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Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Streets

A historic shopping destination in Osaka, offering a mix of tradition and modernity.

Photo of Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Streets, Japan (people on buildings photo by thinh nguyen)

Osaka’s Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Street is a historic shopping destination, where the past and present coexist. This street is recognized for its wide variety of shops, from upscale department stores to distinctive local boutiques, making it a lively place for shopping and cultural exploration in the city.

About Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Streets

With origins in the 17th century, Shinsaibashisuji has been at the heart of Osaka’s economic and cultural life. The street, roughly 580 meters in length, is a covered arcade, providing shelter to visitors as they shop. Despite enduring events like the Great Tenpo Fire and the World War II bombings, Shinsaibashisuji has maintained its significance in Osaka’s history.

The Shinsaibashisuji area is composed of three distinct shopping zones. The main arcade offers a selection of luxury goods and fashionable boutiques. To the north, a shorter section of the street presents a collection of local shops, whereas the southern part, known as Senba Shinsaibashisuji, is geared towards daily necessities and features grocery stores and small dining establishments. This section is especially popular for its trendy offerings and souvenirs.

Beyond shopping, the arcade is a place to savor Osaka’s culinary traditions, with local favorites like takoyaki and okonomiyaki available to visitors. The popularity of Shinsaibashisuji is evident in the number of people it attracts, with visitor counts often rising significantly on weekends and holidays.

Shinsaibashisuji’s architecture, featuring a canopy that covers the shopping area, creates a pleasant ambience for strolling and window shopping. The street is a recommended destination for tourists eager to experience Osaka’s unique vibe.

Adjacent to Shinsaibashisuji is Amerikamura, a district symbolizing the city’s youthful culture. The Shinsaibashi area got its name from a bridge constructed in 1622 by a merchant named Shinsai Okada. Although the original bridge no longer exists, its legacy remains an important part of the area’s history.

As a key commercial area, Shinsaibashisuji continues to play a vital role in Osaka’s commercial scene and its broader identity.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Streets

M 19

 Midosuji Line + 1 more

 about 5 minute walk (400m)

Around Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Streets

Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Streets

Shopping Street in Osaka

open 9am - 5pm
closed National holidays


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