Jean Jean Alley

It is said that a whole marvellous world can be found under the shape of Tsutenkaku tower in Osaka. Jean Jean Alley is one among many streets running around the tower. Do you think about some sort of jean-related goods? No, you will be surprised to know that the name Jean Jean gets its origin of the signal sound “Jean Jean” to attract customers for the nearby redlight district Tobita. However, the alley now has become a crowded shopping district and one of the most popular spot for tourists coming to Tsutenkaku area.
Jean Jean Alley is some kind of cultural and historical keeper which you can partly feel from the color of time covering every single eave and signboard of small shops lining up the length of about 180 meters. Locals here seem to live their daily life but not doing business for profit. Tell everybody if you can find a Japanese traditional club in any tourist spot. Some old man gather here to play Shogi, a kind of sport like chess or China chess to kill time to the twilight when their old troublesome wives come and call them back. You come here to try not specialities but common street foods from small stands and skewers with a piece of canvas hanging down selling sushi, udon, Kotekote, Ikayaki together with standing drink shop. All of them send out the aroma of busy daily life. Right next to the shopping center Shinsekai, visitors are advised to take a little time walking through Jean Jean Alley to wallow in this snug corner of Osaka.
Open time: 

The alley is open all day but each shop has own operation hours.


Different by shops.

How to access: 

Jean Jean Alley can be reached by a short walk from

-Shin-Imamiya Station on the JR Loop Line,

-Dobutsuen-mae Station on the Midosuji and Sakaisuji Subway Lines

-or Ebisucho Station on the Sakaisuji Subway Line.