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“Neon lights and giant signboards” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dotonbori

Dotonbori
Dotonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
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Ranked #4 of 214 attractions in Osaka
Type: Neighborhoods
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Owner description: The heart of Osaka nightlife, this area is filled with theaters, restaurants, cafes, bars, arcades and nightclubs.
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“Neon lights and giant signboards”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

It was kind of fun to stroll down Dotonburi after nightfall. Snap lots of photos of all the giant things they put up on restaurant signboards. That in itself, to me, was an attraction because it was so funny and cute all at once. Spotted the famous crab, an octopus, cow, and even a giant fugu (pufferfish)! There is loads of good stuff to eat there and one must eat at the ramen stall with a giant dragon as its sign board and also the takoyaki (octopus balls) opposite it. If you cross the bridge where H&M is, you can also spot the famous Glico running man. There are also Japanese arcades and souvenir shops where you can go crazy playing video games or shopping for Osaka snacks, knick knacks and souvenirs!

Visited January 2013
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“Dotonbori - nightclub central”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

This is very much a Japanese attraction for locals. It is interesting to saunter around but all the clubs and bars look very similar. It certainly seems quite an "innocent" place despite the billing in the tourist brochures - plenty of families out on the town when we were exploring.

Visited January 2013
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“Bright lights, billboards & restaurants galore!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This is a must do in the night. It is a food street with lots of restaurants & lots of colourful billboards promoting the ofterings of each establishment.

You could take a good hour at least just walking along and deploring the street.

Many good restaurants here, ask your hotel reception to recommend one based on your tastes.

Visited January 2013
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“Restaurant Street”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

A street full of restaurants. Be sure to eat takoyaki and okonomiyaki, as the Osakans do. The restaurants are very quirky with large signages. Very, very crowded, mostly by locals. You won't believe how thick the crowd is especially at night. Don't hesitate to veer away from the main street and eat at side restaurants because they serve equally great food with much much less crowd.

Visited January 2013
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“Way over rated by "flash"..”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

giant "big crab", running man on side of building, lots of flash to look at for your tourist video however the area has a lot of drinking going on. more for a younger "college" crowd partying. lots of place to eat, not much shopping or other sights to see.

Visited December 2012
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