Translated by Lester Somera
Enjoy Duty-Free Shopping In Osaka's Shinsaibashi Shotengai!
Written by 1538th
The Shinsaibashi-Suji shotengai is a duty-free shopper's paradise! Check out what kind of shops and items are available, as well as the discounts you can enjoy!
Measuring slightly under 600 meters, the covered Shinsaibashi-Suji shotengai shopping arcade stretches from Shinsaibashi to Namba and houses around 180 shops.
In 1726, when the Daimaru Department Store opened as a dry goods store, this shopping area already existed; it has been a place where local shops gathered for generations. As a shotengai that sees heavy traffic from international tourists as well, the area offers its own unique services.
Get Pamphlets Online
These racks are set up all over the shotengai, such as the front of Uniqlo and the entrance to the north building of the Daimaru Department Store. The pamphlets hold convenient advice for easily getting the most out of your time in this shopping arcade.
They contain coupons and other special privileges for readers that combine with the shotengai smartphone sites, such as a free drink at certain sweet shops when ordering a cake. The bottom racks have maps in English and other languages, as well as explanations for how to connect to the free wi-fi service.
Connect to Free Wi-Fi in the Shotengai
Since 2013, NTT has offered a free Shinsaibashi Free Wi-Fi service (that requires you to sign up with an email address, and caps at three hours a session). It's convenient to not be searching for a spot that offers wi-fi. The Shinsaibashi-suji Shotengai site has a wi-fi connection guide in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese, so check it beforehand to be able to log in easily.
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There are more than 50 shops which offer 5-10% discounts if you show your passport (as of 2014). Many shops also offer duty-free services, so international shoppers can definitely get great bargains. Look at a list of participating shops here.
If you're unsure where to go because of the immense variety, first hit up Daimaru, which has the latest fashions and an array of high-quality items. Staff are available to assist in English, Chinese and Korean, and the Sakura Panda, the shop's mascot, is there to greet you at the entrance.
English, Korean and Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) Pamphlets are Readily Available
The racks we mentioned earlier contain maps and wi-fi pamphlets. In addition to shotengai information, this map also has plenty of information about other major cities and popular sightseeing spots.
Service That Will Bring a Smile to Your Face
Handwritten signs at shops on the shotengai have increased due to the flood of international tourists.
Truly delicious, original and traditional Japanese sushi
This shop has an array of Japanese-made stockings, available in many varieties. Take a look for yourself.
Address: Osaka city, Chuo, Shinsaibashi-Suji
Wi-Fi: Yes (Shinsaibashi Free Wi-Fi）
Nearest Station and Access: Shinsaibashi Station (Subway), exits 5 and 6