Dotonbori Tours

2 reviews
Dotonbori
Dotonbori (also called Dotombori) is a bustling nightlife district in Osaka’s Minami area. It stretches along the Dtomborigawa River, with a multitude of small restaurants, bars, and neon lights that come alive after nightfall. An entertainment neighborhood, Dotonbori is famous for its varied cuisine and huge animated signs. 

The Basics
Dotonbori provides a whole night’s worth of entertainment. Visit lively bars, peruse shops, and test your gaming skills at an arcade room. Numerous food options are available, ranging from street food stalls to sit-down restaurants offering both local delicacies and international cuisine. 
 
Many Osaka walking tours include a visit to Dotonbori along with samplings of local street food. You can also experience the city’s quirky side on an Osaka GoKart tour featuring funny costume rentals, and cruise around the city dressed up as your favorite Mario Kart character. For a personalized experience, visit on a private city tour or see Dotonbori at your own pace on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Dotonbori is a must-see for foodies and nightlife seekers. 
  • This is a good spot to try Japanese street food: look out for hot-off-the-grill yakitori kebabs, savory okonomiyaki pancakes, and deep-fried octopus balls.
  • Don’t miss the iconic Glico running man, a huge illuminated sign featuring the Glico candy company’s mascot.
 
How to Get There
Dotonbori is located in the Minami area, a 5-minute walk from Namba Station in downtown Osaka, Japan. Parking is hard to find, so public transportation is your best bet. 
 
When to Get There
You can visit Dotonbori anytime, but the district comes alive at night, especially on Friday and Saturday. Spring and autumn are good times to visit Osaka, when the weather is typically clear and mild.

Dotonbori for Brunch
Dotonbori isn’t just a wild nightlife spot—it’s also one of the best places in Osaka to grab brunch. With restaurants offering spicy curries and sushi, Italian rooftop eateries, and cat cafés, this district has you covered. 
Address: Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka 542-0071, Japan
Read More

19 Tours & Activities to Experience

Category
Select Dates
Filter




Clear Filters
Clear Filters
Sort by:Default

Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass

See the sights of Osaka with a hop-on-hop-off tour over two consecutive days by bus and boat. Just book online and select a 2-day ticket with either a 1- or 2-day subway pass to help you get around the city with ease. Travel to landmarks such as the Buddhist temple of Shitennoji Temple and Osaka Castle, and explore neighborhoods like Umeda and Shinsaibashi at your own pace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board the bus, so you can post photos as you travel around.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
  • Duration: 1 to 2 days
From  
USD28.00
From  
USD28.00
See Details

Small-group Kansai Soul Tour in Osaka including Japanese Snacks

Osaka, often referred to as the soul of Japan’s Kansai prefecture, is an integral stop on any tour of the Land of the Rising Sun. Experience Osaka’s neon-fronted nightlife, exceptional food, and buzzing markets on a 3.5-hour sightseeing tour. Sightseeing highlights include Kuromon Ichiba Market, famed for its gourmet hole-in-the-wall restaurants, Tsutenkaku Tower in Luna Park, and Dotonbori, a canal-side strip home to neon sigs and a giant mechanical crab. Japanese snacks, including octopus balls and skewered meat, are included on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
From  
USD83.00
From  
USD83.00
See Details

NEW TO VIATOR

Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle

This an ideal choice for travelers with limited time in Osaka. Save hours researching where to visit in Osaka, and instead have an action-packed itinerary created for you. Traveling between sites in a private vehicle means you’ll avoid the crowds on public transport, and will be able to fit more into your day. You also won’t have to worry about getting lost! Highlights include Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, Shinsekai, Shitenoji, and Harukas. Your tour will be enhanced with entertaining stories along the way, and useful tips from your guide.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
From  
USD365.00
From  
USD365.00
See Details

Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour

Experience the best of both worlds on this half-day Osaka walking tour, designed to reveal popular attractions and hidden gems. Tick off icons such as Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) and Tennoji Tower, and explore the Dotonbori district, famed for its Japanese snacks and neon signs. Plus, you’ll explore lesser-known neighborhoods such as Shin-Sekai, Namba, and Tennoji, all full of unique charms. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
From  
USD49.00
From  
USD49.00
See Details

Osaka Walking Tour

Get a taste of local life in Osaka on a 3-hour walking tour of Japan’s third largest city. Witness Osaka’s different faces, from bustling business center to historic cultural hub, as you follow your guide through the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Stroll along the lively waterfront of the Dotonbori entertainment district; visit the landmark Hozenji temple; and ride the subway like a local. Get an insight into Japanese cuisine as you browse the Depachika (food market) in Umeda, then sample local specialty Kushikatsu as you explore traditional Shinsekai.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
From  
USD32.00
From  
USD32.00
See Details

Small-Group Kuromon Market Food Walking Tour in Osaka

The 200-year-old Kuromon Market is known throughout Japan for its wide selection of quality produce, meats, and prepared foods, but its bounty can be overwhelming for visitors. Take the stress out of navigating the market with this 3-hour culinary walking tour, featuring plenty of food tastings, and explore other local landmarks in Osaka including the Japanese Comedy Theater and Ebisu Bridge. This small-group tour is limited to eight people for a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
From  
USD90.00
From  
USD90.00
See Details

Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Choose your own adventure in Osaka thanks to this fully-customizable 8-hour private tour. Travel aboard your very own chartered bus, limo or van as you explore a range of of Osaka’s most unique sights. Depending on your interests you might visit historic Osaka Castle, explore Shitennoji Temple, eat and drink your way through the Dotonbori district or take in the views from the Umeda Sky Building. A driver, chartered vehicle and round-trip transport from Central Osaka are included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
From  
USD706.00
From  
USD706.00
See Details

Muslim-Friendly Walking Tour of Osaka with Halal Lunch

Get acquainted with the highlights of Osaka on a Muslim-friendly walking tour, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves in the bustling city. In a small group limited to eight, you’ll visit Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo), Dontonburi, and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Convenient hotel pickup and a Halal lunch are included.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
From  
USD127.00
From  
USD127.00
See Details

Osaka Go Kart Tour including Funny Costume Rental

Discover Osaka’s highlights in this quirky Go Kart tour. You’ll be photo-ready, as there are plenty of funny character costumes to choose from. It’ll be a hassle-free tour as Go Kart rental, costume rental, insurance, and fuel are included. See lots of Osaka’s top sites like Tsutenkaku Tower, and Kitashinchi area, and you won’t have to worry about losing your group, as it’s a small-group tour.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
From  
USD67.00
From  
USD67.00
See Details

Nightlife Osaka Food Tour

Feast your senses on Osaka — widely acknowledged as Japan’s culinary capital — on a 3-hour food tour, ideal for first-time visitors and fans of Japanese cuisine. In a small group limited to no more than 10, you’ll immerse yourself in bright and bustling Dotonbori, the city’s nightlife hub, where you’ll sample specialties such as sushi and sake. Plus, learn to prepare your own takoyaki (octopus balls) under the guidance of a chef.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
From  
USD146.00
From  
USD146.00
See Details

Osaka Shrine & Temple Tour

Find an oasis of peace amid the hustle and bustle of Osaka. Escape the busy crowds on an intimate small group tour of Osaka’s oldest and most famous shrines and temples. After making your offerings, enjoy sake and appetizers with your new friends (personal expense). Then see Osaka from above at the Tsutenkakku tower. This all inclusive tour lets you relax while your guide does the navigating.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
From  
USD240.00
From  
USD240.00
See Details

NEW TO VIATOR

Osaka After Dark with a Host

Get ready for a night of fun in Osaka! This private customized tour is the ideal for first-time visitors to get their bearings and learn top tips about the city’s best nightlife spots. The tour is customized based on your interests, and you can even choose which district you explore, or leave it to your guide. The tour will take you to Japanese pubs (izakaya), standing bars (tachinomiya), and karaoke bars too! You’ll eat, drink, sing, and explore the best of Osaka in one evening.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
From  
USD86.14
From  
USD86.14
See Details

Namba Night Walking Tour in Osaka, Japan

Osaka has a lot of places to visit but you may have not enough time to explore and reach the places where I take you by yourselves. Even you find the places, I guess a lot of tourists just pass through the amazing spots because they don't know the stories each spot has. I'll show you the deep spots of Dotonbori area and share you their interesting stories in a hour. This tour is held in the night-time. We'll go to some beautiful places and crazy bar spots. I'd like to share these spots since Osaka has two faces between Day-time and Night-time. If you have gap time during your visiting, I'm available to show you around there in a hour. Also I can provide you some recommendations for anything!!
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
From  
USD28.00
From  
USD28.00
See Details

Namba Daytime Walking Tour in Osaka, Japan

Namba is Osaka’s entertainment district and home to some of the city’s best shops, restaurants, and nightlife. On this walking tour, explore the neighborhood by day and gain an insider perspective from a local guide. Along the way, stop at landmarks like the Running Man, sample delicious street foods (own expense) along Dotonbori, and visit a historic temple.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
From  
USD23.00
From  
USD23.00
See Details

NEW TO VIATOR

Shop up a storm in Osaka

When it comes to shopping, Osaka is an absolute paradise! The problem is knowing where to start. Join a like-minded local who can narrow down the search and guide you on a unique route through the best shopping districts and take you to the most fashionable places based on your individual style and personality. Whether you love luxury stores or want to shop for novelty items in a local neighbourhoods, your Host will help you explore Osaka’s fashion like a local during the rest of your stay. We will contact you within 24 hours of your booking to find out about your interests so we can assign a like-minded local who will create a bespoke experience for you. Your Host will suggest an itinerary and agree a meeting time and place, but you can always change your mind about what you want to do during those four hours of your experience. You get to choose which top fashionable neighbourhoods you want to explore but will also have the chance to discover unique stores you won’t find elsewhere.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
From  
USD78.88
From  
USD78.88
See Details

NEW TO VIATOR

Osaka Zuboraya Dotonbori

A very popular restaurant that is famous for its special dishes of puffer fish and was founded in 1920. All ingredients are fresh tiger puffer fish caught from the sea of western Japan.[[ Package Details: ]]- Tiger puffer and bag package.- Appetizer (three kinds) 1 serving.- 1 piece of natural puffer fish sashimi.- Fried natural puffer fish 1 serving.- Natural puffer fish hot pot 1 serving.- 1 part of the natural pufferfish white baole.- 1 Japanese rice cooker.- 1 dessert.[[ Choice of Time: ]]17:0017:3018:0018:3019:3020:0021:0022:00[[ Additional Information: ]]>> PLEASE LET US KNOW FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE TIME THAT YOU CHOOSE>> Be sure to go to the store on time, if you are not expected to arrive on time, please contact customer service as soon as possible. If you are more than 20 minutes late, it will be deemed to be waived automatically and the fee will be 100%.>> Reservation restrictions: Adult children aged 6 and over are the same price.
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours
From  
USD128.00
From  
USD128.00
See Details

NEW TO VIATOR

Osaka early bird

Avoid walking around Osaka with masses of other tourists and getting lost on Osaka’s Subway. Join us on this very efficient tour with a local guide that enables you to enjoy some of the main attractions in half a day, before other tourists start to walk around. Look forward to the panoramic view from the top of Osaka Castle in the fresh air of early morning!
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
From  
USD23.00
From  
USD23.00
See Details

NEW TO VIATOR

Osaka by night: food, booze and fun!

This experience consists of visiting three different restaurants that you would like to explore.We will visit each other in different areas of Osaka- a typical, old style Osaka place.- where many "working class" people go.- a place where young people hang outYou do not need to bring any money, all food and drinks are included in the price.Also, if you have any special requests, I'm totally flexible and can tailor our experience to your interests!Looking forward to enjoying Osaka with you!
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
From  
USD88.00
From  
USD88.00
See Details

Private 7-Day Japan by Car: Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka

If you’re looking for an efficient and easy way to experience Japan’s highlights then look no further than this private 7-day tour from Tokyo, the itinerary of which can be customized according to your interests. In a private chartered vehicle, you’ll travel between Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kyoto, and Osaka, all of which you’ll explore independently according to the recommendations of your driver. Upgrade to enlist the services of a private guide throughout your adventure.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Duration: 7 days
From  
USD10,410.00
From  
USD10,410.00
See Details


Having trouble booking online?
(888) 651-9785
Call (888) 651-9785