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Osaka, Kyoto, and More! The Ultimate Guide to Shopping in Kansai!

Osaka, Kyoto, and More! The Ultimate Guide to Shopping in Kansai!

Date published: 13 January 2021
Last updated: 12 February 2021

Kansai, including Osaka and Kyoto, are shopping paradises loaded with everything from traditional boutiques to giant shopping meccas. Get ready for your next Kansai shopping trip with our extensive shopping guides below! Japanese beauty products and kawaii snacks are just the beginning!

Umeda Osaka Shopping Guide: Popular Souvenirs at Leading Area Shops!

Umeda Osaka Shopping Guide: Popular Souvenirs at Leading Area Shops!

With its stellar shopping and exquisite dining, Osaka is the second biggest destination for tourists after Tokyo. The center of all the action is Osaka-Umeda Station, which is surrounded by large malls jam-packed with choice establishments! The only trouble is figuring out where to head first!

To help you get started, we share our picks for the best souvenir shops in Osaka here!

Umeda Loft: Japanese Summer Clothing & Clever Products to Beat the Heat!

Umeda Loft: Japanese Summer Clothing & Clever Products to Beat the Heat!

With intense humidity and sweltering temperatures, summer in Japan is surprisingly tricky to bear. In search of items to make life a bit more comfortable, we found ourselves at Umeda Loft, a store specializing in household goods.

Conveniently located about 5 minutes on foot from Osaka-Umeda Station, we’ve picked out ten items to help you beat the heat, as recommended by the Loft shop staff!

Beams Kyoto: 7 Fashionable Limited Edition Items at ShinPuhKan

Beams Kyoto: 7 Fashionable Limited Edition Items at ShinPuhKan

Fashionable boutique Beams Kyoto is one of the ShinPuhKan shopping complex’s hottest spots. With ‘Japan’ as the central concept, the brand strives to convey the country’s charms at home and abroad.

At the first Beams Japan store in the Kansai region, dozens of Kyoto-only items encapsulating the ancient region’s elegance are sought by pro-shoppers hunting for the next big Japan thing! To help up your shopping game, we’ll let you in on the items you should be buying!

Namba Parks Osaka: Amazing Food and Shopping in Osaka

Namba Parks Osaka: Amazing Food and Shopping in Osaka

Namba Parks Osaka is a sprawling shopping complex inside Namba Station. With direct access to Kansai International Airport, tourists can snap up some last-minute deals on the latest Japanese trends on their way to the airport.

Here we’ll take a look at the overwhelming selection on offer in the eight floors of Namba Parks Osaka!

Shopping in Shinsaibashi: Best Fashion, Cosmetics, Retail Therapy in Osaka!

Shopping in Shinsaibashi: Best Fashion, Cosmetics, Retail Therapy in Osaka!

Shopping in Shinsaibashi is, without a doubt, one of the joys of visiting Osaka. Wherever you walk, you’ll be sure to see happy travelers reveling in shopping escapades. With Shinsaibashi-Suji Shopping Street as our focus, we’ll be recommending some shopping spots perfect for your next session of retail therapy!

Love Nara? Take Back Some Great Nara Souvenirs From These 3 Gift Shops Near Nara Station

Love Nara? Take Back Some Great Nara Souvenirs From These 3 Gift Shops Near Nara Station

Nara is one of Kansai’s most popular destinations for international visitors. Dense with World Heritage sites, including Todaiji Temple, Kofukuji Temple, and Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara is an unblemished window into ancient Japan. These legendary sights are all located around Nara Park, near Nara Station, which connects directly with Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto.

Here we peek into some nearby souvenir shops to help make the most of your shopping in this beautiful and historic city!

5 Best Souvenir Shops Near Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Taisha

5 Best Souvenir Shops Near Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Taisha

Kyoto’s iconic Fushimi Inari Taisha, with its 10,000 eye-catching red torii gates, is one of Japan’s standout Shinto shrines. Arguably Kyoto’s most famous sight, it’s an unmissable addition to any Japan itinerary!

In this article, we’ll explore the surrounding streets and souvenir stores to help find limited-edition and authentic Kyoto products in this profoundly spiritual area!

Kyoto's New Japanese Style Don Quijote in Kawaramachi!

Kyoto's New Japanese Style Don Quijote in Kawaramachi!

To prevent the eraser of Kyoto’s cherished aesthetic, the Don Quijote Shijo Kawaramachi Store, which opened in June 2020 on Kawaramachi-dori Shopping Street, was designed to blend perfectly with the traditional surroundings. Even the interior was carefully crafted to exude a charming Kyoto flair worthy of the ever-elegant city.

Get all the ins and outs of the newest and most unique Don Quijote here!

5 Best Shops for Kyoto Cosmetics and Kyoto Beauty Products

5 Best Shops for Kyoto Cosmetics and Kyoto Beauty Products

Kyoto cosmetics are sought after by beauty gurus around the globe, and for a good reason! Kyoto Bijin, or Kyoto Beauty, is a look exemplified by attention to detail and unblemished skin.

So how does one achieve this angelic look? We tried to unmask the secrets of Kyoto beauty by examining the cosmetics used by the local ladies. After weeks of research, we can finally bring you a list of must-visit Kyoto beauty shops to take the stunning look of Kyoto back home!

Next time you’re in Kansai, don’t wander around like another lost tourist! Get your shopping game on point before your plane even takes off with our comprehensive, tried-and-tested Kansai shopping guides. From Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, and more, all the secrets to shopping in Japan’s central-west are here!

Written by:

Steve Csorgo

Steve Csorgo

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Steve currently lives in Niigata City, two hours north-west of Tokyo. His passions include discovering local sake, dining at interesting restaurants and travelling as much of Japan as possible.

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