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IN A FEW WORDS

A retro-futuristic look of a long gone symbol of modernity

DESCRIPTION

Shinsekai

Shinsekai, meaning "New world", is a neighborhood in southern Osaka which was created in the early 1900's as a symbol of progress and modernity, but received minimal redevelopment after World War II resulting in one of Japan's most nostalgic and poorest areas nowadays.

Shinsekai is also well known for its multiple kushikatsu restaurants. Kushikatsu is a culinary speciality from Osaka consisting in various kinds of meat, fish and vegetables breaded and deep fried on small sticks.

Tsutenkaku Tower

600¥ 9:00 - 21:00

Tsutenkaku means "Tower Reaching Heaven", since it was the highest tower in the east at its time of construction in 1912. The original tower was dismantled in 1943 to supply iron for the war and the present one was built in 1956 by local citizens, standing as an authentic symbol of the city.
The tower features two observation platforms in its 4th and 5th floors at a height of 86 and 91 meters respectively. In the 5th floor visitors can find a Billiken statue, a popular figure of the district which is supposed to bring good luck.

HOW TO GET THERE

Shin-Imamiya Station
JR Loop Line Railpass

Dobutsuen-mae Station
Midosuji Line, Tanimachi Line

Ebisucho Station
Tanimachi Line

aroundMOVE AROUND

Shinsekai is a short walk from Shin-Imamiya train station and Dobutsuen-mae and Ebisucho subway station.

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