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Shinsaibashi Shopping District in Osaka, Japan

Osaka Shinsaibashi Shopping
Shinsaibashi Shopping District in Osaka, Japan is my picture of the week. I just returned from an amazing trip to Osaka in early December 2011 and found Japan's second largest city simply fascinating.

If you love shopping, then Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) is the place for you to visit. Apart from the amazing shopping, there are cultural sites, world class entertainment places and also great street food found throughout the this part of Nanba.

Shinsaibashi Shopping District

Shopping in Shinsaibashi
Shoppers at Shinsaibashi
Walking along the main Shinsaibashi Street was an experience to remember as the covered walkways here stretches for over four kilometers long. And the crowds here is always at peak, with thousands of people at any one time.

If you were to come here on a public holiday or a weekend, you will most likely get lost in the crowd. Just take a look at the photo below to see what I mean. Honestly, if you hate crowds, come here in the mornings and on a weekday.

This place is totally surreal and truly a woman's paradise. Then again, men would be pleased to know that there are male items also available here, but you need to keep an eye out for them.

Photo of Shinsaibashi
Just take a look at that sea of people in Shinsaibashi
Generally, you can find quite a wide selection of shops in Shinsaibashi Street, where the main stores are selling Japanese snacks, souvenirs and of course clothing of all sorts.

In between, you will find traditional Japanese restaurants and bakeries which makes a good stop if you need to fill up your stomach.

Ladies shoes are abundance and follows the seasons too. If you visit in the winter, expect to see a lot of winter shoes or boots on sale. Same goes to men's shoes.

At times, you will chance upon a cosplay shop that sells cute Japanese Kawaii uniforms, wigs and other quirky items.

Who Should Not Go To Shinsaibashi?

It is strange that I am writing this, but this is reality and most of you know this. Boyfriends or husbands that hate shopping should not visit here as they will get really frustrated. Best to ask them to go somewhere else and have a drink while waiting for you.

Some people have a fear of crowded places, and this is called Enochlophobia, therefore if you belong in this groups, please do not attempt to come here.

Ebisu Bashi Suji
Ebisubashi Suji, one of the entrances into Shinsaibashi
How to Go To Shinsaibashi Shopping District?

The easiest and best way is by taking the Osaka subway here. Language is not a problem as the ticket machines have dual language where English is one of them. Some of the subway and ticket staff speak a little English too.

The beauty about Osaka is that many of the younger generation Japanese actually do know how to converse in basic English, making it easy to ask questions.

Signage around Shinsaibashi is quite easy as all of them have English in them, hence getting lost is not going to be a problem here.

If you are traveling to Osaka with family or with kids, please stick together when you are here on the weekend as it is easy to get separated in the crowds.

I flew to Osaka with AirAsiaX on their inaugural flight to Osaka and if you are planning to visit this place anytime soon or in the near future, make sure you put on a very good pair of walking shoes and head on over to Shinsaibashi Shopping District in Osaka.


CathJ said...

Love it very colourful... :)

Diana Diane Teo said...

I went there too last year during autumn time. Shopping for more than 4 hours but never see the end. Really another nice place to hang around when going to Osaka.

Malaysia Asia said...

Cath - Thanks. I think you should make a trip here, fantastic shopping in Osaka!

Diana - Nice! I too could not see everything, just too many shops here. Thousands of them.

Unknown said...

Hi there, I will be going to Osaka soon and was wondering are the things there expensive. If I were to bring along RM500 there to spend will it be enough?

Thank you so much for your help.

Malaysia Asia said...

Tammy, RM500 is about 11,000 Yen. A normal meal at any restaurant will cost about Y1000-Y1500 per person. A normal t-Shirt on sale is about Y1500-Y5000. A canned drink from vending machine is about Y120-Y150.

If you spend wisely, it should be enough. If you are a shopper, that is not enough. I went with Y20,000 and that was just nice for 3-4 days. Hope this helps. I suggest RM1000 minimum :)

Malaysia Asia said...

Oh yeah, a bowl of Ramen at any of the Ramen Shops is from Y650-Y1000. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi there, I'll be visiting Osaka in coming Oct. would like to know is RM1500 is sufficient to cover the expenses (transportation, meals, souvenir shopping) for 4d3n?

Appreciate very much for your advise :)

melvin said...

yes,japan is indeed an expensive place.thank God for bentos and kansai thru pass i was able to save