Setting the Scene in Osaka: Check out Famous Filming Locations!


일Some people enjoy traditional Japanese culture, and some prefer more modern pop culture–either of them can be a great reason for coming to visit Japan!

There are so many ways to get a feeling for traditional Japanese culture–museums, castles, workshops and more. But what do you do when you want to experience Japanese pop culture first hand?

While you’re here, how about visiting the locations that your favorite dramas or films were shot at? You can see for yourself the actual spots and imagine yourself in the scene.

You’re in luck! In Osaka there are plenty of spots used to film your favorite J-Dramas and more. Below we’ll introduce not just the location, but the work that was filmed there. Who knows, maybe your favorite show will be included!


◆Umeda Area

1.Hankyu Umeda

In 1929 the first ever department store located at a train station was established in Umeda: Hankyu Department Store.

Within Kansai Hankyu is hailed as a top spot to go for the most fashionable shops, with stores from Japan and overseas. You can find clothing, make-up and more all at Hankyu Umeda.
Here at Hankyu Umeda the popular Hanzawa Naoki J-drama was filmed! The plot revolves around Hanzawa Naoki, a banker who works for the largest bank in Japan “Tokyo Chuo Bank”. Things don’t always go as planned: Hanzawa’s boss commits fraud and tries to pin it on Hanzawa. The location of the scene was actually taken in Osaka with the building background of Hankyu Department Store.


TV Drama: Hanzawa Naoki
Cast Masato Sakai / Ueto Aya / Mitsuhiro Oikawa / Kataoka Ainosuke
Original Release July 7th, 2013~September 22nd, 2013
Filming Locations Hankyu Umeda, Hilton Plaza West, Umeda Sky Building


Hankyu Umeda 阪急うめだ本店
Address 大阪府大阪市北区角田町8-7
8-7 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours Check the homepage for the most up-to-date information.
Closed on irregular holidays
Nearest Station – Umeda Station – Hankyu Line, Hanshin Line, Osaka Metro Midosuji Line – ~3 min. walk
– JR Osaka Station – ~4 min. walk
– Higashi-Umeda Station – Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line – ~2 min. walk


2. Kitashinchi

Kitashinchi is the epitome of an entertainment district, with many different stores and shops ranging from bars, clubs, snack shops, small restaurants, and so on!

It is here in the midst of all the excitement that the medical drama Shiroi Kyoto was filmed. Shiro Kyoto depicts a doctor Zaizen Goro (Toshiaki Karasawa) and his love interest Hanamori Keiko (Hitomi Kuroki), who works at a club, right here in Kitashinchi.

TV Drama: Shiroi Kyoto (Literally “The White Tower”)
Cast Toshiaki Karasawa / Yosuke Eguchi / Hitomi Kuroki / Akiko Yada
Original Release -Season 1: October~December, 2003
-Season 2: January~March, 2004
Filming Locations Kitashinchi


Kitashinchi 北新地
Address 大阪府大阪市北区曾根崎新地
Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours Depends on the shop
Closed on Depends on the shop
Nearest Station Kitashinchi Station – JR Tozai Line
Homepage http://www.kita-shinchi.org/index.html


◆Namba Area

3.Dotonbori Soemon-cho

You may know Dotonbori for shopping and restaurants–but did you know that its history as an entertainment district is longstanding? At Soemon-cho it’s quiet during the day, but at night it’s a lively area lit by neon lights.

Ayaka (Rosa Kato) takes her first step at Soemon-cho towards becoming an “empress” in the drama Jotei, a drama depicting nightlife in Japan.


TV Drama: Jotei
Cast Rosa Kato / Shota Matsuda / Ayana Sakai / Shota Saito
Original Release July~September, 2007
Filming Locations Soemon-cho, Dotonbori River


Dotonbori River 道頓堀川
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区道頓堀
Dotonbroi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours Depends on the shop
Closed on Depends on the shop
Access Namba Station – Osaka Metro Midosuji, Sennichimae, and Yotsubashi Lines


4. Soemon-cho

If you’ve been to Dotonbori, you know that the river highlights the scenery. In Jotei, there is a scenes were Ayaka and Miki (Ai Maeda) stroll along the river. From Dotonbori you can see Ebisu Bridge and many huge billboards and signs. Possibly, the most famous sign being the Glico man. Many people stop here to take a picture… how about you?

Soemon-cho 宗右衛門町
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区宗右衛門町2~7丁目
Soemon-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours Depends on the shop
Closed on Depends on the shop
Nearest Station Namba Station – Osaka Metro Midosuji, Sennichimae, and Yotsubashi Lines
-Kintetsu Namba Station
-Nankai Namba Station


◆Tennoji Area

5.Tsutenkaku Tower

The symbol of Naniwa: Tsutenkaku Tower. From the 5th floor, you can enjoy a view of Osaka from the observation deck.

In Kisarazu Cats Eye Wall Series you can look forward to a performance by Sho Sakurai from the ever popular idol group Arashi.

One day Bambi (Sho Sakurai) hears the voice of the supposedly deceased Bussan (Junichi Okada), and decides to pay Ani (Takashi Tsukamoto) and Master (Ryuta Sato) a visit. The three go to the Tsutenkaku Tower and reminisce about Bussan. But that’s only the beginning…

Movie: Kisarazu Cat’s Eye World Series
Cast Junichi Kato / Sho Sakurai / Ryuta Sato / Takashi Tsukamoto / Yoshinori Okada
Release Date October 28th, 2006
Filming Locations Tsutenkaku Tower, Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street


Tsutenkaku Tower 通天閣
Address 大阪府大阪市浪速区恵美須東1-18-6
1-18-6 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours 9:00~21:00 (Last Entry: 20:30)
Closed on N/A
Admission Fee Adults 800 JPY / Children (5 Years and Older) 400 JPY
Nearest Station – Ebisucho Station – Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line – ~3 min. walk
– Doubutsuenmae Station – Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line – ~10 min. walk
Homepage http://www.tsutenkaku.co.jp/


6. Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street

From Osaka Metro Ebisucho Station Exit 3 all the way to the Tsutenkaku Tower, along the 200 meter stretch you can find plenty of shops and restaurants in this lively area.

In Kisarazu Cat’s Eye World Series you can find the Master’s takoyaki shop. Moreover, in Enka no Joou this is the setting where Himawari Okouchi’s (Yuki Amami) mother lives.


TV Drama: Enka no Joou
Cast Yuki Amami / Taizo Harada / Wakana Sakai / Riko Narumi
Original Release January~March, 2007
Filming Locations Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street


Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street 通天閣本通商店街
Address 大阪府大阪市浪速区恵美須東1丁目
1 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours Closed on
Depends on the shop Depends on the shop
Nearest Station Ebisucho Station – Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line (Exit 3)
Homepage http://tsutenkaku-hondori.com/



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