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    Dotonbori is a very colorful, popular and famous street which runs parallel to Dotonbori-gawa Canal in the downtown area of Namba, in the center of Osaka. 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. Dotonbori is the main destination for food travel in Osaka. Osaka regional cuisine that can be found along Dotonbori includes okonomiyaki (pan-fried batter cake), takoyaki (octopus dumplings), udon (a noodle dish), as well as regional sushi and other traditional Japanese foods.

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    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 store Don Quijote, past this there restaurants and cafes. Behind the row of restaurants on the left bank is Dotonbori Street.

    At night the area comes alive with neon lights and illuminated signs on the sides of the buildings, which reflect of the surface of the canal. The principle part of Dotonbori runs between Dotonboribashi (bridge) to Nipponbashi (bridge).┬áThe Dotonbori Canal has often been used as a movie location for films such as ‘Black Rain’.

    Note in English both spellings Dotonbori and Dotombori are used. The later is closer to the actual pronunciation, but the most common spelling used is Dotonbori.

    Dotonbori Attractions

    Below are listed some of the highlights of Dotonbori where you can see more detail on each of these.

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