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大須商店街 Osu Shopping District

  • Shopping (Shopping areas)
  • Around Nagoya
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Osu, Naka-ku Nagoya-shi, Aichi, 460-0011, Japan
  • Shopping (Shopping areas)
Date of post:2015/07/23

Interesting Town for Young and Old

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The Osu Shopping District is soon from the downtown Sakae, about 15 min. walk from Sakae, or 1 or 2 stations away from Sakae Sta. or Fushimi Sta. It’s like Akihabara in Tokyo with electrical appliance stores and Otaku culture, or Harajuku with fancy stores for young people, or Koenji with many secondhand clothing stores. There are also a variety of international cuisines and old shopping streets, so this district is mixed up and condensed with traditional culture, youth culture, Otaku culture and a cosmopolitan atmosphere. For its uniqueness and entertainment, the Osu Shopping District always gets a high ranking for foreign travelers.

The town Osu developed as a temple town or an entertainment quarter since the Osu Kannon Temple was relocated here 400 years ago. So first of all, let’s visit the Osu Kannon Temple for a bit. On the 18th and the 28th of every month, many weird items are sold in an antique market in front of the temple, and this is very popular among the foreigners. There are also other temples and shrines scattered throughout the town that you can visit.

Next, let’s enjoy shopping in the 9 shopping arcades. There are a lot of cheap stores that specialize in fashions, secondhand clothing, electronic equipment, cosplay, anime and hobby goods. A 100 Yen Store near the Osu Kannon Temple is popular, too.

In addition, don’t miss to eat some cuisine! Famous examples are, Karaage (fried chickens), Taiyaki (a fish-shaped sweet), Mitarashi Dango (rice dumplings with salty-sweet sauce), or a Pizza which won the 1st place of the world Napoli pizza competition. I would recommend the famous local specialty, Yabaton’s Misokatsu or Syachi-ichi’s curry udon, too.

There are some big festivals you may choose to attend, such as the Osu Setsubun treasure ship parade in February, the World Cosplay Summit in July, the Osu Summer Festival in August, or the Osu Daido-chonin Festival with Oiran (traditional courtesan) parade in October.

Date of post:2015/07/22

Home to several shopping avenues around Osu Kannon Temple

  • City Walking

Tourist Center Address:2-21-47 Osu, Naka-ku, Nagoya-city, AICHI pref.
Japan Category : Temple and Shopping district
Tel.: +81-52-231-6525

1. Outline
The Osu district is a popular area for Nagoya citizens. There are several shopping avenues around Osu Kannon Temple and Bansho-ji Temple, people enjoy wide variety of antique stores, secondhand clothing and computer stores and restaurants. Osu is always crowded, both young and old. Many events are held in the shopping district, such as the Summer Festival, the Parade for the "World Cosplay Summit", and the Street Performers Festival, they are especially popular for younger generations.
Osu Kannon was originally built in 1333 in Hashima-city in Gifu Prefecture. The construction was sponsored by the Emperor Go-Daigo. But because of the repeated floods, the temple was moved to its present location in 1612 by Ieyasu TOKUGAWA. Unfortunately by the air raids on Nagoya in World War Ⅱ in 1945, the temple was destroyed, and it was rebuilt in the 1970s.

2. Entrance Fee
Free of charge for Osu Kannon Temple and shopping district

3. Access
From Nagoya Station, take a Subway Higashiyama line to Fushimi Station, change to Tsurumai line to Osu Kannon Station. Five minutes’ walk from No. 2 Exit.

4. My recommendations
Osu Kannon Temple is important for Nagoya citizens not only New Year Festival but also Obon Summer Festival. I often came to pray from my childhood. And Osu shopping district is very exciting for everyone, for children and adults, even senior people. This place is a must for computer users and lovers. There are many computer shops, parts shops and secondhand shops that we can enjoy shopping and finding anything rare.

5. Best visit time
Always exiting but especially interesting at the time of Summer Festival, the Parade for the "World Cosplay Summit", and the Street Performers Festival. We can enjoy also Sakura cherry blossoms the end of March and the beginning of April.

6. Others
Banshoji Temple was established as the family temple of the Oda clan by Oda Nobuhide, the father of Oda Nobunaga. There is a famous story about Nobunaga. His father died at young, 42 years old, and Funeral was held here in Banshoji. In the funeral, chief mourner, who is the eldest son, was Nobunaga. He came late, he wore very strange clothes, unsuitable figure to funeral. Suddenly he threw the incense to father's memorial tablet in public. This story told us Nobunaga is extraordinary, some people said he is stupid but some people said he is a real genius. I like this story and I often visited Banshoji-ji. I am glad if I have a chance to tell you about Nobunaga.

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