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Sennichimae

Situated southeast of Dotonbori, Sennichimae is known for being Osaka's prominent entertainment center. Sennichi means 1,000 days and the name, Sennichimae, originates from the idea that prayers would be chanted for 1,000 days at the famous Hozenji Temple and Chikurinji Temple. In 1615, Sennichi Cemetary was established here and also served as an execution ground and crematorium. From the Meiji period onward, executions were no longer carried out and the cemetary was moved to Abeno. With the cemetary gone, attractions like freak shows opened and businesses started setting up shop in the area. Rakutenchi, a one-stop amusement center was opened in 1914. Three stories tall, the building was shaped like a dome in the center and was decorated with many spires. On top of that, the building lit up at night, making it a very unique structure at the time. It's said that the observation deck overseeing Osaka however, is what really won it its popularity. The Sennichimae area also contains Bic Camera Namba, Shin Kabuki-za, and OSK Nippon Revue Company. You also have lots of stores like Amza 1000, a large public bath facility, and pachinko parlors. Furthermore, the area of Sennichimae Street to Sakaisuji Street has a lot of old buildings with the appeal of cheap rent, resulting in new restaurants continually opening one after another. Known as Ura Namba, the area has been receiving more attention.

Address

1-chome~2-chome Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0074

Access

Osaka Metro Midosuji Line/Sennichimae Line/Yotsubashi Line, Kintetsu, Nankai [Namba Station]

  • Infomation

    In recent years, Ura Namba has been garnering attention with its characteristic retro look and abundance of offal restaurants. Sennichimae Shopping Street has pachinko parlors and a large scale public bath facility in addition to a movie theater, TOHO Cinemas, making it a big entertainment area. If you cross Sennichimae Street and pass the RoundOne, you'll also find Hozenji Temple. Here rests a deity represented by a moss-covered stone statue. It is said that if you splash water on the statue and pray, it will grant one of your requests.

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