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Walking around the department stores of Osaka's “Kita” and “Minami”

2018.05.21

Osaka's “Kita (north)” in the Umeda area and “Minami (south)” in the Shinsaibashi/Nanba area both have many department stores, which foreign tourists find interesting. Let us introduce you to the department stores of Osaka that are each quite unique.

Memorable shopping experience at a “theater type department store” - Hankyu Umeda Main Store

Memorable shopping experience at a “theater type department store” - Hankyu Umeda Main Store
Hankyu Department Store was established in 1929. Their Umeda Honten (main store), after reconstruction, opened in 2012 with the concept of “theater type department store.”

Memorable shopping experience at a “theater type department store” - Hankyu Umeda Main Store2
On the 9th floor, they have a “Shukusai Hiroba (festival plaza),” which is a four-floor atrium from the 9th to 12th floors. Here, not only do they have items, but they also suggest to the customers what is behind those items (cultural values).

Memorable shopping experience at a “theater type department store” - Hankyu Umeda Main Store3
What we would like the foreign tourists to take note are the many fashion related items such as women's clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and foreign brands. It is said to be that their full line-up of products is the number one in the Kansai area.

Further, if you show your passport, they issue 5% discount guest coupons, and they also provide interpretation services in English, Chinese, and Korean during your shopping. Their great services for foreign tourists is another positive point.

“Hankyu Department Store Umeda Main Store”
●8-7, Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
●06-6361-1381
http://www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/honten/
●10:00-20:00 (Sundays to Thursdays), 10:00-21:00 (Fridays and Saturdays), 11:00-22:00 (restaurants on 12th and 13th floors)
●Tax refund available
●Irregular holidays

Great line-up of Japanese and local foods - Hanshin Umeda Main Store

Great line-up of Japanese and local foods - Hanshin Umeda Main Store
“Hanshin Mart” founded in 1933 now became Hanshin Umeda Honten (main store), and is famous for its excellent food-related products.

Great line-up of Japanese and local foods - Hanshin Umeda Main Store2
Their products are come with small amounts, packed in small sizes and in portions in order to take them home, and these services are especially appreciated by foreign tourists. It is devised so that foreign tourists can enjoy Japanese cuisine casually. Of course, there are many shops that offer local Osaka gourmet, and you can sample at some of shops, so you to enjoy the foods like stalls.

Great line-up of Japanese and local foods - Hanshin Umeda Main Store3
Great line-up of Japanese and local foods - Hanshin Umeda Main Store4
We would especially like to recommend foreign tourists the famous “Ikayaki (broiled squid,” which is a Hanshin specialty. There are many people lined up to get them daily.

They also offer a free Wi-Fi service to foreign tourists.

“Hanshin Umeda Main Store”
●1-13-13, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
●06-6345-1201
https://www.hanshin-dept.jp/
●10:00-20:00 (Business hours depending on the day of the week and floors)/11:00-22:00 (Restaurant) *business hours may bay vary depending on the time of year
●Tax refund available
●Irregular holidays

Popular among people of all ages -Daimaru Umeda Store

Popular among people of all ages -Daimaru Umeda Store
Daimaru Umeda Store opened in 1983. It is located in a very convenient location, in the Osaka Station City, connected to JR Osaka Station. Further, famous tenants such as Tokyu Hands, Pokemon Center, and Tomica Shop make this department store popular among people of all ages. Many customers rely on a variety of shops and services.


For foreign tourists, you can get a 5% discount coupon to use for shopping, and a 5% off special coupon for restaurants.

FANCL cosmetics are popular among foreign tourists visiting Daimaru Umeda Store.

Popular among people of all ages -Daimaru Umeda Store2
Popular among people of all ages -Daimaru Umeda Store3
Their products that are especially popular are collagen supplements, stick jelly, and pore tightening essence, which is good for the coming season.

“Daimaru Umeda Store”
●3-1-1, Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
●06-6343-1231
https://www.daimaru.co.jp/umedamise/index.html
●10:00-20:30 (Sundays to Thursdays, Honkan [main building] 2nd basement to 9th floor), 10:00-20:00 (Honkan 10th to 13th floor, 15th floor), 10:00-21:00 (Mondays to Saturdays, Honkan 10th to 12th floor, Tokyu Hands/ UNIQLO, 13th floor), 10:00-20:30 (Sundays and national holidays, Honkan 10th to 12th floor, Tokyu Hands/ UNIQLO, 13th floor), 11:00-23:00 (restaurants on 14th floor * some coffee shops open at 10:00)
●Closed on New Year's Day

Japan's first “watch boutique alley” opens in Osaka - Takashimaya Osaka Store

Japan's first “watch boutique alley” opens in Osaka - Takashimaya Osaka Store
Established in 1989, Takashimaya Osaka Store boasts a long history. They are well-known for their colorful line-up with a “luxury brand floor,” which is one of the largest in the Kansai area where you can find various brand names such as Louis Vuitton and Chanel. There is also a cosmetics floor, which is one of the largest in western Japan, carrying 70 brands’ products from Japan and the world.

Japan's first “watch boutique alley” opens in Osaka - Takashimaya Osaka Store2
You should especially take note that they have the “Takashimaya Watch Maison Osaka,” which is Japan's first boutique for watches.

Japan's first “watch boutique alley” opens in Osaka - Takashimaya Osaka Store3
Japan's first “watch boutique alley” opens in Osaka - Takashimaya Osaka Store4
Japan's first “watch boutique alley” opens in Osaka - Takashimaya Osaka Store5
Their carry brands which are popular among foreign tourists such as OMEGA De Ville Ladies' Collection, Vacheron Constantin Traditional Men's Collection, and Grand Seiko Men's Collection.

Japan's first “watch boutique alley” opens in Osaka - Takashimaya Osaka Store6
There are also some convenient services designated for foreign tourists such as a short-term storage service for trolley bags, and “Takashimaya Premium Shopper's Card,” which you can use to get a 5% discount when you buy goods 1,000,000 yen or more (partially excluded).

“Takashimaya Osaka Store”
●5-1-5, Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
●06-6631-1101
https://www.takashimaya.co.jp/osaka/
●10:00-20:00,10:00-20:30 (Fridays and Saturdays), 11:00-23:00 (Nanba Dining Maison)
●Open year-round

Many services designated for foreign tourists at the south building - Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store

Many services designated for foreign tourists at the south building - Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store
Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store is a well-established department store that started business in 1726. The main building has been under reconstruction since 2016 (planned to reopen in autumn 2019), and currently North, South, and Main buildings are in operation.

In the North Building, you will find luxury brands, cosmetics, women's clothing, men's clothing, children's clothing, fashionable daily goods, food, etc.

Many services designated for foreign tourists at the south building - Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store2
Foreign tourists should take note that popular cosmetics among tourists are available in the South Building.

Many services designated for foreign tourists at the south building - Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store3
Also, they have great services and facilities for foreign tourists such as a duty-free counter, tourist information for Kansai region, and a rental kimono.

If you present your passport, you can get a 5% discount ticket and free Wi-Fi in all buildings.

“Daimaru Shinsaibashi Store”
●1-7-1, Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
●06-6271-1231
https://www.daimaru.co.jp/shinsaibashi/index.html
●10:00-20:30 (North Building), 10:30-21:00 (South Building 1st to 8th floor), 10:00-20:30 (South Building Relaxing Garden exclusively for women on 1st basement floor),
11:00-22:00 (North Building restaurant floor on 13th floor)
*For business hours of other facilities in the vicinity, please check their websites
●Closed on New Year's Day

Located at the Japan's tallest building - Kintetsu Department Store Main Store Abeno Harukas

Located at the Japan's tallest building - Kintetsu Department Store Main Store Abeno Harukas
Formerly “Daitetsu Department Store” established in 1937 is Kintetsu Department Store Main Store Abeno Harukas. It was opened in 2014 at the same time when the Japan's tallest building, Abeno Harukas started business.

Located at the Japan's tallest building - Kintetsu Department Store Main Store Abeno Harukas2
Kintetsu Department Store Main Store Abeno Harukas boasts the largest sales floor space in Japan, and they carry a variety of products in the store.

Food related products are especially popular among tourists from overseas, and you can buy souvenirs sold only in Abeno Harukas.

Located at the Japan's tallest building - Kintetsu Department Store Main Store Abeno Harukas3
“Abeno Harucastella” is only sold here, and is especially popular among foreign tourists.

On the 3.5th floor of the Wing Building, there are a service salon for foreign tourists, which provide tax exemption procedures, storage service, hotel delivery service, etc.

“Kintetsu Department Store Main Store Abeno Harukas”
●1-1-43, Abenosuji, Abeno-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
●06-6624-1111
http://abenoharukas.d-kintetsu.co.jp/
●10:00-20:00 (4th to 11th floor), 10:00-23:00 (Abeno Harukas Dining, 12th to 14th floor), 10:00-22:00 (Abeno Ichiba Shokudo, 2nd basement floor)
●Tax refund available
●Closed on New Year's Day

*The above information was last updated March 2, 2018. For further information, please contact the facilities directly.

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