2019年01月08日

'Tenjinbashi-suji Shotengai' in Kita-ku, Osaka City, is Japan's longest shopping arcade.

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The length of this shopping arcade is 2.6 kilometers from north to south, and about 300 shops as well as restaurants are running here. It takes an hour if you ramble along this long street. This shopping arcade originated in 1653 as a vegetable market 2.3 kilometers long, thereafter it enjoyed prosperity very much because it became the road leading to 'Osaka Tenmangu' shrine, which is known for 'Toka Ebisu', the festival held on January 10th honoring 'Ebisu', the god of wealth. This neighborhood used to since the nearby be Osaka's number one bustling place though, it has dwindled now since the nearby vegetable and fruit wholesale market moved in 1931. Various kinds of revitalizing plans are implemented by the locals recently, which is helpful to win back the former energy. Good old restaurants and shops are easily found on this long shopping arcade.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 10:25 | Osaka | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする