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Shinsaibashi is one of the most popular areas in Osaka, with countless stores from high-end retailers to the familiar high street shops. This neighborhood is more than just for shopping though, with some of the most exciting attractions, delicious foods, and fun bars and nightclubs. Be sure to make the most of your time in this thriving district with our list of the 10 best things to see and do.
If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all your quirky Japan souvenir purchases, or simply a place to willingly get lost in for a few hours, Mandarake is the place to go. Mandarake is a multi-story specialty shop selling goods like used video games and action figures, old movie posters, costumes, manga, anime, and more. Many of the toys and electronics are used and nostalgia-inducing. It’s a great place to shop or simply pass the time perusing the shelves.
Nestled away in this busy entertainment district is the Mitsuhachimangu Shrine, which has been standing since 749. The name “Mitsu” means port, suggesting the sea once came inland up to the Shinto shrine. These days the grounds are surrounded not by water, but by the hip Amemura district. The shrine is the home of the guardian god of Minami, the south section of Osaka. This quiet shrine is particularly lovely in the spring when the cherry blossoms bloom.
Mitsutera Temple is another holy site to take refuge in if you need a break from the rushed urban atmosphere of Shinsaibashi. Located just off the busy Midosuji street and surrounded by urban highrises, this temple is a sanctuary of tranquility. This temple was built in honor of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, founded in the 8th century in Koyasan, a venerated town south of Osaka.