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Best Places to Shop in Osaka
Welcome to Osaka!
It's a big city full of fun, adventure and awesome shopping! But if you're new to Osaka or just visiting for a couple of days, it's tough to know where to begin! Fortunately this article has got you covered. Read on to find out more about some of the best places to shop in Osaka.
Osaka unlike most other cities in Japan has very few good site seeing spots. Sure you could check out Osaka castle, but why bother seeing this concrete recreation when you could travel just an hour away to say Himeji Castle, one of the most beautiful and historically accurate in Japan?
So why bother going to Osaka? The reason is that Osaka is arguably the best shopping city in Japan. What it lacks in beautiful scenery and historical buildings, it makes up for with never ending shopping arcades and streets, shopping malls, electronics districts and non stop bargains on designer goods.
Map of Umeda Shopping
The Umeda area of Osaka is a major hub of the city. Two train lines come together here as well as a couple subways. So it's no surprise that this is one of the best places to shop in Osaka. In the Osaka JR station You will find Gare, a highly traffiked mini- shopping mall nestled right in the middle of the station.
A short walk from both Umeda station and Osaka station are several department stores the most notable being Hep 5 which has become a popular meeting spot and hang out. Inside you will find numerous stores with both Japanese and foreign Brands. One of the most popular stores being Liz Lisa. Hep 5 also features restaurants and it's biggest attraction, a massive red ferris wheel, perfect for taking a break after shopping hard all day. Also a great place to scope out the skyline and plan your next shopping move.
Right nextdoor to hep 5 is Men's hankyu, a department store that caters exclusively to men. Here men can find fine suits and men's fashion. It also has many floors dedicated to exclusive merchants of fine jewelry, perfume, clothing and accessories from Japan, Europe and America.
The original Hankyu store is located right across the street and is of course incredibly popular, especially with it's famous deli basement levels where expensively delicious food can be purchased as gifts or for lunch or dinner.
If you want to buy the latest electronics checkout Yodobashi Camera located between Osaka Station and Hankyu Station. This multilevel electronics mega store has the best prices and the biggest selection of electronics I've personally ever seen. It's a great place to get a new camera or computer. Some staff can speak English and most of their products can have their default language changed to English or other common languages. Worth a trip even if you aren't in the market, just to see the newest electronics products.
Map of Shinsaibashi and America Mura Shopping
Shinsaibashi and America Mura
After you've fully exhausted all that Umeda has to offer, hop on the midusuji subway line and head for Shinsaibashi Station. Get off, head to street level and get ready. You'll find yourself exiting onto one of the longest and most trafficked shopping streets (known as shotengai) in Japan. Along this street you can find tons and tons of brand name stores such as gap and Japan's newly famous clothing store Uniqlo.
Also along this street you'll find a Loft department store. These department stores offer tons of quirky Japanese gifts and goods for everyday living. Right next door is the Daimaru Department store, full of perfume, clothing and jewelry retailers.
To the west of the Shinsaibashi shopping street is Osaka's famous "America Mura." This area is known for being the epicenter of youth culture and hot, new fashion. It's filled with boutique clothing shops and brand name stores and lots of trendy cafes, bars and restaurants. Look for the mini statue of liberty on top of one of the buildings and head straight for it and you'll eventually hit the main hangout area where you can scope out the locals strutting their stuff.
Head south along the Shinsaibashi shotengai and navigate through the swarms of shoppers and you'll hit many different stores along the way. Everything from Cosplay and Lolita fashion clothing shops to souvenir stores selling freshly roasted green tea.
If you keep going south you'll eventually hit Donotonburi and the famous Glico man (pictured at the top of this article). This bridge is a famous hangout and pickup spot for young people. And nearby is a bizarre but worthwhile shopping experience, known as "Don Quixote." You'll be able to spot it by looking for small oblong yellow ferris wheel. Inside you'll find super cheap and very bizarre goods for sale. Anything from animal pajama's and sexy nurse costumes, to electronics and traditional Japanese snacks.