Founded in 1831, this is a department store with a history dating back 180 years. Its headquarters is in Osaka and the main store is also within Osaka. Its symbol is a rose, which is widely recognized and loved by many Japanese people as the emblem of the Takashimaya store. The present store in Osaka was built in a renovated building in 1932. The building has survived World War 2 air raids, and the building today reflects that by preserving its appearance from that time, including the stairways, which gives the store a very retro atmosphere. It is really a department store that is representative of the long-lived Takashimaya store.
The fun of shopping
As a long-established department store within Japan, their inventory is top notch. If you're picking a souvenir up for someone, you can easily find a great souvenir here.
The underground basements of department stores in Japan usually sell foods and sweets. Each department store orders something special from Japan, and compete with each other to sell these. There are lunches and local goods exhibitions, as well as time-limited themed fairs that differ in contents. There are gorgeous sweets and colorful confectioneries, carefully selected fruits, and flavorful side dishes which provide tastes of Japan's gourmet food.
Stretch your legs in the annex
If you step away from the Osaka store and go to the main building's east annex you'll find the Takashimaya Museum, where you can see Japanese artists' masterpieces and Noh costumes dating back from the Meiji era. The museum has around 5000 objects such as kimonos, as well as popular art from modern Japan are on display for the public to enjoy. This museum of precious memorabilia is free to enter and look around, so you must stop by if you've got the time for it.
On the subway Midosujisen Yotsubashi lines or Sennichimae line, Namba Station (なんば駅) or Hanshin/Kintetsu's Osaka Namba Station (大阪難波駅) or the Nankai's Osaka Namba Station (大阪難波駅) are all close. The east annex is a bit different, and from the Nankai Electric Railway or Midosuji's Namba station (なんば駅) it is about 10 minutes. From the Nara line or Sakaisuji subway's Nihonbashi Station (日本橋駅) it is about 8 minutes.
Be aware that the department store hours and restaraunts' hours differ from the Takashimaya museum. The department stores run from 10:00 to 20:00, and the "Dining Maison" runs from 11:00 to 23:00. The Takashimaya museum is open from 10:00 to 18:00, and is closed on Sundays/Wednesdays, New Years, and during exhibit changes.
Image Gallery: Takashimaya Osaka Store
Description: Takashimaya Osaka Store
|Sights||Takashimaya Osaka Store (高島屋 大阪店)|
5-1-5 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 06-6631-1101|
|Closed dates||Irregular closed dates|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|
Map: Takashimaya Osaka Store