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The heart of Osaka nightlife, this area is filled with theaters, restaurants, cafes, bars, arcades and nightclubs.
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Dotombori, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0076, Osaka Prefecture
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Reviewed yesterday

situated adjacent to the Shintennoji market (huge!), this is a great area for food, shopping and pictures.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Aaron S
Reviewed yesterday

one of the largest shopping center in osaka, besides shopping, you can enjoy river cruise and eat some takoyaki and okonomiyaki on the riverside. have to be aware for most shop's closing time though

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank hestyyuniasihpratama
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Japan is awesome, highly recommended this place as part of your trip. It has much to offer from food, clothes and everything in between. You love it and really enjoy yourself

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Andrew P
Reviewed 2 days ago

it's winter and we decided to walk around dotonburi to enjoy the night. there' s a lot of food stall which sell takoyaki - the best snack in osaka. every night people gather around dotonburi to enjoy the view and the food. the famous spot...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Pangastuti G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Never miss this area. Loads of eateries, shopping a great location to be at. You will be so overwhelm and so spend a couple of hours combing the street.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 7kyoto
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

One of the best places we visited in Osaka. So many bright lights, shops and delicious food to be found! I would recommend going at night, but in the day it is equally as gorgeous!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank stephaniewalden1992
Reviewed 3 days ago

Walked through the bazaars and then took the river cruise. That's the best way to see everything. Find a restaurant on one of the back alleys. Smaller the better. Very lively and vibrant

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chris V
Reviewed 4 days ago

This crowded tourist spot offers a lot of shop and cafe a long the river. the colorful neon-light signs make this place very unique. If you buy the Osaka Amazing pass, then you can joint the cruise a long the river and enjoy the trip...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a must visit place for us as we wanted to take photos with the Glico Man in Osaka main shopping street areas. But a few hundred tourists must have though the same thing as us, as the other tourists from ''kimchi'' land keep...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Chow E
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Canals, billboards, eateries, street entertainment. In the Shinabashi shopping street which seems to go forever. Very lively area and a must see.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Margaret F
September 3, 2018|
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Response from kaukau | Reviewed this property |
Dotonbori is like Times Square on New Years Eve every night of the week, month, and year.
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Zulucherry
England
Good DIY Okonomiyaki restaurant near Shinsaibashi/Dotonbori (0 Replies)
Can anyone recommend a good okonomiyaki place in the shinsaibashi area? We're staying at the monterey grasmere hotel. We'd prefer a DIY style place because it sounds fun, and if an english menu was available that would be a bonus! Thanks in advance :-)
September 05, 2014|
chin n
need suggestion on osaka itinerary (1 Replies)
Hi, We will be in osaka on april 27 to may5, our tentative itinerary are: day 1 (apr 28) usj day 2 (apr 29) Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, Tempozan Ferris Wheel day 3 (apr 30) Osaka Castle, Aqua liner 1-hour cruise, Shinsaibashi shopping day 4 (may 1) Umeda Sky Building, Floating garden observatory, Shopping at Umeda day 5 (may 2) day tour to kyoto day 6 (may 3) Dotonbori and Shinsaibashi day 7 (may 4) >?? any suggestions what to do in osaka? Will be highly appreciated Thank you
March 04, 2017|
Response fromAlvin_83|
Instead of a day tour to Kyoto, you might want to consider staying in Kyoto for 2-3 days. There's actually quite a lot of places (Gion, imperial palace, temples etc) that you can visit in Kyoto. Alternatively, you can add a day tour to Nara.
Simon B
Toronto, Canada
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I have a flight to PVG on a Friday scheduled at 9:30am. The day before, I'll be in Kyoto until mid afternoon. I'd like to spend the evening in Osaka, visiting Dotonbori. Should I stay in a hotel in the area and catch an early train to the airport? Or should I leave my luggage at Osaka station for the evening, visit a bit then go back to Osaka catch a train to the airport and spend the night at the airport? Just afraid I'll have to leave the hotel early if I stay in Osaka.. If I spend the...More
January 25, 2016|
Response fromSammyF1oyd|
Of course you will have to leave the hotel early in the morning to get to the airport because of your flight time. However, you won't have to leave at the middle of the night. If you leave from Osaka, it takes roughly an hour to KIX. If you leave from Kyoto, it takes roughly 80 minutes. For a 9:30am flight, getting to the check-in counter at 7:30 or just after is fine. I wouldn't spend the night at the airport as it's unnecessary. If you stay at Kyoto, you save yourself one hotel move, but...More