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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.


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Spa World
Spa World
3.5 out of 5
3-4-24 Ebisu-higashi, Naniwaku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is SG$161 per night from 29 Jan to 30 Jan
Excludes taxes & fees

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! (207 reviews)

"Spa was great. The shiatsu massage was excellent. Nothing to eat there for vegetarian people. The meatless was so thin and felt like we were sleeping on the floor with no mattress. The staff was young and unhappy. It cost extra for kids to go on slides in the pool and go to kids playground. Stone ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan,2020

Spa World
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2.5 out of 5
1-20-5, Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is SG$96 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
Excludes taxes & fees

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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Toyoko Inn Osaka Tsutenkaku Mae
Toyoko Inn Osaka Tsutenkaku Mae
3 out of 5
2-3-4, Ebisu-higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
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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

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Landmark Namba Tsutenkaku
Landmark Namba Tsutenkaku
3 out of 5
1-3-2 Ebisu East, Osaka, Osaka
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Located in Shinsaibashi, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Tsutenkaku Tower, Nipponbashi and Tennoji Zoo. Spa World and Shitennoji Temple ...

4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)

"Property was very clean and cozy. Relatively close to the train station. Directions to get there were very clear and easy to follow. Night life in the area was fun"…"

Reviewed on 26 Mar,2020

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MAX Ebisu
MAX Ebisu
3 out of 5
1 Chome-9-2 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
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Located in Shinsaibashi, this apartment building is steps away from Tsutenkaku Tower and Nipponbashi. Spa World and Tennoji Zoo are also within 10 minutes. Ebisucho ...

4/5Very Good! (10 reviews)
とても満足でした。

"通天閣、あべのハルカスが近く、夜は串カツ食べに新世界巡りと、充実した旅行になりとても満足してます。 また大阪で泊まる機会があれば是非利用したいと思ってます。"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jul,2019

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Wa Modern
Wa Modern
3 out of 5
7F, 1-3-4, Ebisunishi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka
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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 ...

1/5 (1 review)

"シャワードアは壊れてるし、汚い部屋、キムチ臭くて不快でした。"…"

Reviewed on 25 Jun,2019

Wa Modern
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