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1. Hankyu Department Store
This is the original store of one of the largest department store chains in Japan and is directly connected to Hankyu Umeda station. Each floor has its own theme, for example the Luxury floor has an array of elite brands of the world, while another floor caters to the younger generation of the female clientele. They have a great selection of cosmetic supplies. The 9th floor is dedicated to special events such as New York fair, Hokkaido specialties festival, special bargains etc., with themes that change every week.
Open: Sun-Thur 10:00 AM -8:00 PM, Fri-Sat 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM (special hours around the New Year) Restaurants 11:00 AM -10:00 PM
HP: www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/ (Japanese)
Address: 8-7 Kakuta-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
2. Hankyu Men’sja.wikipedia.org
Hankyu Men’s is the first men’s only department store in the Kansai region. From casual to luxury, wide selection of apparel, accessories and anything that a cool chap or a stylish gentleman needs. Perfect place to find a gift for the special men in your life!
Open: Mon-Tue 11:00 AM -8:00 PM, Wed-Fri 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sat 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Sun, Holidays 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM (Special hours around New Year’s)
HP: www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/mens/ (Japanese)
Address: 7-10 Kakuta-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
3. Lucuajpellgen / Flickr
Directly connected to JR Osaka Station, Lucua is a popular place for the fashionable youth. It’s economical than major department stores, and a great selection of imported goods and trendy clothing can be found at modest prices. “Donguri Nation,” a specialty shop carrying the Studio Ghibli merchandise is definitely worth a look!
Open: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Restaurants 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
HP: www.lucua.jp/lucua/ (Japanese)
Address: 3-1-3 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi (Google Map)
4. HEP FIVEmuzina_shanghai / Flickr
Located at Hankyu Umeda Station and also adjacent to JR Osaka Station, Hep Five offers latest fashion and cool gadgets at great prices, so it’s especially popular with younger shoppers. You can enjoy a beautiful night view of Osaka can be admired from the red Ferris wheel, one of Umeda’s landmarks. The indoor amusement park Joypolis is a perfect entertainment on a rainy day.
Open: Shopping 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM, Restaurants 11:00 AM – 10:30 PM, Joypolis 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM; Closed a few days a year
HP: www.hepfive.jp/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 5-15 Kakuta-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
5. Grand Front Osaka
Grand Front Osaka near JR Osaka Station is literally a grand complex with 226 shops. You will find trendy boutiques and excellent cafès and restaurants, such as the Mercedes Benz Cafè. The Umekita floor is open until 4:00 AM for late diners.
Open: SHOPS 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, RESTAURANTS 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM, UMEKITA FLOOR 11:00 AM – 4:00 AM, Sun./Holidays 11:00 AM -11:00 PM, UMEKITA DINING 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
HP: www.gfo-sc.jp/ (Japanese)
Address: Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
6. Yodobashi Camera Umeda
Yodobashi Camera Umeda, originally a camera and electronics superstore, expanded its repertoire and developed into a mega complex which also sells apparel and daily goods. The store is well equipped for English speaking shoppers, so do not hesitate to ask questions at the info desk, as they will happily and quickly help you find what you are looking for. You can also make a point card. You’ll get back 10% of your purchase, which you can utilize on the same day.
Open: Yodobashi Camera 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM, Restaurants 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
HP: www.yodobashi-umeda.com/ (Japanese Only)
Address: 1-1 Ofuka-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka (Google Map)
7. BREEZÉ BREEZÉ
Located just 5 minutes’ walk from JR Osaka Station in the Nishi-Umeda area, Breezè Breezè is filled with trendy, posh shops and classy cafès and restaurants. A beautiful view can be enjoyed from Tower Dining on the 33th floor.
Open everyday: 11am-9pm, Restaurant: 11am-11pm
HP: www.breeze-breeze.jp/ (Japanese Only: English and Chinese automatic translation available)
Address: 2-4-9 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi (Google Map)