DOTONBORI

Dotonbori is a popular tourist destination in Namba Osaka. Dotonbori is famous for its giant crab and other restaurants.

The Dotonbori Canal, which runs through Namba (Minami), is the Namba's symbol. The Dotonbori Canal has often been used as a movie location for films such as 'Black Rain'. The area around the canal is referred to as Dotonbori. Both sides of the canal are always busy day and night. The north side of the canal is called Soemon-cho, where there are many restaurants and bars. The south side of the canal, Dotonbori Street, is a home of 'Kuidaore' with various eateries where you will be amazed with the famous Osaka giant signs such as moving crab, puffer fish, dragon, etc. Try famous Osaka food 'Takoyaki (octopus balls)'.

Dotonbori Canal
Dotonbori Canal

Picture of Dotonbori Canal is looking along the canal to Ebisubashi (bridge) in the West. On the right you can see the discount department shore Don Quijote, past this there restaurants and cafes. Behind the row of restaurants on the left bank is Dotonbori Street.

The bridge across the canal on the Ebisubashi Shopping Arcade is Ebisubashi, which is nicknamed 'Pick-up Bridge' as it is a famous place for young guys to pick up girls. The famous Glico sign is also here.

Dotonbori Puffer Fish
Giant Puffer Fish Sign - Dotonbori

Dotonbori Restaurants

As a domestic tourist destination, Osaka is known for its food, and Dotonbori is the main destination for food travel in Osaka. It is always featured in guidebooks for both foreign and domestic tourists.

Osaka regional cuisine includes okonomiyaki (pan-fried batter cake), takoyaki (octopus dumplings), udon (a noodle dish), as well as regional sushi and other traditional Japanese foods.

Dotonbori Landmarks

Kani Doraku Crab
This six and a half meter crab is on the front of the crab restaurant Kani Doraku. It is mechanized, being able to move its arms and eyestalks. Built in 1960, this mechanical billboard soon spawned imitations, including a squid that puffs steam and oni (demons) that light up at night.

Kani Doraku Giant Crab
Dotonbori - Kani Doraku Giant Crab

Glico Man
Originally installed in 1935, the giant neon athlete on a blue track is a symbol of Glico candy. The sign has been altered on several occasions to celebrate events such as the World Cup and to show support for the Osaka baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers.

Dotonbori Glico Man
Dotonbori Glico Man

Kuidaore Taro
Used to be in front of Kui-daore restaurant, which has now closed down. The mechanical drum-playing clown, also known as the Kuidaore Ningyo, installed in 1950. Every March the visiting rikishi for the Osaka Grand Sumo tournament used to line up with Kuidaore Taro for photos.

Kuidaore Taro - Dotonbori
Kuidaore Taro - Dotonbori

Hozenji Temple
Established in 1637, Hozenji Temple is a very little temple which enshrines Mizukakefudo. This temple feels very out of place in the modern Dotonbori with all its modern commercial lighting, so it is great to see that it has survived all this time. There is a statue that is completely covered by moss which continues to thrive through people watering it when making a prayer. There are more pictures of Hozenji Temple in our picture gallery, click on the picture below to see them.

Address: 1-2-16 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Access: 5 min walk from Namba Station (Subway Midosuji Line)

Hozenji Temple - Dotonbori
Hozenji Temple - Dotonbori

Hozenji Yokocho
Hozenji Yokocho is a narrow, stone-paved lane with a atmosphere of old days in Osaka. Lined on both sides with small food shops and cafes, some of them are quite famous.
Address: 1 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Access: 5 min walk from Namba Station (Subway Midosuji Line)

Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum
Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum is the only museum in the world that features a permanent exhibition of Kamigata Ukiyoe. In Kamigata (Osaka's name during the Edo period), many Ukiyoe (colored woodblock prints) were created featuring Kabuki actors. Impressive expressions of actors' eyes and faces, expressing various human emotions are vividly depicted in these Ukiyoe. The Museum exhibits some 30 items.
Address: 1-6-4 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi
Access: 5 min walk from Namba Station (Subway Midosuji Line)
Opening hours:

11am-6pm, close Mondays
Admission: 500yen

Dotonbori Access:

5 min walk from Namba Station (Subway Midosuji Line)
 

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