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Published on 02.26.2016
Leftover from Japan's Showa Period, Shinseikai has been a popular area since the Showa Period and still continues to be a bustling part of Osaka.
Different from Tokyo's "shitamachi" or downtown areas, Shinseikai's little streets crowded with delicious restaurants and bars are a must-see area in Osaka. From the amazing fried sticks of meat and veggies called "kushikatsu" to the miso base "doteyaki", there are numerous special dishes available at the many "izakayas" (Japanese bar/restaurants) lined up and down the street. You can also see people enjoying a nice drink with there kushikatsu, even as early as noon! There are also shops where you can try Osaka specialities like takoyaki and okonomiyaki!
In Shinseikai, there are an abundance of Kansai-style udon shops. Different types of udon are served depending on the area. The main difference between Kanto and Kansai udon is the soup. The base of the soups are made from different types of "dashi" (stock) and soy sauce, so be sure to try out some of the different flavors.
Some cheerful restaurant staff, and the good luck god Billiken donning a Osaka Hanshin Tigers baseball uniform.
There are also a bunch of "hormone" or offal restaurants where you can enjoy hormone yaki and hormone nabe. The strange crunchy, yet squishy texture of hormone is something you gotta try! Also, you can also look up while walking around in Shinseikai, and catch the observation tower, Tsutenkaku. Its a great place to see Shinseikai from above.
There are a bunch of cheap and delicious gourmet options in Kansai's shitamachi area. Be sure to check it out.
Source: Japan Travel