Nagoya: Hodgepodge of Fashion and Culture at Osu District

A visit to Nagoya will never be complete without visiting the Osu District. If Tokyo has the Akihabara and Osaka has the Denden Town, Osu serves as their counterparts in Nagoya.

Osu Shopping District is a popular shopping area that houses more than 1,200 shops and restaurant. Almost all kinds of shops can be found here, from trendy clothing or secondhand clothing store, electronic appliance stores, restaurants, thrift shops, cafes and even electronic gadget stores. The shopping arcade has been running for almost 400 years, since the Osu Kannon temple was built in Osu district. The usual flea markets were replaced with variety of establishments and stores as time went by.

The arcade street is about 1,700 meters long, and for the convenient and comfort of the visitors a roof was built along it. The hodgepodge of people here made Osu attractive. People of all walks of life can be seen shopping here – young, old, cosplayers and even those sporting either trendy or formal business suits. Stores of variety of cultures and nationalities can be seen here, selling products from their respective countries. It’s so delightful to see how energetic the people are.

A Buddhist temple was relocated from the Osu Village by Shogun Tokugawa in 1612, due to frequent flooding that plagued the temple at its original location. Its bright-red painting is the distinct feature of this temple. It’s rainy when we visited the site so we’re unable to roam very much. It can be located at one end of the shopping arcade street.

Osu Kannon Temple is a few steps from Osu Kannon Station on the Tsurumai Subway Line. From Nagoya Station take the Higashiyama Subway Line and transfer to the Tsurumai Line at Fushimi Station. The one way trip from Nagoya Station to the temple takes about ten minutes and costs 200 yen.

Alternatively, the temple is a 5-10 minute walk from Kamimaezu Station on the Tsurumai and Meijo Subway Lines, via the shopping arcade next to the temple.



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