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“Interesting place to eat and spend some time”
Review of Shinsekai

Shinsekai
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

This area has the feeling of a bygone era. Even as you enter and see the sign, its almost something from a 1970s science fiction movie. The streets are lively with restaurants and souvenier shops. There are also hundred of statues of BILIKEN, who is the 'god of things as they should be'. Its a little strange to have never heard of it and then see him absolutely everywhere! They have a dozen shops all selling the tempura and deep fried snacks, there is also a Fugu (blowfish) restaurant, easy to spot from the outdoor decorations, and some Okinimayaki places. We visited at both daytime and nightime. Nighttime can feel a little strange, as it wasnt so busy. The feature is the Tsutenkaku tower. We didnt go up, but there is an observatory. It is also right near Spa World, which sounded exciting, but was a little expensive to enter, and we were pushed for time.

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Reviewed February 7, 2013

We stayed in a hotel next to this area and certainly enjoyed walking around. The food is good and everywhere. Although famed for its kushikatsu, we had some of the best takoyaki we have eaten from a hole-in-the-wall here.

Otherwise, it is a cheesy wonderland of neon signs and Billiken that is almost too much to take in. Worth a visit, but not for too long.

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Reviewed January 22, 2013

Shinsekai is a worthwhile little stop if you are in the vicinity of SpaWorld or Tsutenkaku Tower...or if you need to eat lunch! There are lots of shops and little restaurants, and many *many* billiken statues. I walked to Shinsekai from Tennoji Temple and the walk is not bad.

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Reviewed November 26, 2012

This, in my opinion, the true face of Osaka. It is festive, colorful and feels more authentic. The main area, which is around the Tsutenkaku Tower, had a lot of tourists. It was crowded but had a vibrant atmosphere, with a lot of restaurants, gift shops, and Billiken statues. The recommended food here to try is the kushikatsu. My boyfriend and I decided to be more adventurous and walked a little but farther away from the main tourist area. We walked through covered markets that were rundown and poorly-kept. Some of the shops were closed even though it was a Sunday. The people there also looked shadier and more dubious.
Someone once said that it's good to get off the beaten path and tread where few tourists go because that's when you find the nicest surprises. Well, in our case, we stumbled upon the red-light district of Shinsekai. It reminded me of the red-light district in Amsterdam. There were small 2-storey buildings on both sides of the streets with signs that have one or twoi kanji characters. Just inside the entrance, there is a girl sitting prettily in the center with a mama-san (the pimp?) next to her. Some of the girls were in costumes, for example nurse, office lady, cheerleader. There were a few more mature "girls" too. The mama-sans have mirrors that they use to check whoever is approaching. Then, they call out to prospects from inside. There were signs prohibiting photography.

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

This is the only street that i went that there are not much people there. Just take a short walk is ok. Nothing special here. But you can go the the Tsutenkaku tower.

Thank Phoebe L
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