Vintage finds, otaku goods and Japan's best brands can all be found in Nagoya's shopping districts
Nagoya's shopping areas satisfy everyone's needs — quirky vintage shops for those looking for a unique find, shops filled with anime goods for those interested in otaku culture, and new state of the art shopping centers to satisfy those looking for the newest trends and luxury goods.
Sakae shopping area
If you're looking for trendy shops catering to the young and hip, look no further than Sakae , Nagoya's main shopping and entertainment district located in the area from Sakae Station to Yabacho Station. Here you'll find such department stores as Mitsukoshi and Lashic, popular with locals for their unique fashion and interior design goods.
The Hisaya Odori Street area in Sakae has many shopping options, like Joseph the Store, one of Japan's only outposts of the chic London-based clothing label. Village Vanguard is a unique shop selling books, records and quirky tchotchkes. This area is also known for its hip cafes, perfect for an afternoon of people watching.
Angel Park, which stretches from Yabacho to Sakae Station, offers a grand view of Nagoya's Television Tower. The nearby Sunshine Sakae mall is known for its Ferris wheel that stands 52 meters high.
Osu shopping area
The Osu shopping area, located directly south of Sakae, is a vibrant area surrounding the famous Osu Kannon temple . Here you'll find shops catering to Japan's otaku culture, as well as some of the country's first maid cafes and vintage stores. To the east of Osu Kannon, you'll find a trio of streets packed with small quirky shops: Monzenmachi Dori, Uramonzenmachi Dori and Kitashintenchi Dori. A flea market is held at the temple on the 18th and 28th of every month, drawing a motley crew of treasure hunters.
If you're looking for an afternoon snack like none other, don't miss M's Melody, where staff members dressed in maid costumes greet customers by saying “Welcome home, master.” Afterward, stop by the Daiichi Ameyoko Building, which carries an extensive selection of computer-related electronics.
Those looking for bargains shouldn't miss Komehyo, a large store with a variety of used goods, from name brand bags and vintage clothing to musical instruments.
Meieki shopping area
Find Nagoya's newest shops in the Meieki neighborhood. The modern shopping complex Midland Square features a large movie theater and high-quality restaurants as well as many luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Loewe and Chloe.
JR Central Towers is directly connected to JR Nagoya station . Here, hotels, restaurants and offices are brought together in one giant center that acts as an urban hub. Here you can find Takashimaya, a department store with trendy brands as well as a large scale bookstore and record shop.
Nagoya Lucent Tower has an array of restaurants featuring both local and international cuisine. All of these towers have scenic observation decks that offer panoramic views of the city.