Tennoji (Abeno), Shinsekai & Shinimamiya

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Like an amusement park

This area in the south of Osaka City includes Shinsekai, famous for Tsutenkaku and the Janjan Yokocho Alley shopping area, and Shin Imamiya, home of the Imamiya Ebisu Shrine. The JR, subway, and Kintetsu train lines all join up here, allowing very easy access to Kansai International Airport or Nara. You'll also find a zoo, an art museum, temples, shrines and large-scale shopping centers with plenty of shops and restaurants. Abeno Harukas, which is set to be Japan's tallest skyscraper with a height of 300 meters, is scheduled to open in 2014 and is hoped to become the new face of Osaka.

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Tsutenkaku, the symbol of Naniwa

Tsutenkaku, known as the "Eiffel Tower of Naniwa", rises up above the shopping district of Shinsekai. Many tourists visit this tower throughout the year to look out over Osaka from the observation deck and to rub the feet of the Billiken statue for good luck. On the shopping street known as Janjan Yokocho you can enjoy kushikatsu (breaded and deep-fried food on skewers) or doteyaki (beef gristle stewed in miso paste and sweet rice wine), or play go, shogi, or smartball (a kind of traditional pinball).

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A zoo and an art museum side by side

Tennoji Zoo in Tennoji Park is the third oldest zoo in Japan. There are about 230 species of animals, including popular elephants and koalas, plus kiwis, which can't be seen anywhere else in Japan. The park includes many other points of interest as well, such as the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts, greenhouses, a famous Japanese garden called Keitaku Garden that formerly belonged to the Sumitomo clan and Chausu-yama Burial Mound said to be the tomb of an ancient aristocrat.

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Many places to shop

Cues Mall (Abeno Market Park Q's Mall), which opened in 2011, contains a huge variety of shops and restaurants numbering about 250 altogether. Other distinctive shopping centers such as the Kintetsu Abeno and Hoop are also within walking distance and Abeno Harukas is scheduled to open in 2014. And if you walk as far as Uehommachi, you'll reach the Uehommachi Yufura building complex, which is full of shops, live performance venues and offices. The Shin Kabukiza on the 6th floor puts on plays and concerts.

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The ancient atmosphere of the Uemachi Plateau

Shitennoji, built in the year 593 by Prince Shotoku, was the first full-scale Buddhist temple in Japan. There are plenty of things to see here, such as the treasury holding 500 national treasures and important cultural artifacts. On the other side of Tanimachi Boulevard, Shouman-in Aizen-do (Aizen-san) is known for bringing lovers together, and it's said that if you drink the miraculous water there, you will succeed in romantic ventures. The seven slopes of Tennoji are also in the area, including Kuchinawa-zaka and Aizen-zaka, which still have an elegant appearance to this day. If you walk a bit to the south, you can find Sumiyoshi-Taisha Shrine, the main Sumiyoshi shrine of the network which has over 2,300 smaller shrines throughout the country. Believers have prayed for safe sea travel here since ancient times, and now this shrine attracts more worshippers on New Year's Day than any other shrine in Osaka.

Monument For Yukimura Sanada Killed In The War

Monument in Ani shrine for Yukimura Sanada a famous military commander of Sengoku period who died in the war. 

Shinganji Temple

This temple was built by Mr. Shigeno who is Mr Sanada family ancestors in the Edo period for the memorial service of Sanada Yukimura and his child Daisuke.

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One of the Tennouji Nanasakathe (Seven Slopes of Tennoji). The lope leads to Yasui Shrine that worships Sugawara no Michizane and it's named after him.

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One of the Tennouji Nanasakathe (Seven Slopes of Tennoji).

Kuchinawazaka

Let's find more about history of Osaka on Uemachidaichi's hill road. The temple where ancient people sleep calmly and a monument of the writer who loved Osaka.

The Site Of Abeno Seimei Ubuyui, The Birthplace

The diviner(Onmyoji) in the middle of the Heian period. Abeno Seimei was reported born here in Abeno.

Tsutenkaku Hon-dori Merchants' Association

This shopping street stretches for about 200 meters from Exit 3 of Ebisucho Station on Subway Sakaisuji Line and Tsutenkaku Tower. The atomosphere of Osaka in its good old days still remains here and there

Abeno Harukas Kintetsu Main Store

Located from B2F to 14F of Abeno Harukas, the tallest building in Japan.

OSAKA SKY VISTA(Open Top Double Decker Bus)

This open top double decker bus tours introduce you many of Osaka's most popular locations. Riding the OSAKA SKY VISTA gives you a fantastic panoramic view of the city and breeze!

Abeno Market Park Qs Mall

A shopping mall with Kansai's first SHIBUYA109 ABENO collection of fashion brands popular among girls in their teens and 20s.

Billiken Goods/Tamurako & Co., Ltd.

"Billiken" the lucky god in Tsutenkaku can be found on all manner of goods. A Billiken gift makes the perfect souvenir from Osaka.

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Simply called "and", this Urban Commercial Complex in Abeno features everything for fashion, hobbies, learning and beauty.

Traditional candy vegetables from Toyoshita confectionery

Cute candies made from only natural ingredients using traditional Naniwa vegetables.

Akanemaru Honpo Dainagon: Akanemaru Goshiki Dorayaki

With a thick filling of "an" (bean paste) made from well-selected beans, the dorayaki (pancakes with bean paste filling) are also popular as souvenirs of visits to Shitennoji Temple.

Tsuriganeya Honpo: "Tsurigane Manju" and "Nadai Basho"

Established in 1900, the confectioner is most famous for Tsurigane Manju (bean-paste-filled bun shaped after the bell at Shitennoji Temple) and Nadai Basho (bean-paste-filled bun shaped after a banana).

Kinei Apollo Building

Connected to Abeno Lucias next door and only 3 minutes from Tennoji Station.

Mio

Connected to Tennoji Station of JR, Mio is a 12-story shopping center with more than 240 shops.

Abeno Lucias

A popular spot that caters to both teenagers and adults.

Suminoe miso Ikedaya Honpo

Located near the east entrance of Sumiyoshitaisha Grand shrine, this old establishment sells handmade miso paste.

Beckoning cat of Hatsutatsu mairi

Hatsutatsu mairi worshipers receive a small figure of a beckoning cat.

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