Navigation and Map: How to Get to Dotonbori at Namba
Station: Namba, Midosuji Line, Exit 14
At Dotonbori, Kuidaore 食い倒れ! Eat Till You Drop at Osaka’s #1 Destination
Dress in kimonos till you drop in Kyoto. Eat till you drop in Osaka! 京の着倒れ、大阪の食い倒れ
You could quite literally drop in Dotonbori as you take in all the sights, sounds and taste of Osaka’s #1 most popular destination. Ask anyone who has been to Osaka and they surely have gone to the Dotonboribashi bridge to take a selfie with Glico Man, everyone’s favorite landmark of the whole Osaka, or ride the Dotonbori river cruise and experience the nightlife of Dotonbori. If Tokyo has its Shibuya, Osaka has the great Dotonbori!
But don’t just swoon at Glico Man. The other billboards look equally photogenic.
Get ready for some serious cash burning, because Dotonbori is going to suck the beejesus out of your wallet.
Walk past H&M’s twin edifices and you can reach the start of Dotonbori’s culinary degustation. It is easy to get lost in the crowds and neon lights that scream “Come inside and try our food!”. Just like the Lotus Casino in Percy Jackson, you’ll get sucked into the charms of Dotonbori with its 100-yen deals and flamboyant crab sign of Kani Doraku.
If you like crab, Kani Doraku is for you, with its kani sashimi and grilled crabs set.
If you’re feeling lucky, there are always arcades and pachinko slots to entertain yourself. One play costs 100 yen! It’s expensive.
For Takoyaki lovers, two Takoyaki giants are vying for your attention: Creo-Ru and Konamon Takoyaki Museum. If you see snaking lines outside the building, fall in line as Takoyaki won’t disappoint you.
I love the traditional Takoyaki, but Bacon and Cheese Takoyaki is the clear winner.
Fans of Okonomiyaki will get their dish “as you like it” at the most popular shop at Dotonbori for Okonomiyaki, Mizuno. Okonomiyaki is a type of Japanese pancake made with flour and often mixed with egg, scallions, beansprouts, and special Okonomiyaki sauce. It kind of tastes like Takoyaki too.
Don’t forget to eat ramen at Kamakura, whose clean Shoyu broth is pretty life-changing for me. Should the huge dragon at Kinryu beckon you, try to stay away from this ramen shop. I didn’t find it delicious at all!
Gyoza for 300 yen? Yes, yes and yes! That’s a pretty cheap deal too!
Sushi is another must, but don’t bother eating at Genroku Sushi, whose long lines and a huge sushi sign on top of the store, looks tempting to deny. No, no and no ~ I’ve had some of the best sushi in Japan for your to trust me on this, and this revolving sushi bar’s cheap sushi selection at 135 yen per plate is a terrible terrible choice. Waste of calories! Grab the authentic experience at Endo Sushi instead.
You can do literally shop for everything at Dotonbori, from drugstores to Family Mart. Buy your Omiyage nearby the iconic Nakaza Cuidaore (romanticized Kuidaore) clown that beats drums at you, begging for you to shell out some cash.
Or you can also drop by PABLO, the most popular cheesecake to tourists ~ though I can’t fathom what mind tricks they put into the minds of people to line up. Pablo’s biscuits taste better though.
Of course, Ebisubashi and Shinsaibashi’s shopping arcades should always be on your bucket list, as brands from Diana to Samantha Thavasa and Daikokuya’s line up this shopping street with premium goods that will cap your Dotonbori trip with heavier shopping bags.
Map of Dotonbori Area
Official Website: www.dotonbori.or.jp
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