Nagoya is located in Aichi Prefecture, close to Gifu and easily accessible from Chubu Centrair International Airport. Although in many ways it is a great city with lots of sights and things to do, some might argue that unlike large cities such as Tokyo or Osaka, Nagoya is not very popular for shopping as the number of shopping malls and shopping centers is not as great as in the other cities.
A bright side to Nagoya being less popular, though, is that it is much less crowded than, say, Shibuya, Shinjuku, or Ikebukuro in Tokyo, or Namba or Umeda in Osaka. This means you can feel much more comfortable browsing and moving around. Stores might also have a much better choice of items and are better organized due to the fact that the stores are not overwhelmed by huge numbers of customers. In fact, in some cases, customers are able to find an item they like in a particular store such as Uniqlo or GU in Nagoya only because it is out of stock in Tokyo!
If you visit Nagoya and plan to spend a day on shopping, here are seven great department stores, shopping streets, and shopping outlets to visit for an exciting and satisfying retail experience that will suit you whether you are looking for second-hand items, the latest and quirkiest fashions, or prestigious brands.
As the biggest shopping area in Nagoya, Sakae has a lot to offer shoppers. In the underground mall, located right after you exit Sakae Subway Station, there is a huge range of stores available for children, young people, and old people alike. It is good to go there either with your family or your friends and perfect for a rainy day as everything is located underground! Some good restaurants and cafes are also available on site meaning you can stay there for lunch and dinner as well, if you like.
Kanayama Station is the second biggest station in Nagoya. This station and the area surrounding it is simply stunning with its numerous shops, convenience stores, supermarkets, and restaurants, as well as entertainments like karaoke boxes meaning you can enjoy it in all kinds of weather. Kanayama Station is also close to some great sightseeing spots such as Renraku Bridge, the Nagoya Museum of Fine Arts, and the highly rated Atsuta Jinja Shrine.
Sakae consists of many malls suited for a range of budgets. Some malls are considered to be “upper class” and are therefore more pricey. The items they sell are also of a better quality and sometimes from prestigious brands such as Gucchi, Chanel, Burberry, Dior, and more. You can find some branded stores like Zara or Old Navy on Sakae’s streets. Sakae itself is considered the best spot in Nagoya for shopping and it is easy to spend hours and hours there looking around, eating, and exploring.
It is not unusual for train stations in Japan to be enormous and be home to restaurants, cafes, shops, and even bars. Nago Station is no exception. Inside Nagoya’s main train station where you may have arrived by bullet train, there are three big and famous malls which are worth a visit when you are in the area. These are Meitetsu Department Store featuring major brands, Kintetsu Passe selling women’s fashions, and Takashimaya. Apart from that, there are also many stores and restaurants inside Nagoya Station that you can visit offering a range of products.
This street is a big shopping area and the prices here are considered to be more affordable than some of the other places on this list. You can find many things such as souvenirs and gifts, clothes, 100 yen shops, second-hand shops, and electronics. Street food can also be found all over this street so you can snack while you shop! This place, which is also close to Osu Temple, is a must-visit when you go to Nagoya.
Oasis 21 is located in the underground of the Oasis 21 building. This place is one of the most exciting places to eat at and get together, as there are many restaurants and cafés available as well as a huge range of stores to keep you busy for hours! There is also “Ghibli studio” shop for Studio Ghibli fans, so if you enjoyed Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Spirited Away, or Mary and the Witch’s Flower, be sure to pay the store a visit for some cool merchandise.
In addition, it is also possible to go to the top floors and take great photographs with Nagoya downtown and the Nagoya TV Tower in the background. Definitely visit this spot on a clear day for fun few hours of shopping and great pictures to remember your day out.
Aeon malls can be found everywhere in Japan, Nagoya included. But the biggest Aeon in Nagoya is located in Nagoya Dome Mae. This place is right next to the baseball stadium. Aeon Nagoya Dome Mae features international currency exchange services and tax exemption for foreign visitors, as well as stores featuring beauty care and cosmetics, jewelry, branded products, fashion accessories, and restaurants featuring Japanese cuisine. This friendly store is a great place to spend a day with your friends or family.
With this great selection of places to visit for a full day of shopping in Nagoya city, the dedicated shopaholic would never be bored! Nagoya may not be as big or as famous as other cities in Japan, but no one can argue that it has its own fair share of great shops, cafes, restaurants, shopping streets, and department stores in which you can get lost and find great items for yourself and as well as good souvenirs for loved ones back home. Have a great time eating, shopping, and exploring in Nagoya!