12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour: Chapter 7 – Funtown Osu Course
Osu Shopping District is one of the oldest and most popular shopping districts in Nagoya. Welcome to Chapter 7 of the 12 Chapters of Nagoya Tour. This course takes us through both history and shopping experiences. This is in my immediate neighbourhood and a nice place to walk around. So let’s go for a walk.
1. Fureai Park. Central to this park is the huge Maneki-neko, known in Japan as a welcoming cat, good luck or money cat and happy cat. This small Fureai Park is a famous relaxing area, meeting area or entertainment area. During weekends and special festival days this little park would be packed with audience enjoying a variety of entertainment. On quieter days people like to meet up here, have a snack and relax.
2. Nanatsudera Temple. In the olden Edo period days this temple was bustling with festivals and many events. Built in 735 and moved here from Kiyosu and became a place of worship for the Owari Tokugawa family. Today, the temple is quiet but still popular amongst local residents during market days and Osu festivals.
3. Osu Kannon Temple. Built in 1324 at Nagaoka Village and moved to its present location by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612 in conjunction with the construction of Nagoya Castle. Osu is popular amongst local residents and tourists for a traditional Japanese shopping experience, during many festivals and bimonthly flea markets. The temple is central to these experiences.
4. Osu Entertainment Hall. Opened in the 1960’s as one of the “Osu 20 Theatres”, but only the Osu Entertainment Hall remains. Famous for a variety of entertainment including comedic story telling, stand-up comedy and magic.
5. Akamon Myooden. A small and quiet temple tucked within one end of the Akamon-dori on the Akamon Myouo-dori. Akamon means red gate and affectionately nicknamed Temple Myoosan amongst locals. This small street comes to life on the 28th of each month with stalls during its monthly street fair.
6. Nagonoyama Park. The park was Nagoya’s first park way back in 1879 until Tsurumai Park opened in 1909. What remains of the park is a gentle hill, which is an authentic burial mound, a remnant from a group of burial mounds in Osu.
7. Bansho-ji Temple. A former place of worship for the Oda family. The site had a “famous” event wherein the young Nobunaga threw incense powder during the funeral of his father Nobuhide. Formerly located near the Nagoya Castle then moved to the current site which occupies the whole of east Osu in the past.
8. Shintenchi-dori Akamon-dori (Electronics Marketplace.) Known as one of Japan’s three largest electronic shopping areas. There is a large concentration of electronics stores along these streets which is frequented by electronics lovers.
If you have missed the previous chapters, here they are again:
Chapter 1: Nagoya Castle Course
Chapter 2: Course covering region of the Owari Tokugawa family and the Cultural Path
Chapter 3: Oda Nobunaga “Owari’s Foolhardy Youth” Course
Chapter 4: Course Covering the Birthplace of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Kato Kiyomasa
Chapter 5: Course for Experiencing Nagoya Manufacturing
Chapter 6: Nagoya Stroll Course