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North Shinsaibashi, Semba for wholesale and textiles

Shinsaibashi is a bridge that once spanned the Nagahori River. Now that the river has been reclaimed, its remains can be seen in the stone monument at the intersection of Shinsaibashi-suji and Nagahori-dori.


During the Edo period, Shinsaibashi-suji was developed as a commuting road connecting Horie-Shinmachi’s and Dotonbori’s theater district and restaurants.

Since Senba was the center of Osaka’s business district, inns, restaurants, money changers, kimono shops, and hardware stores sprung up one after another.

There were many wholesale specialty stores which supplied the shops that were doing business, and even today there are a variety of wholesale stores with membership systems and even a wholesale stationery store.


After World War II, Semba prospered as a textile wholesaler and retailer, and is well-known as the premier textile wholesale district in Osaka. Today, ordinary shoppers can also make purchases.


The Semba Center Building has a variety of shops, selling futons, fabric, kimono, stage costumes, clothes, accessories, underwear, imported miscellaneous goods, and imported foods. In addition, the number of stores selling second-hand kimonos has increased, and this is especially appreciated by foreign tourists.



・Semba Center Building

・Osaka Semba/Donike Street


Kita-Shinsaibashi is lined with shops selling kimono, eyeglasses, musical instruments, clothes, jewelry, watches, and many other things.


・Shinsaibashi Kita Shopping Street

・Semba Shinsaibashi Shopping Street

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