Now that Japan has finally announced a full scale tourism reopening, who’s hopping on the next flight over? Well, best to pack light because after more than two years of pining for that getaway to the land of the rising sun, there’s a lot of shopping to catch up on.
And while Tokyo is probably the first city that comes to mind for a spree, do also consider Osaka. This metropolis in western Japan, which is best known for its vibrant street food scene and close proximity to attractions such as Universal Studios Japan, is also a shopping mecca with a diverse array of offerings to cater to designer label lovers, thrift hunters and every one in between.
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Even better, these shopping places are generally grouped into “neighbourhoods” so you can zoom in on exactly whatever interests you. Hot tip: The uber chic W Osaka, designed by renown architect Tadao Ando is strategically positioned within walking distance of many of these shopping districts, so you can easily drop off your bags before heading out for more.
So, in between all that sightseeing, make time to go on a treasure hunt – your wardrobe will thank you.