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Welcome to Senbayashi.com, the official website for the well-known Senbayashi Shopping Street in Asahi-ku, Osaka. The website contains everything you need to know, including special events and new store openings.

Greetings from the Board Chairman
Board Chairman Dan, Senbayashi Shopping Street Promotion Association

Thank you very much for your continuous support of the Senbayashi Shopping Street. The Senbayashi Shopping Street is consistently ranked as one the the most popular shopping districts in Osaka, and has been chosen to be among the top 30 shopping districts in all of Japan. All of us members of the Association would like to extend our appreciation for always doing your shopping at our stores.

In light of the advance in the aging population and decreasing birthrate, we aim to remain a shopper-friendly district for the elderly, families, and students alike. We strive to offer safe and worry-free buying experiences, now and in the coming years. We sincerely look forward to serving you at the Senbayashi Shopping Street.

"Senbayashi for a brighter Japan! Senbayashi for a brighter Osaka!"

Introducing our Mascot

We are a family of 4 goldfish making our home at the Senbayashi Shopping Street. You may wonder, "Why goldfish?!" but we have relatives in Hong Kong (a Shopping District called Tai Koo Shing has ties to Senbayashi), and their prosperity symbols are goldfish, too! Please come and visit us!!

Directions to Senbayashi Shopping Street

1. By Train
Only steps away from Keihan Railway, Senbayashi Station.

Osaka Municipal Subway, Tanimachi Line, Senbayashi-Omiya Station, only steps away from Exit #1.

- Approx. 1 hour to Senbayashi Station from Kyoto (e.g., Demachi-Yanagi, Sanjo, and Shijo Stations) on Keihan Railway (heading toward Yodoyabashi) . ※Express trains do not stop at Senbayashi Station.

- Approx. 15 min. to Subway Senbayashi-Omiya Station from Osaka (Higashi Oume) on Osaka Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line (heading toward Dainichi Station).

- Approx. 45 min. to Subway Senbayashi-Omiya Station from Osaka International Airport (Itami). Take Osaka Monorail (heading toward Kodoma-shi) and change trains at Dainichi Station. Take Osaka Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line (heading toward Yao-Minami Station) to Senbayashi-Omiya Station.

2. By Car
Dedicated parking areas for cars are not available within the Senbayashi Shopping Street premises. Please use nearby parking facilities.

3. By Bicycle
Bicycle parking spaces are available on the Shopping District premises.

History of Senbayashi Shopping Street

At one time, the Asahi-ku vicinity was totally a residential area. In order to support the lives of the residents, the Senbayashi Shopping Street started out mainly as a place to sell kimonos, clothing, personal effects, and fresh foods and groceries.
The premises span a length of 660m east to west, and there are some 220 shops lining both sides. It is a large shopping district, boasting the largest or 2nd largest size in Osaka.
After the war, Daiei, the major supermarket chain opened its first store in front of Senbayashi Station, followed soon by Nichii. Due to the intense competition between supermarkets and retail stores, the area became famous as a shopping district with the lowest prices in Japan.
In 1994, the public market and municipal market joined to create "Senbayashi Kurashi Yell Kan" (Third Sector, center providing products and services to support the lives of residents). It has become central to the Senbayashi Shopping Street and achieves a high sales volume.
Also, Senbayashi Shopping Street has teamed up with Topos (Daiei) Yell Kan to create the Senbayashi Regional Activation Committee and is working hard to bring member organizations together to cooperate and make the community a better place to be.
The photo is from 1938 and around 1947 taken in the Imaichi Crossing area!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: When are your businesses closed?
As a rule, the Senbayashi Shopping Street does not have any days off. However, many stores are closed on Tuesdays following the old business calendar. Please contact the stores directly for business operation days and times.

Q2: Are rest rooms available?
There is a rest room located at the side of Senbayashi Station, Keihan Railways.

Q3: How long would it take to walk from one side of the Shopping District to the other?
It would depend upon the person, but it would take approximately 15 minutes.

Q4: Where is the closest train station? Which is the closest exit?
For subway, the closest is Exit #1 at the Senbayashi-Omiya Station on the Tanimachi Line.
There is only one exit at Senbayashi Station on Keihan Railway. The shopping district is only a few steps to and from either one of them.

Senbayashi Shopping Street, Official Promotional Video - Imagery edition-
"Toward the next 100 years: the Senbayashi Story" The official Promotional video for Senbayashi Shopping Street is complete. The words and music to the piece "Message ... for you" was written by Tatsuo Nishiura, who is also known for composing the closing theme to the National High School Baseball Championships. We look forward to serving you at the Senbayashi Shopping Street.

[Godzilla vs. King Ghidora] Robert Scott in Osaka Senbayashi. 1/2
This is a video for a shopping arcade of stores that just hit its 100th year in business [Senbayashi Shopping Street]. This same arcade is where the giant Daiei store chain first got started. Mr. Robert Scott is one of the image characters for the next 100 years. We wanted someone big and something big to happen at the event. When you come to Japan make sure you stop by for a real taste of Japanese culture and food in an atmosphere that really hasn't changed that much during its 100 years.

[Godzilla vs. King Ghidora] Robert Scott in Osaka Senbayashi. 2/2
This is a video for a shopping arcade of stores that just hit its 100th year in business [Senbayashi Shopping Street]. This same arcade is where the giant Daiei store chain first got started. Mr. Robert Scott is one of the image characters for the next 100 years. We wanted someone big and something big to happen at the event. When you come to Japan make sure you stop by for a real taste of Japanese culture and food in an atmosphere that really hasn't changed that much during its 100 years.

ROBOW is a band consisting of Seichiro Sakai (Vocals, Guitar), Tsukamoto Kicchu Takuma (Drums), Cherry Morita (Piano), and Yoshitaka Hashimoto (Upright string bass). One of their fans informed us that there was a song called "Senbayashi" in their first album, "Ride with Me".
When we contacted ROBOW to ask permission to use their song for promotional purposes, the band kindly agreed. We hope you will show your support for the band and the Senbayashi Shopping Street by liking this song.

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