Shopping in Nagoya
Nagoya is one of the best cities outside Tokyo for shopping, particularly for fashion and jewellery. The range available in the city’s department stores is particularly impressive and caters to all tastes and budgets. The underground shopping malls are also great places to pick up a bargain.
The main shopping areas in Nagoya are in Sakae, the busiest and most popular part of the city, and near Nagoya Station. This is where you can find the major department stores and shopping malls. For street-level shopping with a stronger local link, the area around the shopping arcade near Osu Kannon temple offers a nice atmosphere and several small clothes and crafts shops and cafés. Electronics stores can be found around Nagoya Station.
In the precincts of Osu Kannon temple, there’s an eclectic flea market held monthly on the 18th and 28th. This is a great place to pick up second-hand silk kimono and other traditional wares.
There’s a massive Takashimaya department store at the main entrance to JR Nagoya Station, whilst there are Matsuzakaya, Meitetsu and Kintetsu department stores just outside the main entrance. In Sakae, there are more branches of Matsuzakaya as well as Mitsukoshi, Parco, Loft and Lachic department stores. Major international fashion labels have stores in Sakae and in front of Nagoya station. The Osu shopping arcade and the underground malls at Nagoya Station and Sakae are good places to pick up souvenirs.
Standard shopping hours in Nagoya are Monday to Sunday 1000-2000. Some of the major department stores are open from 1100-2100.
Some stores will refund the 8% consumption tax if you spend over ¥5,000. You'll need your passport to claim the refund.