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Monday, January 19, 2015

Komehyo Osu Kannon Nagoya

The Osu Kannon shopping district of Nagoya got its start as a cheap retail area after World War II similar to Ameyoko in Tokyo, though fleamarkets at nearby Osu Kannon Temple had long been a feature of the area.

Komehyo Osu Kannon Nagoya, 1947.

Komehyo began life as a US Army surplus store in 1947 (see image above) and is now the "largest department store of second hand items in Japan."

Nagoyans have a reputation for people who have an eye for a bargain and local shoppers at Komehyo's three stores in Osu Kannon have been joined by an increasing number of tourists from China, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand and Indonesia who can all enjoy the store's tax-free service.

Komehyo Osu Kannon Nagoya, Aichi.

Komehyo's main building has 7 floors of second-hand goods with floors dedicated to jewelry, watches, bags and accessories, men's clothing, women's clothing and fur plus a sell by weight bazaar on the top floor.

Further down Banshoji Dori towards Osu Kannon Temple are Komehyo's two other stores, one dedicated to used kimono and the other to cameras and musical instruments with a large selection of second-hand acoustic and electric guitars and a staggering array of top-quality, second-hand cameras and lenses.

G-Shock Watches, Komehyo Osu Kannon Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture.

The Komehyo Purchasing Center is just round the corner from the main building.
Other Komehyo stores in the Nagoya area are in Toyota and the Sun Road store in the Meieki area near Nagoya Station.

3-25-31 Osu, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi 460-0088
Tel: 052 242 0088
Hours: 10.30am-7.30pm (closed Wednesday)

Komehyo has branches in Tokyo: in Shinjuku, Ginza and Aoyama with Purchasing Centers in Harajuku and Kichijoji; in Omiya in Saitama, in Yokohama, in Osaka: in Shinsaibashi, Whity Umeda and Namba Walk and in Kobe in Sannomiya.

Komehyo Main Building, Osu Kannon Nagoya.

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