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    Takashimaya: Big department store

    by ChuckG Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Takashimaya Osaka

    Not much different from other Takashimaya but i always find interesting deals when I go there. This one is particularly big and has good food on the first floor.

    One thing special to note is that the building it is in is one of the rare one that survived the bombings of the war alongside the nearby train station.

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    hep5: affordable brands

    by hebaemam Updated Nov 14, 2010
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    its a big department store, that have many of my favorite brands like
    Gap; famous american afordable casual clothes
    disney; disney products
    plaza; every thing you need for a girl, home, office, gifts... very nice shop
    many other women shop are included
    have a red fairy wheel, its entrance is in the 8th floor

    What to buy: gap, i love gap clothes speically at the season sale

    What to pay: around 10-50 dollar

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    department stores: 15 floors of shopping

    by walterwu Updated Jan 1, 2010
    Daimaru Shopping Centre Floor Directory

    Right next to Osaka JR Station is Daimaru Shopping Centre / Hotel Granvia Osaka.

    This Daimaru Shopping Centre starts from B2 and goes all the way up to the 14th floor. Each floor covers specialised products targetted at different age/social groups.

    The lifts/elevators are manned by female staff who repeated her courtesy calls at each floor level that the lift doors opens.

    There are other department stores (eg Hankyu) across the roads which are reported to be equally large. But I didn't visit them to compare/shop.

    What to buy: Virtually everything is sold here.

    What to pay: Expect to pay a little more for the same product sold here compared to smaller stores

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    LoFT: Everything cute and interesting

    by ttqtndct Written Feb 21, 2008

    There are several LoFT department stores in Osaka and, if you love incredibly beautiful office supplies, custom stamps, great Japanese products and all sorts of kitchen gadgets, visit a LoFT. Last visit we spent 6 hours in the Umeda LoFT and had lunch in the Italian restaurant. We ordered a bowl of pasta to share and it was gigantic. I found a high-quality santokou knife with a pink handle! You have to see it to believe it. Highly recommended for all types of American shoppers.

    What to buy: Almost everything!
    Panda ashtrays, Japanese flag mugs, the prettiest chopsticks ever, excellent original artwork postcards...

    What to pay: Varies widely

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    Hanshin Department Store: Find it at Hanshin Department Store

    by freddie18 Updated Jul 11, 2007

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    Hanshin Department Store - Osaka
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    I find this huge department store complete with everything you need and suitable for a tourist. It has all fashion clothes and accessories but the most important tip I have to share is a big space of food items that are freshly cooked. This a big vendor space, so if you feel like taking packed lunch and dinner, this is the place to be. There are also spaces where you can sit as restaurants are available within the department store.

    What to buy: We bought our lunch and dinner in this department store - food section. A wide variety of Japanese, Chinese and Korean dishes are available. Prices are affordable/reasonable.

    What to pay: 1000 Yen dinner for 2

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    • Food and Dining
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    Yodobashi-Umeda: everyThing eLectronics into ONE building

    by mkim Written May 8, 2006

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    historicaL snapshot of me @ Yodobashi Umeda

    Yodobashi Camera used 2 B 1 of the handfuL of Electronics Stores (like BiGu Camera, Sakuraya, etc) which consist of a small (usually 5-stories) building scattered across conjested sections of Japanese cities .
    @ the dawn of the MiLLennium they put a FuLL-VoLume building, the size of a major department store in the Northern hub of Osaka .
    now I C no reason 2 yonder 2 Den Den Town the once-renouned ELectronics District of Osaka which is way- down @ the South Roads .

    What to buy: everyThing ELectronic including computers, TV, household items
    but also a full array of office supplies, health cosmetics and a restaurant floor atop .

    What to pay: for travelers from abroad I highly recommend computer and multimedia accessories which R so unique & cute, and can B easily bought even in high-Yen currencies .

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    HEP5: THE young mecca of Osaka

    by mkim Updated May 8, 2006

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    giant Ferris wheel overlooking the city
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    U know you've stepped into another world when greeted by this enormous red whale at THE "hip" shopping center of all Japan : HEP FIVE .
    HEP stands for "Hankyu Entertainment Park" and thus my "favourite" shopping mecca in Osaka, the 2nd largest city in Japan . (in Tokyo my favourite would be La Fore, THE most trendy department store for the Young)

    also in "cramped" MetroPoLis in Japan U have no place left 2 go but up,
    so the Ferris WheeL atop the building is the city's uLtimate Dating Course .

    What to buy: centering on clothes & accessories,
    bulk of shops R for mid-sized slim Japanese ladies from late teens to the twenties . it WOULDN'T B and overstatement 2 say the whole building follows ONE trend .

    What to pay: independent stores form this popuLar building
    so the price is average 2 mid-high .

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    Mio Building: Shopping In Tennoji, Part Two

    by nickinosaka Written Sep 22, 2005

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    Those with an interest in Japanese women's fashion, and designer clothes in general, absolutely must see the Mio building next to Tennoji station. I went in looking for an ink pad for my hanko, the stamp they use for signing documents, but I didn't find it. What I did find was eleven, yes, eleven floors of high-end women's clothing boutiques.

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    department stores: Yodobashi-Umeda

    by vincentf Written Aug 3, 2005

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    Yodobashi-Umeda

    A huge department store catering to electronics. However, on the 7th floor, there's a floor catering to delicate desserts aptly named Sweets Museum. The chic boutique, Comme Ca store is located from the ground to the 6th floor attached to the multi-storied Yodobasho electronics store.

    Normal opening hours 9:30am to 9:00pm.

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    I dont remember: ever see the fruit in Japan?

    by shadowmon Written Feb 12, 2003

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    usually the bottom floor of a large japanese department store is for food. at least the produce. that bottom floor usually opens into the subway if the subway runs near the area. The fruit there is huge. My travel mate brought an apple the size of a US Grapefruit.

    What to buy: I like the 8 floor department stores. The have everything. Like the japanese version of a super walmart / samsclub in one palce

    What to pay: I think the apple cost 3 dollars us (Back in the day) It was enough to feed for 2 meals though

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    HEP 5: WHERE TO BUY THE LATEST FASHIONS

    by heywinks Updated Dec 6, 2002

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    Not really a department store but a huge plaza/mall with about 6 floors of fashion (men & women & children). I can`t seem to find out if there is a specific theme to each floor or not. There are many different kinds of fashion styles here, from conversative to flashy to trendsetting to on the edge.
    This is a great place to browse & buy. There is also a Snoopy Store & Disney Store. There`s a Gap Store here as well.
    On the top floor is the restaurant level & also the entrance to the big red ferris wheel.

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    department stores: Hankyu Department Store

    by vincentf Updated Aug 19, 2005

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    Hankyu Department Store

    A huge department store selling everything from chic clothes to scrumptious chocolates. I admire the foo market on the bottom two floors.

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