Shopping in Nagoya | Shops in Sakae & Osu + Noritake Craft Center Tours

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Downtown Nagoya is loaded with trendy shops, shopping malls and quirky merchandise. The best thing about shopping in Nagoya is that most hot spots and can’t-miss stores are located in city center within walking distance of one another. Visitors looking forward to a grand shopping spree will be pleasantly surprised to find top shopping spots in Osu Shopping District and neighboring Sakae. Just 15 minutes away, Noritake Museum and Craft Center deserves a shopping day of its own.

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Osu Shopping District

Osu Shopping District in Nagoya’s downtown district incorporates more than 1,200 shops dedicated to fashion, gadgetry and all sorts of anime and manga. The secondhand shops and antique stores in Osu Shopping District also account for an ever-flowing river of shoppers day in and day out. Osu Shopping District, the main thoroughfare for the district, is located in the center of Naka Ward between Osukan-Non Station and Kamimaezu Station.


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Sakae Shopping District

Sakae is one of the most famous shopping districts in Nagoya. The busiest shopping spots run adjacent to Hisaya Odori Park, from Yabacho Station to Sakae Station. In addition to high-end retail stores, electronics shops and upscale restaurants, Sakae also offers a sweet view of Nagoya TV Tower and is just a short walk from Osu Shopping District.

Can’t-miss shops & department stores in Sakae

  • Sunshine Sakae & Big-Sky Ferris wheel – A Sakae mainstay and worth a mention on its own, Sunshine Sakae is one of Nagoya’s most popular malls and landmarks. The shopping center is easily recognizable: it sits in Nagoya city center and has a giant Ferris wheel attached to the side. The Ferris wheel isn’t just for show, either! Visitors can take a 15-minute ride and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of downtown Nagoya. While riding Big-Sky Ferris wheel is a main reason for visiting Sunshine Sakae, this lively mall has way more going for it. Shoppers will find upscale boutiques, international restaurants, salons, karaoke rooms and even a pachinko parlor. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
  • MITSUKOSHI Nagoya Sakae Store – it’s impossible to take a quick browse through MITSUKOSHI Nagoya Sakae Store as this top department store features everything from a massive food hall to a children’s playground. One of the most popular floors in MITSUKOSHI Nagoya Sakae Store is the basement food hall, where visitors can find a dizzying array of Japanese foods, desserts and specialty foods. Other floors feature jewelry stores, home furnishings, fashion and accessories boutiques and cafés and restaurants. Visitors needing a breather will love the beer garden on the 10th floor. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
  • Oasis 21 – for an out-of-this-world shopping experience, shoppers should not pass on a trip to Oasis 21. This shopping mall is designed like a rocket ship and features a “floating” water and glass ceiling that you just need to see to believe. Besides its groovy design, shoppers love Oasis 21 for its choice of international shops, restaurants and activities. Plus, it’s conveniently connected to Sakae Station. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.


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Noritake Museum and Craft Center (Noritake Square Nagoya)

Tourists will want to schedule an entire morning or afternoon into a Nagoya itinerary for a visit to Noritake Museum and Craft Center. Since 1904, the Noritake name has been associated with some of the finest pottery and bone china in the world. Visitors are invited to trace the history of the Noritake legacy and get close-up views of historic and contemporary pieces. While Noritake Museum and Craft Center is the main draw to this attraction, visitors also will want to wander the museum grounds and check out the surrounding area, known as Noritake Square Nagoya. The surroundings contain Noritake Garden, Noritake no Mori Gallery and the Noritake Co. manufacturing building, as well as small parks, local boutiques, coffee shops and Nissue Shrine. Noritake Museum and Craft Center is a 10-minute walk from Nagoya Station.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
Admission: 500 JPY (5 USD) for adults and 300 JPY (3 USD) for seniors (65+); children high school age and younger enter for free


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