The independent stores along Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street are all about catering to local, long-time customers by running things the way they have been for decades – uncomplicated and with plenty of bargains. Famous for being the longest shopping street in Japan, Culture Trip has narrowed things down for you and selected the best shops to visit along Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street.
Tenjinbashisuji is a haven for affordable, one-of-a-kind finds. Among the many bargain apparel shops lining the 2.6-kilometre-long (1.6 miles) shotengai (shopping district), AE-SOP stands out as one of the most unique. This vintage clothing shop sells retro finds for women including dresses, shoes and accessories. You’ll also find some cute vintage postcards and posters. Step into this colourful shop for a trip to a bygone era, but be warned: you’ll also be taking a trip into your wallet.
Another second-hand apparel shop worth paying a visit to is escargot Am. The styles available here are more casual and could easily suit women and girls of all ages. Featuring a wide selection of graphic T-shirts (you might even find one from your hometown!) as well as designer brands, this is the kind of shop where there truly is something for everyone.
Simple House is an Osaka-based interior design company with over 30 years of history. Their elegant flagship store in Tenjinbashisuji sticks out among the more modest storefronts surrounding it. There are actually two locations just across from each other, both selling chic furniture and other home goods. Here you’ll find Scandi-inspired lights, vintage pieces and fabrics for DIY projects.
Bottle OFF is a friendly, neighbourhood liquor store with a wide selection of spirits. They specialise in whiskey, sake and wine, but also stock all kinds of booze. Bottle OFF is perfect for finding souvenirs or stocking up for a fun night out. With affordable prices, regular sales, helpful staff and rare bottles for sale, Bottle OFF has everything that characterises this beloved district.
Daiso is one of the few chain stores on Tenjinbashisuji, but arguably one of the best. Daiso is one of Japan’s famous 100-yen shops, the country’s take on the American dollar store. Everything is 100 yen (£0.70) and absolutely adorable. All the necessities are here – office supplies, toiletries, food, fashion accessories – and are often brightly coloured or covered in glitter. Daiso caters to a range of shoppers’ needs, be it stocking up on souvenirs or furnishing an entire flat.
Tenma Garden is a small shopping centre within the massive arcade that houses four unique shops: T-Green’s, a relaxing café and restaurant; Manmaru, a restaurant specialising in Osaka kushikatsu, which are basically skewers of fried meat or vegetables; Kimono Style, where you can rent a modern kimono to wear while walking along the shopping street; and Health Factory Te-A-Te, a gym with massage services, perfect for after walking up and down the shotengai all day.