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ShinsekaiOsaka

This Osaka neighborhood, with a name that translates to New World, is a historic entertainment district with cultural, shopping and gastronomic attractions. 

The Shinsekai district showcases the industrious, forward-thinking spirit of Osaka. Explore streets lined with curio shops, taste local specialty foods and experience the entertaining activities this downtown region has to offer.

Shinsekai, which means "New World," was first developed before World War II. Its northern half was modeled on Paris, as exemplified by the Eiffel-esque Tsutenkaku Tower. This industrial silver spire has become one of Osaka's iconic sights. Climb to its observation deck, 300 feet (90 meters) above the city streets, for a panoramic view of Osaka and beyond.

Venture through Shinsekai's intimate lanes and admire the old-fashioned shopfronts, which are decorated with traditional lanterns. The shops and restaurants here sell typical Osakan goods and food at inexpensive prices.

Try an Osakan favorite, kushikatsu, which is a deep-fried dish composed of skewered and battered foods. Savor chicken, pumpkin, asparagus and even ice cream prepared in this way. Adventurous eaters can sample the dangerous Japanese delicacy fugu, which is pufferfish with the poisonous elements carefully removed. Many restaurants are open 24 hours.

At night, the streets come aglow with neon signs and Japanese lamps. Wander thoroughfares and backstreets to find your favorite sake bar. Play games of chance in a pachinko club, which contains hundreds of slot-like gambling machines.

For a relaxing break, head to Shinsekai's local health resort, Spa World. This bath complex features a variety of themed rooms, each based on a different European and Asian culture. Rest in a wood-lined Finnish sauna and sink into a hot Japanese onsen.

Within walking distance of Shinsekai is Tennoji Park, a quiet garden precinct. Enjoy a moment’s peace among the trees or visit Tennoji Zoo, which exhibits wildlife from around the globe.

Shinsekai is also known as one of Osaka's seedier suburbs. However, this reputation is more a reflection of Japan's astoundingly low levels of crime than it is of the neighborhood’s safety. Nonetheless, be vigilant if traveling alone at night and avoid the red light district to the south of the JR railway loop. Shinsekai is a short walk from Shin-Imamiya Station.


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Top hotels in Shinsekai

Spa World
Spa World
3.5 out of 5
3-4-24 Ebisu-higashi, Naniwaku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
Free Cancellation
The price is P4,805 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Located in Shinsaibashi, this family-friendly Osaka hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Spa World and Tennoji Zoo. Tsutenkaku Tower and Nipponbashi are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (206 reviews)

"Spa was great. The shiatsu massage was excellent. Nothing to eat there for vegetarian people. The meatless was so thin and felt like we were sleeping on the floor with no mattress. The staff was young and unhappy. It cost extra for kids to go on slides in the pool and go to kids playground. Stone ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2020

Spa World
HOTEL AARON east
HOTEL AARON east
3 out of 5
The price is P1,642 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

Located in Shinsaibashi, this apartment building is steps away from Tsutenkaku Tower and Tennoji Zoo. Nipponbashi and Spa World are also within 10 minutes. Ebisucho ...

HOTEL AARON east
Toyoko Inn Osaka Tsutenkaku Mae
Toyoko Inn Osaka Tsutenkaku Mae
3 out of 5

Located in Shinsaibashi, this hotel is steps away from Tennoji Zoo and Tsutenkaku Tower. Spa World and Nipponbashi are also within 10 minutes. Dobutsuen-mae ...

4.2/5Very Good! (98 reviews)
Nice place

"Convenient location both to Tsutenkaku neighborhood and surrounding attractions; particularly convenient to KIX airport and a choice of train or subway lines to downtown, Kyoto, elsewhere. Small room but impressive in its design including desk, dining table with two chairs, toilet with all the features. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020

Toyoko Inn Osaka Tsutenkaku Mae
Excellent Black
Excellent Black
3 out of 5

Located in Shinsaibashi, this apartment building is steps away from Tsutenkaku Tower and Tennoji Zoo. Nipponbashi and Spa World are also within 10 minutes. Ebisucho ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"เตียงฟูกและหมอนนุ่มมาก นอนสบายมากค่ะ ห้องแยกเป็นสัดส่วนดี"…"

Reviewed on Oct 17, 2019

Excellent Black
Joytel Hotel Shinsekai Sakaisujidori
Joytel Hotel Shinsekai Sakaisujidori
3 out of 5

Located in Shinsaibashi, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tsutenkaku Tower, Nipponbashi and Spa World. Kyocera Dome Osaka and Osaka Castle are also within ...

Joytel Hotel Shinsekai Sakaisujidori
@RLiS_house Tsutenkaku
@RLiS_house Tsutenkaku
3 out of 5

Located in Shinsaibashi, this apartment building is steps away from Tsutenkaku Tower and Nipponbashi. Tennoji Zoo and Spa World are also within 10 minutes. Ebisucho ...

@RLiS_house Tsutenkaku
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Shinsaibashi showing street scenes

Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Namba Parks and Kuromon Ichiba Market. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station.

Shinsaibashi
Dotonbori featuring central business district and outdoor art as well as a large group of people

Dotonbori

A noteworthy feature of Dotonbori is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura.

Dotonbori
Namba which includes a city

Namba

4.5/5Wonderful!(62 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Namba. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Namba Station or Nippombashi Station to see more of Osaka.

Namba


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