Osu Shopping Arcade is one of Nagoya's most charming retail areas and is home to some 400 stores selling everything from second-hand clothing to modern electronics.
While there are some Japanese and international chains, many of the district’s shops are independent mom-and-pop shops, with a large number of stores dealing in vintage apparel, used records and retro camera equipment.
Osu is sometimes compared to Tokyo’s famous Akihabara district, owing vast offerings of anime, manga and cosplay outfits.
The street is also home to dozens of restaurants, with fried chicken being something of a speciality in the area.
If you feel like escaping the hustle and bustle of the busy streets, Osu Kannon, a large Buddhist temple, is just a short walk from the western end of the arcade.
- 2 Chome Osu, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 464-0841
- 2 subway stations serve the Osu area: From Osu Kannon Station (Tsurumai Line) take exit 2. The shopping arcade can be reached with a 4-minute walk. From Kamimaezu Station (Tsurumai Line or Meijo Line), Osu is a 5-minute walk from exit 8. Alternatively, Osu is approximately a 25-minute walk from the central Sakae district.