Shinsekai, Osaka - Address
Address: Shinsekai, Osaka, Japan
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About Shinsekai, Osaka
Shinsekai is a district in Osaka known for its vibrant night life, its restaurants and its pleasure houses. At the district's centre stands Tsutenkaku Tower. The area was developed into its current layout following the success of the 1903 National Industrial Exposition. While developing the area, Paris was chosen as the model for Shinsekai's northern half, while Coney Island was chosen as the model for the southern portion of the area. Many restaurants in Shinsekai are open 24 hours, but only truly come alive when the lights come on at night!
- Do taste the delicious Kushi-katsu that is sold at many hand carts and restaurants in the area.
How To reach Shinsekai by Public Transport
- Shin-Imamiya Station
- Dobutsuen-mae Station
- Sakaisuji Subway Lines
- Ebisucho Station
Restaurants Near Shinsekai
- Yokozuna Kushikatsu
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Shinsekai, Osaka Reviews
Very colourful neighborhood to walk arnd. Came across a few old school game shops and arcade along the way. There was also a GO association there where you can watch people play live. Not much of shopping though except for a souvenir store and some t shirt stalls. Spa world is nearby if you are tired and want to soak in a hot bath.
It's pretty deserted and most of the shops closed early in winter. Nothing much to see except abundance of seafood restaurants. We managed to find a Turkish Kebab at the end of the street. Quite reasonable price.
I had no expectations when I visited Shinsekai and I found it underwhelming. If you're young, a student, or a hippy/hipster (and nothing wrong with hippies), etc., you might really like this place. Lots of restaurants and bar type places to choose from, cheapish fashion stores (think velour suit style), Spa World close by, and a bustling nightlife. I did not like it here. It was dirty, creepy (although I didn't feel unsafe), and gimmicky. If you like stuff you can buy lots of stuff here. I got nothing out of this place and I can't really recommend it. Shinsekai could be a romantic outing for couples because there's gaming a alley (which to me, was the best part of this area). You could win your boyfriend/girlfriend some crackers. If I wanted a similar vibe I can go hang out in Northbridge at night in Perth. Shinsekai IS more fun than Northbridge just to clarify.
To the west of Tennoji Park is Shin-Sekai, one of Osaka's most interesting neighborhoods. This area has remained largely untouched over the years. At the beginning of the 20th Century the area flourished, and pulsed with amusement attractions and restaurants that drew enormous crowds. Today, little of the bustle remains, but many old eating and drinking establishments can still be found. One highlight is Jan-Jan Yokocho Lane, which runs along one side of Shin-Sekai. This dining and shopping street is where laborers who rebuilt Osaka after World War II gathered, and it still contains Japanese-style pubs and cheap cafeteria-like restaurants with highly unique menus that include hormone-yaki (barbecued cattle organs) and kushi-yaki (Japanese shish kebab); it's an entertainment district for locals, much as it has always been. The name of this alley comes from the "jan jan" strumming sound of the Japanese banjo that waitresses used to play to attract customers.
An overrated place. Most of the restaurants are selling the same type of food.