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Historic Uemachi Plateau and Korea Town Tsuruhashi

Going north from Tennoji, you will find Shitennoji Temple, and further northeast, the Uehonmachi and Tsuruhashi areas.


Shitennoji Temple was built 1,400 years ago in 593, and was the first official Buddhist temple of in Japan.

The temple has experienced wars and natural disaster but has been faithfully reproduced to its original style.

On the 21st and 22nd of every month, the temple holds a festival which attracts a large number of visitors.


Shitennoji Temple


Uehonmachi is very convenient as a direct bus terminal to Itami Airport and Kansai International Airport. The area around the station has also developed, with complexes such as the Kintetsu Department Store Uehonmachi, the Sheraton Kyoto Hotel, and Uehonmachi YUFURA, which houses the Shin Kabuki-za Theater, making it an outstanding area for shopping and cultural activities.

The New Kabuki-za Theater hosts not only kabuki, but also plays, musicals, musicals, and much more! Come and enjoy Kabuki, one of Japan’s most popular theatrical styles.


Kintetsu Department Store Uehonmachi store

Uehonmachi YUFURA

Shin Kabukiza 


Uehonmachi Haihai Town, which stands across the street from the New Kabuki-za Theater, is another hidden gem where you can enjoy deep Osaka.

There are many standing bars and bars in the basement, all crowded with customers on weekday evenings.


Uehommachi Hihi Town


If you head east from Uehonmachi, you will find the Tsuruhashi area, which is genuinely Korean. The area is home to one of the largest Korea Towns in western Japan, and has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years due to the great interest in Korean culture.



Korea Town consists of two areas: “Tsuruhashi Korea Town” , which is the Tsuruhashi shopping district located northeast of JR Tsuruhashi Station, and “Osaka Korea Town”, which is a merger of three recently established shopping districts: the Gokodori Shopping District, Gokodori Central Shopping District, and Gokodori East Shopping District. It is located about a 15-minute walk from JR Tsuruhashi Station and boasts the largest commercial district in the Kansai region, with six markets and approximately 800 stores.


It is said that Tsuruhashi Koreatown began spontaneously as a black market in 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, when about 3,000 street vendors started gathering in the vicinity of Tsuruhashi Station.

It is an arcade shopping street directly connected to JR Tsuruhashi Station. Once inside, you’ll see it is truly an exotic place. The slightly low ceilings and the number of stores lining the maze-like streets are sure to overwhelm you!



Doi Shoten, a Korean food store, is famous for its Korean pancakes, which are cooked right in front of you. You can buy and eat hot, delicious soul food right on the spot.

We also highly recommend “Myeongdong Hot Dog Store No. 2,” where you can enjoy Korean sweets in a stylish space.


Yakiniku Yoshida, a famous yakiniku restaurant frequented by celebrities and KPOP idols, and Yakiniku Sora, famous for its grilled offal, are also popular. Just walking around Korea Town will fill you up.


The “Osaka Korea Town” area, a 15-minute walk from JR Tsuruhashi Station, has about 150 stores lining the 500-meter road, and in addition to standard soul food such as kimchi and Korean pancakes, there are many stores where you can easily enjoy popular Korean street food and a large selection of goods, including cosmetics. The “Chunsatsuju Building” is located in the heart of Osaka Korea Town.



It is a complex where visitors can experience the latest Korean culture, with stores selling food, fashion, and cosmetics. It also has a rental store for the traditional Korean costume, the chimachogori.


In addition, “Daechol wa Pegopa School” is not to be missed. A colorful yellow and green building with the concept of a “Korean school,” the store is fitted classrooms where you can enjoy the retro atmosphere and doodle freely on the blackboard!

With set menus and sweets presented like school lunches, you’ll feel like a student in Korea.


You’ll feel as if you are in Korea! Enjoy bustling Korea Town, especially crowded with tourists on weekends


Osaka Koreatown



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