Updated: April 17, 2018
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9 Things To Do in Shinsekai, Osaka

Shinsekai is known as Osaka's most chaotic town in many ways. It is such an interesting area to explore. Check out the following places out!

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Shinsekai is where all vibrant Osaka's culture emerges, with neon lights and 3D signboards. But did you know it was inspired by New York and Paris? In 1912, the symbol of Shinsekai, Tsutenkaku was built with unique architectural design which looked as if Eiffel Tower was built on top of Arc de Triomphe. It was such a novel idea back then.
You can have so much fun just walking around the area and exploring, because there's so many things you can do in Shinsekai!

Things to do in Shinsekai

Shinsekai has numbers of interesting places. Its atmosphere makes you feel like you are living in the 80s. The following places are where you should visit while you are in Shinsekai.

1. Janjan Yokocho

Janjan Yokocho is a popular street where all the cheap and good restaurants gather.
Shinsekai has lots of different Kushikatsu is a popular Osaka cuisine, which is deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables. Daruma is a really famous Kushikatsu store in Japan, so while you are in Shinsekai, why not give it a try?
Zuboraya is a popular restaurant specialized in fugu. You can easily find it with a huge fugu balloon hanging from the top of the restaurant.
There is a juice called "Mix Juice", which is a juice made of different fruits, and Osaka is really famous for their Mix Juice! This store, Sennariya Coffee, a famous kissaten (old Japanese cafe) is where the Mix Juice was born! Make sure to check out when you are there.
They also have Shinsekai Inari Shrine, where they have Omikuji made of stones! Omikuji is like a fortune cookie, but instead of cookies normally you shake a box filled with papers with numbers written on them, and you would get a number, then get exchanged with Omikuji, that tells your luck for the year. It is popular and people usually do it on new years.

Shinsekai Inari has a rare Omikuji! It is a form of roulette, where you spin the roulette made of stones, and you refer the number you got to the ones written on the board, and you'll see your luck. It's really interesting, right?

2. Tsutenkaku

Tsutenkaku is one of Osaka's symbols, which is a tower inspired by New York and Paris. You can go up the tower, and if you do, make sure to rub Billiken's feet because you it will bring you good luck! Billiken is Osaka's famous statue of god, and you will probably see the replicated Billikens everywhere in Shinsekai area.
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3. Isshinji Temple

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If you like temples, you should definitely stop by. Isshinji Temple is also known as "Okotsu-butsu temple" where they have statues made of bones after cineration. Their Niou-zou, which is a statue, is a popular photo spot.

4. Shitennoji Temple

Another famous temple in Shinsekai is called Shitennoji Temple. It was built by Shotoku Taishi, who was a legendary politician or prince during the Asuka period in Japan. Aside from all of his legendary work that he did in Asuka period, he is really famous for his ability to understand 10 people talking at the same time. Shitennoji Temple is a long established temple with long history, and it is located in the middle of the city. There are several places you can visit within the area, so make sure to check it out!
Their "Goju no Tou", five-storied pagoda, is really famous too!

5. Tennoji Zoo

Tennoji Zoo is a famous zoo in Osaka! The entrance fee is only ¥500 for adult and ¥200 for children, which is super cheap. You get to walk around and see animals. It has been there since really long time ago, and what's really famous here is their Indian elephant. If you want to go for a walk, you should stop by Tennoji Zoo. They also have a night zoo too, so check it out!

6. Q's Mall

If you want to go for shopping, check out Q's Mall! It is located close to Tennoji station. They have lots of shops as well as cute restaurants and cafes.

7. New Star Shinsekai

New Star Shinsekai is located very close to Tsutenkaku, and it is a little game store filled with local atmosphere. They have a game called "Smart Ball" which was really popular, and it is another form of Pachinko, which is like a Japanese Casino where people play gamble games. But this is more casual, and you can play at ¥100. It is a very simple game that anyone can play!

8. Kasuga Gorakujo

If you love game, or wondering what old Japanese games look like, you should check this place out! They have all sorts of old games which was popular years ago. It has retro atmosphere, and you can play games from ¥50.

9. Shinsekai Ichiba

Shinsekai Ichiba is a really deep and interesting area to explore. It is fun to look around the posters of each store, and you can feel the Showa era atmosphere. It is also known as "shutter arcade", since almost none of the stores are open.
Check out the posters! They're all unique and artsy.

Enjoy the most amusing area, Shinsekai!

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