Shopper’s Guide to Osaka

Namba

Shopping mall at Namba© lj16/Flickr

Osaka is one of Japan’s largest cities and it is full of malls and shopping districts. As every other urban area, Osaka is a real paradise for those who love shopping. Regardless of your financial background, I’m sure you will find a shopping place which fits you: from cheap markets and thrift shops to expensive designer and brand stores you can find everything in Osaka.

The most popular shopping destinations of the city are the malls, which are usually open between 10.00 or 11.00 until 19.00 or 21.00; but the flea markets are in demand as well. Taking into consideration the goods you’d like to buy, I have created a shopper’s guide to Osaka and also collected the most popular shopping places of Osaka.

Umeda

Umeda

Umeda at night © tdhedengren/Flickr

Umeda is a very significant commercial, business and shopping district in Osaka. It is also called Kita and it serves as the second center of the city. The most important shopping attraction of this area is Kita, the huge underground shopping mall. Brand clothes and electronics are the most sold items of Umeda.

 

Namba

Namba

Amazing inner decoration in one of Namba’s malls © lj16/Flickr

Namba (or Minami) is the ‘sister’ district of Umeda; while Umeda is located in the Northern part of Osaka, Namba is located in the South. Dozens of department stores, shopping arcades and, like in Umeda, underground shopping malls can be found here. Besides the large variety of shops, malls and boutiques you can find several restaurants and entertainment facilities, such as cinemas as well.

 

Shinsaibashi Suji

Shinsaibashi Suji

Shinsaibashi Suji: crowd and a large variety of shops © frestivo/Flickr

Though Umeda and Namba are considered as the symbols of the city, Shinsaibashi Suji is the largest and the most visited shopping area of Osaka. This old place is more than 600 meter long and dozens of chain stores, boutiques and expensive brand shops are located here. Ebisubashi Suji is the continuation of Shinsaibashi Suji and the shopping atmosphere of hte two places is almost the same.

 

Amerikamura

Amerikamura

Crowded area of Amerikamura © hslo/Flickr

Amerikamura is the most popular shopping district of the young generation. This youth fashion center includes hundreds of shops and boutiques, all with affordable prices. The nearby Minami-senba and Horie districts offer similar products than Amerikamura.

 

Den Den Town

Den Den Town

The famous Den Den Town in Osaka © 顔なし/Flickr

Den Den Town is very similar to the popular Akihabara district of Tokyo: the latest electronic goods and PC, arcade games can be purchased here for very good prices. Den Den Town frequently offers extraordinary discounts, when everything can be bought for low prices.

 

Rinku Town

Aeon Mall

Toys & candies at Aeon Mall, Rinku Town © Nisa Yeh/Flickr

Though Rinku Town is located outside Osaka, it is still an excellent place to spend some money! Rinku is a whole town which is specially developed for the sake of shoppers. It is quite easy to get here because Rinku is located near Kansai International Airport. The most popular shopping destinations of the area are Rinku Premium Outlet Mall, Aeon Shopping Mall and Seacle Mall.

 

 

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