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Namba, Osaka: Sen-nichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street

Near Namba Station, the southern hub of Osaka, you can discover various shopping streets. One distinctive location east of Namba Station is the “Sen-nichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street.” Unlike other shopping streets, this one specializes in selling cooking tools and kitchenware.

“Shopping Street for Cooking Tools and Kitchenware”

Sen-nichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street spans a length of 150 meters, lined with shops specialized in selling cooking tools. Similar to other shopping streets commonly found in Japan, it has a covered ceiling, allowing shoppers to browse regardless of the weather.

Additionally, an annual festival takes place here every October 9th, known as the “Doguyasuji Festival,” featuring various events and sales of diverse cooking tools.

“Renowned as the Kitchen of the Nation, Doguyasuji Shopping Street”

Due to the abundance of shops selling various cooking tools and kitchenware, this area has earned the nickname “Kitchen of the Nation.” Many stores here handle tools suitable for professional use.

The origins of Doguyasuji date back to 1882 in Sen-nachimae, Hozoji, where second-hand tool shops and general stores first emerged along the path to Sitennoji and Imamiya Ebisu shrines. Over time, this area developed, and in 1970, an arcade was established, evolving into the current 150-meter shopping street.

“Exploring Various Unique Cooking Tools”

At Doguyasuji Shopping Street, you can find a variety of cooking tools, including knives, spatulas, and more. Given Osaka’s fame for Okonomiyaki, you’ll also come across stalls selling Okonomiyaki pans.

Besides cooking tools, there are stores offering a range of souvenirs at affordable prices. This makes it a convenient place to purchase souvenirs on your last day.

“Visit Nishimura Restaurant in the Area”

A restaurant introduced by the KBS travel show “Battle Trip,” visited by hosts Jo Se-ho and Nam Chang-hee, is “Nishimura.” You can find this restaurant in the alley where small eateries are clustered. Note that Nishimura primarily opens for dinner, so if you plan to dine there, an evening visit is recommended.

For those seeking to shop for cooking tools in the renowned kitchen of Osaka, Doguyasuji Shopping Street is an excellent destination.

“Japan, Osaka Namba: Sen-nichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street”

  • Address: 14-5 Nanbasennichimae, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0075, Japan
  • Phone: +81 6-6633-1423
  • Website: Doguyasuji Shopping Street
  • Operating Hours: 10:00 – 18:00