Tenjinbashi-suji Shōtengai


Japan's largest covered shopping arcade, which began as a wet market during the Edo period (1604–1868), stretches 2.6km over six blocks. The majority of shops here (which number around 600) remain small enterprises – tiny game parlours, independent coffee shops, bakeries, repair shops and the like. Look up to see torii (Shintō shrine gates) suspended from the ceiling and traditional dolls affixed to arching entrance ways – both a nod to nearby Osaka Tenman-gū, also known as Tenjin-san.

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1. Osaka Tenman-gū

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Founded in the 10th century, this shrine is where Osaka students come to pray for success: it's dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, also known as Tenjin-san,…

2. Osaka Museum of Housing & Living

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3. O-hatsu Ten-jin


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4. Museum of Oriental Ceramics

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6. Naka-no-shima-kōen

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Osaka's first public park, created in 1891 at the eastern end of Naka-no-shima, is a good place for an afternoon stroll or picnic lunch.

7. Osaka City Hall

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8. Umeda Sky Building

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