Japanese Women’s Beauty Secrets: What skincare and beauty products do the pros recommend?


The culture of Japan is attractive to many for its history and gastronomy, but you’d be remiss not include the beauty of Japanese ladies, too. They’re known for their characteristic elegant style, delicate and clear skin, and refined makeup. Rather than just admiring them, many women may want to try emulating a bit of this Japanese style of beauty for themselves. Let's head to Umeda, central Osaka today and discover the beauty secrets together!

In the Umeda shopping area, you can shop ‘til you drop, and buy not only local Japanese brands but also many international brands. We visited several popular skincare and beauty shops and asked the staff, who know their products better than anyone, to share with us the beauty products they recommend the most.

Misugi Cosme Garden-S

First up is Misugi Cosme Garden S, located on Market Street in Diamor Osaka, an underground shopping mall. Here you can find Shiseido's product line! There’s a large consultation area in the store, and the expert staff will help provide you with the best plan to bring out your beauty. There is also a testing area where you can try out the products that interest you.

Products recommended by staff

Shiseido Ultimune Powerizing Concentrate

The Ultimune Powerizing Concentrate sells one bottle every 7 seconds, making it the best-selling serum in the world! It can also be called Shiseido's No.1 serum. Even in harsh environments, it keeps skin healthy and moisturized. In addition, it uses 100% renewable packaging to protect the environment.

CPB Voile Crème Correcteur

This makeup cream instantly fits to skin no matter its condition, improves skin texture and dullness, and helps to bring out skin radiance. Using unique skincare technology, the Voile Crème Correcteur offers the strongest protection against skin damage from UV rays and dryness.

Mall: Diamor Osaka
Floor: Market Street
Business Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Popular both in Japan and abroad, POLA THE BEAUTY is an all-in-one salon that includes skin care and beauty products, health foods, and beauty services. At POLA, you can find all the steps—from consultation, to professional cosmetic treatment, and daily care— all offered as one product. A professional beauty therapist will come up with the most suitable beauty plan to fit your needs.

Products recommended by staff

BA Wash

This cleanser features the BA series’ signature long-lasting anti-glycation abilities, which can help to prevent aging. The biggest plus is the richness of the foam the cleanser makes, which doesn’t cause feelings of tightness after cleansing.

Mall: Diamor Osaka
Floor: Casual Street
Business Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cosme Kitchen

Located in Hankyu Sanbangai, Cosme Kitchen specializes in unique natural and organic cosmetics. In addition to ownership of its own farms and contract farms, Cosme Kitchen produces products using safer materials, and carefully selects domestic and foreign brands and products according to its own unique perspective.

Organic products can infuse you with more life force and bring health and well-being to the body and mind. In Cosme Kitchen you can find all kinds of natural care products, including both skin care and makeup.

Products recommended by staff

F Organics Moisture Lotion

This lotion is an original brand produced by Cosme Kitchen. Using carefully selected ingredients from Japan, the F Organics Moisture Lotion keep the skin moisturized for a long time with its intense hydration, while pomegranate fruit extract makes skin plump and firm.

Floor: South Building B1
Business Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Crème et Rouge

Crème et Rouge - its French name means “cream and lipstick” - is a grown-up select cosmetics shop. Like the Parisian women who enjoy life without a thought for their age, this store encourages shoppers to choose whatever products speak most to them, regardless of trends or brands. Crème et Rouge hopes to bring a little moisture and color to the everyday lives of these sorts of women, just like the hand cream and lipstick of its namesake.

Products recommended by staff

&be Cream Eyeshadow

This eyeshadow brings life to the eyes with an elegant, luxurious luster, and even moisturizes the skin around the eyes. The cream formula has strong staying power, so it works well on its own, or even as an eyeshadow base.

Floor: North Building 1F
Business Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Layered Fragrance

Layered Fragrance, a niche Japan fragrance brand created by renowned Japanese fragrance designer Sho Ishizaka, is located on the 4th floor of the shopping mall HEP FIVE. The shop’s minimalist black and white design evokes a discreet and sophisticated Japan philosophy. The store has a total of 28 products, ranging from refreshing to sweet scents. The scents here are soft and mellow, and pleasantly discreet, so they work wonderfully even for people who don’t usually use perfume.

Products recommended by staff

Oriental Wood

This fragrance has a warm, woody scent and is popular with visitors from abroad.

Hakone Roten (literally, “Open-Air Bath in Hakone, Japan”)

This fragrance has a fresh green scent inspired by Hakone Onsen (hot springs), giving it a name that literally translates to “Open-Air Bath in Hakone.” It's perfect for when you're traveling in Japan.

Floor: 4F
Business Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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We couldn’t introduce them all this time, but there are so many more wonderful places to shops and fantastic items in the malls where you can find these stores! Are you ready to set out to find the perfect Japanese beauty secrets for yourself?

If traveling to Osaka by bullet train, from Shin-Osaka Station you can access Osaka’s Umeda district by JR train or by taking the Midosuji Subway Line to Umeda station.
If you are traveling from Namba Station, take the Midosuji or Yotsubashi Subway Line to Umeda or Nishi-Umeda Station, or take the Hanshin Namba Line to Osaka-umeda Station.
From Kansai International Airport, you can reach Osaka Station in about one hour on the JR Airport Express Haruka.

For more information on Umeda, check out some of our Trip Ideas.

*Business hours may be altered due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

*Information in this article is accurate as of the date of posting. There is a possibility that details regarding these products and services have changed, or that some shops have since closed.


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