Guidebook for Naniwa-ku, Ōsaka-shi

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Guidebook for Naniwa-ku, Ōsaka-shi

Food Scene

Hozenji Yokocho Located from the south of Dotonbori. This is the quiet and beautiful place for you to take some break after shopping a lot around Nanba, and for taking picture, too. And also a good place for your hungry stomach with a lot of shops along the street with it’s special flavor and feature. And if you want to discover more about the old time Nanba area, i suggest you turn left at the very small corner and let’s it amaze you. http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/ofc/201103/#point1
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法善寺横丁
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Hozenji Yokocho Located from the south of Dotonbori. This is the quiet and beautiful place for you to take some break after shopping a lot around Nanba, and for taking picture, too. And also a good place for your hungry stomach with a lot of shops along the street with it’s special flavor and feature. And if you want to discover more about the old time Nanba area, i suggest you turn left at the very small corner and let’s it amaze you. http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/ofc/201103/#point1
牛かつもと村 難波 Do you know Gyukatus? Some foreigner who love Japan does know about Tonkatsu. Tonkatsu, is a fried pork and it is very nice dish. However, I want you to try Gyukatsu which is fried beef! The beef is super tender and the outside is covered by fried bread crumb, so It is very sexy harmony of tender beef and crispy outside! http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2701/A270202/27087004/
Gyukatsu Motomura
牛かつもと村 難波 Do you know Gyukatus? Some foreigner who love Japan does know about Tonkatsu. Tonkatsu, is a fried pork and it is very nice dish. However, I want you to try Gyukatsu which is fried beef! The beef is super tender and the outside is covered by fried bread crumb, so It is very sexy harmony of tender beef and crispy outside! http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2701/A270202/27087004/
福太郎  Okonomi-yaki is another Osaka’s favorite dish. Basically, Okonomi-yaki is made of cabbage, flour, egg and each shop has their own ingredients like shrimp, pork, or cheese. These ingredients are mixed and grilled into round shape on the iron plate. At the end of cooking, chief spread special source over the Okonomiyaki. The source is amazing, so Osaka people love to spread that source to any food XD http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2701/A270202/27002665/
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福太郎
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福太郎  Okonomi-yaki is another Osaka’s favorite dish. Basically, Okonomi-yaki is made of cabbage, flour, egg and each shop has their own ingredients like shrimp, pork, or cheese. These ingredients are mixed and grilled into round shape on the iron plate. At the end of cooking, chief spread special source over the Okonomiyaki. The source is amazing, so Osaka people love to spread that source to any food XD http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2701/A270202/27002665/
元祖串カツ だるま  Kushikatsu, is a typical Osaka street food. Kushi, means skewer, and Kastu, means fried food. So Kushikatsu is a small fried food sticked by a skewer. Normally, 1Kushikatsu is priced between 70yen to 150yen.Yes, it is very cheap! Why don’t you try Kushikatsu in Daruma Namba which is most popular Kushikatsu shop! http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2701/A270202/27012813/
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Kushikatsu Daruma Namba honten
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元祖串カツ だるま  Kushikatsu, is a typical Osaka street food. Kushi, means skewer, and Kastu, means fried food. So Kushikatsu is a small fried food sticked by a skewer. Normally, 1Kushikatsu is priced between 70yen to 150yen.Yes, it is very cheap! Why don’t you try Kushikatsu in Daruma Namba which is most popular Kushikatsu shop! http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2701/A270202/27012813/
ざうお なんば You will never ever find the restaurant like this one; Zauo. There is pool inside the restaurant and you can try the fishing at there! After you catch fish, the chief cook it for you! There is no other place you can eat such a super fresh fish. It’s a restaurant, but like a theme park! http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2701/A270202/27003738/
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Zauo Fishing Restaurant
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ざうお なんば You will never ever find the restaurant like this one; Zauo. There is pool inside the restaurant and you can try the fishing at there! After you catch fish, the chief cook it for you! There is no other place you can eat such a super fresh fish. It’s a restaurant, but like a theme park! http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2701/A270202/27003738/
http://tabelog.com/en/osaka/A2701/A270202/27076680/ This is one of most famous Ramen restaurant at Namba. Salt taste soup is very popular.
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Ryukishin Rize Namba
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http://tabelog.com/en/osaka/A2701/A270202/27076680/ This is one of most famous Ramen restaurant at Namba. Salt taste soup is very popular.
http://www.ichiran.co.jp/english/ At Ichiran they don’t diversify our menu, but concentrate only on Tonkotsu Ramen. You can customize your Ramen with order sheet your preference for every component of the Ramen.
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Ichiran Umeda Hankyu-higashidori
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http://www.ichiran.co.jp/english/ At Ichiran they don’t diversify our menu, but concentrate only on Tonkotsu Ramen. You can customize your Ramen with order sheet your preference for every component of the Ramen.
http://www.ichiran.co.jp/english/ At Ichiran they don’t diversify our menu, but concentrate only on Tonkotsu Ramen. You can customize your Ramen with order sheet your preference for every component of the Ramen.
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Ichiran
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http://www.ichiran.co.jp/english/ At Ichiran they don’t diversify our menu, but concentrate only on Tonkotsu Ramen. You can customize your Ramen with order sheet your preference for every component of the Ramen.
http://tabelog.com/en/osaka/A2701/A270202/27091363/ This ramen is super heavy. But this noodle is very yummy. I strongly recommend it.
Bakutori King
http://tabelog.com/en/osaka/A2701/A270202/27091363/ This ramen is super heavy. But this noodle is very yummy. I strongly recommend it.
http://kuromon.com/index.php This is a local market with easy access. All fruits and fish and local favorites are freshly made with reasonable price. The most famous fish shop allows you to eat in, self service. Worth the visit if you like local food experience.
Uomarushoten
http://kuromon.com/index.php This is a local market with easy access. All fruits and fish and local favorites are freshly made with reasonable price. The most famous fish shop allows you to eat in, self service. Worth the visit if you like local food experience.
http://tabelog.com/en/osaka/A2701/A270101/27054255/ This is very famous Sushi restaurant in Osaka. It’s not cheap but I’m sure you will be definitely satisfied. Best recommend is ‘‘Grilled NODOGURO(Doederleinia berycoides)’’.
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Honto Sushi Kaiba
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http://tabelog.com/en/osaka/A2701/A270101/27054255/ This is very famous Sushi restaurant in Osaka. It’s not cheap but I’m sure you will be definitely satisfied. Best recommend is ‘‘Grilled NODOGURO(Doederleinia berycoides)’’.

Drinks & Nightlife

G3 Sadly, Giraff closes at 1am… If you are not satisfied yet, next club you should go is G3. Opening hour of G3 is Business day: ~4am/ Friday and Weekend: ~5am! Graff and G3 is just next to each other ;) http://g3-osaka.net/lang/en.html
G3
G3 Sadly, Giraff closes at 1am… If you are not satisfied yet, next club you should go is G3. Opening hour of G3 is Business day: ~4am/ Friday and Weekend: ~5am! Graff and G3 is just next to each other ;) http://g3-osaka.net/lang/en.html
Giraff If you are clubbed, I suggest to to Giraff, is one of the biggest night club in Japan. It has 4stories with full of club-goer every night! Especially, on the weekend, there are throng amount of hot boys and girls. Just visit there and feel groove with them ;) Note:Do not forget to bring your ID! They operates lots of hot events, so please check them out in the website below! http://giraffe-osaka.net/lang/en.html#!/home
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Giraffe Osaka
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Giraff If you are clubbed, I suggest to to Giraff, is one of the biggest night club in Japan. It has 4stories with full of club-goer every night! Especially, on the weekend, there are throng amount of hot boys and girls. Just visit there and feel groove with them ;) Note:Do not forget to bring your ID! They operates lots of hot events, so please check them out in the website below! http://giraffe-osaka.net/lang/en.html#!/home

Sightseeing

Do you know where is the building image of Japanese 10 yen coin and the 10,000 yen note? It’s Phoenix Hall of Byōdō-in. Byōdō-in is a Buddhist temple in the city of Uji in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, built in late Heian period. The Phoenix Hall, completed in 1053, This name is considered to derive both from the building's likeness to a phoenix with outstretched wings and a tail, and the pair of phoenixes adorning the roof. http://www.byodoin.or.jp/
Byodoin Museum Hoshokan
Do you know where is the building image of Japanese 10 yen coin and the 10,000 yen note? It’s Phoenix Hall of Byōdō-in. Byōdō-in is a Buddhist temple in the city of Uji in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, built in late Heian period. The Phoenix Hall, completed in 1053, This name is considered to derive both from the building's likeness to a phoenix with outstretched wings and a tail, and the pair of phoenixes adorning the roof. http://www.byodoin.or.jp/
After you visited the Uji Shrine, don’t forget to visit Ujigami Shrine. It is a Shinto shrine in the city of Uji in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The shrine was built as a guardian shrine for the nearby Byōdō-in, and is adjacent to the Uji Shrine. In 1994, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto". A quiet but beautiful place. http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/isan/ujigami.html
Ujigami Shrine Haiden
After you visited the Uji Shrine, don’t forget to visit Ujigami Shrine. It is a Shinto shrine in the city of Uji in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. The shrine was built as a guardian shrine for the nearby Byōdō-in, and is adjacent to the Uji Shrine. In 1994, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as one of the "Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto". A quiet but beautiful place. http://www.pref.kyoto.jp/isan/ujigami.html
Uji Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the city of Uji in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It is adjacent to the Ujigami Shrine. When you visit this place, you'll be surrounded by birds and trees along the hikes. You’ll feel relax and try the Uji-cha around this place. http://uji-jinja.com
Uji Shrine
Uji Shrine is a Shinto shrine located in the city of Uji in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan. It is adjacent to the Ujigami Shrine. When you visit this place, you'll be surrounded by birds and trees along the hikes. You’ll feel relax and try the Uji-cha around this place. http://uji-jinja.com
彦根城 Hikone-jo castle is located near the biggest lake in Japan called Biwa lake. The castle has been maintained its original style since Edo era, the period of time about 400 years ago. There is a pretty cat character of Hikone-jo called Hikonyan, so please also check it out there.
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Hikone Castle
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彦根城 Hikone-jo castle is located near the biggest lake in Japan called Biwa lake. The castle has been maintained its original style since Edo era, the period of time about 400 years ago. There is a pretty cat character of Hikone-jo called Hikonyan, so please also check it out there.
二条城 Nijou-jou castle is worth to visit to imagine the old life of Japanese Emperor(Shogun). The inside of the castle has very stunning painting while the exterior is nice as well. There is very beautiful Zen garden in the castle, so you will be relaxed there. You can walk there from Gion area, so I recommend this place for your Kyoto day trip.
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Nijō Castle
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二条城 Nijou-jou castle is worth to visit to imagine the old life of Japanese Emperor(Shogun). The inside of the castle has very stunning painting while the exterior is nice as well. There is very beautiful Zen garden in the castle, so you will be relaxed there. You can walk there from Gion area, so I recommend this place for your Kyoto day trip.
生田神社 Ikuta Shrine is located in the center of Kobe, so just go there to feel the sprit of Japan! Every February, Setsubun Festival, the festival for purifying our life is held there. To do the custom of Mamemaki, the shrine invites a lot of famous celebrities and they toss and scatter thousands of soybeans to the sky. At the same time, people say, “Demons out, Luck in!”.
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生田神社会館
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生田神社 Ikuta Shrine is located in the center of Kobe, so just go there to feel the sprit of Japan! Every February, Setsubun Festival, the festival for purifying our life is held there. To do the custom of Mamemaki, the shrine invites a lot of famous celebrities and they toss and scatter thousands of soybeans to the sky. At the same time, people say, “Demons out, Luck in!”.
大阪天満宮 Osaka Tenmamgu Shrine warships Sugawarano Mitizane, the god of study, so a lot of students visit this shrine before big exam. Every July, Tenjin Matsuri Festival, one of the Big Three festival of Japan is held in this shrine. Tenmangu Shrine is located near Tenjinbashi suji shopping arcade, so if you visit this shrine, you also can enjoy shopping in the longest shopping arcade in Japan!
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Osaka Temmangu
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大阪天満宮 Osaka Tenmamgu Shrine warships Sugawarano Mitizane, the god of study, so a lot of students visit this shrine before big exam. Every July, Tenjin Matsuri Festival, one of the Big Three festival of Japan is held in this shrine. Tenmangu Shrine is located near Tenjinbashi suji shopping arcade, so if you visit this shrine, you also can enjoy shopping in the longest shopping arcade in Japan!
今宮戎神社 If you are a businessman or running your business, I do recommend to go to Imamiya-Yebisu Shrine. Every January, a big festival is held and tons of business owners try to be blessed by Yebisu God. (Yebisu God is the chubby guy printed on the label of Yebisu Beer. ) Why don’t you check out one of the most popular god among 8,000,000 gods in Japan!
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Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
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今宮戎神社 If you are a businessman or running your business, I do recommend to go to Imamiya-Yebisu Shrine. Every January, a big festival is held and tons of business owners try to be blessed by Yebisu God. (Yebisu God is the chubby guy printed on the label of Yebisu Beer. ) Why don’t you check out one of the most popular god among 8,000,000 gods in Japan!
伏見稲荷大社 Fushimi Inari Taisya Shrine is unlike other shrine in Japan. The shrine is rated as the top destination of Japan in Trip adviser. There are more than 1,000 red gates called Trii. To get through all the gates, you need to do 6km of hiking, but I am pretty sure you won’t get bored with the hiking. The view is absolutely breathtaking. That’s why I visit this shrine every year :p
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Fushimi Inari Taisha Sanshuden
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伏見稲荷大社 Fushimi Inari Taisya Shrine is unlike other shrine in Japan. The shrine is rated as the top destination of Japan in Trip adviser. There are more than 1,000 red gates called Trii. To get through all the gates, you need to do 6km of hiking, but I am pretty sure you won’t get bored with the hiking. The view is absolutely breathtaking. That’s why I visit this shrine every year :p
八坂神社 Yasaka Shrine is located in the main area of Kyoto. You must visit this Gion district is this is the only area you can see Maiko-san, the beautiful woman performers dressed with Japanese traditional Kimono wear with special make-up. Gion Festival, one of the Big Three Japanese festival is held in this shrine. During spring time, people visit this area to enjoy Hanami, cherry blossom viewing.
Yasaka-Jinja Shrine Keigai-Massha Matatabi-sha (Gokyo-sha)
八坂神社 Yasaka Shrine is located in the main area of Kyoto. You must visit this Gion district is this is the only area you can see Maiko-san, the beautiful woman performers dressed with Japanese traditional Kimono wear with special make-up. Gion Festival, one of the Big Three Japanese festival is held in this shrine. During spring time, people visit this area to enjoy Hanami, cherry blossom viewing.
東大寺 Toudaiji Temple 6th century, there were so many natural disaster in Japan, so the emperor at that time decided to construct gigantic Buddha to worship. As the result, the Buddha is about 15m tall with 250ton in the weight. You can try to get through the actual nose hole of the Buddha statue in the temple. http://www.todaiji.or.jp/english/index.html
東大寺西大門跡
東大寺 Toudaiji Temple 6th century, there were so many natural disaster in Japan, so the emperor at that time decided to construct gigantic Buddha to worship. As the result, the Buddha is about 15m tall with 250ton in the weight. You can try to get through the actual nose hole of the Buddha statue in the temple. http://www.todaiji.or.jp/english/index.html
通天閣 Tsutenkaku The Tsutenkaku tower itself is not perfectly mind-blowing tower; however, it is very well recognized place as the symbol of Osaka from the rest of Japan. This place is also the home of the lucky god Biliken. The reason for this recognition is the people, or the atmosphere in that area. Shinsekai district offers a nostalgic trip like beck to the prewar are of Japan. The area is also noted for reasonably priced gourmet stuff. http://www.tsutenkaku.co.jp/#_=_
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Tsūtenkaku
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通天閣 Tsutenkaku The Tsutenkaku tower itself is not perfectly mind-blowing tower; however, it is very well recognized place as the symbol of Osaka from the rest of Japan. This place is also the home of the lucky god Biliken. The reason for this recognition is the people, or the atmosphere in that area. Shinsekai district offers a nostalgic trip like beck to the prewar are of Japan. The area is also noted for reasonably priced gourmet stuff. http://www.tsutenkaku.co.jp/#_=_
海遊館 Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan Kaiyukan is really big aquarium as it has 30,000 creatures with 620 spices. In the main tank, there are big whale sharks, rays, sea lions etc. Kaiyukan offer you to touch some sea creatures at some zones. It will be really nice experience for you. From Namba, it will take 20mins by subway. It is worth to explore the giant aquarium with your children! http://www.kaiyukan.com/language/index.html#_=_
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Kaiyukan Official Museum Shop
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海遊館 Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan Kaiyukan is really big aquarium as it has 30,000 creatures with 620 spices. In the main tank, there are big whale sharks, rays, sea lions etc. Kaiyukan offer you to touch some sea creatures at some zones. It will be really nice experience for you. From Namba, it will take 20mins by subway. It is worth to explore the giant aquarium with your children! http://www.kaiyukan.com/language/index.html#_=_
Dotombori area The area will amaze your eyes by the colorful neon signs. Just take some nice selfies with the famous neon sign of Glico’s guy. The place where the guy of neon sign is located just on the main street to go to Shinsaibashi from Namba. So,You will find it very easily! On the street, there are so many restaurants and shops to go, so I’m pretty sure that you will spend one day in this district!
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Dotombori Imai honten
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Dotombori area The area will amaze your eyes by the colorful neon signs. Just take some nice selfies with the famous neon sign of Glico’s guy. The place where the guy of neon sign is located just on the main street to go to Shinsaibashi from Namba. So,You will find it very easily! On the street, there are so many restaurants and shops to go, so I’m pretty sure that you will spend one day in this district!
清水寺 Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of Kyoto’s leading tourist destinations. The temple’s 13-meter-high platform gives you spectacular view of the natural surroundings and the city below. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. http://kyoto.travel/en/shrine_temple/156
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Kiyomizu-dera
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清水寺 Kiyomizu-dera Temple is one of Kyoto’s leading tourist destinations. The temple’s 13-meter-high platform gives you spectacular view of the natural surroundings and the city below. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. http://kyoto.travel/en/shrine_temple/156
金閣寺 Kinkakuji, is a Zen temple featured its gorgeous golden color. In addition to its gold-leaf exterior, the temple is distinguished by a distinct architectural style on each of its three floors. http://kyoto.travel/en/shrine_temple/131
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Kinkaku-ji
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金閣寺 Kinkakuji, is a Zen temple featured its gorgeous golden color. In addition to its gold-leaf exterior, the temple is distinguished by a distinct architectural style on each of its three floors. http://kyoto.travel/en/shrine_temple/131
http://www.skybldg.co.jp/skybldg/english.html When the sun goes down, the high-rise building neon south start shine up close. The superb view that has been chosen as the "100 best night view", to your heart's content without unobstructed.
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Umeda Sky Building
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http://www.skybldg.co.jp/skybldg/english.html When the sun goes down, the high-rise building neon south start shine up close. The superb view that has been chosen as the "100 best night view", to your heart's content without unobstructed.
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Arima-onsen
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