Kansai shopping

Top Choice Music 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 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. The English-speaking staff will walk you through the different styles, let yo…
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 few …
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 bestsellers. Instead, it's stocked with small-press finds, art books, indie comics and the like, plus CDs, quirky fashion items and accessories.
Fashion & Accessories in Nara

Yu Nakagawa Honten

Nara's famed 300-year-old linen producer now creates beautiful bags, pouches and scarves out of natural materials, subtly adorned with traditional motifs. It's easy to miss, with no obvious sign; look for the buildi…
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 de…
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 snacking o…
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 Tadao Ando–des…