After eating and shopping, are you looking for some places to play? Shinsekai at night is a quite bustling area. With a mix of cultural features of new and old, entertainment venues like Gay Town with more than 25 Gay Bars which are available for you to choose from. YOu can also visit the red light district of Osaka in Shinseki where specializing in the screening of slightly “adult” films will promise a lot of interesting experiences for male/female adults and Pachinko Parlors – The venue for games is like gambling. Only in a neighborhood that satisfies all 3 criteria: Shopping; eating and playing. It’s a good place you should not be missed in your upcoming trip to Osaka.
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Getting there: Take the red line Midosuji Line to Dobutsuen-mae station or the brown line Sakaisuji Line to Ebisucho Station. If you have JR Pass, just take the JR West Loop Line to Shin-Imamiya station.
You should spend a day exploring this longest shopping district in Japan, which is probably not a bad idea. Tenjinbashi is located in Kita-ku, Osaka city, stretching 2.6km in the North-South direction, including 600 different shops. It is divided into 6 specialized areas with the bold Japanese-style clothing and eating shops … Here you can find many specialized stores that have been sold items from old time. You also will easily find local goods with very cheap and reasonable prices when shopping in Tenjinbashi area.
Tenjinbashi is a place where locals often come to buy food and fruit for their daily lives. Therefore, Tenjinbashi always brings a feeling of closeness and friendliness. Moreover, Tenjinbashi also has Kimono shops where you can drop by to see or rent premium Kimono if you intend to go to Kyoto. When visiting Tenjinbashi on July 24 to 25 every year, you will be able to attend the Tenjin festival with outdoor performances. Besides, they also have special promotions and discounts on festivals.
By mentioning the festival, it is impossible not to mention the Gal Mikoshi festival or Mikoshi Matsuri which is held every summer. This is the procession of the girls selected to carry the palanquin at Osaka Tenmangu temple. This event is held regularly every year so don’t miss it. A little note for you to travel to Osaka, Tenjinbashi area will be very crowded on holidays and weekends, so keep in mind when moving to not get lost and avoid hitting pedestrians.
Getting there: Take the brown line Sakaisuji Line to Ogimachi station or take the JR Loop Line to Minamimori-machi station.
Located in northern Osaka, Umeda is home to many large shopping malls and very famous and bustle just behind Shinjuku of Tokyo. These include Yodobashi Umeda, Umeda Whity, Dojima Underground, Diamor Osaka and Hankyu Sunbangai … A series of expensive shopping malls for the elite class. With a developed transportation network, Umeda becomes a trading place, regularly updating trends for Osaka youth in particular and Japanese people in general.
You can visit Hep Five – the complex near Umeda station. It is famous for its giant red ferris wheel located on the 7th floor. From this ferris wheel you will be able to see the whole streets in Osaka. In addition, there are many fashion stores for young people, surely fashionistas/fashionistos will like this area so much. Moreover, you can refer to the Grand Front Osaka center located opposite Osaka station or Herbis Plaza ENT next to Umeda station.
If Kuala Lumpur has Petronas Twin Towers, in Osaka you will have the opportunity to admire the architecture of skylights with a 360-degree panorama view at the Umeda Sky Building. Only 10 minutes walk from Osaka Station, this is an attraction attracts many visitors in Osaka. If you were a bit “bored” of shopping, you should spend about 1 hour to discover the Umeda Sky Building is also great.
Getting there: Take the red line Midosuji Line to Umeda Subway Station. And JR Osaka Loop Line will take you to JR Osaka Station. Remember to pay attention to the place you want to go and choose the right station.
America Mura (American Village) or Ame Mura is “miniature America” located in western Osaka. This is considered as the cultural center of the youth along with the famous Shibuya or Harajuku in Tokyo. The center of Ame Mura is Sankaku-Koen Park (Triangle Park), a gathering place for many young people who come to this area to play. It also gathers many fashion brands, music shops and food stores. Make sure you will not miss the Shinsaibashi BIG STEP complex when you come here.
It can be seen that this is an area with many foreign tourists and many shop owners here are foreigners. You can easily talking in English and of course “pay” to get some genuine goods. On weekends, Ame Mura regularly host some markets that attract many people to visit and shop. If you walk a little further, you’ll find Shinsaibashi OPA shopping mall and Hyakkaten Daimaru grocery store chain.
When hanging out and shopping in Ame Mura, you will easily see many people with personality style and outstanding. In other words, Ame Mura is also a place gathers on many styles of dress no less than Harajuku area of Tokyo. We will suggest a beautiful shooting spot in Ame Mura, you might consider going to the Peace On Earth wall – a work drawn in 1983 by Mr. Seitaro Kuroda (a local artist in Osaka). At night, Ame Mura also has other activities such as bar, club and artists performing street art. Come and experience it.
Getting there: Take the red Midosuji Line and get off at Shinsaibashi station to reach America Mura. To use JR Pass, take the Yamatoji Line at JR Namba station.
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