SHOP TILL YOU DROP
Shopping in Osaka is not so much a pastime as a religion, and it's not hard to see why. With everything from all-out luxury in the haute Midosuji Avenue to cutting-edge urban fashion at Americamura to craft paradise at the wonderful Tokyu Hands, there's enough here to satisfy even the most discerning shopaholic.
For huge variety in the one locale, the locally popular spot of Umeda ticks all the boxes. The gigantic landmark store, Yodobashi Camera, stocks every imaginable electronic product, while its restaurants on the top floor offer sweeping views of the city. For high-end shopping, Grand Front Osaka, opened in 2013, is home to a wide variety of boutiques and restaurants, as well as the five-star Intercontinental Hotel Osaka. HEP (Hankyu Entertainment Park) is a large shopping and entertainment complex with over 300 shops and restaurants. The famous HEP FIVE red Ferris wheel offers panoramic views of the city from 106 metres above ground.
Browsing one of Osaka's many covered arcades is another fun way of experiencing the city while picking up some fab finds. The vibrant hub of Namba has many arcades that are both varied and easy to reach. For reasonably priced, up-to-the-minute fashion finds, Ebisubashisuji is a seemingly endless arcade that's extremely popular with locals. Kuromon Ichiba is a market brimming with the freshest in fish and vegetables, and Doguyasuji is a 150-metre-long shopping arcade overflowing with kitchenware. And for shopping with a touch of nature, there's the beautiful Namba Parks, a terraced mall with abundant plants and fresh air, or Rinku Town by the sea.
This 320-hectare complex adjacent to Kansai International Airport includes Rinku Premium Outlets, which is the largest outlet shopping center in western Japan.