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The following is a full-day walking itinerary that explores some lesser-known sites of Osaka which are traditionally frequented by the locals. It covers about four kilometers.

Start
Start at Shin-Imamiya Station
Walk
10 minutes
Shinsekai
Nostalgic food and entertainment district 60 minutes
Originally developed in the early 20th century, Shinsekai stands today as an exciting food and entertainment district with an old, nostalgic feel. At the district's center stands the famous Tsutenkaku Tower, and the area is also known for its many 24-hour kushikatsu restaurants.
Walk
15 minutes
Nipponbashi Den Den Town
Electronics and hardware area 30 minutes
Located in the Nipponbashi area, Den Den Town is an electronics district comparable to Tokyo's Akihabara. The area has also become known as an otaku paradise with numerous manga and anime retailers as well as maid and cosplay cafes located there.
Walk
10 minutes
Kuromon Market
Historic public market and gourmand paradise 50 minutes
Kuromon Market is an atmospheric public market dating back to the Edo Period that stretches around 600 meters. The market's many shops sell predominantly fish, meat and produce, with a fair few also selling street food and providing areas where customers can eat.
Walk
10 minutes
Doguyasuji Shotengai
Rustic shopping arcades selling kitchen wares 25 minutes
Known historically as a center of kitchen wares, this old shopping arcade is where many come to buy cooking and dining equipment. The place exudes and old-timey atmosphere and boasts many interesting kitchen supply and homeware shops.
Walk
10 minutes
Hozenji Yokocho
Historical district with restaurants and an interesting temple 20 minutes
This traditional district is made up of two restaurant-lined alleys and retains an old time atmosphere reminiscent of Kyoto's Pontocho. In one alley stands Hozenji Temple where local merchants and visitors alike pour water over the temple's statues for luck.
Walk
5 minutes
Dotonbori
Epicenter of Osaka's entertainment and food culture 120 minutes
One of Osaka's most popular tourist destinations, Dotonbori is a popular shopping and entertainment district and is also known as a food destination. At night it is lit by hundreds of neon lights and mechanized signs, including the famous Glico Running Man sign and Kani Doraku crab sign.
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