Stroll around Osaka in an antique kimono

Schedule : harf-day
Type : Experienced

If you really want to enjoy Japan, why don't you try on a kimono? Kimono of the type worn daily by women in the Taisho period (1912-1926) or the early Showa period (1930-1940) are now very popular among stylish Japanese women. Slightly different from traditional formal kimono, antique kimono have a retro-modern aspect with bold patterns and lovely colors, just right for your everyday wear. Stroll around Nakazaki-cho, where stylish kimonos fit right into the scene. You can enjoy the peaceful Japanese atmosphere by walking around the old streets of Osaka and its charming alleys.

Tips: When eating wearing a kimono, try to avoid sloppy noodles such as udon, soba or ramen, or strong-smelling yakiniku (BBQ).


Nakazakicho Sta. of Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line
1. 3 min walk Kimono Ricca
2. A short walk Neighborhoods of Nakazaki-cho
3. 5 min walk
4. A short walk
5. A short walk, take Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line from Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome Sta., get off at Tenjimbashisuji 9-chome Sta., 6 min walk
6. 12 min walk
7. 4 min walk
8. 4 min walk

1. Kimono Ricca

A three-minute walk along the main street from Nakazakicho Sta., take the narrow path beside the hair salon and open the door; you'll find a shop packed with numerous kimonos. Most of them are antique kimonos in cute retro colors such as purple, vermillion and orange. They sell kimonos, accessories and kimono fabric remnants, while they also offer rental kimonos for the day. Choose your favorite-patterned kimono, and the owner will select an obi and fix you up in an antique style. The rental fee is 9,000 yen/day for an all-inclusive set of undershirt, tabi-socks and other accessories. No need for reservations, but better to make a reservation in advance just in case the shop is busy. Enjoy a somewhat different stroll around Osaka wearing a chic kimono.

Add 3-2-31, Nakazaki, Kita-ku, Osaka City
Business hours 11:00 - 19:00 (Application till 17:30)
Holiday Monday, the second/third/fourth Tuesday

2. Neighborhoods of Nakazaki-cho

Step out of Chana, cross the main street into the alley. The Nakazaki-cho neighborhood is a unique area dotted with sundry shops and cafés hither and yon run by young owners in the old streets that escaped wartime bomb damage. Look out for small colorful signboards hung along the eaves of old wooden houses, or stylishly designed entrances. Old ladies chat calmly right next to a cat sitting under the sun. The peaceful scene of kids playing with balls in the streets somehow suits the small and unique shops, fastidiously maintained in their own mysterious way. If you find an interesting shop, don't hesitate to enter.

3. Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

As you go up to the ninth floor of the corner building at Tenjimbashisuji 6-chome of Kita Area in Osaka, the life-sized streets of Osaka from the Edo Period (early 1830's) will spread out before your eyes. Step into the town, and you'll find a public bath, drug stores, novelty shops and kimono shops, while walking through the alley, you'll also catch a glimpse of what the life of ordinary folk was like in row houses along the back alley. Solid pillars, the scent of tatami and wood, and white plastered walls... The time flow of a day is expressed through lighting and sound effects - even thunder, festival music or the chattering voices of housewives' gossip. You're totally in another world, in this space just as if you've wandered into a historical drama. In addition, the modern life of Osaka is re-created with precise models and documents on the eighth floor. Traditional old-time toys and snacks are sold at the museum shop - ideal for souvenirs!

Add 8F 6-4-20 Tenjimbashi,Kita-ku,Osaka
Business hours 10:00-17:00(last admission 16:30)
TEL (06)6242-1170

4. Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai (Shopping Street)

Right outside of the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living is the Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai stretching out from north to south. This arcaded shopping street, said to be the "longest in Japan", is a busy street with a total of approx. 600 shops standing all in a row. All kinds of shops are located here, from restaurants of all categories, shops selling convenience goods or clothes, cafés, bars and amusement facilities. You can count on sushi, just right for enjoying a meal while wearing kimono. There is a block where reasonably-priced and good sushi bars are concentrated; the shopping street is fun to stroll around.

5. Shingonzaka - Genshojizaka

Walk westward along Sennichimae-dori from the station, and you'll see the cobbled slope, Shingonzaka, on your left. Located in this area are the historical slopes called "Tennoji Nanasaka (seven slopes)", surrounded by temples, giving the area a traditional atmosphere. Shingonzaka is one of them, where the atmosphere changes completely once you turn in from the main street, leading you into a quiet townscape. At the end of the slope is the famous Ikukunitama Shrine, where a historical scene unfolds with the elegant night-light made in 1860. Crossing westward through Ikukunitama Shrine, you will get to Genshojizaka, one of the best known among the Tennoji Nanasaka. Walk down the steps and the curving road, and it will lead to the old cobbled downhill slope. Appreciate the good old streets of Osaka in a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere.

6. Townhouse Complex Facility "So"

Turn into Matsuyamachi-suji from Genshojizaka, and head northeast. Walk past Sennichimae-dori for a while and you will get to Karahori, an area with the old Showa-style streets remaining. Since Karahori suffered relatively few air raids compared to other areas in Osaka, a lot of old structures are left intact here. To preserve a soon-to-be-destroyed townhouse built in the Meiji period (1868-1912), it was renovated into a shopping complex called "So", which is the first of the series. The greenery over the roof resembles a floating rice paddy field, creating a mellow atmosphere. Unique shops selling antique accessories or homemade doughnuts and a café gallery are clustered together here, all matching the retrospective air of the townhouse. The "Art Box" on the first floor sells numerous handcrafted goods by various artists, such as accessories, table class="coursedetail_akTable">

Add 1-6-2 Kawarayamachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Business hours 11:00 - 19:00
Holiday Wednesday

7. Townhouse Complex Facility "Len"

"Len" opened in 2003, after "So". A former noble's mansion in Kobe was relocated to Karahori and reconstructed over an incredible 6-year-period at the end of the Taisho period (1912-1926). Thus the site is larger compared with a row house for ordinary folk, and is home to a large number shops. Their categories vary from a Japanese goods shop, kimono shop, to a café bar or creperie. One of the most famous is the veteran chocolate shop, which has been in business for over 20 years, called "Ek Chuah Karahori "kura" main shop". The wide cafeteria space was made by remodeling the warehouse, and its wooden atrium is a comfortable place. You can enjoy desserts made of Japanese seasonal ingredients such as kinako (soybean flour) chocolate parfaits or yuzu chocolate cakes inside the peaceful atmosphere of a traditional Japanese house.

Add 6-17-43 Tanimachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Business hours 11:00 ~ 20:00 *Except for a part of stores.
Holiday Wednesday *Open on the national holidays

8. Townhouse Complex Cultural Facility "Ho"

"Ho" is a cultural facility famous for the memorial hall of Sanjugo Naoki, a novelist whose name was bequeathed to the "Naoki Prize", the most notable literature award in Japan. Since he had strong ties to the Karahori neighborhood, the memorial hall was built by citizens' voluntary work. Based on the rather individual house Naoki designed himself in his later years, the retro and chic interior all coordinated in solid black is very rich in atmosphere. In keeping with his habit of writing while lying on the floor, the hall floor is covered with tatami, making it very relaxing. Besides the memorial hall in Ho, there are sundry shops, an Italian restaurant, a gallery and a unique antiquarian bookshop where you can read in a hammock, expressing the features of Karahori, together with the other complexes "So" and "Len".

Add 6-5-26 Tanimachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Business hours 11:00 ~ 19:00
Holiday Wednesday


Sights to see

The 800-meter-long shopping street dividing the Karahori district to east and west is a busy street made up of three consecutive shopping districts. Numerous shops stand in a row next to each other in the street thronged with shoppers, which is well worth the visit.


An Italian gelato shop “Circo D’oro” located near the corner of Karahori Shotengai (Shopping Street) and Tanimachi-suji is a very popular gelateria, often visited by customers from far away. Dig into the fresh homemade gelato!