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Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

The Lesser Attraction Of Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

November 2018
Shinsekai Market area is a fascinating area to wander around with lots of brightly coloured restaurants, food stalls, as well as a few tourist gift shops. One can get there by getting off at Ebisucho subway stop, the closest to the area. Shinsekai does not feel touristy and has that retro feeling, different from other areas of Osaka. In fact, the area looks like a run down town that has lost it’s former glory. There are many vacant shoplots, and shops that do operate, opens well past lunch time. This area probably comes ‘alive’ at night to cater for visitors coming for dinner.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

Ebisucho subway stop.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

View from Ebisucho subway stop towards Tsutenkaku Tower.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

At almost 2 pm most shops are still closed.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

Shops closed and place almost deserted.

Shinsekai biggest attraction has always been the iconic Tsutenkaku Tower constructed in 1912. It was modeled after Paris’ Eiffel Tower and is 103 meters high. If not for the free entrance to the Tsutenkaku Tower using the Osaka Amazing Pass (OAP), there would probably not be many visitors coming here. On the 5th floor, at 91 meters is the main observatory level which offers view of the city which sadly isn’t really spectacular. An open air deck on top of the main observatory was opened in late 2015 and this requires separate ticket to enter which is not covered by the OAP. When we were at the tower, there was a queue for the elevator up and the waiting area was stuffy. The tower itself is packed with souvenir shops and amusements arcades.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

A peek at Tsutenkaku Tower.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

Closer view of Tsutenkaku Tower. You go up via elevator.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

Osaka city view.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

Elevated highways of Osaka.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

Looking down towards the Ebisucho subway stop and the almost deserted pedestrian walkway.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

One of the many souvenir shops in the tower.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

Glico products are sold here.

However, Shinsekai offers numerous picturesque photo spots especially around the restaurant areas where reataurants try to outdo each other with their colourful frontage decoration. This provide fantastic photo spots for the avid photographers. If you are not a photographer looking for some picturesque spot, then it is in our opinion, you could probably consider giving Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower a miss.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

During the day, this spot is picturesque not to mention if it was at night with the lights on.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

Food samples on display.

Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku Tower

Some of the dishes seems cheaper in Shinsekai.