Have you been to a traditional Japanese shotengai? Retro products, delicious food, and famous attractions all in one area. Some stores that I highly recommend.
If you want to know how Japanese people go about their daily lives, then you have to visit a shotengai – a covered market street.
Today, I want to tell you about a shotengai in Chuo-ku, Osaka created in 1940 that has been continuously running 70 years ever since opening.
The beautifully maintained mall has kept its original buildings and surroundings and is located in a wonderful spot five minutes from Tanimachi Rokuchome Station.
Let me tell you all about the products and food you can get at one of Japan’s best shotengai.
Charkha is housed in a garage and when walk in you are taken aback by its wonderfully retro interior. The store is filled with a collection of everyday products and antiques from Hungary, the Czech Republic, and other eastern European countries.
Of all its various products, the store is best known for its classic wrapping paper and notebooks. It also has traditional eastern European beads and buttons used in making necklaces and bracelets, and is the perfect place for DIY lovers.Address: 1-5-23, Kawarayamachi, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0066, Japan
Yam House is decorated with in the romantic style of the Taisho era and is famous for its delicious curries. Every day, the menu features four different curries and you can also order the family-style curry (choose two of three flavors). The prices are great, no dish is more than 1,000 Yen, and the curries are just spicy enough. The amazing flavour easily leads a curry addiction, which is evident from the long lines at the door.
P.S. The restaurant’s cat is super cute.Address: 6-4-23, Tanimachi, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0012, Japan
Cafe Lueca doesn’t look like much from the outside, which makes it easy for people to miss it (including me). However, once you step inside and try their sandwiches, you will be back again and again.
They have all kinds of sandwiches – pork cutlet, fried shrimp, egg salad, ham, and even fruit and cream! The breakfast set has great prices starting at only 390 Yen.Address: Morioka Bld.1kai, 6-10-23, Tanimachi, Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 542-0012, Japan
The famous Osaka Castle is only a seven-minute walk from Karahori, which is a great distance to walk off your meal. On the way, you will first come across the sprawling Osaka Castle Park. To have a nature sanctuary to escape the hustle and bustle of the city is a real treat. The park is filled with beautiful cherry and maple trees and is right next to the well known concert venue, Osaka Hall.
While you are walking through the park you will see the Tenshu (which is just like a European keep tower) of Osaka Castle. The original exterior of the castle has been kept intact and the inside has been turned into a museum for visitors to learn out about the culture and history of Japan through the ages.
The museum is perfect whether you are a history buff or just a regular tourist. It doesn’t just have exhibitions, but also video tours, interactive exhibitions, and much more.