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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.


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Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
4 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P4,279 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

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! (2,239 reviews)

"The property felt a bit old but the view from our room was amazing."…"

Reviewed on Aug 1, 2020

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
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 P1,754 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

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! (1,066 reviews)
Good location

"Good location"…"

Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020

APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi
 Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
3.5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P1,935 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

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! (3,052 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
The price is P4,805 per night from 26 Nov to 27 Nov

Located in Namba, this hotel is steps away from Osaka Shochikuza, Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Amerikamura. Ebisu Bridge and Dotonbori Glico Sign are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,504 reviews)
Awesome

"Awesome location!!! The staff were so helpful. Perfect room to relax in after a day of exploring Osaka."…"

Reviewed on Mar 24, 2020

Cross Hotel Osaka
ibis Styles Osaka Namba
ibis Styles Osaka Namba
3 out of 5
The price is P1,737 per night from 23 Nov to 24 Nov

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Doton Plaza, Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade and Ebisu Bridge. Amerikamura and Kuromon Ichiba Market are ...

4/5Very Good! (1,000 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
Nipponbashi LUXE Hotel
Nipponbashi LUXE Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is P1,699 per night from 28 Oct to 29 Oct

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! (250 reviews)
Affordable hotel

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

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Nipponbashi LUXE Hotel
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Other neighborhoods in Osaka

Namba which includes a city

Namba

4.5/5Wonderful!(62 area reviews)

Enjoy the popular shops in Namba. Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade is a worthwhile stop, and you can jump on the metro at Namba Station or Nippombashi Station to see more of Osaka.

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Shinsaibashi showing street scenes

Shinsaibashi

Shinsaibashi is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Namba Parks and Kuromon Ichiba Market. See more of Osaka by jumping on the metro at Namba Station (Nankai) or Namba Station.

Shinsaibashi
Shinsekai showing a city as well as a small group of people

Shinsekai

Shinsekai is noteworthy for its spas, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Tsutenkaku Tower and Spa World.

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