Nagoya Shopping and Dining
The Nagoya Station, Sakae and Osu areas are some of Central Japan’s best places for shopping and dining. Each of these compact areas is conveniently located in downtown Nagoya and offers easy access. Visitors can tour around each of these areas to their heart’s content without worrying about travel time.
Nagoya Station Area
A Metropolitan Area where Skyscrapers and Shopping Centers Line the Streets
As a major hub of transportation for Central Japan, the Nagoya Station area features impressive skyscrapers, such as Midland Square and the JR Central Towers, in the midst of a large number of department stores, electronic goods outlets and other shops. One of Japan’s largest underground malls sprawls outwards in all directions—including a massive dining and shopping area where you can find anything you’re looking for. Here you can enjoy a wide variety of Nagoya-meshi (local Nagoya foods) such as tebasaki (deep-fried chicken wings) and miso-katsu (breaded pork cutlet with a dark miso sauce), not to mention the izakaya (Japanese-style bars serving food). From the observation areas of the skyscrapers, you can marvel at the glistening cityscape of Nagoya after dark, or visit one of the local bars to enjoy the nightlife.
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The Foot of a 6.1 Meter-High (20 feet) Woman—The Ideal Meeting Place?
Yes, it sounds strange, but the “Nana-chan” statue at Nagoya station is a well-known place to meet up with friends, coworkers and even your date for the evening. The Nana-chan statue was erected in front of a department store in 1973, directly straddling the promenade, to commemorate the store’s first year of business. At 6.1 meters (20 feet) and 600 kilograms (1,322 pounds), this huge statue can be easily seen from a distance, easily attracting attention. Passersby can enjoy seeing how the statue is “dressed” with various clothes to suit each season.
Central Japan’s Bustling Downtown Area—Full of Lively Fun from Morning to Night!
Sakae is a commercial district located in the heart of Nagoya. This area is considered one of the leading districts for brand-name merchandise in Japan, featuring Japan’s oldest department store, Matsuzakaya, as well as luxury brand stores. Visitors can enjoy riding up TV Tower, one of the well-known features of Nagoya, for a fantastic view of the metropolitan center, and visit the many restaurants and shops in the Oasis 21 area, which also houses a large bus terminal and features a multi-leveled park on the ground floor. Oasis 21 is a famous landmark of Nagoya that features beautiful lighting at night and a gigantic pool of water on the uppermost level that makes you feel as if you were walking on air—truly a mystical and romantic sight to see. Of course, the Sakae district also features a wealth of izakaya and nightclubs for visitors to explore and enjoy the nightlife that Nagoya has to offer.
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Nagoya’s “Morning” Service: It’s Not Just about the Coffee
Order a coffee or other drink at nearly any café in the Nagoya area before 11 am, and you might be surprised to get a thick slice of toast, a boiled egg, a small salad or cup of sliced fruit along with your order, at either a small charge or for free. Before you say “I didn’t order this!”, you should know that this tradition, typically just called “morning,” is available in most cafés in the Nagoya area, especially the smaller and cozier ones. So next time you’re in a café in Nagoya, say “morning” and enjoy a little breakfast with your coffee!
Osu Shopping Arcade
A Shopping District with a Unique Atmosphere, where the Old Meets the New
The shopping arcade of Osu has flourished alongside the Monzen-machi area, which is an urban area that developed around the Osu temple (Osu-Kannon). There are now over 1,200 shops and restaurants in this lively area, which is said to be one of the most dynamic shopping districts in all of Japan. Osu is an area that melds both the traditional culture of Japan with the culture of today’s youth and influences from abroad, to create an atmosphere that’s completely distinctive. The area is popular with people of all generations and nationalities, with a jam-packed grab-bag of restaurants, popular culture including manga and anime, used clothing, furniture, kimonos and more. There are a number of highly original foods to delight the palate that made their start here, including Japanese confections, sandwiches and more.
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The Cosplay Summit… in Osu!
Osu has come to be known as the “holy land” amongst fans in the world of comics, anime and costumes for “cosplay” (costume play, or dressing up in costumes based on favorite characters from anime or manga), ever since a major event called the “World Cosplay Summit” was held in 2002 to decide on the world champion cosplayer. Cosplayers from around the world gather here in the Osu shopping arcade every summer for the world summit and stage a fun-filled parade.