June 15, 2024


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Inside Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower Osaka

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Inside Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower Osaka

For most people visited Osaka, they must have visited the Shinseikai area or probably have seen the Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower or the Hitachi Tower. Have you ever wonder what is inside the Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower in Osaka?

shinseikai tower
The famous Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower Osaka

Shinsekai Tsutenkaku Tower is a famous landmark located in the Shinsekai district of Osaka, Japan. It is a symbol of Osaka’s past and a popular tourist destination in the city.

shinseikai tower osaka

The Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower was originally built in 1912 and was designed by Tachū Naitō, a prominent Japanese architect. It was inspired by the Eiffel Tower in Paris and served as a symbol of modernity and progress during that era.

The current Tsutenkaku Tower stands at a height of approximately 103 meters (338 feet) and has observatories at different levels that offer panoramic views of Osaka city.

Let’s take a look as we went into the Shinseikai Tower during our last visit to Osaka. This is before the pandemic and hence the iconic puffer fish lantern is still around.  Sadly, the puffer fish lantern was removed in 2020 before their 100th year anniversary.

shinseikai tower entrance fees

Back then we paid for 700 Yen to enter the Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower Osaka. Now, it is priced at 800 Yen per person for the entrance fee.

shinseikai tower osaka kinnikuman
shinseikai tower kinnikuman

There was this Kinnikuman exhibition during our visit. We are not sure this iconic manga character exhibition is permanent or temporary.

shinseikai tower billiken things as they

One of the iconic features of Tsutenkaku Tower is the Billiken statue located on the fifth floor. The Billiken is a charm doll that is said to bring good luck and happiness to those who rub its feet.

shinseikai tower billiken souvenirs

Billiken is the unofficial mascot of Osaka and here are some of the interesting facts. Billiken is not from Osaka or Japan, in fact it is from Kansas City, USA.

shinseikai tower osaka miniature world

Billiken comes to Osaka in 1908 and the first Biliken statue on public display at Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower Osaka in 1912.

On top of that, you can also enjoy the scenic view of Osaka city from the top. Not many people actually went up to Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower Osaka. Shinsekai, where the Tsutenkaku Tower is situated, is a vibrant and colorful neighborhood known for its retro ambiance and old-fashioned charm. It was designed to represent the future during its early years and now reflects a nostalgic atmosphere.

We heard there is one slide inside the Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower Osaka, we didn’t see it or try it. Maybe another time?

shinseikai tower osaka night view

The area around the tower is filled with restaurants, souvenir shops, game arcades, and traditional Japanese snack stalls. It’s a great place to immerse yourself in Osaka’s unique food and culture.

shinseikai puffer fish

Visiting the Tsutenkaku Tower and exploring the Shinsekai district is a must-do experience for anyone traveling to Osaka. The area offers a mix of history, modern entertainment, and local charm, making it a favorite destination for both locals and tourists alike. This is what Inside Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower Osaka looks like. Read more about our stories on Osaka at: https://www.placesandfoods.com/category/japan/japan-osaka

2 thoughts on “Inside Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower Osaka

  1. It sounds like a fantastic place to visit and soak in the history and charm of the city. I can imagine the breathtaking views from the observatories must have been incredible! 🏙️ It’s a shame the iconic puffer fish lantern was removed, but hey, change is inevitable, right? 😉 The Kinnikuman exhibition must have been a cool bonus during your visit. 🎌 And the Billiken statue sounds fascinating! Who knew it originated from Kansas City? 🤔 The fact that it brings good luck and happiness definitely makes it worth rubbing its feet! 🍀🤞

  2. I’m definitely adding the Shinseikai Tsutenkaku Tower to my bucket list for when I visit Osaka. The vibrant Shinsekai district sounds like a treasure trove of delicious food, unique souvenirs, and nostalgic vibes. 🎢🍜 I’ll make sure to leave time to explore the surrounding area and immerse myself in Osaka’s culture.

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