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10 Must-Try Restaurants in Shinsekai: Classic Skewers, Popular BBQ, and Sky-High Dining with Spectacular Views

10 Must-Try Restaurants in Shinsekai: Classic Skewers, Popular BBQ, and Sky-High Dining with Spectacular Views

Date published: 23 April 2024

Osaka's Shinsekai district, renowned for its iconic Tsutenkaku Tower, is a culinary hotspot offering an eclectic mix of dining experiences. Situated in the Naniwa ward and close to attractions like Tennoji Zoo and Abeno HARUKAS, this area is celebrated for its skewered and deep-fried specialties, BBQ, and seafood.

Shinsekai’s charm and diverse eateries attract visitors throughout the year, making it advisable to book dining experiences in advance to avoid long lines and make the most of your time.

(Photos: PR TIMES, LIVE JAPAN articles, kkday; clockwise from top left: SUPERMEN, Restaurant ZK, Daikosushi, JANJAN, Manno Sankyubashi)

Table of Contents
  1. Dining in the Heart of Osaka: Shinsekai and the Tsutenkaku Tower
  2. Meat Lover's Paradise: 2 Recommended Restaurants for Fueling Up!
  3. Classic Osaka Delight: "Kushiage" - 2 Recommended Restaurants
  4. The Romance of a Fine Dining Restaurant: 1 Recommendation
  5. Don't Miss Out on Classic Japanese Sushi: 2 Recommended Restaurants
  6. Sweet Treats for Relaxing Breaks: 2 Recommended Restaurants
  7. Newly Opened in 2024: 1 Recommendation
  8. If you want to experience the true essence of Osaka, head to Tsutenkaku!

Dining in the Heart of Osaka: Shinsekai and the Tsutenkaku Tower

DOREMI Café at Tsutenkaku Tower / Photo: courtesy of the author, Nemi
DOREMI Café at Tsutenkaku Tower / Photo: courtesy of the author, Nemi

Shinsekai is home to iconic Tsutenkaku Tower, which stands as a prominent landmark representing Osaka's vibrant atmosphere and exudes a friendly, energetic vibe much like the city itself. While Shinsekai may not have enjoyed the same level of fame as the bustling districts of Namba and Umeda in the past, its popularity has surged since the completion of the "TOWER SLIDER" in 2022. It now attracts both domestic and international tourists eager to experience the thrilling ride, rivaling the crowds in Namba and Umeda.

The area surrounding Tsutenkaku is a hub for Osaka's soulful delicacies, particularly skewers and deep-fried delights. With one popular skewer joint after another, it feels like stepping into a foodie theme park! Beyond skewers, visitors can also indulge in BBQ and seafood, or opt for a romantic evening with a view at nearby HARUKAS.

For sightseeing enthusiasts, Shinsekai offers more than just Tsutenkaku; nearby attractions like Tennoji Zoo, Abeno HARUKAS, and Nipponbashi ensure a full day of exploration and an exciting itinerary. For an in-depth guide to the fascinating world of Tsutenkaku, be sure to check out our other articles on the area! Now, local Osaka resident and seasoned explorer, Nemi Lin, with over 5 years of experience living in Osaka, will take you on a culinary journey through the must-try delights of Tsutenkaku!

Meat Lover's Paradise: 2 Recommended Restaurants for Fueling Up!

In the lively area around Tsutenkaku, there's no shortage of energy-boosting options, especially when it comes to indulging in delicious barbecue! Besides savoring different cuts of beef, you can also try Japan's latest craze: meat sushi. These bite-sized morsels provide the perfect combination of protein and carbs to up your energy levels if you're feeling weary from traveling.

Some restaurants even offer premium cuts of Wagyu beef, perfect for treating yourself. Don't miss out on the opportunity to recharge with some mouthwatering barbecue while exploring this vibrant district!

1. Yakiniku Manno Tennoji

Photo: kkday
Photo: kkday

Yakiniku Manno takes beef very seriously, going as far as visiting farms across Japan to select the perfect beef. Having found what they were looking for, "Gokumen Manno Wagyu" meets strict standards, resulting in beef with a natural meaty aroma and a sweet flavor, making it an unparalleled culinary delight.

For first-time visitors, the most popular choice is the "Standard" set menu. This set includes the restaurant's signature large cuts of meat, along with beef tongue, two types of Gokumen Manno Wagyu, three types of offal, salads, and more, providing a richly varied dining experience that never gets dull. It's no wonder it's the flagship set menu!

Local Insights from Nemi:
  • "Yakiniku Manno has multiple locations across the Osaka area. Aside from the Tennoji restaurant, there are also locations in Shinsaibashi and Whity Umeda. So, even if visiting the Tennoji branch isn't convenient, you can choose one that suits your itinerary!"

2. Kurogewagyu Yakiniku Nikudokoro KISSYAN Abeno: Indulge in Premium Wagyu Beef Yakiniku

Photo LIVE JAPAN spot page lj0056009
Photo LIVE JAPAN spot page lj0056009

At KISSYAN, indulge in Japan's finest beef—premium Wagyu, renowned for its exquisite marbling and unmatched flavor. KISSYAN utilizes expert cattle handling techniques to offer a variety of rare Wagyu cuts, ensuring guests can savor the unique flavors of each.

In addition to grill-it-yourself yakiniku, KISSYAN also offers shabu-shabu and sukiyaki options for those who prefer a lighter meal. Some menu options even include unlimited drinks, making it perfect for those who enjoy indulging in meat and drinks alike!

If you visit during lunchtime (from 11 AM to 4 PM), don't miss out on their fantastic "Premium Wagyu Hamburg Steak" set, which comes with appetizers, salad, rice, and soup, all for just 1,680 yen. It's an unbeatable deal for experiencing Wagyu beef, so be sure to take advantage of the lunchtime special!

Local Insights from Nemi:
  • "KISSYAN Abeno Branch, specializing in premium Wagyu beef yakiniku, is located on the 12th floor of Abeno HARUKAS near the Kintetsu Department Store. It's conveniently situated near JR and Midosuji Tennoji Stations, as well as Kintetsu Abeno Station, making it easy to get to. You can even enjoy some shopping before or after your meal—what a fantastic combination!"
Restaurant Information (click for details)

Classic Osaka Delight: "Kushiage" - 2 Recommended Restaurants

When in Osaka, you absolutely cannot miss out on one of its quintessential delights—kushiage, or deep-fried skewers. Especially in the Shinsekai area near Tsutenkaku, popular kushiage shops line the streets, offering an array of options to choose from!

Whether it's seafood, vegetables, or even something a bit more special like cheese or mochi skewered on a small bamboo stick, the variety is so extensive that you'll never get bored. It's the perfect way to enjoy a casual meal with family and friends while experiencing Osaka's distinct comfort food culture firsthand.

1. Kushikatsu JANJAN: Main Restaurant in Shinsekai

From the now-closed JANJAN Janjan-Yokocho location (for reference only) / Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a2000376
From the now-closed JANJAN Janjan-Yokocho location (for reference only) / Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a2000376

Kushikatsu JANJAN is a well-known kushiage restaurant in Osaka. In addition to the original location in Shinsekai, there are two other branches in Osaka, allowing visitors to choose the most convenient location based on their itinerary.

However, the original in Shinsekai has the largest seating capacity, making it more suitable for larger groups. Kushikatsu JANJAN offers a wide variety of skewers, including chicken thigh, beef tongue, bacon, and salmon, totaling over 100 types. They even have unique options like chocolate banana and strawberry condensed milk, perfect for dessert. There's definitely a skewer to suit your taste, making it a delightful way to explore Osaka's culinary delights!

Local Insights from Nemi:
  • "In addition to offering a wide variety of delicious skewers, Kushikatsu JANJAN also has a rich selection of dishes, such as fried rice, curry udon noodles, and steamed rice. You don't have to worry about not getting enough to eat with just skewers. Their non-alcoholic beverages include Osaka's famous mixed fruit juice, allowing you to experience the most authentic local dining all in one place."
Kushikatsu JANJAN Shinsekai
  • ・Address: 1F Pinefield Building, 2-6-1 Ebisu-Higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka
    ・Hours: 11 AM - 9 PM

2. Yokozuna: Home of Japan's Top Kushiage - Tsutenkaku Branch

Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a2000706
Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a2000706

Yokozuna, home to Japan's top kushiage, is conveniently located near the Midosuji Line Dobutsuen-mae subway station and the JR Loop Line Shin-Imamiya station, making it easily accessible. You can even enjoy views of Tsutenkaku Tower from inside the restaurant, allowing you to bask in Osaka's charm while you eat.

At Yokozuna, in addition to classic skewers like beef tongue, salmon, and chicken thigh, they offer unique options such as ginkgo nuts, takoyaki (octopus balls), and bamboo shoots. They even incorporate desserts like layered sponge cake into their kushiage lineup, perfect for those who love trying new things!

The restaurant lives up to its name, "Yokozuna," offering oversized portions fit for sumo wrestlers, with each dish serving 8-10 people. So whether you're a big eater or part of a group looking for a challenge, Yokozuna is sure to be a winner!

Local Insights from Nemi:
  • "Surprisingly, the Yokozuna Tsutenkaku location is open 24 hours a day, just like a convenience store! But, if you happen to be staying nearby and find yourself hungry late at night, you don't have to settle for the limited options at convenience stores. It's perfect for a late-night snack!"
Yokozuna Tsutenkaku Shop
  • ・Address: 3-6-1, Ebisu-higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka 556-0002
    ・Hours: Open 24 hours

The Romance of a Fine Dining Restaurant: 1 Recommendation

Many travelers come to Japan for honeymoons or special celebrations, and what better way to commemorate the occasion than by dining at a Michelin-starred restaurant or a place with a breathtaking night view? While the area around Tsutenkaku is known for its casual atmosphere, thanks to its proximity to HARUKAS, there are also several high-end restaurants offering delicious food, impeccable service, and a romantic ambiance.

If you're looking to add a touch of elegance and ceremony to your experience, a more upscale restaurant could be the perfect choice.

1. Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel: ZK, 57th Floor Sky Dining Restaurant

Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a2000567
Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a2000567

Located on the 57th floor of the Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel, ZK is perched 270 meters above sea level, conveniently near JR Tennoji Station. In addition to its live cooking counter, one of the restaurant's highlights is its stunning panoramic views.

Multiple seating areas offer different perspectives: seats on the north side overlook the bustling northern district and Osaka Castle; those on the south side offer views of lush Tennōji Park; while seats on the west side provide vistas of Tsutenkaku Tower and scenic Osaka Bay. On clear days, you can even catch a glimpse of the Akashi Strait and Awaji Island in the distance. Day or night, the restaurant offers romantic views, making it perfect for special occasions.

Local Insights from Nemi:
  • "One special feature of this restaurant is its ability to offer a unique blend of European, Japanese, and teppanyaki cuisine all under one roof. What's more, each dish is crafted using seasonal ingredients, allowing diners to truly taste the changes in the seasons with every bite. The combination of stunning views and exquisite cuisine makes for an unforgettable dining experience—it's truly a delight!"

Don't Miss Out on Classic Japanese Sushi: 2 Recommended Restaurants

When in Japan, it's a must to savor the classic Japanese delicacy—sushi. The Tsutenkaku area is conveniently close to "Osaka's kitchen"—the Kuromon Ichiba Market—where you'll find plenty of restaurants offering fresh seafood.

From globally recognized conveyor belt sushi restaurants to sushi shops nestled within department stores, there's a wide array of options to choose from.

1. Kura Sushi Shinsekai Tsutenkaku

Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a0002946
Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a0002946

Kura Sushi, having expanded to the U.S. and throughout Asia, has garnered widespread acclaim and is a must-visit for many tourists when in Japan. The Kura Sushi Shinsekai Tsutenkaku branch, conveniently located near Dobutsuen-mae Station and Shin-Imamiya Station, is within walking distance of Tsutenkaku Tower, making it perfect for experiencing fresh seafood while exploring Shinsekai.

At Kura Sushi Shinsekai Tsutenkaku, you can enjoy a variety of delicious sushi, including nigiri sushi, gunkan sushi, and sushi rolls, starting at just 132 yen per plate—a budget-friendly option. They also regularly offer limited-time sushi featuring fresh fish from various regions, allowing you to experience even more excellent flavors!

Local Insights from Nemi:
  • "What sets Kura Sushi apart is its diverse menu offerings beyond sushi, including noodles, fried dishes, and desserts. This makes it perfect for families or groups with members who may not enjoy raw fish or have dietary restrictions. Everyone can dine together happily! Plus, they have fun gachapon machines to enjoy, making it not just delicious but also entertaining for everyone."
Restaurant Information (click for details)

2. Daiko Sushi: Main Location

Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a2000376
Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a2000376

At Daiko Sushi's main location, the emphasis is on deliciousness and affordability, offering high-quality sushi at budget-friendly prices. The incredibly popular tuna sushi, for example, is only 110 yen including tax—a shockingly low price! In addition to the usual sushi varieties, they also serve less common dishes like horse sashimi.

Daiko Sushi's main branch has a counter-style layout, with the chef prepares sushi right in front of you once you've placed your order. Service is prompt, but since they don't have English menus, it's helpful to write down your order in advance if you're concerned about communication issues to ensure a smoother ordering process.

Local Insights from Nemi:
  • "The main branch of Daiko Sushi is conveniently located just a 5-minute walk from both Dobutsuen-mae Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line and Shin-Imamiya Station on the JR Loop Line. Its excellent location makes it a perfect dining spot while exploring Shinsekai!"
Daiko Sushi: Main Location
  • ・Address: 3-2-18, Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka, 556-0002
    ・Hours: 11 AM - 9 PM
    ・Closed: Thursdays

Sweet Treats for Relaxing Breaks: 2 Recommended Restaurants

Indulging in desserts always brings a sense of relaxation. In the nostalgic atmosphere around Tsutenkaku, there are numerous retro cafes where you can experience sweet treats with a vintage Showa vibe. Some popular on Instagram, often attracting photo-seeking tourists!

As you stroll around HARUKAS and Tennoji, you'll find many trendy cafes and beverage shops. So, if you're feeling tired while sightseeing, why not treat yourself to some dessert to unwind and sweeten up your trip?

1. Sennariya Coffee

Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a2000376
Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a2000376

Aside from deep-fried treats, there's another Osaka must-try: mixed fruit juice. Originating from Sennariya Coffee in Shinsekai, you can often find it at stations and on shopping streets. Established in 1948, Sennariya Coffee has a rich history as a retro café.

It started as a fruit stand, with ripe fruits juiced and sold to delighted customers. By 1960, it transformed into a café renowned for its iced coffee and mixed fruit juice. Today, to cater to modern tastes, their mixed fruit juice includes plenty of milk, enhancing the fruit's sweetness and flavor. It's smooth and unforgettable with just one sip. Don't miss out when you visit Tsutenkaku!

Local Insights from Nemi:
  • "If you happen to visit Osaka during the scorching summer days, cooling down with mixed fruit juice is a must. But what's even more delightful is trying their "Mixed Fruit Juice Shaved Ice." Picture this: a refreshing shaved ice topped with a syrup made from mixed fruits, along with foamy milk. It's like an oasis in the summer heat, revitalizing your spirit with every spoonful!"
Sennariya Coffee
  • ・Address: 4-15, Ebisu Higashi 3-chome, Naniwa-ku, Osaka 556-0002
    ・Hours: Weekdays 11:30 AM - 5 PM; Saturdays and national holidays 9 AM - 7 PM


Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a2000010
Photo: LIVE JAPAN article a2000010

SKY GARDEN 300 is located in HARUKAS 300 and requires a separate ticket to dine. In addition to offering set meals that require reservations, they also serve coffee, light snacks, and desserts to satisfy any appetite. Two of their exclusive desserts are highly recommended.

One is the "Pineapple Ice Cream" (550 yen, tax included). This refreshing pineapple-flavored soft-serve ice cream is sprinkled with sugar crystals, adding a delightful crunch to the smooth texture. The other is the "Abeno Pudding" (650 yen, tax included). Sitting atop a fluffy white marshmallow cloud is a cute chocolate Abeno bear. Beneath, you'll find silky smooth pudding that's heavenly with every bite.

Local Insights from Nemi:
  • "Located on the 58th floor of Abeno HARUKAS, SKY GARDEN 300 offers the same breathtaking views as HARUKAS 300. Enjoying desserts while taking in the beautiful Osaka cityscape feels like a delightful afternoon tea atop the clouds, creating sweet memories to cherish."
Location Information (click for details)

Newly Opened in 2024: 1 Recommendation

Soy Sauce Ramen (limited) / Photo: prtimes
Soy Sauce Ramen (limited) / Photo: prtimes

Newly opened SUPERMEN made its debut in late March 2024. It's a fresh brand established by the operating company behind Osaka's top-rated ramen spot, Human Beings Everybody Noodles. At SUPERMEN, you'll experience the unique texture of flat noodles, unlike typical Japanese ramen.

They also offer a selection of craft beers!

Local Insights from Nemi:
  • "Because Human Beings Everybody Noodles is so popular and I have to wait in line almost every time I go, I had to try out their parent company's new restaurant!"
  • ・Address: 2-1-22, Ebisu Higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka 556-0002 (1-minute walk from Shinsegae Tsutenkaku)
    ・Hours: 11:30 AM - 9 PM (last order 8:30 PM)
    ・Closed: Irregularly

If you want to experience the true essence of Osaka, head to Tsutenkaku!

The Tsutenkaku area is packed with Osaka's iconic soul foods like kushikatsu, creating a vibrant, lively atmosphere. If you want to experience Osaka's culinary delights here, be sure to book in advance to avoid hunger-intensifying waiting in line.

And for a more hassle-free experience, consider joining a food tour that takes care of all the reservations and communication in Japanese. Ready to feast? Then make your reservation now!

* The information in this article is based on data available as of March 2024. For the latest updates, please refer to the respective official websites.

Written by:

Nemi Lin

Nemi Lin

Nemi has been living in Japan since 2015. She attended a Japanese-Chinese translation school in Japan and volunteered as a translator at the Osaka International House Foundation for 2 years. A busy mother, she explores trendy cafes, value-for-money buffets, and captures beautiful moments of cherry blossoms, hydrangeas, and maple leaves in her free time. She often travels with her family during holidays, collecting regional snacks and sampling local puddings. Nemi regularly shares top foodie spots, the best locations for picturesque views, and family-friendly guides to Osaka on her Instagram @nemi.2016.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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