Referring to Osaka, everyone knows the legendary Takoyaki dish that has captivated many food lovers. If you want to enjoy local Japanese food? You must definitely go to Osaka. But Osaka is not only that, do you know Osaka is located 400km from Tokyo but is the 2nd largest city of Japan? Osaka is also a true shopping paradise with hundreds of stores in different areas. Osaka – a young and dynamic city always hidden many interesting things. During the next trip to Osaka, you do not forget to explore the most attractive shopping places in Osaka. So, where to shop in Osaka? Let’s check it out our best shopping in Osaka blog with 5 best shopping areas in Osaka, best shopping places in Osaka (best place to shop in Osaka) and cheap shopping street in Osaka including cheap clothes shopping in Osaka, best fashion shopping in Osaka, top shopping district in Osaka to find out the answer!
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Best shopping places in Osaka: Shinsaibashi
Shinsaibashi is a large shopping district of Osaka with hundreds of different shops. With arcade arches architecture and underground shopping area of CRYSTA Nagahori (Address: 4 Minamisenba, Chuo-ku | Nagahori No. 8 Underground Shopping Center, Osaka 542-0081, Osaka Prefecture / Hours: 11AM–9PM; 11AM–8:30PM / Phone: +81 6-6282-2100), you can completely rest assured shopping here without fear of being affected by outside weather. From the entrance gate you will see the H&M store located on the right hand side. Stepping into Shinsaibashi area, you will see many small and big shops adjacent to each other. Whether it is domestic or international cosmetics, household goods or groceries,… They are all found in Shinsaibashi area.
Shinsaibashi shopping area extends in the north direction from Ebisubashi bridge, along the river banks are local eateries. You can take some photos to live virtual here to check-in and walk around the streets before entering Shinsaibashi area. If you are worry about the tax refund, please be assured. Some stores in Shinsaibashi support tax refund like Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store (Address: 1 Chome-7-１ Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-8501, Japan / Hours: 10AM–8:30PM / Phone: +81 6-6271-1231). International cosmetic brands like Lush are also sold at reasonable prices. And when buying goods in Japan, if you buy a lot, you will always be given more.
From Shinsaibashi area you can walk across the bridge to the nearby Dotonbori area. In this Dotonbori neighborhood, you will be able to see the glamor, bustling, flashy while traveling in Osaka. This is a neighborhood specializing in local cuisine known as Kuidaore – eat until burns down your business. It can be seen that when traveling in Osaka, besides being shopping at Shinsaibashi area, you also can eat all at Dotonbori. Don’t miss traditional foods such as Takoyaki, Yakisoba, Yakiniku, Ramen or Sushi.
Read more: Dotonbori blog — What to do in Dotonbori & suggested Shinsaibashi Dotonbori itinerary 1 day for the first-timers.
Getting there: Take the red line Midosuji Line to go to Shinsaibashi.
Top shopping district in Osaka: Shinsekai
Coming to Shinsekai area – also known as Japan’s New World. You will be surprised by the mix of the feudal architecture of Showa period and other modern designs. It concentrates many restaurants, local eateries, shops, cafes, entertainment areas,… meet all the needs of domestic and international tourists. If you want to see an animated and colorful version of Osaka city as on the movies, let’s coming here. I strongly recommend you to visit Shinsekai area when you have an opportunity to traveling to Osaka. Shinsekai also has a lot of theaters that are considered to be the relics of the famous Luna Park amusement park once in Japan.
Did you know, Paris was taken as a model to build the northern area of Shinsekai and the south was built to simulate New York’s Coney Island? Tsutenkaku tower in Shinsekai with a height of 103 meters with 5 floors also attracts many tourists when visiting Shinsekai. In addition, some places such as Janjan Yokocho Alley or Tennoji Zoo were also suggested for daytime activities. In Shinsekai you will find local souvenirs to buy as gifts, ensure “it is rare and hard to find”.