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

Start at Shin-Imamiya Station
Walk through the traditional restaurant-lined alley towards Shinsekai
10 minutes
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.
Take a leisurely stroll up to the Nipponbashi Denden Town
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 becoming known as an otaku paradise with numerous manga and anime retailers as well as maid and cosplay cafes located there.
Continue on to Kuromon Market.
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 across to Doguyasuji Shotengai
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.
Continue through the extensive network of shopping arcades to Hozenji Yokocho
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 to Dotonbori
5 minutes
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.

Recommended Additions

Ura Namba

A "hidden" food and drink quarter in the backstreets near Namba Station, this neighborhood has a slightly bohemian vibe. There are many bars and restaurants throughout, boasting a selection of Japanese and international cuisines.

Hotels around Osaka

Recommended Hotels
Hilton Osaka Hotel
Very convenient high-class hotel just across from JR Osaka Station.
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Hotel Granvia Osaka
Very conveniently located inside JR Osaka Station City.
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Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport
Directly connected to the terminal building, this is the most convenient hotel at Kansai Airport.
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InterContinental Hotel Osaka
Beautiful hotel in the convenient Umekita district near JR Osaka Station.
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J-Hoppers Osaka Guesthouse
Popular and inexpensive hostel about a 15 minute walk from JR Osaka Station.
Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel
Located on the upper floors of Japan's tallest building, this hotel offer fabulous views over the city.
Remm Shin-Osaka
Recently opened business hotel conveniently located inside JR Shin-Osaka Station.
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Swissotel Nankai Osaka
Well established, leading hotel conveniently located above Nankai Namba Station.
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The Ritz-Carlton Osaka Hotel
Often considered Osaka's leading luxury hotel, located a short walk from JR Osaka Station.