Osaka: Dōtonbori

Osaka: Dōtonbori

Get There: Ride the subway to Namba station and take exit #14. It runs from the Dōtonboribashi Bridge to the Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba district of the city’s Chuo ward.

One of the best places in Osaka has to be Dotonbori, a crazy mix of night market vibes and a slice of Japanese Venice along the canal. This isn’t the place for a day trip: the place lights up like a Christmas tree of a night as the neon glows bright. There are all manner of oversized mechanical animals hanging from the restaurant walls announcing their food of choice, whether you’re after crab, octopus or if you’re a more daring global hobo, puffer fish. No matter your palette or stomach size, there’ll be something for you to eat, with a range of prices to match whatever your budget might be. Or you can cool down with a nice drink and a round of Pachinko. Seriously, Osaka is known as the nation’s kitchen for a reason, and no where else is this more evident than Dotonbori. Once you’ve filled up, take a ride along the canal if you have some cash to throw around, or otherwise enjoy a gentle stroll along the boardwalk taking in the sights, smells and sounds. There’s a hive of activity in this hub of Osaka.

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