Tenjinbashi – Japan’s longest shopping street

Shop till you literally drop along Japan’s longest shopping street.

A 2.6 km-long shopping street starting at Tenjinbashi, reaching Tenjinbashisuji 7 chome from north to south. It is said to be the longest in Japan, taking about 40 minutes to walk its length located in the Kita ward of Osaka.

Tenjinbashi is one of the first shopping streets in Osaka and it’s different from the fancy malls of Namba and Umeda – here you can shop as the locals do, wander into approximately 600 small shops, exchanging nods with local shopkeepers, exploring what the mostly independently-owned stores have to offer – from used and new items like clothing, appliances, and souvenirs at incredibly cheap price. That’s one of the reasons why it is loved by the locals as a place where they can buy daily items at bargain prices. The street was about to die out several times in its history but thanks to the cooperation of the local stores, it returned to being a lively, fun shopping street.

The opening hours vary depending on the shops and shops are filled with people on weekends and holidays, so it is recommended to visit here on weekdays. People in Osaka tend to walk at a faster pace, so please take care not to bumped into the crowd on the busy street.

Most of the people who come to this shopping street are locals and a variety of events – like festivals and bargain sales are held every month which is why you will find a lot of daily items on sale. Shoes and clothes are sold at reasonable prices here as well – Every summer, a big festival called the Tenjin Matsuri is held at Tenjinbashisuji. An event featuring Gal mikoshi (a portable shrine is carried by women) is held before the Tenjin Matsuri every year and it gathers a lot of attention. They organized auditions and advertised this event every year to select the best women to carry the portable shrine.

In addition, the street also has many cheap restaurants offering delicious food, you can also purchase fresh fish and seafood as well as ready-to-eat street food and sweet snacks.

Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street doesn’t have any parking lots so it is recommended to get to there by public transportation. The Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street starts around Tenjimbashi-suji Rokuchome Station on the Tanimachi and Sakaisuji Subway Lines, runs south and passes by Osaka Tenmangu Shrine before ending around the Tenjinbashi Bridge, so there are several railway stations close to the street: Tenjinbashi-suji Rokucho-me on both the Osaka Municipal Subway and on the Hankyu Railway, Tenman Station on the Osaka Loop line of the JR West, Ogimachi Station and Minamimorimachi Station of the Osaka Municipal Subway, Osaka Tenman Station on the Tozai line of the JR West. Also, available are the Osaka Municipal Bus, Hanshin Dentestu Bus, and Kintetsu.

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