Great Deals and Character Goods: Explore Some of Osaka's Variety Stores



Great Deals and Character Goods:
Explore Some of Osaka's Variety Stores


In addition to famous temples, shrines, and other cultural sights, the variety stores of Japan are also great places to visit. In this article, we'll show you some of the great options located in the southern part of the city of Osaka. First, we'll introduce Flying Tiger Copenhagen which came to Japan from Northern Europe. Then we'll swing by the Japanese stores Asoko and CRAFTHOLIC, Aranzi Aronzo.

Fashionable everyday items that won't blow your budget 

Flying Tiger Copenhagen

Looking to bring some more color into your everyday life? Flying Tiger Copenhagen's America-mura Store carries everything from kitchen goods to children's toys. The designs are chic and the prices, affordable. This is also a great place to stop for some fun seasonal items! 
The outside of Flying Tiger Copenhagen's America-mura Store in Osaka
Located close to Triangle Park, this was the first Flying Tiger Copenhagen to come to Japan. The seasonal goods section is waiting for you right by the entrance.
There are plenty of colorful goods inside  Flying Tiger Copenhagen's America-mura Store
The first floor is primarily stationery and the second floor has the kitchen and interior goods. Don't forget to bring a basket along with you as you explore the selection!
Selfie-sticks at Flying Tiger Copenhagen's America-mura Store
Forgot your selfie-stick at home? Don't worry. You can pick one up in the color of your choice here for just 648 yen. 
Lots of pens at  Flying Tiger Copenhagen's America-mura Store
Lots and lots of pens.
Pens make great souvenirs. They're easy to pass out, and these in particular have plenty of personality. We recommend these cute "Japanese girl" pens at two for 108 yen. Shaped like kokeshi dolls, even the store staff has taken a particular liking to these cute pens. There are four designs to choose from. Pick your favorite or collect them all!
Useful products from ASOKO

Some items that are very popular among foreign tourists right now are these iPhone USB cords at 648 yen each (top left), these surprising nose-shaped pencil sharpeners at 108 yen each (top right), and anything from this series of items shaped like "Japanese girls" starting from 162 yen. Also surprisingly popular are these paper napkins from this huge selection. They sell at 108 yen each. 


Flying Tiger Copenhagen America-mura Store
Address: Preview Bldg. 1~2F 
2-10-24 Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours: 11:00am~8:00pm

Products that will bring a smile to your face


It's hard to miss the Minami Horie location of the variety store ASOKO. Not only is it just a few minutes walk from Yotsubashi Station on the Subway Yotsubashi Line, its storefront is incredibly bold. Given this store's unusual design choice, it's not surprising that some of the items sold will have you puzzling over what purpose they could possibly serve. From these mysterious things to great interior decor items, ASOKO is home to an inventory of more than 1,500 items chosen from all over the world.  
The outside of the Minami Horie location of ASOKO in Osaka
This store is known for its storefront covered in drawings of people's faces. 
The inside of the Minami Horie location of ASOKO in Osaka
Items are organized and displayed according to type, making it easy to find what you're looking for. There's also a large mirror displayed in the store which gives it an open feeling.
A case with ASOKO's faces on it

The assortment of faces on the store's exterior is known as the "buggy pattern." It has become Instagram famous, and thus a popular pattern for several items in the store like this pen case which sells for 270 yen. In addition to that, they also sell notebooks for 648 yen, document cases for 432 yen, and much more in a variety of colors and patterns.
Cute Japanese kitchen sponges
Kitchen goods seem to be popular among tourists from all countries. Here's a set of sponges shaped like cats and fishes. Cheap and cute, they make an appealing souvenir to take home.
A variety of goods are available at ASOKO
(right) Raincoats to protect you from inclement weather (324 yen); (top right) colorful umbrellas; (bottom right) fluffy bird ballpoint pens (108 yen). 
A bag to remember Osaka by

If you want something to remember your trip to Osaka by, then this tote featuring drawings of some of Osaka's most famous spots is a great buy at only 648 yen.


ASOKO Minami Horie Store
Address: Zeneiteki Building 1F
1-19-23 Minami Horie Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours: 11:00am~8:00pm 

Like what you see here? Check out our other article on ASOKO in Tokyo!

Meet the cute aliens that everyone's into


The strange characters at CRAFTHOLIC Shinsaibashi will probably have you wondering if they're bears or rabbits or...? Actually, they're aliens from the CRAFT star who've come to play on Earth! Their soft fabrics and kind of spacey expressions have earned them a reputation as being cute. There's also a store in Taiwan, but stop by the one in Shinsaibashi to check out merchandise that can only be found here!
The outside of CRAFTHOLIC Shinsaibashi
The outside of CRAFTHOLIC. While the store's exterior is simple, the aliens in the window will probably have you taking a second look.
The inside of CRAFTHOLIC Shinsaibashi

The store is filled with these kind of floppy aliens like the cat-shaped alien named Korat and the rabbit-like one named Rabu. There's lots of items at this store from huggable pillows to small decorations you can attach to a bag.
Alien products from CRAFTHOLIC

As mentioned before, there are special items that you can only buy from the CRAFTHOLIC store in Shinsaibashi. For example, there are small size huggable pillows (1,400 yen) and purses (1,000 yen) in leopard print. The gentle colors make this a popular item every year. There are also characters doing the Glico Man pose on coffee cups available for 1,200 yen that make great souvenirs. 
There are limited edition items only available at the Shinsaibashi store of CRAFTHOLIC
There are limited edition items only available at the Shinsaibashi store of CRAFTHOLIC.


CRAFTHOLIC Shinsaibashi
2-10-4 Nishi Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours: 11:30am~8:00pm
Closed Mondays except if Monday is a national holiday 

Fall in love with this Osakan character 

Aranzi Aronzo

Aranzi Aronzo's main store is dedicated to the characters created by a pair of sisters from Osaka. These characters are gaining popularity abroad. For example, a café featuring these characters has already opened up in Taiwan. These characters owe their popularity to their cuteness.
The cute characters of Aranzi Aronzo welcome you at the store's entrance.
The cute characters of Aranzi Aronzo welcome you at the store's entrance.
Inventory at Aranzi Aronzo
From kitchen goods to clothing, the store stocks 1,000 different items.
25th anniversary Aranzi Aronzo plush toys
Here are 25th anniversary plush toys (1,728 yen and up). Their fluffy fabric and way of sitting up makes them very cute. People often buy them all to decorate their room with.
Aranzi Aronzo bags
This shopping bag (1,080 yen) pictured on the left is only sold at the main store in Osaka. Definitely get one if you go! In the top right we have small bags called Oishii Omame (delicious nuts) filled with nuts from the shop Nuts DOM (648 yen). Next, there are the Kuma-tencho Kawara Senbei. These senbei rice crackers have cute designs, making them a great souvenir.


Aranzi Aronzo Osaka Main Store
Address: Aranzi Aronzo Bldg. 
4-13-4 Minami Senba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours: 11:00am~7:00pm (until 8:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays)

See anything you liked? Have a store to recommend in Osaka? Let us know in the comments!

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