Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
Founded in 10th-century Osaka, Tenmagu Shrine lies to the east of Umeda and the Kita “north” business district. Its annual Tenjin Matsuri at the end of July celebrates the shrine’s Shinto god of scholarship with processions, fireworks, and obligatory street food stalls. Named after Tenmangu Shrine, the greater Tenma area is home to the Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street, said to be the longest shotengai in Japan. This covered arcade spans more than 2 kilometers, where over 600 local shops sell groceries, clothing, books, and snacks, with cheap street foods cooking up piping hot takoyaki, crunchy croquettes, and sweet taiyaki. Come nightfall, laneways and alleys twist from the north exit of Tenma Station, leading the cozy neighborhood into a busy nightlife scene of its own. For local shopping, street food, and a dose of Shinto tradition, the vibrant Tenma district awaits.
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