Locals’ recommendations best 12! Gift shops in “KUROMON MARKET”- Full of local gourmets

KUROMON MARKET is located in Namba, and popular for sightseeing. It’s famous for its high quality foods provided there.

This time, from Osaka locals’ point, we have selected the shops which carry merchandises that might be good choices as Osaka’s souvenirs.

We recommend that you should buy some high-quality souvenirs that really looks like KUROMON MARKET. Why don’t you take it home and share good memories with your special people?



■UOMAN CHINMIDO

Amazing as for your light snacks or nibbles for drinks!

It is the shop where many Japanese delicacies are gathering. According to professionals in various fields, the quality of products there are sure.

Just looking at the items on the shelves makes me excited. Some of the products do not look like foods, and I’m wondering whether it’s edible or not? If you have any questions or concerns, just ask the staff, she cheerfully answers to your questions.

What we recommend you is the dry-scallop. This product is made in Hokkaido.

The prices depend on quantity and quality. They said high-quality products are selling better than the cheaper ones.

Shop Name UOMAN CHINMIDO
Phone +81-6-6645-0053
Address 1-21-9Nippombashi, Chuo ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
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Business Hours AM9:00-PM5:00
Closed Irregular holidays, New year holidays(1/1~1/4)
Payment Credit cards, E-money are accepted



■Kawakohonten Syobei

Special Nori(dry-sea-weed) shop. Good in either way; you just eat it or eat with some rice.

Although the shop was founded more than 60 years ago, it keeps continuing developments of new products and providing us with new recipes for eating.

Because of its high quality sea weed, the texture is crispy, but tender and melts smoothly in mouth.

There are various kinds of NORI, and you can find your favorites as tasting service is provided.

The popular product is “Genki-Kun” and suitable for souvenirs. The product is packed in plastic case with a cute illustrated figure.

This NORI is flavored but it brings out the flavor of the ingredients.

Shop Name Kawakohonten Syobei
Phone +81-6-6633-2500
Address 2-13-13, Nippombashi, Chuo-ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
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Business Hours AM10:00-PM5:00 (Sat. AM10:00-PM4:00)
Closed Sun. National holidays
Payment Credit cards, E-money are accepted



■Ochano-yamaguchien

The shop has been constant on Japanese tea for 82 years. We can obtain the special Japanese tea containing their particularity.

You can enjoy different flavors according to the season. Many foreign tourists come to buy the delicious Japanese tea, while the shop has been patronized by the locals for many years.

It’s good thing that customers can find and buy favorite ones as the tasting service.

What I recommend is the one we can enjoy it easily at home.“Gyokuro” is known as special tea and popular as gifts.

And, as for “Matcha” (powdered type green tea), high quality products are displayed on the shelves. You can enjoy tea its flavor, use it for cooking or making sweets, and so on.

Shop Name Ochano-yamaguchien
Phone +81-6-6641-3420
Address 2-11-7, Nippombashi, Chuo-ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
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Business Hours AM9:00-PM5:30
Closed Sun. 8/13-8/15、1/1-1/4
Payment Credit cards are accepted



■Wakaba-en Hompo

Many kinds of specially selected tea on the shelves. Customers can taste and compare the differences of producing district.

What surprised us is that the president himself goes to the places of production in order to check the quality of tea leaves and do the quality control. There are various kinds of green tea with different producing district, it’s fun to try several tastes.

The differences of aftertaste and smelling are clear to non-professional eyes.

The canned green tea leaves will last for two years so they are suitable for gifts. At the shop front, take-away tea drinks are selling. So it might be good to visit the shop while eating around.

Shop Name Wakaba-en Hompo
Phone +81-6-6641-5320
Address 1-16-15, Nippombashi, Chuo-Ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
Map
Business Hours AM9:00-PM6:00
Closed Sun. National holidays
Payment Credit cards, E-money are accepted



◎Trivia of the Japanese tea

When you visit some tea shops, you might notice that there are many kinds of Japanese tea.

Among Japanese teas, “Gyokuro” is especially famous as the premium one. But do you know why it’s so special?

The reason is its spending time and effort on producing process. Cultivation method of Gyokuro is following: Being cultivated shutting out the sunlight when its sprout begins to appear or for three weeks before the tea picking.

At the beginning, the leaves are supposed to be cultivated at 70% light shielding rate, just before picking up, light shielding rate is being increased up to 90%. Shutting out the sunlight makes the chlorophyll in leaves increase and gets the clear deep green color.

The picking up is basically done by hands. Because of being grown up is taking time and labor, Gyokuro become the one of premium teas.


■Kawasakiya

We can’t miss to check Japanese Sake. This shop proud of wide assortment of liquors.

The shop carries various kinds of liquors, not only Japanese Sake but beer, Shochu, wine, etc. The shop has a lot of regular customers as it has been in KUROMON MARKET for more than 90 years.

Recently, many foreign tourists are coming to buy delicious Japanese Sake.

“Sakura liqueur” is popular for gifts because of not only the taste but cute looks and suitable size.

It’s popular among women that drinking “Sakura liqueur” with Calpis water, ginger ale, rose hips tea and so on. You can enjoy many kinds of liqueur like Japanese Sake, or the others.

Shop Name Kawasakiya
Phone +81-6-6632-1414
Address 2-4-19, Nippombashi, Chuo-Ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
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Business Hours AM9:00-PM7:00
Closed Sun. National holidays
Payment Cash only



■Yamacho Syoten

“Dashi” is the basic of food culture in Osaka. You can get Dry bonito flakes for making professional Dashi at home.

Dashi is the basic item when we make Japanese foods, and Dashi-culture is especially deeply rooted in Osaka. That’s why restaurants and families have each special taste.

You can get high quality Dashi in KUROMON MARKET where famous for delicious food town. Try use high quality dry bonito flakes when making Japanese foods. The tastes would change considerably better.

The popular “Dashi products” among locals is the one that contains portioned packs, each of the pack is for one-time use. On the other hand, Katsuobushi (a lump of dried bonito) is popular among foreigners.

They said they bought it for their cooking (extracting dashi) at home. It’s the best choice as gifts for Japanese food lovers.

Shop Name Yamacho Syoten
Phone +81-6-6633-9899
Address 2-3-1, Nippombashi, Chuo-Ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
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Business Hours AM9:00-PM5:00
Closed Sun. National holidays
Payment Cash only



■Iseya

The shop of “Tsukemono”-Japanese pickles, which good with rice and could be accent for dishes.

“Tsukemono” is originally made as reserved foods so it’s suitable for gifts as it keeps freshness for long time. The secret of its deliciousness comes from natural fermentation paste called “NUKADOKO” which use high quality KOMBU.

After vegetables are pickled, that brings out the flavor of the ingredients. In addition to just eating Otsukemono alone, we have many choices of use, for example, adding fried rice as trimmings or something like that.

Every season, seasonal vegetable pickles are on the shelves at the shop and for this, we might feel passage of the seasons. Just serving colorful pickles on a small dish would make your dining table brighten up.

The staff was very nice, too.

Shop Name Iseya Hon-ten
Phone +81-6-6644-1101
Address 2-3-4, Nippombashi, Chuo-Ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
Map
Business Hours AM8:30-PM6:00
Closed open all the year round
Payment E-money is accepted



Shop Name Iseya Kita-ten
Phone +81-6-6641-6206
Address 1-22-26, Nippombashi, Chuo-Ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
Map
Business Hours AM8:30-PM6:00
Closed open all the year round
Payment E-money is accepted



■KoKuMiN Drug

Don’t miss drug stores for getting souvenirs! The shop is for your beauty and health.

“KoKuMiN Drug” is born in Osaka. The strong point of this drug store is its high level counselling service.

The staffs will help to choose suitable medical products for you when you explain your worrisome symptoms. Some foreign staffs are working there, so foreign tourists can get some advises and buy them easily.

Compared to convenience stores, the snacks and soft drinks are priced rather lower, many local people usually come there.

Because the stores have tax-free service, we often see many foreign tourists buy various kinds of things like Japanese snacks, medicines, cosmetics, etc.

Shop Name KoKuMiN Drug Kuromon-ichiba Ten
Phone +81-6-6630-7055
Address 2-2-17,Nippombashi, Chuo-Ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
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Business Hours AM9:00-PM8:00
Closed open all the year round
Payment Credit cards, E-money are accepted



Shop Name KoKuMiN Drug Kuromon-ichiba Nishi-ten
Phone +81-6-6631-5930
Address 1-17-9, Nippombashi, Chuo-Ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
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Business Hours AM8:30-PM8:30
Closed open all the year round
Payment Credit cards, E-money are accepted



■Nitta Futon-ten

Popular characters’ items and Japanese cute baby clothes are here!

In the shop, handkerchiefs and towels with Japanese figure-patterns or the character marks are printed draw our attentions. The handkerchiefs designed with Japanese figure-pattern are good for souvenirs.

The towel handkerchiefs are manufactured by “Imabari towel” which is a kind of towel that Japan boasts the world.

The strong point of the product is its water absorption in addition to softness. It will sink into the water within 5 seconds. (ordinary towel usually takes one minute until it goes down.)

The popular item is “Totoro” towel handkerchief. This kind of item is good gifts to friends who you do not frequently meet. Because unlike foods, we don’t need to care about the relishing period.

Besides, Totoro is very popular both in Japan and outside Japan regardless of age or gender. The collaboration of Imabari towel and Totoro is the perfect, isn’t it? Everyone would definitely love it!

Shop Name Nitta Futon-ten
Phone +81-6-6641-7906
Address 2-12-20, Nippombashi, Chuo-Ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
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Business Hours AM9:00-PM5:00
Closed Thu. Sun.
Payment Credit cards, E-money are accepted



■ISHIMARU Sangyo Co., Ltd.

Come on Anime fans! It’s the place to shop for character merchandises.

You can get character merchandises here because KUROMON MARKET is in the Nippombashi area where is famous for an animation town.

You can buy some cheering goods of 2020’Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic game for supporting Japanese athletes.

It’s rare to see such many popular anime characters gathering on the same products.

It’s high time we suggest that you buy some character goods related to Olympic game. Of cause, other popular character goods like Minions are selling well, too.

It’s like a dream collaboration coming true for anime lovers. But not only the designs but the qualities of merchandises are also good.

Shop Name ISHIMARU Sangyo Co., Ltd.
Phone +81-6-6643-4568
Address 2-9-20, Nippombashi, Chuo-Ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
Map
Business Hours AM9:00-PM6:00
Closed Sat. Sun. National Holidays
Payment Credit cards, E-money are accepted



■Miyamoto

Wide variety of products like traditional ornamental ones to arranged ones in contemporary style are there.

Various kind of Japanese traditional handcrafts are on the shelves. They deal with Japanese small products like “ukiyoe” designed tote bags, (They say Ukiyoe influenced Gogh a lot) small ornaments which are made of uneasily-wrinkled silk crepe, etc.

Those products are popular among foreigners. A lot of foreign tourists get them for gifts.

I personally like ORIGAMI-earrings (pierced type is also provided). These goes with Yukata, Kimono or simple clothes.

The design looks like being easy for use of anybody regardless of age.

Shop Name Miyamoto
Phone +81-6-6631-5294
Address 1-22-19, Nippombashi, Chuo-Ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
Map
Business Hours AM10:00-PM6:15
Closed Wed. Year end & New year holidays
Payment Credit cards, E-money are accepted



■Daiki

You can get high quality jewelries and furs at wholesale price.

This shop is the direct-managed store of long standing wholesale shop in Kyoto, so they can sell special products with lower price.

There is a lot of Akoya pearls in front of the shop, and you can touch them!

You might have a bountiful chance to get substantial amount of pearls. The quality is reliable, although it might be a bit easier to buy than usual shops because of its wholesale prices.

Necklace and bracelet are use everyday, not only for ceremonies like wedding. Why don’t you get some for yourself as a reward for your hard work?

Shop Name Daiki
Phone +81-6-6641-1669
Address 1-22-21, Nippombashi, Chuo-Ward, Osaka-City, Osaka
Map
Business Hours AM10:00-PM6:00
Closed Year end & New year holidays, Golden-Week(early May)、Bon-festival
Payment Credit cards, E-money are accepted




KUROMON MAEKET is the place where not only foods but also all kinds of high quality items are gathering. Every time, I’m at a loss what I will choose to buy for my souvenirs. As an Osaka local, I’m interested in items recommended by tourists, of course, but I’m glad you would be interested in the items which I recommend you with the eye of Osaka locals.

*The information herein is as of January 2020.

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