Osaka Shopping and Dining Walk, Osaka

Osaka Shopping and Dining Walk (Self Guided), Osaka

As well as being an exciting Western-style city full of cool entertainment and cultural attractions, Osaka is also a fantastic place to go shopping. Its appealing range of shopping options includes covered arcades, malls, dedicated streets and much more. Take this self-guided walking tour to sample the best shopping and dining opportunities in the city.
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Osaka Shopping and Dining Walk Map

Guide Name: Osaka Shopping and Dining Walk
Guide Location: Japan » Osaka (See other walking tours in Osaka)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles
Author: alice
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Shinsaibashi Shopping Street
  • Dotonbori Gastronomic Area
  • Hozenji Yokocho
  • Doguyasuji Shopping Arcade
  • Nipponbashi (Electoric Market). Sakaisuji Avenue
  • Kuromon Market
Shinsaibashi Shopping Street

1) Shinsaibashi Shopping Street (must see)

The Shinsaibashi shopping street in Osaka stretches from North Namba to Hommachi. It is a covered shopping arcade that has a length of 600 meters.

The Shinsaibashi Shopping Street is the largest shopping area of Osaka. The area got its name from the bridge constructed by local merchants in the area. The Shinsaibashi bridge, a wooden bridge was built by four merchants led by Shinsai Okada in 1622. It was replaced by an iron bridge imported from Germany and later a stone bridge. The prosperity of the area increased after its construction. In 1973 the old German iron bridge was assembled again to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Shinsaibashi Bridge. It now serves as a pedestrian overpass.

The Shinsaibashi Shopping Street offers different types of shopping from high end brands to affordable products. Tradition meets modern at the street and one can find old fashioned kimono tailors and well known fashion brands from Europe. The western part is called the American Village where trendy fashions and products are available. Restaurants serving Japanese and international cuisine are located here. The Mido Suji Street is the main street of Osaka and connects downtown Kita and downtown Umeda with downtown Minami South. During the Mido Suji parade held in autumn, bands from all over the world march down the street.
Dotonbori Gastronomic Area

2) Dotonbori Gastronomic Area

The Dotonbori area of Osaka is the unofficial gastronomic district of the city. Eating places of all sizes offering a variety of cuisine are located on either side of the Dotonbori-gawa Canal. It is also a popular shopping area in the city.

The Dotonbori restaurant area is located on the south bank of the Dotonbori- gawa Canal. The street also has amusement facilities for children, Bunraku puppet shows, movie theaters and storytelling halls. It has become a landmark location in Osaka and the scene of many movies including the 1989 film, Black Rain. The 17th century Hozen-ji temple lies to the south of the street along the canal with a paper lantern giving off an orange light at sunset. The lane near the temple has many Edo Period latticework buildings.

The Dotonbori is busy during the day and at night. At night it is lit by magnificent neon lights including mechanized signs of the Glico Running Man and the Kani Duraku Giant Crab. Restaurants serve local Osaka delicacies like the Tokoyaki or octopus balls and Okinomiyaki or vegetable and meat stuffed pancakes. Visitors can also get Fugu, a poisonous fish called the blow fish which needs to be prepared carefully or could prove fatal to the person eating it. There are Shabu or all you can eat restaurants where customers can cook their own treats. Dotonbori has the most vibrant and exciting environments among shopping streets across Japan.
Hozenji Yokocho

3) Hozenji Yokocho

Hozenji Yokocho is a stone-paved street located next to Dotombori Street. Though it is located in one of the busiest areas of Osaka, it remains quaint and cozy, lined on both sides with small food shops and restaurants. It is the perfect spot for weary tourists to take a break.

There are many Japanese restaurants located at Hozenji Yokocho. These restaurants, bars, and street food stands are mainstays of the environment. There are so many places to eat that many tourists find themselves returning to Hozenji Yokocho day after day.

Those visiting Hozenji Yokocho should check out the moss-covered Mizukake Fudo statue. The guests will notice a signboard with calligraphy written by the third Harudani Katsura on the east gate, and by Kambi Fujiyama on the west gate. A moss-covered Buddha is also present at Hozenji Yokocho.

The business hours for each restaurant vary. Those who want to have an assortment of meals should plan to visit Hozenji Yokocho during the weekdays between 8 AM and 4 PM to ensure their favorite restaurant will be open.
Doguyasuji Shopping Arcade

4) Doguyasuji Shopping Arcade

Doguyasuji Arcade, also known as Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street, is a covered shopping arcade that is a must-see for those who love to cook. Doguyasuji Arcade is populated with shops that sell kitchen implements of all types along with restaurant supplies and food.

Doguyasuji Arcade is a narrow, 150-meter-long arcade that is sometimes called "Kitchenware Street." The arcade's claim to fame is the ability to provide any type of kitchenware a shopper can imagine. From two-gallon pickle jars to miniature milk pitchers, if it's not available at Doguyasuji Arcade, it's probably not available anywhere.

The arcade was built in 1970. Originally it was lined with antique shops, drugstores, and souvenir stop for those visiting the nearby temples. In the late 20th century, it became known for providing kitchen implements and bulk restaurant supplies.

The arcade is open throughout the day. Individual stores post their hours, but most are open during the day from about 8 AM to about 6 PM.
Nipponbashi (Electoric Market). Sakaisuji Avenue

5) Nipponbashi (Electoric Market). Sakaisuji Avenue

The Nipponbashi Den Den Town area located in the Naniwa Ward of Osaka is a popular shopping destination among tourists. The area is centered along Sakaisuji Avenue. A range of electronics, Otaku or Japanese comic related and other products are sold here.

During the Edo period there was a theater at the location called the Nagamachi. The Osaka Municipal Government later changed its name to Nipponbashi. After the Meiji restoration, several shops selling second hand books opened their doors here. The area was called Den Den Town after World War II when many electronics shops opened in Nipponbashi. With the establishment of two large electronics chain stores in Umeda and Namba, the street lost its popularity among customers until recently when the shops started selling Otaku and anime related products.

Shops at the Nipponbashi Den Den Town sell a range of products like electronics, household appliances, lighting, personal computers, video games, Cd players and cameras at affordable rates. Unlike other markets in Osaka, customers can bargain and get products at a lower price. Tax and duty free shops are also located here and tourists who bring their passport can get a good deal on products. There are Maid and Cosplay cafés where maids or waiters in costumes serve customers. Full service sit down cabarets are also located here.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Kuromon Market

6) Kuromon Market (must see)

Kuromon Market is a covered street market in the Minami area of Osaka. The market looks modern and fresh, but it dates back to the Edo Period, the time between 1603 and 1867 in the history of Japan.

Kuromon Market contains approximately 150 shops. Most of these shops sell food items, like meat, produce, fish and sweets. It is an excellent place to find and taste a variety of street foods. Some of the more unique options tourists can find are sea urchin, eels, and yakitori.

Those shopping for souvenirs will find plenty of options at Kuromon Market. Though food items are predominant, some shops sell clothing, homewares, jewelry, makeup, and accessories. There is even a 100 Yen shop, where everything that is on the shelves costs only 100 Yen (approximately USD 0.69).

The street is open throughout the day, but each store and restaurant post their hours. Most are open Monday through Saturday from 8 AM to 6 PM.

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