DotonboriOsaka

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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
 Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
3.5 out of 5
1-1-13 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
NZ$98
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

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! (4,354 reviews)

"Very clean and comfortable rooms with huge a great view of the canal and of Osaka. The hotel has great amenities with a wide assortment of toiletries and beverages (teas and coffee) available for free in the lobby. It is 1 min away from Dotonbori, making it an ideal hub for an Osaka getaway. I didn’t ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
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
NZ$102
per night
Mar 13 - Mar 14

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! (6,392 reviews)

"If the rooms were a little larger this would certainly be a 4-star hotel"…"

Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
SARASA HOTEL Dotonbori
SARASA HOTEL Dotonbori
3 out of 5
2-9-6 Shimanouchi, Chou-ku, Osaka, Osaka
NZ$76
per night
Mar 11 - Mar 12

Located in Namba, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kuromon Ichiba Market and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. Tsutenkaku Tower and Shitennoji Temple are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (695 reviews)

"The staff seemed to have above and beyond to accommodate me. Even going so far as escorting me to a separate coin laundromat outside the hotel so I could wash my clothes. However, I didn't care for the washing machines provided, in that I spent a good 5 hours trying to do my laundry and putting in ..."…"

Reviewed on 18 Feb. 2020

SARASA HOTEL Dotonbori
APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi
APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi
3 out of 5
2-7-11, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
NZ$94
per night
Feb 28 - Feb 29

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 ...

3.9/5Good! (1,689 reviews)

"Near downtown"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2020

APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi
Cross Hotel Osaka
Cross Hotel Osaka
4 out of 5
2-5-15 Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
NZ$182
per night
Mar 23 - Mar 24

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (3,803 reviews)

"One of the best locations and the cleanliness of the room. Large bathroom and the breakfast buffet was also very nice."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020

Cross Hotel Osaka
ibis Styles Osaka Namba
ibis Styles Osaka Namba
3 out of 5
2-13 Soemon-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
NZ$76
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (1,770 reviews)

"Walkable, near to shopping place, staff helpful and you can keep the luggage after check out"…"

Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020

ibis Styles Osaka Namba

Popular activities in Dotonbori

Hozenji-Yokocho Alley
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Hozenji-Yokocho Alley

5/5(1 review)

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.

Universal Studios Japan™
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Universal Studios Japan™

4.5/5(155 reviews)

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

Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle

4.5/5(332 reviews)

Engage with Japan's rich history at this 16th-century site, where dramatic battlegrounds have made way for a peaceful park with cherry trees. 

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Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe
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Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe

82% of travellers recommend
NZ$149
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Full-Day Bus Tour to Arashiyama, Kyoto & Nara
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Full-Day Bus Tour to Arashiyama, Kyoto & Nara

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NZ$89
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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
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Full-Day Bus Tour of Arashiyama, Nara & Kobe
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Full-Day Bus Tour of Arashiyama, Nara & Kobe

80% of travellers recommend
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Full-Day Bus Tour of Arashiyama, Nara & Kobe w/ Halal Meals
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Full-Day Bus Tour of Arashiyama, Nara & Kobe w/ Halal Meals

NZ$179
Per adult
English-language comedy show at ROR Comedy Club
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English-language comedy show at ROR Comedy Club

NZ$14
Per adult

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