The original takoyaki, streetcar, ancient tombs, and local people, Nishinari.
Visit the hidden sightseeing spots of Nishinari, a place where only those who truly know Osaka go. The area gets a bad rep for being dangerous by Japanese standards, but there’s so much more to the area. It has a completely different vibe than the commercial districts of downtown. If you want a taste of the real Osaka, then Nishinari won’t disappoint!
Through the shopping arcade and on to Ikune Shrine
▼After arriving in Nishinari, we’ll pass through here after getting off at the station. This place has a nice, retro atmosphere.
▼Osaka’s discount supermarket, Super Tamade. The stores are immediately recognizable by their bright lights and yellow facade.
▼Some old coin-operated rides. You won’t find these in most other shopping arcades.
▼ Ikune Shrine. The architectural style is quite beautiful.
The original takoyaki
On a street corner is the restaurant where takoyaki was born. The first proprietor, Tomekichi Endo, is credited with its creation in 1935. If you like takoyaki, you can definitely look forward to trying the original recipe here!
▼Aizuya. Look for the red banner.
▼ The takoyaki are made at the storefront. You can watch as they make them before getting a fresh batch.
▼ The walls are decorated with the signatures of famous customers. That should give you an idea of the store’s popularity.
▼ Freshly made takoyaki! They come without the typical sauce and mayonnaise you usually get at other places. Apparently, this is how they were originally eaten.
▼ The three-flavor sampler. They’re filled with octopus, beef tendon, and green onions respectively.
Osaka’s last remaining streetcar
Running from the Tennoji area to Sakai in the south, the streetcar is the best way to travel through the area.
▼This is where we’ll get on. You can hardly tell this is a stop if you didn’t know ahead of time.
▼The streetcar! You can see the local area as we make our way to the next destination.
▼The stations have a very old-fashioned feel to them.
A trip back to ancient times!
Hidden here is an ancient tomb. In what looks to be an ordinary park in an ordinary residential area is small burial site dating back to prehistoric times.
▼Can you see it?
Get to know the slum of Japan!
As we walk through Nishinari, you’ll find that the area has plenty of character. This is a great place to go if you want to get in touch with everyday people.
▼A shop for grilled organ meats. This happens to be a local favorite, so if you’re feeling adventurous, be sure to give it a try!
▼Street musicians perform famous songs. This guy was singing “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”