Translated by Allie
This Is Osaka! Let's Go To Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street
Have you ever heard of the longest shopping street in Osaka? It is the Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street located in the Kita ward of Osaka, and is known as the best place to get a glance at Osaka's local life.
Written by Haruka
Did you know that the longest, most famous shopping street in Japan is in Osaka? It is Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street located in the Kita ward of Osaka. Although it was about to die out, thanks to the cooperation of the stores, it returned to being a lively, fun shopping street, loved by the citizens as the place where they can buy daily items.
Although both Namba and Tennoji are also famous, lively downtown areas, if you want to check out what daily lives of locals in Osaka are like, we highly recommend visiting Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street.
Let's take a look at Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street and its charms.
Lively Shopping Street Loved by Locals
As most of the people who come to this shopping street are locals, you can find a lot of daily necessities. Out of them, shoes and clothes especially are sold at reasonable prices here.
For instance, in summer, yukata can be purchased here for very low prices. The quality of products vary, but over all, most items are of good quality and low-priced.
There are several drugstores as well. As they offer very competitive prices, you can get a great deal on medicines and other such items.
In addition, you can find a lot of delicious, cheap restaurants and izakaya which serve Japanese dishes such as nigiri sushi, kushi-katsu (deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables), okonomiyaki, takoyaki, as well as other regional dishes.
On the shopping street, you can also purchase fresh fish like the one shown in the picture above.
As there are a lot of izakayas, or Japanese style bars, you will also find plenty of people stopping here for a drink after work. In addition, Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street is ramen restaurant paradise; sometimes Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street is featured in books of ramen noodles and magazines.
You can reach Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street from several different stations, and there are many other shopping streets and local markets nearby, which makes this the best area to meet local demands.
Moreover, Super Tamade, a famous cheap supermarket in Osaka is located in the 4-chome area of this street as well.
Walking Through Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street
Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street is the longest shopping street in Japan, running 2.6 km from north to south. When you walk from 1-chome (one end) all the way to 7-chome (the other end), you can get a certificate called manpo-jo.
So we walked through Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street, from 1-chome to 7-chome, which consists of about 600 stores in total.
First, we got a Burari-Aruki Moushikomi Fuda (Strolling Around Application Form). During weekdays, you can get it at the shop called Aramono-ya Nishidai Shoten, while on weekends and holidays, you can get one at Atelier Alcyon.
The starting point for this stroll is either in the 1-chome or 7-chome section. We started from 7-chome, which is the north end of its shopping street.
The picture above shows how the entrance of the 6-chome shopping street looks from 7-chome.
You don't have to worry about getting wet on rainy days as there is a roof from the middle of 1-chome to 6-chome.
Every summer, a big festival called the Tenjin Matsuri is held with help from the locals (this festival took place on July 25th, 2015 - we visited on July 20th). An event featuring Gal mikoshi, or women carrying portable shrines, is held before the Tenjin Matsuri, and gathers a lot of attention.
Mikoshi have historically always been carried by men, which makes this event held at
Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street quite unique. Its official name is Tenshin Matsuri Jyosei Mikoshi, and it has taken place along this shopping street for over 30 years now.
We passed by a lot of people while walking down from 6-chome to 4-chome.
Then we continued to walk up to 3-chome Shopping Street while getting distracted by various things. Once we got to Tamashi Doi Ceramics, we stopped to get a stamp.
You can find the places where you can get your form stamped by looking for signs like the one highlighted in red in the photo above.
Just east of the shopping street, you will find Tenmangu Shrine, where Sugawara Michizane (a famous scholar from the Heian era) is enshrined, as well as the Hanjotei where you can enjoy rakugo (Japanese traditional storytelling entertainment). This large lanterns is a sign.
Finally, we arrived at the end of 1-chome. We only had one minute left in which to get our last stamp and certificate, at the Ooga Tenjin Drugstore; on Sundays and public holidays, you can get your stamp at the shrine.
All you need to do is to enter the drugstore and pass over your application form then say "Please give me a certificate". You will get a certificate with "Okini!", which is Osakan dialect for "great work!" on it.
That's it! What did you think of Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street? If you are planning a trip to Osaka, please visit this charming shopping street and enjoy the many shops, foods, sights and the shrine that the locals love.
Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street
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Nearest Station: Tenjimbashisuji Rokuchōme Station (Osaka Municipal Subway), Ogimachi Station, Minamimorimachi Station and JR Osaka Temmangu Station (Tozai Line), Tenma Station (Osaka Loop Line)
Access: 1 to 5 minutes walk from each station
Websites: Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Street (1-chome, 2-chome and 3-chome Website - Japanese)
Tenjinbashi-Suji Shopping Association (4-chome, 5-chome and 6-chome Website - Japanese)