An exciting commercial district for gourmet, shopping, entertainment, and more, Dotonbori is must-visit area for anyone interested in the rich food culture of Osaka.
Flashing neon lights, colorful signage, and countless delicious eateries cram the streets of what once used to be a prominent district of geisha and theater performances.
Originally started as a local development project in 1612 by Yasui Doton, Dotonbori eventually transitioned from its primarily cultural and theatrical center to the gastronomic landmark it is today.
Dotonbori is iconic of Osaka’s kuidaore, or “eat till you drop,” food culture. From small street stalls to impressive restaurants, this area is filled with gastronomic delights.
Older stone-paved alleys retain the feel of old Osaka while more modern restaurants give off a vibrant, colorful atmosphere. It’s easy to satisfy any craving within this food-lovers’ paradise.
One of the more iconic restaurants is Kani Douraku, a highly popular crab restaurant characterized by a giant mechanized crab adorning the shopfront.
Or perhaps indulge in some fugu (pufferfish) at the specialty restaurant Zubora-ya. You can also enjoy premium Japanese beef at the long-standing Hariju.
While today Dotonbori has mainly become a hub for gourmet eating, both casual and refined, you can still enjoy yourself at a multitude of entertainment locations such as stand-up comedy bars.
Address: 〒 542-0071 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Directions: Right outside Namba Station on the Nankai and Kintetsu Railways and Subway Midosuji, Sennichimae, and Yotsubashi Lines