The second largest city in Japan and one of the most popular tourist destinations, Osaka is an ancient city with a young soul. With the Kansai International Airport proximity to popular locations in Japan such as Kyoto and Kobe, Osaka is a great end or starting destination for travelers. Renowned for the excellent shopping experience without putting too big of a dent in your bank account, Osaka has many different districts and areas to experience and to shop in and I was slightly overwhelmed when I arrived. To help you avoid buying touristy tchotchkes or trinkets, here is a list of places you can visit to avoid falling into those traps.

1. Dontonbori

A massive entertainment and shopping district, Dontonbori is a highlight of any visit to Osaka. Thronging with locals and tourists alike, Dontonbori completely changes at night when thousands of neon signs and lights illuminate the streets and buildings. Famous neon signs such as the Glico Running Man and the moving Kani Doraku king crab sign, visitors are able to eat at great restaurants such as Ikkaku Shinsaibashi, renowned for their incredibly tasty grilled chicken. Many street food stalls dot the streets and uniquely Japanese stores selling Matcha, snacks, watches, kombu and more are great options for some retail therapy.

Kuidaore Taro Souvenirs

Kuidaore Taro famous mascot in Osaka
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If you are a Japanese food lover, you have heard about the famous Kuidaore Taro restaurant in Osaka. This beloved brand name of the city has since closed the restaurant premises but you can still find several products with the mascot in Dontonbori. Try the famous Kurotari Taro Pudding and bring back some of their Tarotsu Taro honey cake, Bloody Taro Drops or Kuroutaro Taro T-shirt.
  • Kuidaore Taro Shop location: Nakaza Cuidaore Building, 〒542-0071 Ōsaka-fu, Ōsaka-shi, Chūō-ku, Dōtonbori, 1 Chome−8−22

Takoyaki Golf ball

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If you are looking for something uniquely Osaka, these takoyaki lookalike golf balls are the souvenir to get. They come with toothpick included and all! This funny product created by Yoshimoto Kogyo makes a great gift for your golfer and foodie friends alike.

Bargain hunting at DON QUIJOTE stores

Don Quijote stores are like Daiso made even better! Here you will find everything you might want ad a whole bunch of new stuff that you will want to bring back in your luggage: KitKats in all flavours, cup Noodles, sweets, makeup, handbags and more.

  • Shop location: Japan, 542-0084 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo, Souemoncho, 7−13

 2. Herbis Plaza ENT

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If you are a devotee of high-end fashion, Herbis Plazas collection of famous international fashion stores and Japanese luxury stores will be sure to delight you. While the international stores may be something you are familiar with, they have been known to carry unique items to appeal to local Japanese taste and trends.

The local Japanese stores will obviously be of more interest to veteran shoppers as many of them have never branched out beyond Japan’s shores. If you get an attack of the munchies while shopping, the basement has a large selection of Japanese and Italian restaurants and cafes to refuel you.

  • Shopping mall location: 〒 530-0001 2-2-22 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka

3. Pokemon Center Osaka

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It’s a Pokemon Centre, the Eldorado for Pokemon fans across the world. What more do we need to say? But seriously though, there are collectable items and every Pokemon neatly stacked upon rows and rows of shelves even if your interest is lukewarm, you know someone who is a Pokemon fan. But just by simply being in the store and being surrounded by every conceivable Pokemon item will be sure to trigger a flood of childhood nostalgia.

  • What to buy: Pokemon bento boxes, limited edition t-shirts, glasses cases, plush toys, cards.
  • Pokemon Center location: Daimaru Umeda Store 13F, 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku530-8202, Osaka Prefecture

4. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade

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Shinsaibashi is a shopping district practically next to Dontonbori. Two of the most popular areas in Osaka side by side, with a sea of shops ranging from high-end fashion and retail to street stores and local brands. With attractions, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs and a thriving crowd that never seems to dissipate, Shinsaibashi is an exciting place to visit regardless of whether you are looking to shop, eat or be entertained.

Shinsaibashi OPA

One great spot to visit within is Shinsaibashi OPA. The OPA is a shopping centre that has a wide variety of fashion and retail items. Featuring high fashion stores, second-hand thrift shops, and even limited edition Casio G-Shocks that you cannot find outside of Japan, Sake stores and more, the OPA is a popular meeting spot for the young people of Osaka.

  • Location: Japan, 〒542-0086 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo, Nishishinsaibashi, 1丁目4−3

AmerikaMura or “Amemura”

AmerikaMura shopping area in Osaka
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Known as the “Harajuku” of Osaka, America Mura, or the American Village, is located in the western part of Shinsaibashi. Typically called “Amemura,” this area has a lively atmosphere and populated with the latest trends in teenage fashion and cafe trends.

  • Location: Nishishinsaibashi 1-8-18, Chuo-ku, Osaka


Mandarake store products in Osaka
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Mandarake is a specialty store that sells quirky Japanese souvenirs. Old movie posters, old video games, action figures, costumes, manga, anime both old and new and so much more. This place is great for a nostalgia trip as you recognize characters, games or anime from your childhood.
  • Madarake location: 530-0027 Doyama-cho 9-28, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

5. Den Den Town, Nipponbashi

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The Nipponbashi area has long been known for its affordable electronics, gadgets and appliance stores. One of the most well-known locations within the area is Den Den Town. An electronics paradise similar to Tokyo’s Akihabara (or if you are from Singapore or Malaysia, Sim Lim, and Lowyat).

Top stores in Den Den Town:

  • SuperPotato for vintage games – Location: Osaka-shi, Osaka Naniwa-ku, Nihonbashi 3-8-18, Hirata building the first floor.
  • Cospatio for all things Cosplay
  • Melon Books for manga – Location: Osaka prefecture Osaka-shi Naniwa-ku Nihonbashi 4-14-1 Ikeda Building 3F.
  • Sofmap for second-hand electronics

6. Namba Parks

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This shopping mall is an oasis in an urban jungle. Full of boutique stores, this shopping mall features cult brands such as Givenchy and more. It is unique for its roof garden in a multi-shopping complex that can be a breath of fresh air to the heaving crowds of the nearby districts of Dontonbori and Shinsaibashi. The outdoor event space is a popular venue and many performances can be enjoyed here. 

Built over the former site of the Osaka Baseball Park, memorial plates can be found on enshrined on the second floor where the home and pitching plates can be seen. While some of you may be thinking, “eh, its another mall” there are some restaurants and shops that cannot be found anywhere else in the Kansai region. Couple that with the lush and soothing roof garden, Namba parks is a must visit for shopping addicts.

 Top stores in Namba Parks:

  • Namba Parks location: 〒556-0011 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Naniwa Ward, Nanbanaka, 2 Chome−10−70

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