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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
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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 avoiding the crowds on public transport, and fitting more into your day. You also don't worry about getting lost. Highlights include Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, Shinsekai, Shitenoji, and Harukas. Your tour is enhanced with entertaining stories along the way, and useful tips from your guide.
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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.
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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 and sample local specialty Kushikatsu as you explore traditional Shinsekai.
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Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass

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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.
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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.
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Namba Night Walking Tour in Osaka, Japan

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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.
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Osaka Early Bird Tour

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

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Osaka Culture, Food & Sake Tour with an Ex Food and Beverage Mgr

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Osaka: After Dark with a Host

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Night Walking Tour with A Local English Speaking Guide

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Discovery of Osaka and experience of making Japanese kitchen knives.

On this tour, we will take you to Sakai city to experience making traditional Japanese knife. You can do finishing job on the Sakai knife, 90% of Japanese chefs used, then take with you as a souvenir. We continue to "must see" area of Osaka: Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi (America mura), Osaka Castle and its surroundings. After that, we will walk in Korean town, one side of the Osaka culture.We will enjoy all the charms that Osaka offers in a day. We are sure that our tour satisfies those whom visits Osaka for the first time.
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Dotonbori Street-Food Crawl & Sample Walking Tour in Osaka

We will take you to Dotonbori and Shinsekai area to let you try must-eats in Osaka. You will have the authentic Kushikatsu, Okonomiyaki and Takoyaki recommended by our local guide. You can't leave Osaka without trying these 3 foods! Also, since you will visit both Dotonbori and Shinsekai, the 2 hot areas in Osaka, with a local guide, you can learn about those 2 areas on a tour. Your guide will make sure that you will get some insights into the areas and the culture of Osaka. Hope you will enjoy this tasty and informative tour!
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Private Cruising to Enjoy the Cityscape of Osaka from the Boat (70 min.)

【OUTLINE】 Escape from the hustle and bustle of a big city and enjoy a stylish excursion on the water in Osaka. This 70-minute private cruise limited to 10 persons is perfect for families and friends as children are welcome to join. The night cruise offers a stunning night view of Osaka. 【HILIGHTS】・Travel to the heart of Osaka by the luxurious boat ・Discover Osaka's cityscape and attractions from the boat, escaping from the noise of the city (70 min.)・Cruise on the Higashi-Yokobori River under the Hanshin Expressway that is not usually seen・Passing through the Panama Canal type sluice gate, the boat enters Dotonbori famous with the Glico Running Man sign・Admire the stunning night view during the night time
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