Osaka is known for having a great and unique culture, and is one of the most popular destinations in Japan. The local food that can be savored in Osaka is like no other, and a fantastic experience awaits you in this city. Here are 8 spots in Osaka that you cannot miss!
1. The Shogi street - Shinsekai Shopping Street
The symbol of Shinsekai Shopping Street is the Tsutenkaku Tower, a 103 meter (113 yard) tall tower. There is an observatory on Tsutenkaku where you can enjoy a beautiful bird’s eye view of Osaka. Shinsekai Shopping Street is also known as the home of Shogi, Japanese chess. At the foot of Tsutenkaku tower is a monument built for the late Sakata Sankichi, a renowned Shogi player that was a star in the early 1900s. The monument was originally built in 1969 but this one shown in the photo was renewed in 2014.
Shinsekai Shopping Street
Address: 2-1, Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka City
Access: 5 minute’s walk from Sekai-suji Line Ebisuhigashi Station
2. Finger food and an arcade - Janjan Yokocho
After visiting the Tsutenkaku tower, it is highly recommended that you visit the Janjan Yokocho as well, which is just a few minutes from the tower. It is a 180 meter (197 yard) long arcade district. There are various eatery options along the street as well, with famous shops such as the former “Yaekatsu”, well-known for their delicious Kushi-Katsu – fried food served on a stick. There are many other great finger foods along the street and Janjan Yokocho is definitely worth a visit!
Janjan Yokocho Shopping Street
Address: 3-4-12, Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka City
Access: 3 minute’s walk from Dobutsuen-Mae Subway Station
3. The backbone of Osaka’s supermarkets - Tamade Grocery
Tamade Honndori Shotengai Shopping Street is best known for the discounted price grocery supermarket, Super Tamade. This supermarket assists everyone’s household budget in Osaka. If you manage to visit the supermarket at the right time, you could even experience the unbelievable 1-yen sale. That’s not even 0.01 USD! Visiting the local supermarket is certainly a great way to find out more about the place you are visiting. There are also other eatery and snack stores along the shopping street, so do check it out!
Tamade Honndori Shotengai Shopping Street
Address: 1-6-3, Tamadenishi, Nishinari Ward, Osaka City
Access: 4 minute’s walk from Subway Yotsubashi Line Tamade Station
4. Complete your Osaka souvenir shopping here!
Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotonbori Branch is located in Dotonbori, another shopping street that you have to visit. Outside the store is the famous “Kuidaore Ningyo,” one of the symbols of Osaka. This shop allows you to not only gain insight into Osaka’s unique tradition and food culture, but also to purchase a whole bunch of souvenirs you cannot find elsewhere in Japan! The popular gifts here include the various Takoyaki (Octopus dumpling ball), flavored sweets such as Takoyaki jellies, caramels and even Yokan (a type of Japanese sweet).
Naniwa Meibutsu Ichibirian Dotonbori Branch
Address: 1-7-19, Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka City
Opening Hours: 10:00am -10:00pm
Access: 4 minute walk from Namba Station
5. The historical Karahori Shopping Street
Karahori Shopping Street was featured in one of Japan’s famous television shows, Buratamori. One of the reasons why this shopping street is so famous is because one can get to view the Taiko sewage - a historically important sewage that was built over 400 years ago, and is still being used! Other highlights of Karahori Shopping Street include the olden day style street as well as various delicious eateries that will allow you to enjoy Osaka’s local dishes.
Karahori Shopping Street
Address: Chuo Ward, Osaka City
Access: 4 minute walk from Matsuyamachi Station
6. The Yatais of Kyobashi Station Region
Kyobashi Station Region is most known for the Yatais that can be found there. A Yatai is a movable Japanese stall, and these stalls are popular as they serve delicious food very quickly. You also get to interact with other customers to the Yatai, and the whole atmosphere of the Kyobashi region is very friendly and lively. One of the famous Yatais here is “Toyo”, a seafood stall where you can enjoy fresh Maguro, sea urchin, salmon roe and many others!
Kyobashi Station Region
Address: 2-3, Katamachi, Miyakojima Ward, Osaka City
Access: Walkable distance from Kyobashi Station
7. Explore the different cultures of the world at National Museum of Ethnology
The National Museum of Ethnology is located just 10 minutes from Osaka Monorail Koen-Higashiguchi Station. Not so much a shopping destination, but at this museum, you can explore the different types of cultures, traditions and lifestyles of people from various countries. Over one million artifacts are placed on display at the National Museum of Ethnology and this is highly recommended for those who love to learn about various countries’ cultures!
National Museum of Ethnology
Address: 10-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita Ward, Osaka City
Opening Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm (closed on Wednesday)
Access: 10 minute walk from Osaka Monorail Koen-Higashiguchi Station
Website: National Museum of Ethnology
8. The toy shops at Matuyamatisuji Shopping Street
Today’s toys are generally electronic, and even those that are not have intricate designs and technologies that were almost unfathomable just 30 years ago. At Matuyamatisuji Shopping Street, you can purchase various toys that kids used to play during the Showa era - more than 30 years ago. Some of them include the Super Ball - a very bouncy rubber ball - that some of you may not have played with before. Many of these olden-day toys can be bought at extremely cheap prices, so do check out Matuyamatisuji Shopping Street when in Osaka!
Matuyamatisuji Shopping Street
Address: 2-4-13, Nonibashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka City
Access: 3 minute walk from Subway Nagahori Tsurumi-ryokuchi Line Matsuyamachi Station
Website: Matuyamatisuji Shopping Street
The best of Osaka
Many of these shopping streets in Osaka will allow you to experience the greatest food, hospitality and atmosphere of Osaka. Make sure you check them out during your visit to Japan!
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