Top Choice Department 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 good…
Top Choice Homewares 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. Best of all, the English-speaking staff will walk you through the different s…
Top Choice Market in Osaka

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 lan…
Top Choice Books in Osaka

Standard Books

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


From humble beginnings as a linen merchant in 1716, this retailer has evolved to repurpose traditional craft-making (clothing, towels, housewares and accessories) for the 21st century in Japan's sweet spot of cool, …
Drinks in Tanabe

Umeshu de Kanpai

Tanabe is Japan's top producer of ume (Japanese plum/apricot), and this glassed-in storefront lets you try before you buy. Sample dozens of varieties of umeboshi (pickled ume) and umeshu (ume wine), sometimes flavou…
Arts & Crafts in Nara

Ikeda Gankōdō

For six generations, this little shop on Sanjō-dōri has been making traditional-style fans. Lovely sensu (folding fans) may pack more easily, but the local speciality is Nara uchiwa, paddle-style fans whose washi pa…
Department Store in Osaka

Tokyū Hands

Nominally a DIY and houseware 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 de…
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 and…
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 Andō Tadao–des…