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Shinsaibashi Shopping Tours

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Shinsaibashi Shopping Tours

Want a shopping tour to Shinsaibashi? An iconic symbol of Osaka, Shinsaibashi is the most well-known shopping district in the heart of the city. Dated back to the Edo period, the shopping district has a history of 380 years. Today, it is still a lively neighborhood crowded with people of all ages. Shinsaibashi-suji stretches from the central Osaka to the east of Mido-suji Avenue. On this 600-meter-long shopping street, there are kimono shops, Western clothing, footwear retailers, jewelry shops, fashion apparel shops, and various restaurants. Many people like to spend their leisure time here. However, the Shinsaibashi shopping area usually refers to Mido-suji west side of the Shinsaibashi Station, and the American Village, which is known for fashionable high-end brand specialty store and coffee shops.

The Shinsaibashi Bridge used to be a bridge across the Nagahorikawa River, built in the 8th year of Yuanhe (1622). At that time, Shinsaibashi was a wooden bridge approximately 35 meters long and 4 meters wide. It transformed into an iron bridge in the 6th year of Meiji (1873), which was a rare structure in Japan at that time. In the 42nd year of Meiji (1909), the Shinsaibashi was renovated with stone. In the Showa 39 (1964) period, the bridge was relocated because the Nagori River was filled. The original Shinsaibashi was recognized as the top 100 bridges in Japan.


What to See in Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi-suji on the east side of Mido-suji Avenue has more than 100 stores of different variety, including Daimaru Shinsaibashi, men and women fashion, sportswear, kimono, footwear, jewelry, watches, glasses, cosmetics, pawnshops, books, artworks, snacks and coffee shops.

The west part of Mido-suji is called Amerikamura, and a wall painted with many unique patterns, thus becoming an iconic symbol. It earned its name because there were many shops selling clothes imported from the US West Coast and Hawaii in the 1970s. Starting 1980s, many stores sell clothes, groceries, and CDs, which attracted many college students. It is now known as the fashion center for the youths in Osaka.

Crossing the Shinsaibashi Bridge, Mido-suji Avenue is a main avenue that connects Umeda in the North neighborhood to Minami (Namba) in the South neighborhood. The Midosuji Parade held every fall is gorgeous and colorful, and invites many military bands from all over the world to participate.

Address: Shinsaibashi-suji Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0085
Hours: Whole Day (specific hours for store vary from one another)
Admission: Free


Shinsaibashi Shopping Tour

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Most Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are all shops in Shinsaibashi-suji tax free?
    Nearly all 100 stores in Shinsaibashi-suji including Daimaru Shinsaibashi are tax-free. For a list of tax free shops, please check the official website of Shinsaibashi-suji Shopping Center Promotion Association.
  • How to get a tax refund after purchasing a product at Shinsaibashi-suji?
    Please pay attention to the instruction at the shop. If the shop has a sign for "At Daimaru", please proceed to the duty-free counter on the fourth floor of Daimaru Shinsaibashi South Building to complete the tax return procedures. The counter business hours are from 10:30 to 21:00. If the store said "In Shop Service", tax return procedures can be processed in the store.
  • What are the hours of Daimaru Shinsaibashi?
    Mian Building 10:00 - 20:30
    Food Hall 10:00 - 23:00
    (Business hours may vary depending on the store)
  • Is public transportation to Shinsaibashi convenient?
    Yes, take the subway, Midosuji (red) line and get off at "Shinsaibashi Station", destination will be in walking distance.
  • What are the attractions near Shinsaibashi?
    Nearby attractions include Dotonbori, Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum, Ebisubashisuji Shopping Arcade, and Namba Parks.
  • When is Mido-suji Avenue Runway?
    It is usually in October or November every year, please pay attention to the official website. As for now, the distance from Honmachi Station or Shinsaibashi Station to the stage is about 500 meters.
  • How far is Shinsaibashi from Namba Station?
    Namba Station is about 1 km south of Shinsaibashi, about 13 minutes walk.
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