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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.


Popular places to visit in Shinsekai

Spa World
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Spa World

4/5(11 reviews)

Relax in world culture-themed spas, recharge with medicinal saunas and play around in a water park at this comprehensive health retreat.

Tsutenkaku Tower
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Tsutenkaku Tower

4/5(85 reviews)

Reach the top of this spectacular monument to happiness and prosperity in Osaka and pay a visit to Billiken, the smiling god of good fortune.

Universal Studios Japan
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Universal Studios Japan

4.5/5(156 reviews)

Watch theatrical shows, meet lovable mascots and go on exhilarating rides at this extensive movie-focused theme park.

Top activities in Shinsekai

Small-Group Guided Osakan Home-Cooking Course
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Small-Group Guided Osakan Home-Cooking Course

NZ$106
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Retro Osaka Street Food Tour with a local in Shinsekai area
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Retro Osaka Street Food Tour with a local in Shinsekai area

NZ$254
Per adult
Foodie Small-Group Cycling Tour
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Foodie Small-Group Cycling Tour

NZ$127
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Small-Group Guided Osakan Street Food Cooking Course
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Small-Group Guided Osakan Street Food Cooking Course

NZ$105
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour
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Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour

NZ$279
Per adult
92% of travellers recommend
Osaka in a Nutshell: Three hour bike tour
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Osaka in a Nutshell: Three hour bike tour

NZ$95
Per adult

Top hotels in Shinsekai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Spa World
Spa World
3.5 out of 5
3-4-24 Ebisu-higashi, Naniwaku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is NZ$178 per night from 28 Sep. to 29 Sep.

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! (205 reviews)

"Overall good place to stay with kids. Only concern would be the rather strange rules to use the slides - maybe one reason why hardly anybody used them..."…"

Reviewed on 14 Oct. 2019

Spa World
HOTEL AARON east
HOTEL AARON east
3 out of 5
1-3-1 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka
The price is NZ$115 per night from 1 Oct. to 2 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
2-3-4, Ebisu-higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka

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 2 Jan. 2020

Toyoko Inn Osaka Tsutenkaku Mae
Excellent Black
Excellent Black
3 out of 5
6F, 1-3-4, Ebisunishi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka

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 17 Oct. 2019

Excellent Black
Joytel Hotel Shinsekai Sakaisujidori
Joytel Hotel Shinsekai Sakaisujidori
3 out of 5
2-10-9 Ebisuhigashi, Osaka, Osaka
The price is NZ$144 per night from 25 Sep. to 26 Sep.

Located in Shinsaibashi, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tsutenkaku Tower and Nipponbashi. Spa World and Kyocera Dome Osaka are also within 3 mi (5 km). ...

Joytel Hotel Shinsekai Sakaisujidori
@RLiS_house Tsutenkaku
@RLiS_house Tsutenkaku
3 out of 5
1-16-9 Ebisuhigashi Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka

Located in Shinsaibashi, this apartment building is steps away from Tsutenkaku Tower and Nipponbashi. Spa World and Kyocera Dome Osaka are also within 3 mi (5 ...

@RLiS_house Tsutenkaku

Other areas in Osaka

Shinsaibashi showing street scenes

Shinsaibashi

Namba Parks and Kuromon Ichiba Market are top sights in Shinsaibashi, and you should be sure to explore the popular shops. Hop aboard the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station to see more sights in the area.

Shinsaibashi
Dotonbori featuring outdoor art and cbd as well as a large group of people

Dotonbori

Dotonbori is known for its popular shops, and with sights like Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Osaka.

Dotonbori
Namba featuring a city

Namba

4.5/5Wonderful!(291 area reviews)

Travellers love Namba for its popular shops, and you can see more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Namba Station or Nippombashi Station. You might spend time checking out top sights like Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura.

Namba



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