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Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street

Japan’s longest shopping arcade, a seamless blend of history and commerce

Photo of Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street, Japan (Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street in Osaka by Daniel Ramirez)

Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street, stretching 2.6km, is a significant example of Osaka’s commercial heritage, offering a diverse array of shops and a walk through history. This bustling merchant district retains a friendly neighborhood atmosphere.

About Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street

In the heart of Osaka lies Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street, known locally as “Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai.” Spanning from Tenjinbashi 1-chome to 6-chome, this street holds the title of Japan’s longest shopping arcade, with a rich history dating back to around 1653. Originally established as a green grocer’s market, Tenjinbashisuji became the primary route leading to the Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, serving pilgrims and visitors to the nearby Buddhist temples.

The street’s growth into a commercial hub dates back to the Edo period when it prospered as a town for Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the deity of scholarship. The Meiji era saw further development into the vibrant commercial area we see today. Despite challenges, such as market consolidation and transportation infrastructure changes, local shopping associations have been active in revitalizing the area.

Today, Tenjinbashisuji comprises approximately 600 stores, offering a range from traditional wares like kimonos and handmade knives to modern electronics and clothing. With each chome having its unique array of shops, the street showcases a variety of commerce.

Visitors can delve into local culture and history, with the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living in 6-chome depicting Osaka’s past from the Edo to Showa periods. The annual Tenjin Festival, held on July 24 and 25, is one of Japan’s most renowned festivals, featuring parades and performances.

The street is also known for its street food, with favorites like takoyaki and okonomiyaki. While exploring, one suggested stop is for the Korokke (deep-fried minced potato) at a shop in 2-Chome.

Tenjinbashisuji is a gateway to experiencing Osaka’s culture. Significant sites such as Osaka Tenmangu Shrine and Tenma Tenjin Hanjotei Rakugo Theatre are nearby, enriching the visit. The surrounding Tenma area offers a range of dining options, particularly in the evenings.

Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street is a place where history, culture, and commerce come together, providing a glimpse into the life of Osaka and its people.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street

K 12

 Sakaisuji Line

 about 5 minute walk (300m)
O 10

JR Temma
 JR Osaka Loop Line

 about 5 minute walk (400m)
T 21

 Tanimachi Line + 1 more

 5-10 minute walk (600m)
H 43

JR Ōsakatemmangū
 JR Tozai Line

 5-10 minute walk (700m)

Around Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street

Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street

Shopping Street in Osaka

open 10am - 6pm
closed National holidays


天神橋筋商店街, 大阪

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