Shinsekai in Osaka

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  • Osaka Shinsekai Area With The Tsutenkaku Tower

  • Osaka Shinsekai Area

  • Osaka Shinsekai Area With The Tsutenkaku Tower

  • Osaka Shinsekai Area With The Tsutenkaku Tower

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The Shinsekai (means "New World") district in Osaka has not the best reputation in Japan. Best Ryokans in Osaka Explore Ryokans in Osaka >
Ryokans are the perfect way to discover old Japanese culture and traditions.
This old retro neighborhood stayed untouched for many years and the atmosphere of the 50s and 60s are still alive at this interesting place. At the center of the district you will find the Tsutenkaku Tower. A symbol of the better days of Shinsekai.

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Shinsekai was built in 1912. It was in the beginning a very popular entertainment and nightlife district for the hard working people in Osaka.


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Shinsekai is located within Naniwa-ku (ward) south of Osaka's downtown area Minami.

How to get to Shinsekai?

  • 10min from Shin-Imamiya Station served by JR Osaka Loop Line
  • 10min from Dobutsuen-mae Subway Station (Exit 5) served by Midosuji Line
  • 3min from Ebisucho Subway Station (Exit 5) served by Sakaisuji Line

Sightseeing spots


Tsutenkaku Tower - the total height is 103m and you will find observatory at 91m, the tower was reconstructed in 1956

Jan-Jan Yokocho Lane - a dining and shopping street

Spa World - huge hot spring complex

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)


Tenjin Matsuri Festival (24th till 25th)
Osaka’s greatest traditional festival (over 1000 years old) and ranked as one of the top 3 festivals in Japan. Enjoy spectecular processions on land and in the water, great fireworks and a unique atmosphere created by the traditional costumes and music. My must-see recommendation for you.


Osaka Thai Festival (5th till 6th)
The Thai Festival in the Tennoji Park gives you the great opportunity to explore another culture. Enjoy the traditional Thai beer, good food, music and Muay Thai events.

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