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.

Naniwazuke Shitennoji Nishimura (Japanese Pickles)

This specialty shop at the approach to Shitennoji Temple sells a range of traditional Osakan vegetables.

Dry confectionery Kawato

This small, Japanese sweets shop near Shitennoji Temple is more than 100 years old.

Souhonke Tsuriganeya Tsurigane manju

Opened in 1900, this Japanese sweet shop is located on the street heading towards Shitennoji Temple.

Tsutenkaku shop: Tsutenkaku goods & Billiken-san goods

Shop selling a wide range of good featuring Tsutenkaku, Osaka's miniature Eiffel tower, and Billiken-san promising good fortune.

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A commercial complex targeting young women standing next to the Kintetsu Department Store of Abenobashi.

Abeno Seimei Jinja

Said to have been established in the 4th year of the Kanko Era (1007); this temple is known for enshrining Abeno Seimei, and for being the birthplace of fortune-telling.

Abe Oji Shrine

Known as "Abe Oji," the shrine was an important resting place for worshippers in the Heian period, when the Kumano pilgrimage was extremely popular.

Uemachi Daichi Historical Site Promenade (Tennoji Nana-Saka)

To discover the history of Osaka, head for the seven sloping streets of Uemachi Plateau.

Isshinji Temple

Known as "temple of Buddha statues made of dead people's bones," Isshinji Temple enshrines in its mausoleum six Buddha statues made of dead people's bones after World War II.

Tsutenkaku

A symbol of Naniwa, also known as the Eiffel Tower of Osaka. On the 5th floor, there is an observatory with a view of Osaka, and statue of Biriken, a god that is said to bring good luck to those who stroke the bottom of its feet.

Osaka Human Rights Museum (Liberty Osaka)

Japan's first comprehensive museum dedicated to human rights. Comprehensive exhibit on the unified theme of how we face discrimination and human rights in Japan.

Imamiya Ebisu Shrine

Known as Ebessan, an Ebisu shrine of Osaka that provides prosperity, worshipped for business success. Approximately one million people visit on Tooka Ebisu (festival around January 10th).

Shinsekai

A retro downtown area of southern Osaka, famous for Tsutenkaku, Janjan Yokocho Alley and a giant blowfish lantern sign.

Osaka Municipal Craft Park

A comprehensive facility for handmade arts and crafts, with a variety of offerings from "one-day classes" to "expert courses" that take one year for specialized training.

Tennoji Park Entrance Area(Ten-Shiba)

One of the best-known parks in Osaka, with much history. There are many must-sees within the park, including a Japanese garden, a kofun (burial mound), an art museum and a water square.

Osaka Zoo

The third zoo to be built in Japan, with a history of more than 100 years. The natural living environments are reproduced in the African Savanna Zone and the elephant barn, among others.

Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts

An old and well-established museum with over 70 years of history. Its collection of paintings, sculptures, craftwork, etc. from Japan and China exceeds 8,000 items.

Shitennoji

Japan's first full-fledged Buddhist temple, constructed 1,400 years ago by Shotokutaishi. The Tennoji-bugaku (dance) of the temple is one of Japan's significant intangible folk cultural assets.

Shoman-in Aizen-do (Aizen-san)

A temple built by Shotokutaishi, enshrining Aizen-Myoo, famous as the god of good matchmaking and happy marriage. The annual summer Aizen Festival is one of the three major summer festivals of Osaka.

Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine

The head of more than 2,300 Sumiyoshi shrines nationwide and the most popular shrine in Osaka for New Year's visits.

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