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Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi is Osaka's premier commercial area, sporting well-established department stores, specialty shops, luxury brands, and more. The name originates from the bridge that separates Senba and Shimanouchi. It has appeared in the movie "Black Rain." Shinsaibashisuji Shopping Street streches 580 meters north to south and is lined with around 180 stores including clothing shops and restaurants. The area is filled with shoppers on weekends. Long ago, the street served as a connecting path between the playhouses and docks in Dotonbori and the Shinmachi Red Light District. During the Edo Period, the main sources of business came from publications, old books, cloth, and trinkets; however, the Meiji period saw an increase in clocks and fancy cloths. In the Taisho and Showa periods, Western stores were on the rise, and consequently, so were young customers enjoying their shopping, referred to as "Shinbura-zoku." There are lots of visitors who come looking forward to the Yukata Festival, held by the shopping street, and other seasonal events.

Address

Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Access

Osaka Metro Midosuji Line, Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line [Shinsaibashi Station]

  • Infomation

    In Shinsaibashi you can find department stores and top brand shops. If you're in the area, try to visit America Mura as well, an area for Osaka's younger crowd. There's also a popular takoyaki shop, Kogaryu, in front of Sankaku Park there, which is said to be in the running for 1st or 2nd best even in Osaka. You can buy some takoyaki and relax on a bench in the park. Namba's Dotonbori is within walking distance, so you could also check that out after via Ebisu Bridge.

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