Old family owned shops in quiet side streets give Kita Horie a genteel grace just moments from Shinsaibashi and Dotobori (Photo: Bonson Lam)

Kita Horie and Yotsubashi

Osaka Shinsaibashi's genteel Upper West side

Bonson Lam   - 1 min read

Every night, as the tourists gasp at the larger than life street theater that is Dotonbori, the residents of Kita Horie greet the evening in a more intimate and subdued manner. Long a home for designers and long term expatriates, these folk know and treasure the genteel cafes, piano bars and galleries that dot each street corner, much like the Upper West Side of Manhattan, New York. Each street has its own surprises, and if you are starting from Toyoko Inn Nishi Shinsaibashi, you can easily stroll around in any direction.

Bonson Lam

Bonson Lam @bonson.lam

I knew my future was destined to be with Japan the moment I flew from Sydney to experience the atmospheric lane ways of Kyoto last century. From the skies above Sapporo to the old charm of Naha's alleyways, I have been enchanted by the beauty and variety on every island. I am humbled to have met ...