As one of Osaka’s major corporate areas, Kyobashi may be the haunt of the city’s white-collar workers, but it is also situated near several main tourist attractions, including Osaka Castle. Also, people have to let off steam somewhere after work, so there’s a wealth of bars and other nightlife spots. The area has a raffish charm to it that you just might fall in love with. Here are best things to see and do in and around Kyobashi.
Across the Okawa River and directly opposite Kema Sakuranomiya Park is the Japan Mint. The Japan Mint Museum sits on its premises within a western-style building made from red brick. Learn the history of the Japan coin as well as the production process. Along with physical and audiovisual exhibitions, there are interactive displays in the Experience Corner that allow you to get hands-on learning experience. Furthermore, Japan Mint’s private gardens are open to the public for a week every April, so check their website to see if you’ll be lucky enough to see their 300 cherry blossom trees in bloom.
Many Kyobashi office workers end their workday at one of the many bars that dot the district. For a chance to get to know the locals, or simply to unwind, visit one of Kyobashi’s cozy izakaya (Japanese tavern), which serve traditional food and sake. One of the best is Izakaya Toyo, a tachinomi (standing bar) with limited space, where you may have to share a table with strangers. This, combined with the delicious food and drinks, is sure to help you make friends. There may be a queue to sit, but the wait is worth it.
This is the longest shotengai, or covered shopping arcade, in Japan. Spanning multiple kilometers and neighborhoods, Tenjinbashisuji is a wealth of shops, restaurants, cafés, bookstores, and – best of all – affords a fascinating insight into the daily hustle and bustle of Japanese business owners and patrons. Stroll along the shopping street no matter what the weather and enjoy all the delicious food, souvenirs, and other goods Osaka has to offer.
Elizabeth Lee also contributed to this piece.