We recently holidayed in Japan and stayed briefly in Osaka, where I looked for fabric and craft supplies. I’m on a fabric and pattern diet and wasn’t looking to buy a lot, but it’s always interesting to see what’s available and what the shops are like! Here’s my experience. You can also read about my fabric shopping in Tokyo and Kyoto here.
[Warning: Photo Heavy]
I went to the following shops:
Yuzawaya (Osaka branch)
I didn’t get to go to Otsukaya, which is a 20-minute train ride from where I stayed. You can read about it inRuna, StaceyandChoo‘s posts on their blogs.
Address: 3 Chome-2-30 Nanba, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0076, Japan
Opening hours:10:30am – 7:30pm, Monday-Sunday
Most frequently visited by international and local sewists, because it’s located in a busy arcade close to the main train station. You can read aboutBecandMicki‘sexperiences.
It’s close to the Namba and Samsaibashi stations on the Midosuji line (JR). It is inside the long shopping arcade Ebisubashi-suji.
Having been to the large branch inTokyo, I was slightly disappointed in the size of the one in Osaka. But it stocks some cute Japanese cottons (mostly cutesy prints), party fabrics, a range of tools and craft materials for beading, knitting, bag-making and resin jewellery.
Probably the least frequented by travelling sewists, as I couldn’t find too much information online. So I’m going to talk a bit more about this one. I stayed in the Namba area in Osaka and the Semba Centre is only about 15 minutes’ walk from our Hotel, so I dragged took my husband with me (coffee is a good bribe! And I told him it’s really cool, a highway runs ABOVE the buildings! Which was true) and visited the wholesale/retail buildings.
Address: 〒541-0055 Area from 1〜4 chome, Semba-chuo, Chuo-ku, Osaka City
Opening hours:9am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Sunday closed
Semba Centre can be accessed directly from Honmachi Station of Midosuji and Chuo lines and Sakaisujihonmachi Station of Sakaisuji and Chuo lines. It is comprised of 10 buildings, with 1-3 selling mostly household items; 4-9 selling textiles (including ready-made clothes and shoes); 10 is mainly retail. Most shops are wholesalers, with some of them offering retail. The Henshin Expressway runs on top of these buildings!
The official English website for Semba Centre ishere. However, on the Japanese version of the website, you do run a search on shops, like I did with cloth/fabricshere. From the search, the number of fabric shops in each building is as follows. There are photos of individual shops on the website to give you an idea of what they sell and look like. Remember, some of them are wholesale only (also marked on the website).
Building 3: one
Given the above numbers, we only went to Buildings 5, 6 and 7 with the most number of fabric shops.
And that’s my fabric shopping experience in Osaka :)