Where to Shop in Osaka
Historically a merchant city Osaka has a reputation for good quality merchandise for all budgets and a population that loves to shop. From the warrens of underground shopping malls to the quaint high street boutiques, shopping in Osaka presents a wealth of diversity in terms of settings and products.
The historic downtown area is full of small specialty stores stocking curious trinkets and antiques ideal for gifts. The area also has a number of small and enthralling art stores and clothing boutiques.
The city has the full portfolio of national and international chain stores and department stores often contained within the large shopping malls. Osaka has some of the country’s most extensive underground shopping malls including the first ever, Nan Nan Town.Read More
All Shopping Places in Osaka
This gigantic covered shopping arcade stretches for over 600m and has been around for almost 400 years since the Edo period of Japanese history. It is still one of the fashionable shopping districts in Osaka presenting premier brands like Prada, Chanel and Gucci plus a great variety of stores selling clothing, cosmetics and international goods.
- Subway: Shinsaibashi Station, Midosuji Line
- Address: Shinsaibashi-Suji St east to Mido-Suji Ave, Osaka
Steeped in history Tennoji is endowed with a unique atmosphere blending Osaka’s merchant past with its commercial present. With a special mix of old specialty shops and newly built shopping malls you will find everything from priceless antiques to contemporary fashion all around the Tennoji Station area. Kitetsu Abeno Department Store, Avetica Underground Mall, Abeno-Suiji Street and the Apollo Building are all shopping venues in the area which is bounded by the beautiful green space of Tennoji Park.
- Location: Tennoji Station Area
- Subway: Tennoji Station, JR Osaka Loop Line
Den Den Town
As the brilliant neon signboards decree Den Den Town carries everything electronic. With more than 150 shops supplying the latest computers, video game stations, digital cameras, stereo and hi-fi equipment, electronic gizmos and gadgets, Den Den Town follows the tradition of Tokyo’s Akihabara. Bargaining is often rewarded with discounts or extras.
- Subway: Ebisucho Station, Sakaisuji Line
- Address: Sakaisuji, between Nipponbashi 3-chome and Ebisucho
America Town, colloquially known as Ame-Mura attracts the hordes of contemporary youths who continually shop for the hippest international brands and styles. Historically Ame-Mura was the first place to sell inexpensive imported American clothing and accessories and over the years the district has flourished to incorporate over 3000 shops. Despite its American roots, shopping at Ame-Mura is a uniquely Japanese experience.
- Location: West – southwest of Shinsaibashi Station
- Subway: Shinsaibashi Station, Midosuji Line
Hankyu Entertainment Park
This massive modern entertainment park presents shopping, dining, cinemas, an entertainment arcade and a giant Ferris wheel. Contemporary architecture, bright modern lighting and edgy design house the HEP
- Subway: Osaka Station, JR Osaka Loop Line
- Address: 5-15 Kakuda-cho, Osaka 5-15 Kakud
- Tel: +81 (0)6 6313 0501
Nan Nan Town
Japan’s very first underground shopping mall Nan Nan Town was built in 1957. The craze really took on and similar shopping labyrinths soon popped up all over the country. Nan Nan Town is known as a casual shopping destination however it is connected by additional shopping avenues to Namba City and Namba Walk which offer more exclusive boutiques and brand name stores plus a number of interior design shops.
- Subway: Namba Station, Midosuji, Yodoyabashi and Sennichimae Lines
- Address: 5 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka
- Tel: +81 (0)6 6631 5105
This enormous shopping arcade runs underground from Yotsubashi Station, through Shinsaibashi to Nagahoribashi Station. The design is meant to make shoppers in the underground arcade feel like they are street level; glass ceilings and filtered sunlight illuminate the space and natural elements like gardens and water walls make for a relaxing shopping experience. Crysta Nagahori houses more than 100 shops and restaurants offering everything from cosmetics to fashion to bookstores in a convenient location close to five major train and subway stations.
- Location: Underground connecting Yotsubashi and Nagahoribashi stations
- Subway: Yotsubashi Station, Yotsubashi Line or Nagahoribashi Station, Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line
Bordered by the beautiful Osaka harbour, Tempozan Marketplace houses almost 100 international restaurants, nightclubs and shops selling something for all the family. The three-storey shopping mall also contains a wonderful art gallery and a public events arena and is decorated with modernistic art pieces from suspended sculptures to abstract floor coverings.
- Subway: Osakako Station, Chuo Line
- Address: 1-1-10 Kaigandori Minato-ku
Umeda Shopping Arcade
Actually a series of underground shopping malls, the Umeda Shopping Arcade presents shoppers with everything from fashion boutiques and bookstores to big departments stores and small gift shops. The atmosphere within the concourse is enhanced by the design of the centre with underground rivers, garden, fountains and bubbling waterfalls.
- Location: Umeda, Osaka
- Subway: Umeda Station, Midosuji and Tanimachi lines
This whole town dedicated to shopping is located just outside the city near Kansai International Airport. The area is most well known for being the place to get brand name goods at cheap prices as Rinku Town is home to a number of discount retail outlets, namely the Rinku Premium Outlet Mall, the Seacle shopping mall and the Aeon shopping mall.
- Subway: Rinku Station, Nankai Airport Line and JR Kansai Airport Line