TSUTENKAKU TOWER AND SHIN-SEKAI DISTRICT
In this tour, you will visit downtown of Osaka City.
Tsutenkaku is a symbol of Osaka that has appeared in many movies. It was built in 1912 as the symbol of Shin-Sekai (a new world). With a height of 64 m, it was the tallest structure in the East Asia at the time and named Tsutenkaku, meaning "Building leading to heaven". Shinsekai is Osaka's "new world," a district that was developed before the war and then neglected in the decades afterwards. The area was developed into its current layout following the success of the 1903 National Industrial Exposition, which brought over five million people to the neighborhood within just five months. Shortly after the expo closed its doors, work began to improve and update Shinsekai.
What we will see
• Tsutenkaku tower
• 360* view of the city of Osaka
• Shin-Sekai district
What we will do
• We start off our excursion to discover Osaka with one of the city’s symbols - the Tsutenkaku tower - standing at 103 metres tall in the Shin-Sekai district.
• Built in 1912, damaged by a fire and rebuilt after the Second World War, the "Tower Reaching Heaven” (the meaning of tsutenkaku) is a popular tourist destination offering 360° views over the city of Osaka from its lookout 90 metres above ground.
• We then visit the Shin-Sekai district, which literally means “new world”, considered as such by the futuristically-spirited urban planners who built it in the early 20th century. Nowadays, the district has a rundown yet fascinating charm and represents a perfect example of folksy Japan in “old” Osaka.
• We stroll along the picturesque streets filled with shops, old *pachinko halls, cheap restaurants and colourful signs in a world that time seems to have forgotten.
What you need to know
• Itinerary sequence may vary. • The length of the coach transfer depends on the itinerary. • We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available. • Traffic jams are to be expected during tourist season. • Money cannot be exchanged in the port, we recommend buying Japanese currency beforehand. • Visibility during the tour is subject to weather conditions. • Comfortable shoes with a low heel are recommended.
English & other European tour guides are subject to availability.