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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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…
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.