Osaka Gothic Lolita Punk shopping guide. Buy goth alternative clothing in Japan, Shinsaibashi store maps & addresse.
Welcome to La Carmina’s Osaka alternative shopping guide (updated Dec 2014)! Looking for the best Goth Lolita Punk / Visual Kei / Cyber Rave clothing shops in Shinsaibashi, Americamura, Kansai? Read on for maps and photos of the best stores, including Angelic Pretty, Atelier Pierrot and your other favorite brands.
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† † † OSAKA SHOPPING MAP † † †
Most of the alternative / Goth / Punk / Lolita stores are concentrated in the Shinsaibashi district of Osaka, especially Americamura (the triangle-shaped park). Above is a map of that I modified from a page in Kera Magazine. Some stores have closed down or moved; I did my best to update the locations.
Take the subway to Shinsaibashi Station, and walk towards the “canal” (the light blue vertical line on the map above) and Americamura park. From there, you can explore the area and find the stores.
Unlike in Harajuku, the stores are not always located close together, and many are found inside department stores or buildings (such as OPA and Big Step). If this is your first visit, I strongly recommend that you DON’T stress about finding the individual boutiques! Simply walk around Shinsaibashi / Americamura, and meander into the side-streets. You’ll run into incredible Sweet Lolita shops, Fairy Kei accessories and more, I promise. (Photos and reports of the stores are below).
† † † SWEET & GOTHIC LOLITA, PUNK EMO ELECTRO BOUTIQUES † † †
Innocent World – Sweet and Classical Lolita
Atelier Pierrot and Chantilly – Sweet and Classical Lolita
Angelic Pretty, Dr Martens, Shocker, secondhand Osaka Gothic Lolita clothes
Trick Monster – Cyber hair and rave gear
Sexy Dynamite London and Stigmata – Store is now closed down.
Goth Punk brands – including Sex Pot Revenge, Listen Flavor, Iron Fist
Dangerous Nude, Kikirara Shoten, Sex Pot Revenge
Bodyline – inexpensive cosplay, Lolita and Jrock clothes
Black Peace Now and Yosuke shoes – at OPA Department Store
Cutie Frash – Cyber, Wa, Loli
Kera Shop Arena: brands include Heart E, Maple wigs, Blablahospital, Miho Matsuda
Ridiculous Store – bright, used clothing. The ridiculous store is Ridiculous.
† † † OCCULT, TOYS & CUTE GOODS STORES † † †
Bleeding Maria – fortune telling, tarot, magic
Retro toy store – in the same building
Osaka Pokemon Center – Umeda. Sells merchandise of Pikachu and friends.
Aranzi Aronzo and other cute character goods / stationery stores
Territory – DJ Taiki’s black magic and Wicca store
† † † OSAKA JROCK VISUAL KEI CD STORES & BARS † † †
Visual Kei CD store in Shinsaibashi Big Step
Bar Midian – Visual Kei Jrock Metal bar owned by Fu-Ki, vocalist of BLOOD
Bar Rock Rock, Bar Moonwalk and Bar Midian – more heavy metal and VK bars / hangouts
† † † OSAKA GOTH CLUBS & PARTIES † † †
For photos and reports of TOKYO’S trendiest, weirdest clothing stores, please visit my constantly-updated shopping guide.
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