No matter whether you are looking for some souvenirs or brand clothing, a second-hand bargain or an anime figurine, Nagoya (Japan) has a great shopping opportunity for everyone.
And even if you just want to browse and see what different Japanese shops have to offer, in Nagoya your options are plentiful.
In this guide, I will describe the best areas for shopping in Nagoya, as well as the best Nagoya shopping malls and department stores in each area for different shopping needs. Nagoya might just be the best place for shopping in Japan.
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Nagoya Station Shopping
Many tourists stay around Nagoya Station, it is the most convenient place to stay in Nagoya because of its good public transport connections but also plentiful food and shopping opportunities.
Takashimaya Department Store
You can start browsing right inside Nagoya Station at the Takashimaya Department Store. A 13-story high store on the east side of the station.
Here you will find the following:
1st floor: Fashion jewelry, of mostly Japanese brands as well as woman’s cosmetics. Have a look around. The helpful staff will let you try on any item you are interested in.
1st – 2nd floor below ground: Food section including freshly prepared food to take home, a supermarket, cakes, and desserts. This is a real paradise for every foodie, don’t miss it.
2nd – 3rd floor: Foreign brands like Chanel and Louis Vuitton.
4th – 6th floor: Ladie’s wear including clothing, shoes, handbags, and cosmetics.
7th floor: Men’s wear.
8th floor: Men’s wear, Golf wear as well as Babie’s and Children’s wear and toys.
9th floor: Items for your home, as well as the gift section where you can buy gift vouchers but also order gifts from a catalog. This is something mostly the older generation of Japanese people do for guests of weddings and funerals.
10th floor: Special exhibition floor for jewelry, watches, and art.
11th floor: Traditional Japanese items such as Kimono, arts, and handicrafts.
12th – 13th floor: Towers Plaza Restaurant Street, with Japanese but also international cuisine.
Tokyu Hands Nagoya
At Takashimaya, you will also find the biggest Tokyu Hands in Nagoya. It stretches from the 5th to the 11th floor. Tokyu Hands Nagoya sells stationery, health and beauty items, bath and toiletries, interior, bags, crafts, tools, and materials, as well as mobile phone accessories. It calls itself a ‘Creative Life Store’ and that’s really what it is.
The JR Gate Tower, which Takashimaya is also a part of, you will find the best sorted Uniqlo in Nagoya.
Uniqlo is a Japanese clothing brand selling cheap basics such as functional underwear, tops, trousers, and other casual clothing items. The quality is amazing, but the price is cheap.
If you are looking for a great down jacket for autumn or spring get an Ultralight Down Jacket at Uniqlo Nagoya Station.
Meitetsu Department Store
Meitetsu Department Store is also part of Nagoya Station. However not the part where the bullet trains depart and arrive. It is located on top of the Meitetsu Nagoya Station, a private train company connecting Nagoya with cities in close vicinity as well as Nagoya Airport.
At the Meitetsu Department Store, you will find mainly the same items as in Takashimaya or other Nagoya department stores.
Meitetsu Department Store is split into two different buildings, one called the main building or ‘Honkan’ the other the men’s building or ‘Menzukan’. With the main building specialized in women’s items, and the men’s building in men’s items.
The main building has a total of 13 floors offering all kinds of items such as food, cosmetics, jewelry, clothing, bags, shoes, Kimono, household goods, and art. Restaurants can be found on the 9th floor.
The Men’s building has only 7 floors with the Meitetsu Grand Hotel located on the floors above. Aside from men’s items such as clothing, shoes, bags, and business items, you will find outdoor and sports items, but also a MUJI and a LOFT two famous chain shops. Both offering small household items and stationery not unlike Tokyu Hands.
A famous landmark of Nagoya, the Nana-chan doll is located right in front of the Meitetsu Men’s Building. The doll changes its clothing depending on the season and is a favorite meeting and photo spot.
Kintetsu Pass’e located between the two Meitetsu Department Stores is the shopping mall on top of Kintetsu Nagoya Station.
It’s the place to go if you are looking for Japanese young ladies’ fashion. Around 70 shops from ‘Shibuya Gal’ to ‘Harajuku Girly’ offer clothing and accessories.
The underground level sells prepared Nagoya specialties and popular Nagoya sweets.
Midland Square is the tallest building in Nagoya and has the highest outdoor observation deck in the Tokai area. The tower has 47 floors high, with mostly office space.
From the 1st to the 4th floor, you will find not only world-famous brands such as Cartier, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and LOEWE but also restaurants and other boutique shops catering to the adult taste.
Don’t forget to visit the Sky Promenade observation deck on the top floor for an unforgettable view of Nagoya. It is especially impressive during sunset and at night.
Underground Shopping Streets
On both sides of Nagoya Station, you will find multiple Nagoya underground shopping streets. West of Nagoya Station you will find Esca Underground Shopping Street which is your best bet for authentic Nagoya-style food such as Misokatsu Yabaton serving Miso Katsu, Yamamotoya serving Miso Nikomi Udon, Hitsumabushi Ino serving Hitsumabushi and more.
East of Nagoya Station is a network of different underground shopping malls. They are respectively called Gate Walk, Unimall, Sun Road, and Meichika. It isn’t important to know which place is which since they are all connected and seamlessly change from one to the next.
Underground shopping malls are great for rainy days since you do not even have to get outside to go from shop to shop. The shops in underground shopping malls are however comparatively small. Products for sale are usually a variety of shoes, clothing, bags, and accessories. The occasional cafe, restaurant or food stall can be found in between shops.
There is no better place to buy Nagoya souvenirs than Nagoya station. That is however if you want to buy sweets and snacks as souvenirs for your family.
Traditionally when Japanese people visit another city or country they will buy some delicious local foods to take home for their family, friends, and co-workers.
At Grand Kiosk in Nagoya Station, you can find Ebi Senbei (shrimp rice crackers), Uiro (a traditional Japanese sweet made from rice flour, sugar and water), sweets in the form of Nagoya’s symbol the Kinshachi, as well as sets to prepare the local specialties such as Miso Nikomi Udon (Udon noodles stewed in a Miso soup), Kishimen (flat and broad Udon noodles in a hot broth), and even Tebasaki (chicken wings) at home.
If you are looking for Japanese electronics you will find anything from cameras to Japanese toilet seats at Bic Camera. The biggest Bic Camera store in Nagoya is located on the west side of Nagoya Station.
If you buy items for more than 5000 yen (50 USD) you can get a tax refund. You can save a lot of money by getting a refund, don’t forget about it.
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On the 5th floor, you will find Seria a well-sorted 100 yen shop in Nagoya. If you are looking for very cheap souvenirs, for example, chopsticks, cute Japanese dishes, or stationary this Nagoya 100 yen shop is the place to go.
The downtown area of Nagoya is Sakae. It is not only the nightlife district with countless bars, restaurants, Karaoke bars, Pachinko halls, and girls bars but also the shopping district of Nagoya.
Here you will find multiple department stores and shopping malls.
Mitsukoshi Department Store
Mitsukoshi is an international department store with headquarters in Tokyo and shops all around Japan and can be even found in Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Korea, and Europe.
The Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nagoya is like most department stores in Japan. Selling food on the below-ground level, cosmetics, and jewelry as well as other accessories on the first floor. The higher-level floors are for lady’s, men’s and children’s items. You can also find restaurants on the restaurant floor (9F).
The symbol of Mitsukoshi is the lion statue at the entrance. You will find it in front of every Mitsukoshi store.
Matsuzakaya Department Store
Matsuzakaya can be considered the oldest department store in Japan. It started out in Nagoya in 1611 as a wholesaler of silk Kimono and Japanese lacquerware. Since 1910 Matsuzakaya can be considered a department store in the modern sense.
You will find the same kinds of items as at any other department store in Japan. I love exploring the extensive underground food floor with confectionary, a supermarket, and prepared foods to take home.
Lachic is a fashion mall with around 160 shops. You will find anything from boutiques to confectionaries and restaurants.
This shopping mall has more than 50 shops that offer duty-free shopping to foreigners. Make sure to bring your passport and ask at the different stores if tax-free shopping is available.
Some of the highly-rated restaurants at Lachic are BINCHO a famous Hitsumabushi restaurant and Miya Kishimen, a Kishimen shop.
A famous landmark with its 42 meters wide Ferries Wheel, Sunshine Sakae is a shopping and entertainment complex.
Aside from shopping at various not so cheap shops, here you will also find a Pachinko parlor, a stage where idol groups perform regularly, various restaurants and cafes and even a Ramen museum.
Of course, the highlight is a ride in the Ferries Wheel called Sky Boat. A ride costs around 500 yen and takes 15 minutes. It is especially beautiful to see the skyline of central Nagoya at night but you can ride from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Parco is a fashion mall in the Sakae district. With a west, east, and south building it is quite a big complex. These 11, 8, and 10-floor tall buildings offer restaurants, a cinema, and a hotel on the top floors as well as fashion shops from the below-ground floor up.
The 114-meter tall 23-floor building called Nadya Park is an icon of Nagoya, not only architecturally but also as a place for business and shopping.
Visit LOFT for any lifestyle items like stickers, face mask, and bento boxes (which all make for great souvenirs and presents to friends and family), check out one of the many fashion and specialty outlets and relax from your shopping escapades at one of the fashionable restaurants and cafes.
Stretching out in three directions from the so-called Crystal Square is Sakaechika the underground shopping street of Sakae. This network of streets connected with Sakae Station is a great place not only for shopping, with a variety of shops for fashion, as well as restaurants and cafes, but also the best way to get from the station to your destination without crossing countless traffic lights or getting wet on rainy days.
Don Quijote or ‘Donki’ for short is a discount shop found everywhere in Japan. Selling everything from groceries to clothing, electronics, appliances and much more it is the most convenient store to go when you want to buy something on the cheap.
It is also the top place to shop at night as most stores are open until 3 or 5 a.m. some even have 24-hour service.
Osu Shopping Streets
The Osu shopping arcade south of Sakae is also an amazing place for the best shopping in Nagoya. This Nagoya shopping street is the place to go if you like:
- second-hand items
- Manga, Anime, Otaku
- computer and games
Komehyo has multiple shops around Osu and more in other parts of the city. They are specialized in second-hand goods from clothing (which they sell by weight) to brand items and musical instruments.
If you are looking for a second-hand Kimono as a souvenir you will find a cheap one at the special Komehyo store specialized in Kimono.
The main store in Nagoya is also located in Osu, with 7 floors selling ladies and men’s clothing, jewelry, branded bags, and accessories as well as watches. Komehyo is really the best second-hand shop in Nagoya.
In Osu you will find two Ameyoko Buildings, the First Ameyoko Building sells electronics, computers, audio systems, headphones, cameras but also cosplay items, cosmetics, clothes, and glasses.
At the Second Ameyoko Building, you will find hobby items, craft supplies, nail art, and medical supplies.
If any of this is of interest to you visit the Ameyoko Buildings in Nagoya.
On the 18th and 28th of each month, an antique market is held at Osu Kannon Temple. Here you will find among other items Kimono, kitchenware, and simply lots of very old items you simply wouldn’t know whether they are trash or treasure.
Even if you don’t plan on shopping here, just having a look at the wares and also the sellers is a lot of fun.
If you enjoy antique, handicraft or food markets check out this post with a full list of such markets in Nagoya.
Shopping Around Nagoya
While lots of shopping is concentrated around Nagoya Train Station, Sakae, and Osu you can find great shopping opportunities also in other parts of the city, or a short train ride from the city.
Here are some other recommendations.
Aeon Mall Nagoya Dome Mae
Aeon Malls can be found all over Japan. The biggest one in Nagoya is Aeon Mall Nagoya Dome Mae in front of the baseball station of Nagoya called Nagoya Dome.
You can easily spend a whole day at this Nagoya shopping center, with countless shops, restaurants and often other entertainment like a cinema, and small game arcades.
As a tourist you will find many shops offering tax-free shopping, there is also a currency exchange and multiple ATMs. Everything to make shopping as easy as possible.
Other big Aeon Malls around Nagoya are Aeon Mall Atsuta close to Kanayama Station and Atsuta Jingu, and Aeon Tokoname which is close to Nagoya Airport and even has a free shuttle connecting the two. The one at the airport is perfect if you spend a night close to Nagoya Airport.
Mitsui Outlet Shopping Mall
The biggest Nagoya outlet shopping mall is Nagashima Outlet, south of the city. This Nagoya shopping outlet is part of the Nagashima Resort which also features an amusement park, hot spring facilities and a flower garden with the most impressive winter illuminations called Nabana No Sato.
I enjoy visiting Nagashima Outlet because it has many Japanese as well as international brands. Even on weekends, it is usually not too crowded and great for a half-day shopping trip.
Nagoya Airport Shopping
Your last chance for some shopping will probably be Nagoya Airport. If you are looking for some last-minute sweets or snacks as a souvenir to take home you will find it at one of the many souvenir shops at the airport without a problem.
If you want to buy brand items tax-free, Nagoya Airport shops such as Chanel, BVLGARI, Hermes, and Tiffany&Co are your best choice. You will also find more of the Japanese lifestyle shops such as MUJI or your last chance to buy some basic clothing items at Uniqlo.
A Hello Kitty store and Pokemon store are also present at Nagoya Airport.
My recommendation is: come with plenty of time before your flight and have a look around before and also after you pass through passport control.
Final Thoughts on Shopping in Nagoya
If all of these options aren’t enough for you I am not sure how to satiate your hunger for shopping. Shopping is not the only fun thing to do in Nagoya, there are many more activities in Nagoya worth checking out.
For more information on travel in Nagoya check out the Nagoya Travel Guide.
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In love with Japan and its amazing food, Lena wants to share her passion with the world. That’s why she started Nagoya Foodie. To teach about Nagoya, her adoptive home online through blog posts and offline through unique food tours.