Top ChoiceMusic in Osaka

Time Bomb Records

One of the best record stores in the city, Time Bomb stocks an excellent collection of vinyl and CDs from '60s pop and '70s punk to alternative, soul and psychedelic. Find out about gigs around town here, too.

Top ChoiceHomewares in Osaka

Tower Knives

Tower Knives has a fantastic selection of kitchen knives – both carbon steel and stainless steel; some are hand-forged by Osaka artisans. The English-speaking staff will walk you through the different styles, let...

Top ChoiceDepartment Store in Osaka

Hankyū Umeda Department Store

Hankyū, which first opened in 1929, pioneered the now ubiquitous concept of the train-station department store. One of Japan's largest department stores, 'Ume-Han' is also among the most fashion-forward, with a...

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Dōguya-suji Arcade

Dōguya-suji Arcade

This long arcade sells just about anything related to the preparation, consumption and selling of Osaka's principal passion: food. There's everything from bamboo steamers and lacquer miso soup bowls to shopfront...

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Standard Books

This cult-fave Osaka bookstore prides itself on not stocking any bestsellers. Instead, it's stocked with small-press finds, art books, indie comics and the like, plus CDs, quirky fashion items and accessories.

Department Store in Osaka

Tokyū Hands

Nominally a DIY and homewares chain, Tokyū Hands is Japan's favourite place to browse for items you probably didn't need but will end up loving. It's stacked floor-upon-floor with everything from obscure tools to...

Alcohol in Osaka


This third-generation-run sake store has narrow wooden stairs leading to a basement cellar where you can sample small glasses of sake (¥220 each), while sitting at tables made from sake barrel bottoms and...

Shopping Centre in Osaka

Shinsaibashi-suji Shōtengai

East of Midō-suji, Shinsaibashi is one of Japan's great shopping zones, most notably in this eight-block-long covered arcade that's crammed with domestic and international clothing brands, drugstores, bookstores...

Books in Osaka

Maruzen & Junkudō Umeda

This is the largest bookstore in Osaka, the result of two established chains joining forces. There's a big range of English-language books (on the 6th floor) and travel guides (3rd floor). It's in the Tadao...

Music in Osaka

Flake Records

Flake is Osaka's most in-the-know music shop, selling new and used, Japanese and imported, CDs and vinyl. The owner speaks some English; ask him for his recommendations on local bands. This is also a good place...

Homewares in Osaka

Graf Studio

Graf is a sleek furniture and design studio close to the National Museum of Art. Pick up some lovely homewares by Japanese and international designers; it stocks ceramics, jewellery and kitchenware. The attached...

Toys in Osaka

Mandarake Shinsaibashi

Lose hours browsing four floors of retro Japanese toys (Astroboy!), collectible figurines, manga (Japanese comics), DVDs, art and counterculture books, cosplay uniforms and more.

Music in Osaka

King Kong Records

This small record store in the Maru Building packs in a great selection of vinyl and has a friendly and knowledgeable owner.

Department Store in Osaka

Tokyū Hands

Perfect for last-minute souvenir shopping is this outlet of Tokyū Hands, with the chain's signature range of must-have gadgets, homewares and stationery. Find it inside Daimaru Umeda.

Department Store in Osaka

Hankyū Men's

At 16,000 sq metres over five storeys, this is Japan's largest men's fashion retailer. Though there are a few domestic names represented here, it's mostly international brands. It's inside the Hep Navio building,...

Department Store in Osaka

Daimaru Umeda

This huge Umeda branch of the classic Kansai department store anchors Osaka Station's southern side. On the upper floors you'll find branches of Tokyū Hands, Uniqlo, and the Pokemon merchandise shop, Pokemon Centre.

Arts & Crafts in Osaka

Retro Insatsu Jam

This old warehouse has a work space with vintage silkscreen machines that allow local artists to create small batches of T-shirts, posters, notecards, zines and the like, which are also sold in the shop here....

Department Store in Osaka

Osaka Takashimaya

This is the flagship of the long-running Osaka-based department store Takashiyama, which stocks mostly international brands, though the homewares selection on the 6th floor is worth a look for local finds. Head...

Books in Osaka

Village Vanguard

Village Vanguard bills itself as an 'exciting' bookstore, and it stocks fun, nontraditional, pop- and street-inspired mementos of your time in Japan. Between the cluttered book and magazine racks are offbeat...

Department Store in Osaka

Hep Five

This Umeda department store has hip, youthful labels on the first six floors; fast-food restaurants, cafes and a virtual-reality game zone on the upper floors; and a bright red Ferris wheel on the roof (board...