Osaka Gundams – Inside a Japanese hobby shop

Osaka Gundams
Joshin Super Kids Character Land Hall, better known as Osaka Gundams is located in Nipponbashi’s Den-Den town. It’s a Gundam lovers dream shop, and the prices are the best I’ve in all the cities I’ve visited!

Osaka Gundams - Gundam punch!
The second floor is all Gundam, as you head up the escalator you’re greeted by a full size Gundam hand punching through the wall!

Osaka Gundams - New items display
New items on display, with a big tv screen in the background playing Zeta Gundam.

Osaka Gundams - MG display
End display of popular Master Grade kits from Wing, Seed and UC.

Osaka Gundams - SEED Section
Gundam SEED section. SEED has been getting plenty of Gunpla releases lately thanks to the HD remaster of the series.

Osaka Gundams - AGE, 00 and SD kits
The Gundam AGE, 00 and SD aisle. Small screens are dotted around the store, playing various series from across the years.

Osaka Gundams - Perfect Grade kits
Perfect Grade section, also the 1/48 Mega Size kits live here!

Osaka Gundams - Decals
Decals, lots of decals.

Osaka Gundams - Magazines
As well as model kits, the store if fully stocked with loads of magazines.

Osaka Gundams - Books
Books too, mostly manga adaptations but there are some nice artwork books too.

Osaka Gundams - Paints, markers and the like
Lots of paints, markers and tools to help you unlock your Gunplas potential.

Osaka Gundams - Special items cabinet
The special items cabinet. This thing has a real mix of products, lighters, mugs, thermos cups, cutlery, and more!

Osaka Gundams - Clothing
Finally, the clothing section, everything from normal t-shirts to a full Char outfit!

If you’re a Gunpla fan visiting Osaka, you mustn’t miss Osaka Gundams!

556-0005
Osaka-shi, Osaka, Naniwa-ku, Nihonbashi 4-10-1

Weekdays: 10:15 to 20:00
Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 10:00 to 20:00

Tel: 06-6648-1411

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56 Comments

  1. 30/01/2013
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    Awesome! There are so many Gundam stuff as well :O

    • 03/02/2013
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      It’s super awesome! I go most Thursdays 😀

  2. Rich
    01/03/2013
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    Oh my god . I’d have been out of my gourd in there,not to mention out of pocket. Didn’t realise you’d resurrected the blog as well. Expect more random ramblings pal….

    • 01/03/2013
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      Oh me too, although I’m learning to resist, sometimes it’s nice to just go and have a look around. Wish I could communicate with the staff though!

      Resurrected? This blog never went anywhere, I didn’t post too much at the end of last year though 🙂 Are you still blogging, sir?

  3. johan
    17/05/2013
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    how’s the price comparing to stores in akiba tokyo? is it cheaper lot or slightly cheap? thxs 🙂

    • 24/05/2013
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      Hey Johan, it depends on the kit really, HG’s are slightly cheaper, but sometimes there are some great deals on Perfect Grades! Akiba had some good deals too, not so much in Yodobashi, but LAOX hobby is a good place to check out.

  4. alec6
    25/04/2014
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    I just back from Japan.
    I was in this shop. I stayed maybe 1 hour in this paradise.
    It was simply awesome.

    The most difficult was first, to make a choice and two, to find a place in my baggage.

    One of the best place to find the Gundam of your dreams.
    The second place is at Yodobashi at Osaka too.

    Better than at Tokyo

    • 26/04/2014
      Reply

      Hey Alec, glad you enjoyed it! Such a great store, I know what you mean about having trouble choosing things in there!

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  5. Isaac
    13/08/2014
    Reply

    Hey James, great site!
    I’ll actually be in Osaka for a couple of days later this month, and this store is definitely on my “must-swing-by-and-stay-a-while” list. If you don’t mind my asking, is there a train station you’d suggest getting off at to get to this place? Nipponbashi, perhaps? It doesn’t necessarily have to be the closest one, but rather, the most convenient (for someone not too familiar with the Japanese railway system). I’ll probably be coming from up north, Osaka station maybe.
    Thanks!

    • 18/08/2014
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      Hi, Isaac, sorry for the slow reply! If you’re coming from the north I’d head down to Namba on the Midosuji line, then change to the Sennichimae line for Nipponbashi. Exit number ten from Nipponbashi station is best then head south, it’s probably a 5-10 minute walk from there.

      If you have time, check out Bar #78 just around the corner!

      • Isaac
        21/08/2014
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        Awesome, thanks for the response!
        And thanks for the Bar #78 recommendation. Saw your post on its anniversary, and it looks like a great place!

  6. Alex 0666
    09/09/2014
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    Going in 2 weeks can’t wait… Not my first time in japan but my first visit since I started gunpla feeling really excited… Already see stuff I wana pick up at the shop… Seriously praying I have enough luggage space with my wife shopping and all QQ … Thanks for the info bro… Really helped me out hope I can find the shop… Issit possible to search the shop with google map cuz I’m seriously dumb when it comes to directions…

    • 10/09/2014
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      No problem! It’s an awesome store, pretty hard to miss as it has a gigantic Gundam on the sign! If you put the following into google maps that should lead you there:

      ?556-0005 Osaka-fu, Osaka-shi, Naniwa-ku, Nipponbashi, 4 Chome-10-1 ????????????????????

      Cheers!

      • alex0666
        15/09/2014
        Reply

        Wow cool. Thanks bro.

  7. Just
    22/11/2014
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    Can you get additional discounts in this store like with a point card similar to yodobashi?

    • 09/12/2014
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      Yes! It’s a Joshin store so you can use their loyalty card, plus it’s tax free if you’re visiting Japan!

  8. Ramaigis
    03/12/2014
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    Which one is cheaper,yodobashi akiba or this?
    Btw do you happen to know any shop that sells cheap kamen rider SHF and DX in den-den town?i’m planning to visit in spring 2015
    Thanks before

    • 09/12/2014
      Reply

      I haven’t been to Yodobashi Akiba for a while, but compared to the Yodobashi in Osaka this place is cheaper, new releases are pretty comparable but their prices for older stuff is pretty competitive

      • Ramaigis
        09/12/2014
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        Okay,thanks a lot!i think i shall split my gunpla budget to shop at both place

  9. Jham
    08/02/2015
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    Hi! This is awesome as I’m planning to visit Japan (well, for Gunpla purposes lol).

    Anyways, I’ll be coming from Tokyo.. and I’m actually not sure how to get to Osaka since it’s my first time visiting the country.

    I’ve already noted the whole Nipponbashi area. Can you help me for directions if I’m coming from Tokyo? Thanks! 🙂

    • 25/02/2015
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      Hey, Jham! Thanks for the comment!

      Ok, getting to Osaka from Tokyo is pretty easy, you’ll need to hop on the Shinkansen(bullet train) from Shinagawa – Takes a few hours. It arrives in Shin Osaka then Nipponbashi is a couple of subway trips away!

      If you’re travelling around a lot it’s worth getting a Japan Rail Pass, http://www.japanrailpass.net/. One round trip from Tokyo to Osaka is roughly the same price so it’d give you lots of travel freedom 🙂

  10. lukeemonster
    03/03/2015
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    Hi! Thanks for this 🙂 Me and the wife will be at osaka this april. Just wanted to know if kid’s land would accept credit cards. Hoping to complete my rg collection. How are the rg’s there. Thanks much!!!

    • 03/03/2015
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      Hey Luke, yes they do! And don’t forget your passport so you get duty free prices 🙂 their RG selection is complete, around new year they were running out of things occasionally but April should be fine!

  11. Matt K
    19/03/2015
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    Thanks for the tip to go there. Best prices I found!
    For others gou g here please be aware there are TWO super kids land stores and the other one has a small selection of Gundam kits too. So dont panic if your wondering why its such a small range. Just head down the road some more!
    anything you cant find here though there is always yodabashi camera in Akihabara, Tokyo, which had quite a huge range but slightly higher prices, both stores do tax free to non japan residents too ^_^
    Thanks again!

    • 23/03/2015
      Reply

      Thanks, Matt, good tip there about the other Joshin!

      What did you buy?! 🙂

  12. Dedy Lienardy
    23/03/2015
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    Hi! Really love this page! I’m going to Osaka this October, still long time to go but i can’t help to start searching for these stuffs already! lol

    Now I need help, since i’ve never bought any perfect grade gundam, and i’m planning on buying the PG Strike Freedom. And i heard it has a huge box! Do you think i can bring it on board as handcarry? or do i need to prepare something so i can bring that box home?
    And do you think this store has the best price deal compare to others in akiba?

    thanks for your info! really appreciate it! =D

    • 23/03/2015
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      Hehe, planning ahead is always good! October is a nice time of year to visit too, not to hot!

      Ah yeah that Strike Freedom Box is quite big, not quite 00 Raiser size but definitely outside of most handcarry sizes I’d say… The box dimensions are 59.5 x 40 x 17.3 cm so maybe check with your airline? You might be allowed to add it as a second piece of checked baggage, if that’s the case just buy a cheap bag to put it in before flying home 🙂

      To save space in the past I’d open Gunpla boxes, take out all the plastic packaging, making a bit of extra space, then pack other stuff in the box and jam it in my suitcase 🙂 one level further, my friend Rich spent an evening clipping off every piece, and bagging them up, extreme!

      • Dedy lienardy
        19/04/2015
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        I have one more question, what time is this store’s open hours? And is it open during weekend or any holiday?

        • 15/05/2015
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          Weekdays: 10:15 to 20:00
          Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays: 10:00 to 20:00

          🙂

  13. Tigor
    24/03/2015
    Reply

    Hi James. Do you have contact number or email from the shop that you mention?

    Thanks

  14. Laven
    20/04/2015
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    Hi James

    Thanks for the writeup and extra info in the comments – it really helps planning.

    One question :
    I was considering sending a box of Gunpla back home (South Africa) and was wondering what the best option would be?
    So far looks like using Japan Post and SAL method for a 2-3kg package is best – can you suggest anything else?

    Thanks!

  15. Nhut Pham
    02/05/2015
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    Hi Is this place have website or email? I want to buy stuff from it but I am in Vietnam

    • 15/05/2015
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      Sorry, Nhut. They don’t have an online store. Tried HLJ.com or 1999.co.jp?

  16. Teong Kah Hui
    05/08/2015
    Reply

    HI!! Do they provide courier/shipping services or is there any of these services nearby?

    • 07/08/2015
      Reply

      Sorry no, this is just a regular store. You could ship from the post office or many big hotels have a courier counter!

  17. vincent
    03/09/2015
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    Thanks for this review james. now i know where to go once we visit osaka this september. in september is that a okay month to stroll around that area.?

    • 03/09/2015
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      September is great! The summer heat is subsiding but it’s still sunny!

  18. Allen
    13/09/2015
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    How are the prices for RG kits? Mine cost Y2000-Y2400 at Lalaport hobby store. Depending on complexity. I only do RG kits too, ahahaha.

  19. Calvin
    31/10/2015
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    Hi, may i know the approximate price of PG unicorn at Japan? or the average MG price? thx

    • R
      31/10/2015
      Reply

      You can check websites like 1999 or yodobashi’s website,the difference isn’t big

  20. Mayan Quebral
    18/01/2016
    Reply

    Hello James, Can you recommend a Gundam store in Tokyo?

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  21. Huynh Tan Dat
    04/06/2016
    Reply

    Hi,

    My name’s Dat. I’m a Vietnamese. After few years collect gunpla, I decide to open a shop in Vietnam.

    Doing some research I see your shop has a good rating.

    Could you please send to me some permission and special prize if I become your branch please.

    Thanks and best regard

    Dat Huynh

    • 05/06/2016
      Reply

      Sorry Dat, not my store. Just a blogger!

  22. JL SANORJO
    19/08/2016
    Reply

    Hi james Im from philippines. We are planning to go there sometimes next year with my wife. Which shop should we visit first.? Im looking for a perfect grade kits with lower price.gunpla here are expensive because of tax and retailers fee.thnx

  23. Fidel
    21/01/2017
    Reply

    Hello James … we’re sched to go to Osaka this April … is it ok to buy PG kits on that shop or rather i’ll go and buy at Yodobashi Osaka and Akiba? been dying to get my hands on a PG Zeta and Strike Freedom.

    • 22/01/2017
      Reply

      Hi Fidel, I hope you have a big case – those kits are huge! You should be fine buying PG kits in this store, they had plenty recently. I was in Akiba last week and it felt a little cleared out, the selection definitely wasn’t as strong.

  24. Fidel
    22/01/2017
    Reply

    So happy to know that, Yes i do have and prepared a big luggage bag for those PG boxes. Thanks for the info now i will just focus on buying at Osaka for Gundam Kits and i’ll just buy the Nintendo Switch at Tokyo. thanks a lot.

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