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Dotonbori

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Dotonbori

-The lively downtown represents food culture of Osaka-

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Dotonbori is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Osaka featuring the extravagant signage, an enormous variety of restaurants and bars, and flashy neon lights.

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History

Dotonbori has a history of over 400 years and still attracts numerous people from all over the world. In 1612, “Dotonbori” was named after a man Doton Yasui, who excavated the canal putting his own money into it. After that, some theaters and teahouses were built on the south side of Dotonbori, and this area had flourished as the center of Japanese drama. Nowadays, the only one theater called “Shochikuza” is left, however the area still bustles with a lot of visitors to restaurants all year around.

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What it is like?

They say that Osaka is the city of “Kuidaore”, which means “eating till you drop” because Osaka is very famous for its delicious traditional cuisine and unique street food culture. Dotonbori is the perfect place to try to be Kuidaore enjoying original Osaka food like Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki. And you should also take a picture with the famous Glico Man sign, which is located by Ebisubashi bridge, strike a same pose as him. This is also a very popular thing to do in Dotonbori!

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What you can do?

Since Dotonbori was developed around the canals, you can enjoy cruise tours as well. Some of them have a tour in English! During the tour, a skilled guide will introduce you about the history of Dotonbori, and you will also have an opportunity to take a picture with Glico Man from the closest spot!!

Access to Dotonbori

From Namba station (Osaka Metro) → Near the exit 14

From Namba station (Nankai Line) → 7 minutes walk

***Dotonbori Official Website***

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Writer

Haruka

Hello! I am Haruka from Travelers Hub Namba. I was born and raised in Osaka, and what I like to do is traveling around the world! I always enjoy meeting new people from different cultures and becoming friends with them!