The Dotonbori neighborhood is one of the most famous and busy places in Osaka. It is impossible to visit this Japanese city and not get carried away by its atmosphere and the attractions it houses. Do you want to discover them all? Well, do not hesitate to continue reading. You certainly won’t be disappointed.
Dotonbori and the neon signs
If there is something distinctive about this neighborhood, it is its illuminated signs. If by day they are conspicuous, at night they are quite a spectacle. Posters that cover the buildings that flank the canal that crosses the neighborhood and that we will talk about later.
As well, the most famous poster is that of the local food company Ezaki Glico, a symbol of the city. The illuminated sign is called Glico Man and shows a long-distance runner on a blue running track.
The poster that can be seen today It is 20 meters high by 10 wide., although the original, which was installed in 1935, was 33 meters high. It has undergone temporary modifications for advertising campaigns, but in essence it has not changed in these years.
Restaurants to taste the local gastronomy
The Dotonbori neighborhood also stands out for its wide range of hotels. In fact, It is considered the gastronomic epicenter of Osaka. In them you can try some of the dishes of Japanese cuisine associated with the city.
Among the specialties, the takoyaki, which are fritters stuffed with octopus; the kani, which is crab meat; or the kitsune udonsome noodles with tofu.
But, among so much variety, which establishment to go to? Among the most famous is Akaonithat for the elaboration of the takoyaki uses raw octopus instead of boiled, like the vast majority. At Tayoshi Tonbori you can try their puffer fish-based dishes.
If you prefer the sushiGenrokuzushi Dotonbori is a good choice. Equally recommendable are Zuboraya, specialized in fugu; Kani Doraku, in crab meat; Kushikatsu Daruma, on breaded skewers; and Osaka Ohsho, where you can taste the delicious gyoza.
Likewise, Dotonbori restaurants not only attract attention for their cuisine, but also for its exterior decoration. It is impossible to parse them long. One of the most notable in this sense we have already mentioned: the Kani Doraku, on whose facade you can see a mobile crab.
The Dotonbori canal and its bridges
As we already mentioned, a canal crosses the Dotonbori neighborhood. An infrastructure dating back to the early 17th century. It was then that it was proposed to connect the Umezu and Yokobori rivers through a navigation channel.
Several bridges are built over this canal.. The main ones are Dotonboribashi and Nipponbashi, as they mark the ends of the avenue. In both the circulation of vehicles is allowed, while others, such as Tazaemonbashi and Aiaibashi, are exclusively for pedestrians.
But there is a special bridge, it is called Ebisubashi and has become a meeting point in this unique neighborhood. The reason? Which is located in front of the mythical Glico sign that we mentioned at the beginning. From it, and although it is prohibited, there are those who jump into the canal to celebrate the sporting successes of their team.
And, returning to the canal, a good way to get to know all the charms that surround it is by taking a cruise through its waters. The boat ride is usually 20 minutes long.
Other places of interest in the Dotonbori neighborhood
As if all of the above were not enough, in the Dotonbori neighborhood there are countless places and corners that will powerfully attract your attention. For example, you can walk down Shinsaibashi street, the longest covered shopping street in the city of Osaka. In its stores you will find practically everything.
From Shinsaibashi Street we moved to Hozenji Yokocho Alley. In it is the Hozenji temple, built in the 17th century and which houses a unique statue. And from there you can go to Kabuki Shochizuka theaterknown as the Arch of Triumph of Dotonbori for its typical facade of other times.