I traveled to Osaka in late September. This was my first visit to Osaka except for business trips. There are several things I missed doing, so I would like to revisit Osaka in the future. In this article, I will write about Shinsekai as part of Day 2.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Umeda
* Day 1: Nakanoshima
* Day 1: Nakanoshima (Light-up)
* Day 2: Osaka Castle
* Day 2: Abeno Harukas
* Day 2: Shinsekai [This article]
* Day 2: Abeno Harukas (Light-up)
* Day 3: Sumiyoshi Shrine
* Day 3: Namba
* Day 3: Amerikamura and Namba
* Day 3: Namba (Light-up)
* Day 4: Expo’70 Commemorative Park
* Day 4: Expo’70 Commemorative Park
* Day 4: Umeda
* Day 4: Umeda (Light-up)
* Day 5: Kaiyukan
* Day 5: Tempozan Marketplace
* Day 5: GLION MUSEUM & Return Home
Go to Shinsekai
Following the previous post, I moved from Tennoji Park to Shinsekai.
On the contrary to Tennoji Park whose atmosphere was relaxing, Shinsekai had a kind of chaotic atmosphere.
The area was crowded with both local people and tourists.
This was “New Star”, an amusement center to play “Smart Ball”.
Clouds were impressive.
I came to “Janjan Yokocho”.
“Janjan Yokocho” is a shopping district that is 180 meters long north and south. Here are some snap photos from “Janjan Yokocho”.
While I usually use a wide zoom lens (16-35mm), I used two prime lens (55mm and 90mm) this time.
There was a shooting gallery.
Talking of Shinsekai, “Kushikatsu” was one of the most popular local foods and I saw many restaurants that severed “Kushikatsu”.
This was a Japanese chess club.
“Janjan Yokocho” was a deeper area.
Now I will have an early dinner. I had decided to eat “Kushikatsu” when in Shinsekai and picked up several “Kushikatsu” restaurants in advance. However, I found there were long queuing at each famous “Kushikatsu” restaurant.
Then, I managed to find a restaurant “Yamatoya”.
In the restaurant. It’s a Japanese-style pub.
Assortment of “Kushikatsu”.
I will continue to walk around Shinsekai after dinner.
One of the well-known photo spots in Shinsekai was here – “Fugu” lantern with the background of Tsutenkaku Tower.
I just happened to see a street musician singing songs.
There was also a luxurious bathing house “Spa World” in Shinsekai.
View from “Spa World” toward Tsutenkaku Tower.
I will move to Tsutenkaku Tower.
The main street to Tsutenkaku Tower was surrounded by a variety of shops and restaurants.
I reached Tsutenkaku Tower.
I stopped by “Cafe Doremi” before going to Tsutenkaku Tower.
In the cafe. It’s a retro cafe.
I ordered mixed juice and fruit parfait.
When I had Kushikatsu at Yamatoya, a couple sat beside me. Coincidentally, I saw them in the cafe again, so we looked at each other 🙂
I will go to the observatory of Tsutenkaku Tower.
There was an event space and a performance was held on the stage.
After I bought a ticket, I realized I made a miscalculation. I didn’t expect queuing so much, but it would take about 50 minutes to reach the observatory.
So I queued up to go to the observatory. Here are some photos on the way to the observatory.
Finally, I got into an elevator to move to the observatory.
In addition to the normal observatory, there was a special outdoors observation platform “Tembo Paradise”.
I originally planed to start to take photos before sunset, but the sun has already gone down.
Here are some photos from “Tembo Paradise”.
Unfortunately, I was not able to take sunset photos, but I was satisfied with photos in Tsutenkaku Tower observatory as a whole.
Then, I will continue to take evening photos in Shinsekai and Abeno Harukas.
That’s it for the article about Shinsekai as part of Day 2.
The areas I have gone around (Umeda, Nakanoshima and Tennoji) so far were relatively modern and sophisticated among Osaka, which were similar to Tokyo in a sense. On the other hand, Shinsekai had retro and deep atmosphere with common touch. Perhaps, this is what travelers would look for in Osaka. So I believe Shinsekai would be a place worth visiting in Osaka 🙂
In the next article, I will write about evening scene in Shinsekai and Abeno Harukas as part of Day 2.
1 Janjan Yokocho
4 Cafe Doremi
5 Tsutenkaku Tower
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