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

12.09.2019

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

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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.
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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.

 

top;border: 0px solid inherit” colspan=”2″>TV Drama: Hanzawa Naoki
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Cast top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Masato Sakai / Ueto Aya / Mitsuhiro Oikawa / Kataoka Ainosuke
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Original Release top;border: 0px solid inherit”>July 7th, 2013~September 22nd, 2013
top”>Filming Locations top”>Hankyu Umeda, Hilton Plaza West, Umeda Sky Building

 

top;border: 0px solid inherit” colspan=”2″>Hankyu Umeda 阪急うめだ本店
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Address top;border: 0px solid inherit”>大阪府大阪市北区角田町8-7
8-7 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Hours top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Check the homepage for the most up-to-date information.
top”>Closed on top”>irregular holidays
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Nearest Station top;border: 0px solid inherit”>- 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
top”>Homepage
(English)
top”>http://www.hankyu-dept.co.jp/fl/english/index.html

 

2. Kitashinchi

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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.
 

top;border: 0px solid inherit” colspan=”2″>TV Drama: Shiroi Kyoto (Literally “The White Tower”)
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Cast top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Toshiaki Karasawa / Yosuke Eguchi / Hitomi Kuroki / Akiko Yada
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Original Release top;border: 0px solid inherit”>-Season 1: October~December, 2003
-Season 2: January~March, 2004
top”>Filming Locations top”>Kitashinchi

 

top;border: 0px solid inherit” colspan=”2″>Kitashinchi 北新地
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Address top;border: 0px solid inherit”>大阪府大阪市北区曾根崎新地
Sonezakishinchi, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Hours top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Depends on the shop
top”>Closed on top”>Depends on the shop
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Nearest Station top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Kitashinchi Station – JR Tozai Line
top”>Homepage top”>http://www.kita-shinchi.org/index.html

 

◆Namba Area


3.Dotonbori Soemon-cho

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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.

 

top;border: 0px solid inherit” colspan=”2″>TV Drama: Jotei
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Cast top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Rosa Kato / Shota Matsuda / Ayana Sakai / Shota Saito
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Original Release top;border: 0px solid inherit”>July~September, 2007
top”>Filming Locations top”>Soemon-cho, Dotonbori River

 

top;border: 0px solid inherit” colspan=”2″>Dotonbori River 道頓堀川
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Address top;border: 0px solid inherit”>大阪府大阪市中央区道頓堀
Dotonbroi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Hours top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Depends on the shop
top”>Closed on top”>Depends on the shop
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Access top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Namba Station – Osaka Metro Midosuji, Sennichimae, and Yotsubashi Lines
top”>Homepage
(English)
top”>tonbori.or.jp/en/”>http://www.dotonbori.or.jp/en/

 

4. Soemon-cho

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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?
 

top;border: 0px solid inherit” colspan=”2″>Soemon-cho 宗右衛門町
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Address top;border: 0px solid inherit”>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
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Hours top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Depends on the shop
top”>Closed on top”>Depends on the shop
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Nearest Station top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Namba Station – Osaka Metro Midosuji, Sennichimae, and Yotsubashi Lines
-Kintetsu Namba Station
-Nankai Namba Station
top”>Homepage
(English)
top”>http://soemon-cho.com/foreign/en.html

 

◆Tennoji Area


5.Tsutenkaku Tower

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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…
 

top;border: 0px solid inherit” colspan=”2″>Movie: Kisarazu Cat’s Eye World Series
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Cast top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Junichi Kato / Sho Sakurai / Ryuta Sato / Takashi Tsukamoto / Yoshinori Okada
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Release Date top;border: 0px solid inherit”>October 28th, 2006
top”>Filming Locations top”>Tsutenkaku Tower, Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street

 

top;border: 0px solid inherit” colspan=”2″>Tsutenkaku Tower 通天閣
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Address top;border: 0px solid inherit”>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
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Hours top;border: 0px solid inherit”>9:00~21:00 (Last Entry: 20:30)
top”>Closed on top”> N/A
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Admission Fee top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Adults 800 JPY / Children (5 Years and Older) 400 JPY
top”>Nearest Station top”>- Ebisucho Station – Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line – ~3 min. walk
– Doubutsuenmae Station – Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line – ~10 min. walk
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Homepage top;border: 0px solid inherit”>http://www.tsutenkaku.co.jp/

 

6. Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street

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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.

 

top;border: 0px solid inherit” colspan=”2″>TV Drama: Enka no Joou
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Cast top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Yuki Amami / Taizo Harada / Wakana Sakai / Riko Narumi
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Original Release top;border: 0px solid inherit”>January~March, 2007
top”>Filming Locations top”>Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street

 

top;border: 0px solid inherit” colspan=”2″>Tsutenkaku Hondori Shopping Street 通天閣本通商店街
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Address top;border: 0px solid inherit”>大阪府大阪市浪速区恵美須東1丁目
1 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Hours top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Closed on
top”>Depends on the shop top”>Depends on the shop
top”>Nearest Station top”>Ebisucho Station – Osaka Metro Sakaisuji Line (Exit 3)
top;border: 0px solid inherit”>Homepage top;border: 0px solid inherit”>http://tsutenkaku-hondori.com/

 

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