Osaka was my first stop in Japan and after arriving at the hotel and getting a good night sleep, it was time to explore Osaka. Little did I know that Osaka is a great place for Shopping! I have put together a Osaka Shopping Guide to help you better plan your Osaka trip.
Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street
One of my favorite places to shop and just browse around was the Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street – the main shopping area of Osaka. Close to Shinsaibashi is Dōtonbori which is a popular tourist destination due to the wide variety of restaurants, everyday performances, as well as colorful signs all over. Make sure to also pick up a Shinsaibashi-Suji Osaka Shopping Guide while you are in this area. That can be of huge help if you only have a limited amount of time and want to check out specific stores.
One must visit store is Uniqlo. I am a big fan of the brand and prices are lower than in Germany. I bought some shirts that only cost half the price they would back home. They have a multiple story Uniqlo store at Shinsaibashi.
Tokyu Hands is a very popular home improvement store that you can find all across Japan. If you are already at the Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street, I would recommend you make a stop there and browse around the store. If you are a stationary fan like me, you will love the store. And best of all, before the Christmas Season, you can buy some very adorable Japanese Christmas cards.
How to get to Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street
The easiest way to get there is by train. The Osaka metro system is simply amazing and super easy to naviagte. Get off at Shinsaibashi Station when you take the Red Midosuji Line or the Green Nagahoritsurumiryokuchi Line.
Anello Flagship Store
I had not heard of Anello before coming to Japan. I didn’t even know that Anello bags were so popular all across Asia! When I was walking around the city on my way to Shinsaibashi metro station, I suddenly saw a lot of people with a giant white paper bag that had Anello written in black on it. Of course I was curious what that store actually was. Luckily, it was only a few meters away and the people with the white bags guided me to it as I did not have cellular data that day.
I entered the store and found out that this was actually a bag store and what a coincidence! I was in need of a new backpack as mine was not very travel friendly and hurt my back after walking around all day.
I left the store with an awesome black backpack that cost me 5500 Yen (45 Euro) and I was eligible for a tax free purchase. Since that day, I have been wearing the backpack almost every day and I am absolutely in love with it. It is such great quality and perfect for travelling. I definitely recommend checking out the Flagship Store when you are in Osaka!
Osaka & Umeda Station
Another stop of my Osaka Shopping Guide is this one specific place where I constantly got lost. The area at Osaka & Umeda Station is huge, there are multiple shopping centers, department stores, and restaurants. I also quickly found out that Google Maps is not really your biggest friend in that area. I was in search of the Tokyu Hands Store for an hour and couldn’t find it as the location on Maps was off. In the end, I found it rather by accident than intent.
Be prepared to walk around and explore for yourself. If you are in search of a particular store, you can also always ask the employees at the information desks inside the malls. They usually speak English and are very happy to help!
Muji – definitely check out Muji when you are at Osaka Station. This is one of my top stores to go to in Japan. I can spend hours in there! Although the biggest Muji store is located in Tokyo, you will still find a lot of great deals and items all across Japan. Some of my favorite purchases I made where pens (Muji has some great gel point pens), travel containers for shampoo and creams, a diffuser including oils, as well as a few long sleeve shirts. Muji also offers tax free shopping when you reach a certain minimum spent.
If you are on the lookout for Japanese tableware, a stop at either Daimaru or Isetan is a must. They have cheaper and also more expensive products that you can take home as a souvenir or to complement your tableware back home. I bought a set of plates at Daimaru to take home and I am absolutely in love.
Read more about my travels to Japan here.
What are your favorite shopping areas in Osaka?
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