Also known as Shinsaibashi-suji, Shinsaibashi is a shoppers paradise, there are just so many shops all leading off one huge long undercover strip mall stretching nearly a mile, packed with hundreds of stores selling everything from the chic designer fashion from Europe or traditional kimono tailors charging thousands of yen to stores selling 200 Yen T-Shirts.
The shopping precinct dates back nearly 400 years when the area was established during the Edo Period. Today it is a diverse mix of fashion, household goods, toys, novelties, food and just about anything you can buy and plenty of places for the beautiful people to hang out to be seen. The McDonalds has a room at the front of their store where the beautiful can viewed just like mannequins.
For those who get a bit hungry or thirsty or just need to escape from the thousands of shoppers for a few moments, along the way there is quite a few cafe’s and some of the smallest bars on the planet with only enough room for one or two customers at a time, quite a novelty but a great place for a refreshing beer.
Many of the large Osaka department including Sogo and Daimaru stores also hang off the mall and offer huge food courts and everything you would expect to buy in a large store. The Sogo store is one of Japan’s most beautiful shopping experiences with a 12 floor atrium and waterfall there is also a rooftop park with magnificent gardens and some amazing artwork and then there is the shopping.
For those wanting to shop for something a bit less exclusive there are several 100Yen shops which are great places to pick up a bargain and they stock some weird and funky stuff. For as little as 100 yen you can pick up some great gifts to take home. The stores sell all sorts of products confectionery, clothing, household goods and stationery etc, all for only 100 Yen.
The district is one street to the east of Midosuji Avenue, running across Dotombori Bridge and Osaka’s nightlife. Sinsaibashi is also in easily walking distance to American Mura the American Village which is well worth a visit. You can reach the area buy train stopping at the Shinsaibashi or Namba Stations.