled translucent roof that helps to reduce the heat in the shopping mall down below during summer and serves as a glass walkway ‘Aquapark’ which has proven to be very popular among the locals. Oasis 21 has plenty of shops, restaurants and cafés and also hosts many interesting events throughout the year.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: Across from the famous Nagoya TV Tower in Sakae District
  • Type: Modern and local goods & merchandise products
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Parco is where many young people go for the coolest fashions and the large shopping complex is generally credited for helping introduce foreign fashion to Japanese youth from the 1970s onwards so even simple window shopping here can be quite an experience. Parco consists of three buildings (East, South and West) all linked by walkways on the 2nd and 7th levels. The West building’s 7th and 8th floors feature food courts and restaurants.

  • Opening Hours: Shops open 10:00 – 21:00, restaurant open from 11:00 – 22:30
  • Location: Near Mitsukoshi Department Store (just only about four minutes heading south towards Osu Kannon), in Sakae District 
  • Type: Modern and local merchandise products
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Tokyu Hands

It’s hard not to get enthusiastic over a store like Tokyu Hands, located in the Annex Building as it retails almost everything you can think of under the sun. Tokyu Hands is specialized in nothing yet is good at everything: Stocking Christmas articles, stationary, home improvement and D.I.Y. items (many imported), handy tools, hobbies, toys and games, and these just to name a few. The store is huge and features five floors so you might need more time than you’d expect to explore them all.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10:00 – 20:00
  • Location: In the Annex Building, near the TV Tower
  • Type: Miscellaneous products
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LOFT is located inside the Nadya Park Building and offers a similar setup to Tokyu Hands. It features seven floors of goods and carries a wind range of household products, modern goods, travel goods, clothing, toys and much more. LOFT has a lot of eclectic stock and if you want to get a copy of a foreign book or magazine, visit the big bookstore located on its 6th floor called Kinokuniya. LOFT is truly a great store to shop for everyone.

  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 20:00 closed on 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month
  • Location: South of Sakae only a couple of minutes from Parco and a five-minute walk from Sakae Station. 
  • Type: Miscellaneous products
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The eight-floor complex Lachic is considered by many to be the most fashionable shopping department store in town. Boasting many high-end brands including D&G, Comme des Garcons and Banana Republic, other items found here include home ware, food and kitchen sections, all complemented by plenty of restaurant choices.

  • Opening Hours: Shops (B1F – 6F) open from 11:00 – 21:00 / Restaurants (7F – 8F) stay open until 23:00
  • Location: Right next to Mitsukoshi Department Store in Sakae
  • Type: Modern and local merchandise products
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Noritake-no-Mori Craft Centre

Nagoya is Japan’s centre of pottery and porcelain production. There are many companies and factories in and around the city but the biggest of all is Noritake. Established in 1904, Noritake is famous for its high-quality goods such as its beautifully designed tableware. Shop for the finest products at the on-site retail stores as well as learn more about their history. Experience the manufacture of china and admire some of their vintage items inside this huge complex. Noritake’s collections cover not only bone china and porcelain but also glassware, crystal, vases, candlesticks, baking utensils and much more. The on-site restaurant uses the craft centre’s products.

  • Opening Hours: Craft Centre 10:00 – 17:00, closed on Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday)
    Noritake no mori Gallery: 10:00 -18:00
    Shops: 10:00 - 18:00
    Restaurants: 10:00 - 22:00
  • Location: At Noritake Garden in central Nagoya (about a 5-minute walk from Kamejima Station)
  • Type: Japanese pottery and porcelain products
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Mikimoto cultured pearl shops are the pride of Japan. With a history dating back to 1893 Mikimoto is one of the most well-known jewelry name-brands in the world and operates many stores not only in Japan but also overseas. "I want to adorn the necks of all the women of the world with pearls." Kokichi Mikimoto the company founder said shortly after he succeeded in culturing a perfectly round pearl. His wish has no doubt partly come true as such beauties as Marilyn Monroe have sported Mikimoto pearls.

In Nagoya, the Mikimoto branch occupies a sophisticated four-floor building with many elegant pearl and jewelry selections as well as other Mikimoto goods such as baby gifts, ballpoint pens and purses. A must stop for all pearl lovers.

  • Opening Hours: 10:30 – 18:30
  • Location: In Sakae
  • Type: Pearl jewelry products
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Tower Records

If you are looking to buy CDs, DVDs and various English-language magazines while in Nagoya, visit Tower Records on the 9th floor of Kintetsu Passe. Currently Tower Records has almost 80 stores all over Japan. Each store has its own events and sales, many throughout the year.

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: On the 9th floor of Kintetsu Passe
  • Type: CDs, DVDs and foreign magazines
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Bic Camera

Bic Camera is not just a camera shop. This huge electronic chain store first came to Nagoya in late 2003 and become very popular with their long list of quality products from cameras (of course) to all electronics goods such as computers (both notebooks and PCs), video and audio equipment, TVs, washing machines, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, heated blankets, rice cookers, lamps, phones as well as home products and bikes. Go straight to the basement floor of the store for cameras.

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Connected to the west side of JR Nagoya Station
  • Type: Electronic goods
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Maruzen Bookstore

This well-known bookstore was first founded in 1869. Nowadays, Maruzen runs almost 50 stores in major cities around the country. The one in Nagoya has a big selection of foreign-language publications on its third floor. Maruzen’s other products include Japanese publications, stationery, apparel and various nick-nacks for personal use.

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: In Sakae District
  • Type: Japanese and foreign publications
  • Tel: +81 (0)52 261 2251
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Arch-Records is a unique little shop dealing mainly in indie-pop with good selection of foreign and Japanese releases. It’s also a good place for foreign visitors to look for older western releases unavailable in their countries as Japanese music shop owners often fly to the west to deplete London and New York back catalogues.

  • Opening Hours: Daily
  • Location: Central Nagoya
  • Tel: +81 (0)52 951 5655
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