Shinsekai with the atmosphere of the good old days is one of nostalgic districts in Osaka. The area was developed at the site where the 1903 National Industrial Exposition used to be. Now, the area has the famous tower called Tutenkaku and numbers of Kushikatsu restaurants and hot spring theme park called Spa World. You can have so much fun just walking around the area.
Origin of the name, Shinsekai
When written in Japanese, Shinsekai is composed of two words. The word of Shin in Shinsekai means “new”, the word of Sekai means “world.” The New World was originally modelled after the cities of New York and Paris.
Tsutenkaku is the symbol of the ShinSekai. The original tower, built in 1912, was located center of Shin-sekai. Tutenkaku was designed to resemble the Parisian Eiffel Tower. It was the biggest structure in East Asia at the time. During WWI period, though the tower was once scrapped, it was reconstructed in 1956.
The current tower, 103 meters high, has the observatory, which offers amazing panoramic view of Osaka. The neon light on top of the tower show tomorrow’s weather by a combination of different colors.
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|ADDRESS||〒 556-0002 1-18-6 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka|
|OPEN HOURS||9:00 - 21:00 (admissions close 20:30)|
|ADMISSION FEE||Adult JPY 700,
Junior high / elementary school children / infants (more than 5 years of age)
|ACCESS||3-minute walk from Ebisucho Station on the Subway Sakaisuji Line.
The golden statue of the good-luck charm is called Billiken. It was brought over from America in the 1900s. You can see the statue everywhere of Shin-sekai. When you find the statue, you make sure to rub Billion’s feet to bring you good luck.
There are numbers of Kushikatsu restaurants which serve deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables. It’s a popular Osaka cuisine. The price is usually about 100 to 200 yen for one stick. It’s not expensive, but very tasty.
Shinsekai is the lively area same as Dotonbori. There are also many huge signboards and characters in Shinsekai. Restaurants are decorated with gaudy ornaments. A huge fugu balloon hanging from the top of the restaurant is very famous.
Spa World is the hot spring theme park. The baths are divided into a European Zone and an Asian Zone which switches between genders each month. There are about 8 baths each zone. A huge spa will make you body relax. You can enjoy gorgeous and blissful time.
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|ADDRESS||〒556-0002 3-4-24 Ebisu-higashi Naniwa-ku, Osaka|
|OPEN HOURS||10.00 am – 8.45 am the next day|
|ADMISSION FEE||All day pass JPY 2700 / Adult|
|ACCESS||3-minute walk from Dobutsuen-mae Station on the Subway Midosuji and Sakaisuji Lines.|
Shinsekai area is full of activity, but Shinsekai Ichiba is not lively. Shinsekai Ichiba is known as “shutter arcade,” because there are many vacant stores on this street. You can see the old-fashioned shopping street and feel the retro atmosphere.
The ceiling painting of a peacock is the work of Koji Okitani. It’s the same design as the original that was painted on the ceiling of the first Tsutenkaku tower. You can look up to the painting from underneath the tower.
Fun Izakayas, Japanese style bars, have been opening one after another in Osaka. Tsurikichi, located in front of Tsutenkaku, is one of those. As you step inside the bars, you might be surprised by the huge ships in the restaurant. You can catch fish and give them to a staff member to cook. You can also choose your preferred cooking method, such as baked, boiled or row.
The stones were gathered from nearby mountains to build the wall of Osaka Castle. However during tranportation some of these stones were dropped. The stones are called “Zannen-ishi” in Japanese. You can find the one of them underneath the Tsutenkaku tower.
The Tennoji Zoo
There are many vending machines in Osaka so that you can buy drinks anytime and anywhere. Almost all drinks are sold at 130 yen, but this machine inparticular sells them from 50yen. Let’s find the cheapest one to save your money.
|ADDRESS||〒 556-0002 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka|
|ADMISSION FEE||Free (some facilities require fees)|
・ Around Ebisucho Station on the Subway Sakaisuji Line.
・ 3-minute walk from Dobutsuen-mae Station on the Subway Midosuji and Sakaisuji Lines.
・ 3-minute walk from Shin-Imamiya Station on the JR Osaka loop Lines.