Shopping in OsakaEdit This
Visitors to the Honshu district of Japan shouldn’t miss the unique, Osaka Shopping experience. Osaka is among Japan’s most tourist-friendly destinations. It is lined with dedicated shopping arcades and super-malls. While some parts of Osaka are oriented towards the upmarket, luxury-end of the retail, other shops sell highly-discounted goods. This also includes the thrift shops that are very popular with the foreign visitors.
Namba and Umeda
From a shopper’s perspective, Osaka can be broadly divided into two, main shopping districts. These are the districts of Namba in the south and Umeda towards the north. Umeda is also referred to as the Kita. Umeda is also the more accessible of districts, being connected by the Umeda Station. Many of the local trains arriving at the main junctions of JR Osaka Station are also Umeda-bound. The Namba area is referred to as Minami. Local trains connecting to this shopping district descend at the Namba Station. These two districts have a long range of departmental stores and electronics stores apart from an unending list of underground shopping complexes.
A much smaller shopping district, called the Suji district or the Shinsaibashi Suji, lies sandwiched between the boundaries of Namba and Umeda. Actually, Suji is too small to be looked upon as a separate district. It consists of some exclusive gaming arcades and a tunnel-like shopping complex. Shinsaibashi Suji is more popular for selling branded goods rather than the authentic Japanese offerings sold in the other two districts. Shinsaibashi Suji is also known as the Ebisubashi Suji or the Dotombori shopping district. At a short distance from the Namba Station lies the Doguya Suji. This is perfect shopping destination for food aficionados and those who are into professional cooking. Visitors can shop for all sorts of kitchen accessories and cook-books.
There are some specialized shopping districts in Osaka. These offer a select range of goods. For instance, the Amerikamura is oriented towards presenting every young clothing brand that is known in Asia. Hundreds of small, boutique-like shops sell clothes of all types. The more expensive, high-end clothing segment is found in the twin districts of Minami-senba and Horie. For gaming and electronics, the Nipponbashi or the Den Den Town is very popular. The discount-heavy shops are concentrated in the shopping arcades of Tenjinbashi Suji. A number of small shops lined along the Tenmangu Shrine sell cheaper, localized versions of famous clothing brands.
Takashimaya is the most prestigious brand of departmental stores in Osaka. Its main branch is located in the heart of Namba. Other popular, department-store brands include the Sogo and Hankyu.