Monday, May 22, 2017

THE NEW YORK-PARIS INSPIRED DISTRICT OF SHINSEKAI IN OSAKA

Location: Shinsekai, Osaka, Japan



Note: This is a part of my 6-day trip in Japan



The vibrant Shinsekai District


Shinsekai is an old neighbourhood located next to south Osaka City's downtown "Minami" area. The neighbourhood was created in 1912 with New York as a model for its southern half and Paris for its northern half.

An endless sight of restaurants offering authentic Japanese cuisine
















There also entertainment venues of 1980's genre. Shinsekai is one of the attractions of Osaka. Within the area are also SPAs where you can relax after an exhausting but leisurely stroll.

The Tsutenkaku Observation Tower at the backdrop


Tsutenkaku is the symbol of the Shin-Sekai area. Outside of the observation deck at the top where you can gaze down at all of Osaka, there's also the golden statue of the good-luck charm Billiken (brought over from America in the 1900s) whose feet you can rub for good fortune, the Luna Park Diorama display where you can see how Shin-Sekai was 100 years ago, and more. Business hours are 9:00 am - 9:00 pm 365 days a year, with last entry at 8:30 pm. If you end up in the area after it's closed, then walk towards an area a little ways away so you can enjoy the sight of Tsutenkaku at night. The tower is lit up with colorful lights and neon kanji signs. It will make you feel as though you're in a movie about the future where cultures have blended together. Entrance fee is 700 JPY for adults.

This is just near the entry point of Shinsekai




Still a part of Shinsekai


Dining in one of the restaurants in Shinsekai completes an authentic cuisine experience


One of the symbols of Japan




There are also a few shopping outlets where tourists can buy any thing which give a taste of Japan. Prices are not that high but they are not also cheap like that of Thailand and Hongkong.

This part is just down the Tsutenkaku Tower


This just the first day of my Japan tour where we had our Airbnb accommodation in Osaka. I have detailed photos of Shinsekai. Unfortunately, I got a problem of the SD Card of my mobile phone and all the pictures I took from Day 1 to Day 3 were no longer accessible. The pictures I posted here are just personal posted in Facebook Account. Such a great loss.

TRANSPORT ACCESS

Shinsekai is a short walk from Shin-Imamiya Station on the JR Loop Line, Dobutsuen-mae Station on the Midosuji and Sakaisuji Subway Lines, and Ebisucho Station on the Sakaisuji Subway Line.

VICINITY MAP OF SHINSEKAI



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