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DotonboriOsaka

Experience the colorful neon heart of Osaka along this canal, where travelers, couples and entertainment seekers throng the streets.

Marvel at the illuminated billboards and savor gourmet meals at Dotonbori, Osaka's primary entertainment district. This glitzy precinct, situated around the Dotonbori Canal, offers diverse shopping, compelling landmarks and a large selection of high-quality Japanese restaurants.

Dotonbori was first developed by local businessman Yasui Doton in 1612. Over the subsequent century, the area was designated as Osaka's entertainment district and hosted a number of kabuki and bunraku theaters. Enjoy the same activities more than 400 years later.

Today the district's lively entertainment spirit endures. See bunraku puppet shows, explore high-rise shopping plazas and join milling crowds on its neon-lit streets. Admire the Glico billboard; its depiction of a victorious athlete has become an Osaka icon. This famous landmark, installed in 1935, is a popular meeting place for groups of friends.

Wander Dotonbori Avenue, running parallel to the canal, to find the Kani Doraku crab. This huge mechanical crustacean is displayed above the entrance to a well-known crab restaurant. Also look for the nearby Kuidaore Taro, a mechanical drum-playing clown.

Step away from the Dotonbori bustle at the Hozenji Temple. This 17th-century shrine features a moss-covered Buddha statue called Mizukakefudo. Stroll down Hozenji Yokocho, an old-fashioned stone-paved lane. Stop at the Kamigata Ukiyoe Museum to inspect exquisite woodblock prints depicting kabuki actors.

Shop in Dotonbori's Shinsaibashi-suji and Ebisubashi-suji arcades. Browse brand-name stores or challenge your friends in video gaming parlors. Visit Don Quijote for quality discounts on a range of items.

Dotonbori is known as the region of "Kuidaore," a term which loosely translates to "excessive enjoyment of extravagance in food." Try delectable local specialties, such an okinomiyaki (a savory pancake dish), takoyaki (fried octopus balls) and kitsune udon (a warm noodle soup). Fugu fish, pufferfish with the poisonous skin and organs removed, is also popular among braver eaters.

Dotonbori is located in central Osaka, between the Dotonboribashi and Nipponbashi bridges. Walk here on foot from Namba Station. Revel in the exciting atmosphere of this buzzing district.

Top Hotels in Dotonbori

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi
APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi
3 out of 5
2-7-11, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥3,719 per night

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Dotonbori Glico Sign and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Tsutenkaku Tower and Kyocera Dome Osaka are also within ...

3.9/5Very Good! (1,114 reviews)

"Great location. Great service and breakfast."…"

Reviewed on Feb 20, 2020

APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
4 out of 5
1-2-3 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,910 per night

Located in Namba, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Osaka City Air Terminal, Tsutenkaku Tower, and Shitennoji Temple. Osaka Museum of History and Umeda Sky ...

4.3/5Excellent! (6,561 reviews)

"The sidewalk layout of Osaka is a little strange (they also walk on the opposite side of the rest of the country) so it makes a little weird getting to this hotel's lobby from the train station. It's a budget hotel so everything meets expectations. The building is older, the staff don't treat you ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2020

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Nipponbashi LUXE Hotel
Nipponbashi LUXE Hotel
3.5 out of 5
2-3-21 Kozu, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka
The price is ¥3,173 per night

Located in Namba, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Tsutenkaku Tower, Shitennoji Temple, and Osaka Museum of History. Osaka Castle and Osaka Science Museum ...

4.3/5Excellent! (237 reviews)
Affordable hotel

"Amazing. Near all attractions like dotonbori and namba."…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Nipponbashi LUXE Hotel
ibis Styles Osaka Namba
ibis Styles Osaka Namba
3 out of 5
2-13 Soemon-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥5,218 per night

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Doton Plaza, Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, and Dotonbori Glico Sign. Amerikamura and Kuromon Ichiba ...

4/5Very Good! (1,014 reviews)

"Property is near Dotonbori Area. Walk down from the property and eveything is there. Food, shopping and train network are all within walking distance. Highly recommended. Love the vibes of the area."…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

ibis Styles Osaka Namba
 Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
3.5 out of 5
1-1-13 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥3,934 per night

Located in Namba, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Tsutenkaku Tower and within 3 mi (5 km) of Osaka Museum of History and Osaka Science Museum. Osaka Castle ...

4.2/5Excellent! (4,456 reviews)

"Very friendly and helpful staffs... Wide range of amentites available for self-service in the lobby, clean and comfy room... Super prime location, just few mins walk to Dontonburi... Love it!! :D"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
Cross Hotel Osaka
Cross Hotel Osaka
4 out of 5
2-5-15 Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
The price is ¥11,901 per night

Located in Namba, this hotel is steps from Ebisu Bridge, Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, and Amerikamura. Dotonbori Glico Sign and Namba Grand Kagetsu Theater ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,769 reviews)

"The pretty hip hotel in central location. Very safe and well managed by hard working workers. They are ready to help out all guests. Highly recommend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 4, 2020

Cross Hotel Osaka

Popular places to visit in Dotonbori

Ebisu Bridge
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Ebisu Bridge

1/5(1 review)

You can find out about the history of Osaka when you stop by Ebisu Bridge. Discover the top-notch restaurants and entertainment choices in this walkable area.

Hozenji-Yokocho Alley
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Hozenji-Yokocho Alley

4/5(6 reviews)

Escape modern Osaka and venture into this narrow cobbled alley lined with traditional wood-fronted restaurants and a temple famed for its deity covered in moss.

Tombori River Walk
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Tombori River Walk

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Tombori River Walk, a lovely green space in Osaka. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this family-friendly area.

Universal Studios Japan™
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Universal Studios Japan™

4.5/5(307 reviews)

Watch theatrical shows, meet lovable mascots and go on exhilarating rides at this extensive movie-focused theme park.

Arima Hot Springs
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Arima Hot Springs

4.5/5(38 reviews)

Arima Hot Springs is one of the more well-known attractions to visit during your trip to Kobe. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Kyocera Dome Osaka
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Kyocera Dome Osaka

4.5/5(34 reviews)

Catch an event at Kyocera Dome Osaka during your trip to Osaka. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this walkable area.

Top things to do in Dotonbori

Dotonbori Pirates Cruise
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Dotonbori Pirates Cruise

¥900
Per adult
3-hour Nightlife Food Tour in Osaka with a Local Expert
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3-hour Nightlife Food Tour in Osaka with a Local Expert

100% of travellers recommend
¥20,000
Per adult
Osaka Dotonbori Daytime Food Tour
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Osaka Dotonbori Daytime Food Tour

¥18,000
Per adult
Embark on a Delicious Osaka Night Food Tour
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Embark on a Delicious Osaka Night Food Tour

¥15,300
Per adult
Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour
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Private Full-Day Osaka Walking Tour

92% of travellers recommend
¥20,000
Per adult
Deep Osaka Food Tours
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Deep Osaka Food Tours

100% of travellers recommend
¥10,800
Per adult

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