Restaurant 〒556-0002 大阪府大阪市 浪速区恵美須東1丁目18−8 Published on: 24-02-2016

11:15 AM - 10:00 PM
6.00 - 20.00 USD

Shinsekai is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
Good for senior Senior Good
Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo Good
Good for group Group Good
  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Shinsekai (新世界) is Osaka's "new world," a district that was developed before the war and then neglected in the decades afterwards. At the district's center stands Tsutenkaku.

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Why Shinsekai is special ?

Shinsekai (新世界 lit. "New World" in English) 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.

The noted attraction is kushikatsu, one of Osaka's best known specialties. It is a dish, composed of various skewered, battered and deep fried foods. Varieties on offer range from chicken and beef, to pumpkin and asparagus, to the banana and ice cream dessert varieties. Many of Shinsekai's kushikatsu restaurants are open 24 hours, but only truly come alive when the lights come on at night.

Must try dish:

Blowfish dishes (fugu)





How to get to Shinsekai?

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.

From Tokyo:[Rail]Take JR Tokaido Shinkansen for 2 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka Station. Then take a subway for 19 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station to Dobutsuen-mae Station.

Selling points

  • A good place to shop and eat
  • A kitschy area with tasty food
  • Local foodie heaven
  • Famous for blowfish eateries
  • Great place for hang-out


  • Noise level Normal
  • Budget Budget
  • Alcohol NO
  • Air condition NO
  • Had kid menu NO
  • Accept credit card NO
  • Serve breakfast YES
  • Serve halal NO
  • Serve vegeterian NO
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Tips for you

  • There are many stores nearby, you can shop after enjoying your meal.
  • You can find grinning Billiken figures in this area, outside on the street and (most famously) in Tsutenkaku Tower. Rubbing his feet is said to bring good luck, so step on up!
    Things to do
  • You should bring plenty of cash in case the restaurant does not accept Credit Card.
    What to bring
  • You should bring your camera to caught the fascinating sightseeing view of the district at night.
  • You should bring umbrella or raincoat, weather is unpredictable.
  • At "Nomi-houdai"/"Tabe-houdai" (all you can eat/drink) izakaya, you are charged by the hour, rather than by what you order. Finish each drink or dish before ordering another.
  • You should keep eyes on your children to avoid getting lost.
  • You should save your individual materials carefully in the crowded street.
  • You should not exchange money in this crowded area.
  • It is located at 〒 556 - 0002 Ōsakafuōsakashi Naniwa-ku Ebisuhigashi 1-chōme 18 − 8.


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Forget those haters who call this neighborhood seedy! I was fortunate to stay at a B&B in the middle of Shinsekai and it definitely made my Osaka trip unforgettable. Shinsekai is as iconic and flashy as the more popular Dotonbori but better because of cheaper food, so if you love food but don't like to empty your wallet, come to Shinsekai! Meaning "New World", Shinsekai was far from being new. In 1912, Osaka created the New World, which the northern half was modeled as Paris and the southern half as New York. Shinsekai was the new downtown that further prospered with the construction of the nearby Luna Park, a state-of-the-art amusement park. Unfortunately, after WWII, the Westernized neighborhood was heavily neglected especially with the closing of Luna Park, and the once flourishing downtown fell as Japan's poorest neighborhood that further worsened with widespread fire and prevalent criminal activities. However, Osaka redeveloped Shinsekai toward a different direction: a manga-inspired, nostalgic district bursting with neon signs that are like manga speech bubbles coming to life! Here is where you will find a large amount of restaurants that serve the neighborhood specialty kushikatsu (Fried skewers) along with many delicious food at cheap pricing. The best part is that some restaurants that have long lines in other parts of Osaka like Kushikatsu Daruma (The one with a super fierce chef face as the logo) and Fugetsu Okonomiyaki have very little wait at the branches here because of larger facilities and more competitions, so if you see a place you want to eat that has a long line, just come to Shinsekai! As you indulge in food, don't forget to take some photos of the crazy neon setup here and get some cheap drinks from the many 100-yen vending machines (I don't know how many Capisco I have chugged in the four days I was there). After staying there for a few days, I found Shinsekai to be one of my favorite places in Japan, as this culinary heaven never allowed me to sleep hungry. It would be a shame if you let past reputation to stop you from at least swinging by this awesome part of Osaka! --- tl;dr version: 1) Awesome neighborhood equal to Dotonbori though with past bad rep 2) Many restaurant branches with larger facilities and shorter wait here 3) Cheap food selection with heavy focus on kushikatsu 4) So photogenic!

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