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Dotonbori: Things to Do in Osaka

Dotonbori: Things to Do in Osaka

Dotonbori: Things to Do in Osaka Located in the Namba district of Chuo ward along the canal, Dotonbori is one the most popular and touristy destinations in Osaka. You’ll know when you get there by the huge neon signs, throngs of people, many shops, and restaurants with comical signs and displays on top. Tourists flock over here for the famous street food (takoyaki, okonomiyaki, oden, etc.), shopping, and of course, posing in front of the Glico Man sign. We visited…

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Shopping in Osaka: Tax-Free Shopping and VAT Refund

Shopping in Osaka: Tax-Free Shopping and VAT Refund

Shopping in Osaka: Tax-Free Shopping and VAT Refund With each country having its own requirements and guidelines for receiving VAT refund, it could be confusing and daunting to shop tax-free while traveling. Japan, fortunately, has made it very easy for visitors to shop tax-free. In Japan, 8% consumption tax is applied to all products/items. Depending on the store, you may receive anywhere from 6.8 to 8% VAT refund or tax-free shopping. Read on to find out how to qualify for tax-free…

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Shopping in Osaka: Drugstore Shopping for Skincare Products!

Shopping in Osaka: Drugstore Shopping for Skincare Products!

Drugstore Shopping in Osaka and My Purchase Similar to Paris, the drugstore or pharmacy in Japan sells so much more than just medications and medical supplies. It’s home to many Japanese skin care and makeup products, and women (and men) from different countries go all out shopping at the drugstore. I, too, dragged my poor husband along to a random drugstore nearby our hotel at the recommendation of his younger female cousins, and shopped for well over an hour until…

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Shopping in Osaka: Where I Shopped and What I Purchased

Shopping in Osaka: Where I Shopped and What I Purchased

Shopping in Osaka: Where to Shop and What I Bought Since I only had two days in Osaka and most of my time was spent on getting to eateries, I couldn’t shop nearly as much as I wanted to and walked past many shops and department stores. There are hundreds of opportunities to shop in and around Osaka, including the infamously crowded Dotonbori/Shinsaibashi area, but if you’re not into the mayhem and chaos of the crowd like I, then I…

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Grand Front Osaka/Lucua/Osaka Station: Things to Do in Osaka

Grand Front Osaka/Lucua/Osaka Station: Things to Do in Osaka

Grand Front Osaka/Lucua/Osaka Station: Things to Do in Osaka Osaka Station is one of the largest train/subway stations I have ever been to, and it serves more purposes than just as a hub for transportation. Besides shopping and dining, Osaka Station also offers a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. While we were visiting, there was a free exhibit for “Flower Art Museum” where people could walk around live flower arrangements or sit on a bench…

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Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai: Things to Do in Osaka

Tenjinbajisuji Shotengai: Things to Do in Osaka

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,…

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Orange Street (Horie Tachibana): Places to Visit in Osaka

Orange Street (Horie Tachibana): Places to Visit in Osaka

Orange Street (Horie Tachibana): Places to Visit in Osaka Also known as Horie Tachibana, Orange Street is a trendy street in Kitahorie that is lined with all kinds of cafes and shops. We happened to come on the Full Moon Festival Day, so the streets seemed very quiet and empty, which I enjoyed. There was a variety of shops ranging from furniture and home décor to apparel that represent different types of fashion. The cafes and bars were also interesting,…

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How to Claim VAT Refund from Shopping in Paris

How to Claim VAT Refund from Shopping in Paris

How to Shop Tax Free in Paris: One of the advantages of making purchases while traveling internationally is receiving VAT refund. VAT stands for value-added tax, which is an amount already added to the price of the goods you purchase. Not all countries offer VAT refunds and requirements in receiving VAT refunds vary by country. In France, the standard VAT rate is 20%, and it varies for different products, i.e. 10% on pharmacy goods. For purchases made in Paris, the…

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Champs-Élysées–Things to Do in Paris

Champs-Élysées–Things to Do in Paris

Champs-Élysées: 8th arrondissement from Place de la Concorde to Place Charles de Gaulle (Arc de Triomphe); https://en.parisinfo.com/transport/73130/Avenue-des-Champs-Elysees As one of the most famous streets in the world, Champs-Élysées is a broad avenue lined with trees, numerous retails shops, restaurants, gardens, monuments, and theaters. Before the avenue became what it is now, it once housed fields and gardens. You can read about the history here. The avenue is also well-known for many events such as the military parade on Bastille Day,…

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Le Marais District–Things to Do in Paris

Le Marais District–Things to Do in Paris

Le Marais District: Spread across parts of 3rd and 4th arrondissements, Le Marais (aka, the Swamp), was one of our favorite places to hang out, dine, and shop in. Compared to some other districts of Paris, Le Marais still possesses the old Paris charm and character with cobblestone streets, small alleyways, and historic buildings, while having great shopping, cafes, restaurants, and bars. Le Marais used to be home to the aristocrats in the 17th and 18th centuries, but became a…

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