Dotonbori is calling! Discover its food, entertainment, sightseeing, and more.

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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Top Hotels in Dotonbori

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
3 out of 5
1-1-13 Nipponbashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
$41/night
Aug 25 - Aug 26
4.2/5Excellent! (3,670 reviews)

"The location is convenient. The price is fair. Staffs are nice. They have laundry room."…"

Reviewed on Aug 11, 2019

Sotetsu Grand Fresa Osaka-Namba
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Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
4 out of 5
1-2-3 Minatomachi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
$83/night
Aug 29 - Aug 30
4.3/5Excellent! (5,929 reviews)

"The hotel room is very clean and the staff is very nice."…"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2019

Hotel Monterey Grasmere Osaka
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APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi
3 out of 5
2-7-11, Nishi-Shinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
$47/night
Aug 18 - Aug 19
3.8/5Good! (1,546 reviews)

"nice stay at the hotel"…"

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2019

APA Hotel Namba-Shinsaibashi
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Cross Hotel Osaka
4 out of 5
2-5-15 Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
$100/night
Aug 18 - Aug 19
4.5/5Wonderful! (3,577 reviews)

"We had an amazing view of the running man right outside our window! Could not have asked for better when staying in Osaka for a single night. The room itself was quite small, and hard to fit in luggage for two. But the giant bathtub made up for this! Would highly recommend. Service was ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2019

Cross Hotel Osaka
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ibis Styles Osaka Namba
3 out of 5
2-13 Soemon-cho, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka-fu
$61/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
3.9/5Very Good! (1,659 reviews)

"good location, 1 min walk to the shopping Avenue poor condition in hotel, a bit old"…"

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2019

ibis Styles Osaka Namba
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DOTONBORI Crystal Hotel II
3 out of 5
2-17-4 Kawarayamachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka
$39/night
Sep 17 - Sep 18
4/5Very Good! (9 reviews)

"意外と道頓堀まで遠いです。 部屋は良かったです!"…"

Reviewed on Jul 1, 2019

DOTONBORI Crystal Hotel II

Popular things to do in Dotonbori

Dotonburi
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Dotonburi

You can find out about the history of Osaka with a stop at Dotonburi. Discover the area's shops, or seek out its local tours.

Hozenji-Yokocho Alley
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Hozenji-Yokocho Alley

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

Explore the great outdoors at Tombori River Walk, a lovely green space in Osaka. Make time to visit the area's shops, or simply enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Osaka Castle
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Osaka Castle

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

Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
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Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan

Experience the diverse marine ecosystems of the Pacific in this comprehensive aquarium, which hosts otters, penguins, seals and even whale sharks. 

Osaka Science Museum
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Osaka Science Museum

Osaka Science Museum is a popular museum in Osaka with a rich history. Discover the top-notch restaurants and entertainment choices in this walkable area.

Top activities in Dotonbori

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

$94

Take a journey through the wonders of ancient and modern Japan with a day trip that shows you the historic cities of Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. With destinations from the peaceful bamboo forest of Arashiyama to the lively Kobe Mosaic, you get a look at centuries' worth of culture.

Full-Day Bus Tour of Arashiyama, Nara & Kobe
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Full-Day Bus Tour of Arashiyama, Nara & Kobe

$94

Board a bus and head out of Osaka for a day of exploring the treasures in Arashiyama, Nara, and Kobe. In Arashiyama, explore Sagano Bamboo Forest and ride the scenic Randen tram line, then visit Nara. Your day ends with dinner and shopping in modern Kobe.

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

$113

Board a bus and head out of Osaka for a day of exploring the treasures in Arashiyama, Nara, and Kobe. In Arashiyama, explore Sagano Bamboo Forest and ride the scenic Randen tram line, then visit the UNESCO-listed Todai-ji temple in Nara.

Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe With Halal Meals
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Full-Day Bus Tour to Kyoto, Nara & Kobe With Halal Meals

$113

Take a journey through the wonders of ancient and modern Japan with a day trip that shows you the historic cities of Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. With destinations from the peaceful bamboo forest of Arashiyama to the lively Kobe Mosaic, you get a look at centuries' worth of culture.

Full-Day Bus Tour of Kyoto
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Full-Day Bus Tour of Kyoto

$57

Visit Kyoto's most famous cultural sites on this day-long bus tour from Osaka. Hop aboard a comfortable coach and drive to Japan's ancient capital to see the brilliant torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu-dera temple, and the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji.

UCC Coffee Museum Entrance Ticket
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UCC Coffee Museum Entrance Ticket

$3

Visit: UCC Coffee Museum, 6-6-2 Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo, Kobe 650-0046 Hyogo Prefecture In Kobe in the Hyogo prefecture, you will find the UCC Coffee Museum. UCC is famous for introducing the first canned coffee in the world and has ties to coffee all over the world, including a Kona coffee farm in Hawaii.

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Umeda
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Tennoji
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Kita
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Minami
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