Osaka, Naniwa and Nishi, are other places in the area which are also worth touring.
To better understand Osaka, take a trip to one of its fabulous cultural destinations. Spend part of the day discovering the exhibits at the Osaka Science Museum, the Osaka Museum of History and the Osaka Museum of Oriental Ceramics. There are some interesting galleries to enjoy nearby including the Osaka National Museum of Art and the Osaka City Museum of Fine Art. Experience local and touring artists live on stage at Festival Hall and the Namba Grand Kagetsu.
If you are travelling with kids, let them run around at the family attractions nearby. Take a tour of Tennoji Zoo, and experience some of the most interesting creatures in the world.
There are a number of picturesque outdoor attractions here as well so make sure you enjoy the chance to get outdoors. On a sunny day, visit Nakanoshima Park, Tennoji Park and Utsubo Park, one of the places where visitors can escape the crowds.
To really get a feel for the area, don’t miss the nearby local attractions such as Tsutenkaku Tower, the Tamatsukuri Inari Shrine and Sanko Shrine. These spots are popular with locals and tourists alike. For a relaxing change of pace, pay a visit to the area’s most sacred sites, such as Shitennoji Temple.
Find the perfect accessory, stock up on groceries or just enjoy the atmosphere at nearby shopping hotspots such as the Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade, the Osaka Central Wholesale Market and the Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street.
Finding somewhere comfortable to unpack your bags in the Dotonbori area is easy. Whether you’re staying for a night or a few weeks it’s hard to go past the Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka, the Swissotel Nankai Osaka, and the Best Western Hotel Fino Osaka Shinsaibashi.