Shin-Sekai

Shin-Sekai information

Location
Osaka , Japan
Getting there
Subway: Sakai-suji line to Ebisu-chō, exit 3 or Midō-suji line to Dōbutsuen-mae, exit 5
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For something different, take a walk through this retro entertainment district. At the heart of it is crusty old Tsūten-kaku , a 103m-high tower that dates back to 1912 (it was rebuilt in 1969). It once symbolised everything new and exciting about this neighbourhood (shin-sekai is Japanese for 'new world') but today's Shin-Sekai is home to ancient pachinko parlours, rundown theatres and all manner of suspicious characters. But it is packed with cheap eateries: the must-try dish here is kushikatsu (deep-fried meat and vegetables on skewers). While you're in the neighbourhood, pop in for a drink at the very friendly and colourful bar Nocosare-jima , where you can also get food. It's just near the base of the tower.