Located around Namba Station in Minami (“South”) Osaka, is Dotonbori, one of the city’s most popular tourist destinations. It runs along the Dotonbori canal from Dotonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge.
This district offers a wide variety of restaurants, shopping and entertainment choices. The area is a very well-known food destination because of its many restaurants. Some of the restaurants are open 24 hours a day!
Of course, Dotonbori is best seen at night when thousands of neon lights, mechanized signs and illuminated signboards light up the streets!
• Glico Man: Installed in 1935, the giant neon athlete on a blue track is a symbol of Glico candy and one of the most famous photo spots in all of Osaka. It’s very common to see visitors taking photos in front of Glico man while mimicking his pose. Of course, it’s recommended to visit it at night.
• Kuidaore Taro: In front of Cui-daore restaurant is a mechanical drum-playing clown, also known as Kuidaore Taro. It was installed in 1950. Kuidaore (食い倒れ) is a Japanese word meaning “to eat oneself bankrupt”. The word is associated with Dōtonbori and is used by tourist guides and in advertisements.
• Kani Doraku Crab: Built in 1960, this six and a half meter crab is on the front of the crab restaurant Kani Doraku. It is mechanised and is able to move its arms and eyestalks.
For those of you who are able to visit Dotonbori we want to recommend the following popular restaurants:
• Kinryu Ramen: There are three Kinryu (Golden Dragon) Ramen restaurants in Dotonbori, one at each end of the street and one in the middle. Kinryu Ramen is open 24 hours.
• Zubora-ya: A fugu (blowfish) restaurant. Hanging outside in front of the restaurant is a big blowfish lantern.
Osaka is full of fun places! You will most likely LOL a lot in this town!
So please come visit ~
Osaka Namba and Dotonbori area
From Tokyo and Kyushu board the Tokaido Shinkansen to Shin-Osaka Station and get off, then transfer to the Midosuji Line subway to “Namba” station.