People come from far and wide to shop at Shensekai, which appeals to those after the latest electronics items. There are scores and scores of shops selling all types of items, although prices are not mouthwateringly cheap and you'd be better off buying that new laptop at home. Side attractions in the ‘New World' include the Festivalgate amusement park and the Tsutenkaku Tower.
Umeda is a bit of an expensive shopping area of town and is particularly favored by the trendy, moneyed crowd. There are several underground malls and arcades here, including the popular and chic, yet expensive, Hep Navio and Hep Five. There are also cheaper shops here with everyday items that are best visited in the week.
JR Osaka Station
Beneath this busy station is a massive network of underground malls from where you can get some of the latest fashions down to secondhand gear. It is especially good for music and fashion and also has a ton of cafés.
This must-see, covered shopping street is the longest and straightest of its type in Japan, measuring a huge one and a half miles north-south. It has every type of shop imaginable and also comes with a fair amount of eating. Get here via JR Station.
Namba is a less high profile shopping area, though nonetheless has a vast amount of options. There are plenty of shopping arcades to gawk at as well as a bunch of bars, like the city's Hard Rock Café. The Swissotel Nankai is also located in Namba.
Those after some stylish furniture for export should take a look along Tachibana-Dori Street, which is another covered arcade with some of Osaka's best furniture stores. It is also known as Orange Street, and although prices are somewhat marked up, it gives good insight into the types of furniture items available here.
Osaka shopping tips
When it's too hot in the summer and too chilly in the winter, make way to the underground and the warrens of arcades and malls. You won't find the best deals here, however, yet the scenery and comfort levels are good. When at the markets, be sure to bargain hard, even for the cheap, second-hand stuff. For chilling out, try America-Mura with its boutiques and people-watching.