The Namba area of Osaka’s exemplary downtown district that has flourished since the Edo period
From JR Osaka Station, go to Namba Station on the Osaka Metro’s Midosuji Line, Sennichimae Line, or Yotsubashi Line, or take the Kintetsu Railway or the Nankai Electric Railway
Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Great Stuff to See and Do!
Streets with landmarks of symbolic, gigantic signs for crab, fugu, and the unmistakable Glico Man
Dotonbori began to prosper around 1626 during the Edo period, when theaters sprung up in the area and prompted other business to follow suit. It is now famous as a neighborhood of glorious gluttony, where you can enjoy Osaka’s many gourmet foods as displayed on massive signs.
Enjoy the flavors of Osaka, known as “Japan’s kitchen”
Dotonbori is always overflowing with the energy of Osaka’s local foods, from okonomiyaki to takoyaki, kushiyaki skewers you dip in sauce (no double dipping!), dumplings, yakiniku, ramen, crab, and fugu. This neighborhood is buzzing with energy and delicacies of Naniwa (the old name for Osaka) that you must experience at least once in your life.
There is a promenade along the Dotonbori River where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll. Cruising the Dotonbori River in sightseeing boats is also a fun way to spend part of your day. Events such as live music and dance performances are held every year, allowing you to have an entertaining experience in Dotonbori.