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In the long list of shopping in Japan, shopping for a pair of glasses may not have come across your mind, but it is actually a popular item due to Japan's famous technology and artisan spirit. Those that come looking for eyewear want that "MADE IN JAPAN" logo that is not only a sense of design but also about being functional and high quality.

Among the many Japanese eyewear brands, there is a famous brand that is even available in America, JINS. This time we went to JINS in Osaka's shopping street Shinsaibashi.

JINS Glasses, Osaka Shinsaibashi Store



For those who do not know, JINS is a famous eyewear store that's whole concept is selling functional and stylish glasses and a reasonable price. Functionality may be their main strong point in the sense that many of the glasses they sell are specifically made for a customer's needs. Which we will get into more detail below. This specific recommended JINS store in Shinsaibashi, Osaka, within the shopping arcade that is filled with stores like GU, Urban Research, Osaka's famous department store DAIMARU, and of course all the different types of food you could ask for. It is a popular place to do some window-shopping.



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1. Verres Anti-Blue Light JINS SCREEN



JINS recommended anti-blue light glasses



They even have anti-blue light glasses for children too

JINS's anti-blue light glasses (JINS SCREEN) is primarily recommended for those who either wear contacts or don't wear glasses. Now with the increase of dependency on technology, we are subjected to blue light from all directions every day. The light with a wavelength of 380-495nm is the most energetic light in visible light and has a high penetration rate to the glasses. Long-term contact damages retinal cells and crystals, thereby increasing macular degeneration. For those who are on the computer a lot, or use other electronic devices for long periods of times these glasses are there to help protect your eyes.

JINS SCREEN glasses are divided into two types according to the barrier function of the lens:

1. 25% blue light cut: Natural color lens, can be worn regularly (children's glasses only available in blue light 25% cut)
2. 40% blue light cut: Yellow tinted lens, recommended for people who use mobile phones/computers for a long period of time

2. Block PM2.5



Isolate 97.9% of suspended particles in the air



Barriers protecting your eyes from air particles

There are a lot of floating particles and pollution in the air, which often causes discomfort to one's eyes. Many may use eye drops or a solution to flush your eyes, but with hay fever gradually getting worse in Japan that sometimes just isn't enough for some. Which is why JINS's eyewear that offers physical protection is a popular item come spring. JINS's Block PM2.5 series offers a "shield" which effectively isolates 97.9% of suspended particles and provides the most direct protection for your eyes. This is something really special that we have never seen before in our countries.

3. JINS Design Project



Vintage round frame



Working with Italian designers
(Image from JINS official website)

The JINS Design Project is a collaborative project between JINS and world designers to provide more frame designs. The current hot-selling product is a frame designed by Italian architect Michele De Lucchi. It consists of four designs: Boston, Cat Eye, Round Frame, and Multi-corner, all very classic and almost old fashioned yet versatile.

JINS official introduction page

 

4. Airframe



Glasses that are basically lighter than air and crazy flexible. Wearing glasses for a long time can sometimes be uncomfortable, so many take the frame's weight into consideration. Which is why they have a frame that is lighter than general frames on the market making it more comfortable to wear. Not only is it super light, but the amazing flexibility feature allows it to perfectly fit all types of face shapes to where it doesn't cause pressure and discomfort due to it being too tight.

Great Service at JINS



Multi-lingual (Japanese, Chinese, English) staff available



It doesn't cost extra to add prescription



If you find a frame you like and would like to add your prescription to the lens, you can get your eyesight checked free of charge. They have staff that can speak English, Chinese, and Japanese, so there is no reason to feel unsure about the test. Or if you already have prescription glasses on hand and would like to use the same prescription, just give those glasses to the clerk and they will measure it to put the same strength to your new glasses.

After the simple eyesight exam, you just wait for 30mins until your glasses are finished! There's no reason to wait around JINS for your glasses to be finished. The location of the store is really great, there is plenty to do around Shinsaibashi while you wait.

30 Minute Wait
What You Can Do While You Wait



Japan's First OmuriceRestaurant

Omurice is a beloved dish around Japan, but the restaurant to first come up with omurice is just 5mins away from JINS Shinsaibashi. 

Hokkyokusei (北極星)
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⏰Weekdays 11:30am〜10pm, Weekends 11:00am〜10pm
**Last order is 30mins before close



Kyoto-Based Japanese Tea Store

If you aren't that hungry, there is a popular place that specializes in Japanese tea and eat matcha ice cream 2mins from JINS. With originating in Kyoto, they also sell other Japanese tea goods which are neat to check out.

Ujikoen Osaka Shinsaibashi (宇治香園)
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⏰11am~7:30pm, Cafe 12pm~6pm (Last order 5:30pm)
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Recommended Places to Visit around Shinsaibashi

Namba Yasaka Shrine



The Namba Yasaka Shrine, which was designated as the first intangible folk culture in Osaka in 2001 being the home of Namba's guardian deity. Many people are surprised to hear that it is hidden shrine within the vicinity of Namba.

Namba Yasaka Shrine (難波八坂神社)​
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Closest station: Namba Station (なんば駅)

Kuromon Ichiba Market



Kuromon Ichiba Market is one of the main food markets in Osaka, Japan, right in the Namba area. What makes this area so popular among Japanese and foreigners alike is that it's a place that specializes in street food. You can find other things sold here, but the food (primarily seafood) is the main attraction here.

Kuromon Ichiba Market (黒門市場)
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Closest station: Nippombashi Station (日本橋駅)

Dotonbori Glico Sign



Dotonbori (道頓堀) is one of the most famous areas in Osaka where you can see many cool and creative billboards. The said symbol of the area, if not Osaka, is Glico's running man sign where you will without a doubt see people standing in front of it posing and taking pictures.

Dotonbori Glico Sign
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Closest station: Namba Station (なんば駅)



There are plenty of different things to shop for while in Japan, and if you're in Shinsaibashi the options are limitless. Eyewear may not be the first thing you think of buying, everyone needs it in some way or another. When you have such limited time during your travels you may also think that getting specially made glasses is impossible, but all it takes is 30 minutes to be made and you can bring your own prescription from home at no extra cost. Not many places offer that which is why JINS is such a popular store to go to when looking for eyewear in Japan.

JINS Shinsaibashi Store
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⏰11am~9pm
Duty-free service: tax-free purchase after spending 5,000 yen

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NAME:JINS

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ADDRESS:

2-8-8 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

ACCESS:Shinsaibashi Station

OFFICIAL WEBSITE:

https://www.jins.com/jp/

CONTACT TEL:06-6214-2302

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    • Osaka is known for friendly (and funny) people, but its history is nothing to laugh at, playing a major part in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's 16th century unification of Japan. Thanks to long years of economic activity, it's one of Japan's biggest cities, and Osaka's popular food culture earned it the nickname "The Kitchen of the Nation." To this day Osaka is the model of western Japan, and alongside historic structures like Osaka Castle, it also has major shopping malls like Umeda's Grand Front Osaka and Tennoji's Abeno Harukas. Osaka is a place to eat, eat, eat, with local specialties like takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and kushi-katsu, and for extra fun, it's home to Universal Studios Japan.

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      The Chugoku Region (中国地方) consists of five prefectures: Hiroshima, Okayama, Shimane, Tottori, and Yamaguchi. In Chugoku you’ll find the sand dunes of Tottori, and Hiroshima’s atomic bomb site, plus centers of ancient history like Grand Shrine of Izumo.

    • HIROSHIMA

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      Hiroshima Prefecture has everything, from world heritage sites to beautiful nature and delicious local cuisine, and it's either an hour and a half from Tokyo by plane, or four hours by train. Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island and the Atomic Bomb Dome, two Hiroshima UNESCO sites, are famous around the world, but in Japan it's also famous for food. Seafood from the Seto Inland Sea, especially oysters, Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, and Setouchi lemons are all popular, and the natural scenery alone is worth seeing.

    • SHIKOKU

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      On the other side of the Seto Inland Sea opposite Japan’s main island, Shikoku (四国) is a region made up of four prefectures: Ehime, Kagawa, Kochi, and Tokushima. The area is famous for its udon (in Kagawa), and the beautiful Dogo Onsen hot springs (in Ehime).

    • Kagawa Prefecture is on the northern part of the island of Shikoku, facing Japan's main island and the Seto Inland Sea. It's known for being the smallest prefecture in Japan, by area, but at the same time Kagawa is called the "Udon Prefecture" thanks to its famous sanuki udon. Aside from Kotohiragu Shrine and Ritsurin Garden, the prefecture's small islands are popular, and Kagawa is full of unique destinations, like Angel Road. They say that if you lay eyes on Zenigata Sunae, a huge Kagawa sand painting, you'll never have money troubles ever again.

    • Located in the most southwestern part of Japan, Kyushu (九州) is an island of 7 prefectures: Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, and Kagoshima. The island's unique culture has been influenced by Chinese and Dutch trade, along with missionaries coming in through Nagasaki's port. Modern-day travelers love the lush natural scenery and fresh food, plus the natural hot springs found all throughout the area (thanks to volcanic activity)!

    • FUKUOKA

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      Fukuoka Prefecture has the highest population on the southern island of Kyushu, with two major cities: Fukuoka and Kitakyushu. Thanks to growing transportation networks, Fukuoka is more accessible than ever, and so are the many local attractions. On top of historical spots like Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, travelers shouldn't miss Fukuoka's food scene, with motsu nabe (offal hotpot), mentaiko (spicy cod roe), and famous Hakata ramen―best eaten from a food stall in the Nakasu area of Hakata. Plus, it's full of all sorts of destinations for travelers, like trendy shopping centers, and the beautiful nature of Itoshima and Yanagawa.

    • KAGOSHIMA

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      Kagoshima Prefecture played a major role in Japan's modernization as a backdrop for famous historical figures like samurais Saigo Takamori and Okubo Toshimichi, who pushed Japan out of the Edo era and into the Meiji. Because of that, Sengan-en Garden is just one of many historical destinations, and when it comes to attractions Kagoshima has plenty: the active volcano of Sakurajima, popular hot springs Ibusuki Onsen and Kirishima Onsen, World Heritage Site Yakushima Island, even what Japan calls the "island closest to heaven," Amami Oshima. Kagoshima might be found on the very southernmost tip of the southern island of Kyushu, but there's plenty to see.

    • OKINAWA

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      The island chain of Okinawa (沖縄) makes up the southernmost tip of Japan, which is why it's also the most tropical area in the country. Thanks to a history of independence and totally distinct political and cultural events, Okinawa has a unique culture, and remnants of the Ryukyu Kingdom are still visible all over the islands. Food, language, traditional dress, it's all a little different! It's also said to be the birthplace of karate.

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