ShinsekaiOsaka

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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.

Top hotels in Shinsekai

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
HOTEL VERTEX OSAKA
HOTEL VERTEX OSAKA
3 out of 5
Ebisuhigashi 3-6-16, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
NZ$83
per night
Feb 18 - Feb 19

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

4.4/5Wonderful! (669 reviews)

"The location is great, close to JR and subway and literally steps away from Shinsekei so eating at night is not a problem."…"

Reviewed on 27 Nov. 2019

HOTEL VERTEX OSAKA
Spa World
Spa World
3.5 out of 5
3-4-24 Ebisu-higashi, Naniwaku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
NZ$190
per night
Mar 4 - Mar 5

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! (202 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
Osaka Ebisu Hotel
Osaka Ebisu Hotel
2.5 out of 5
1-21-2, Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
NZ$64
per night
Feb 18 - Feb 19

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

4/5Very Good! (122 reviews)
Overall okay

"The room was clean and comfortable, but there's only one shared shower room on the Ground floor so that's a bit inconvenient. The WIFI also wasn't functioning when I was there so that was inconvenient as I haven't yet gotten my Japan SIM card."…"

Reviewed on 9 Apr. 2019

Osaka Ebisu Hotel
Toyoko Inn Osaka Tsutenkaku Mae
Toyoko Inn Osaka Tsutenkaku Mae
3 out of 5
2-3-4, Ebisu-higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
NZ$85
per night
Feb 18 - Feb 19

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (89 reviews)

"Toyoko Inn always delivers!"…"

Reviewed on 13 May 2019

Toyoko Inn Osaka Tsutenkaku Mae
Home Hostel Osaka
Home Hostel Osaka
1 out of 5
2-1-22 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa, Osaka, Osaka
Free Cancellation
NZ$57
per night
Feb 25 - Feb 26

Located in Shinsaibashi, this hostel is steps away from Tennoji Zoo and Tsutenkaku Tower. Abeno Harukas and Shitennoji Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dobutsuen-mae ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (63 reviews)
Amazing hostel to stay in

"Amazing hostel to stay in Osaka, close to subway stations. Staff were great and very helpful. The kitchen had full amenities to use free of charge. Each guest can have one towel per day, and slippers are free. Bathroom and toilets were great. Overall, highly recommended place to stay in Osaka."…"

Reviewed on 8 Jun. 2019

Home Hostel Osaka
THE PAX HOSTEL / CAFE / RECORDS
THE PAX HOSTEL / CAFE / RECORDS
2.5 out of 5
1-20-5, Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
NZ$99
per night
Feb 21 - Feb 22

Located in Shinsaibashi, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Tsutenkaku Tower, Nipponbashi and Tennoji Zoo. Spa World and Shitennoji Temple are also within ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (26 reviews)

"Excellent location, great decor and very friendly staff. I will definitely be staying here again when I come back to Osaka!"…"

Reviewed on 2 May 2019

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Popular activities in Shinsekai

Tsutenkaku Tower
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Tsutenkaku Tower

4/5(83 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.

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.

Universal Studios Japan™
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Universal Studios Japan™

4.5/5(155 reviews)

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

Top activities in Shinsekai

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

Travel back in time to this local entertainment district for a taste of vintage Osaka! The Shinsekai district is unique. There is nothing really like it anywhere else in Japan. The neighborhood dates back to early 1900’s and grew in popularity through the post war “Showa” era until the 1960’s.

Foodie Small-Group Cycling Tour
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Foodie Small-Group Cycling Tour

NZ$113

Uncover Osaka's favorite foods as you cruise around the city with a knowledgeable guide by bicycle. Sip steaming bowls of oden, snack on spicy chijimi pancakes, and savor delicate morsels of fresh fish at a traditional sushi restaurant on this foodie-focused foray.

Kyoto Perfect Tour: 1day bus tour
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Kyoto Perfect Tour: 1day bus tour

NZ$197

Discover the 3 World Heritage listed sites (Kiyomizu temple, Tenrryuji temple and Kinkakuji Temple) in Kyoto. Besides, we will visit 2 popular spots: Fushimi Inari Shrine and bamboo forest in Sagano. Please be intoxicated magnificent Japanese historical places.

Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour
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Kyoto & Nara 1-Day Tour

NZ$220

Explore the must-see sights of history-rich Kyoto, including the spectacular Nijo Castle, eminent Kinkaku-ji, and grand Kyoto Imperial Palace. In the afternoon, embark for Nara, home of pacific Nara Park and the famous temple of Todai-ji.

Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe
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Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe

NZ$149

Take a journey through the wonders of ancient and modern Japan with a day trip that shows you the historic cities of Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. With destinations from the peaceful bamboo forest of Arashiyama to the lively Kobe Mosaic, you get a look at centuries' worth of culture.

Private Tour - A Tour for Tower Lovers to Visit Famous Towers in Nara!
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Private Tour - A Tour for Tower Lovers to Visit Famous Towers in Nara!

NZ$187

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