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This museum is a must-visit not only for the connoisseur of good wines but also for anyone who has an interest in this most historical of all beverages. As well as exhibits that show the history and development of wine, this museum also houses a restaurant that allows patrons to sample wines from around the world. And for those who prefer not to drink on an empty stomach, the restaurant also serves French cuisine. If you need a bottle or two of wine to take home, drop in at the wine mart where you will find a huge selection to choose from.
ATC is a sprawling complex by the bay which provides enough shopping and entertainment opportunities to occupy an entire day. The complex is comprised of the International Trade Mart (ITM); ATC Hall which hosts concerts and events; O's, a cluster of restaurants, shops and amusement establishments; the shopping mall colloquially known as Mare; O's Park, where couples can spend some leisurely time by the waterside; and much, much more. Besides the array of attractions, the architecture is notable as well.
Located on the 4th through 6th floors of the ATC Building's ITM wing, this bright, airy shopping mall provides visitors with an enormous selection of famous brand-name stores, for both men and women. This is arguably one of the best places to start when you are searching for new selections for your wardrobe. Hard-to-find imports as well as indigenous brands are all represented. There are also a number of stores with accessories and miscellaneous items.
This is an extremely attractive water-side shopping center located beside the Osaka Aquarium, the Suntory Museum and other attractions that include a Ferris wheel. The inside of the mall is airy and bright, with interesting architecture and a wide variety of miscellaneous shops, clothing outlets and restaurants. Among malls in Osaka, this is certainly one of the better ones, Budget plenty of time (and money) for your visit.
This store-cum-bar boasts of an impressive stock of sake, the Japanese traditional drink. The collection comprises of the finest liquor from different parts of the country, so whether you are an occasional drinker or a connoisseur, you will love the variety it has on offer. Relax over a drink right here, or purchase a bottle and sip it in the ambience of your choice. A new online ordering service is also available.
This store, located in the middle of Den-den Machi, the main area for electrical goods in Osaka, has just about everything you could wish for in the audio/video range of equipment. Although it specializes in portable goods—MD recorders, Walkmans and video recorders, for example—it does also offer larger goods such as video decks and TVs. In addition, Sawada Denki stocks duty-free goods (remember to take your passport) with specifications that conform to North American, European and Asian standards.
Den Den Town is the largest shopping center for electrical and electronic goods in the Kansai region. You can find almost any type of home appliance here, along with components and parts. Your extensive choice includes products from all of Japan's leading manufacturers and even appliances with voltages other than for local use. Duty-free shops are also available for foreign residents and visitors. The main street stretches some 800 meters and is lined on both sides by shops. You might also want to check out the stores selling kitchen equipment and tableware on nearby Doguyasuji Street.
Namba City comprises two of shopping outlets located beneath Namba Station. Make no mistake; it is easy to get lost, not only because of all the labyrinthine hallways but because there are so many stores and restaurants that grab your attention. Most of the stores, however, are not famous brand-name outlets, so you may likely come across some more unusual items and for better prices. Note, too, that the first floor connects to the city hall and to another underground shopping center called Nannan Town.
Nannan Town is one of two shopping malls located beneath Namba Station, the larger of the two being Namba City, to which it connects. This mall, which is usually crowded with throngs of people given its location beneath one of Osaka's busiest stations, has about two dozen shops and restaurants. Neither the shops nor the restaurants are too high-class - which is hardly to say that they are discount, either.
It is a known fact that Osaka is obsessed with food, and so it's no surprise that you find numerous places like Doguya-suji in this vibrant city. Doguya-suji is a street which is wholly devoted to food and makers of food. This unusual shopping street has about 40 shops, selling everything from refrigerators, sinks, furniture, cutlery, and aprons to cash registers. It basically caters to every need of the domestic food maker as well as professionals in the food industry. You can even find plastic food and signboards to jazz up window displays! In case all this shopping for food-related items makes you hungry, have no fear - there are plenty of small eateries around!
Junkudo is located in the spacious, new Y.E.S. Namba Building very near Namba Station. Its main attraction for the English reader is its enormous stock of English books on the third floor, comprehensive and intelligently displayed. There is an impressive range of topics and styles of interest to the general and even the specialist reader. Fiction of all ages and genres dominates, and art, children's stories, literary criticism, TOEFL and sociology are also there in plenty.
This excellent, three-story shopping center located next to Universal Studios Japan. Because of its proximity to Osaka's most prominent tourist attraction, it sees a lot of traffic but can also claim a number of well-known and popular tenants. These include the Hard Rock Cafe, Benetton and Levi's Store. Its entire upper floor is a food court, with some great options for dining. Even if you have no plans to go to Universal Studios Japan, the mall is worth a trip out to this part of the city.