Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai: Things to Do in Osaka
Located in Kita Ward, Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai is supposed to be the longest covered shopping arcade in Japan. We walked over after exploring Nakazakicho on a Wednesday afternoon, before continuing on to Toyo Sushi for our third meal out of five that day.
The shopping street lived up to its fame of being the longest shopping arcade in Japan, as we could not see the end of the street lined with shops and restaurants, but most shops here didn’t pique our interest. We also took a detour shortly before reaching the end to take the train at Temma Station to get to Toyo Sushi, so we didn’t get to see everything. Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai was crowded, and with shoppers slowing their pace to look at store displays, we were often caught in traffic congestion.
There were multiple types of shops, businesses, and restaurants lining the street. Note that the popular Harukoma Sushi is located here. What I found interesting were the crowded stores that sold apparel and other items at ridiculously low prices with merchandise reminiscent of low quality products sold in the alleyways of Downtown LA’s garment district. There were quite a few of these stores and they seemed very popular, but I don’t think I would shop there due to quality issues.
I’m not sure if it’s because we didn’t have time to check out all the side alleys of the shotengai, but I didn’t enjoy this market as much as the Nishiki Market in Kyoto, which had more food shops that are more aligned with my interests. But if I had more time and stomach space, I would have wanted to explore the shopping street more and check out the food stalls and restaurants we sadly had to pass by. Also, if you’re interested in drugstore shopping, there was a large drugstore on the right hand side if walking towards Temma Station (maybe called Sundrug?), that seemed to have both very competitive prices and a large selection of cosmetic and skin care products, and without the huge crowds at other drugstores.