Translated by Misaki
Dotonbori, Osaka's Downtown - Things To Do For First Timers
Dotonbori is one of the top tourist destinations in Osaka. It is so popular that almost everyone in Japan has heard of it. Read on to find out things to do, local Osaka dishes to eat, and how to have a memorable trip.
Written by Keisuke Yamada
Dotonbori is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Osaka. It's so popular that almost everyone in Japan has heard of it. But unless they are from the Kansai region, most might not know what exactly there is to do in Dotonbori. So let's go over what to expect from Dotonbori and what makes it a perfect tourist destination. This is a must read especially for those who haven't been there yet.
Read also: Japanese Encyclopedia: Kansai Region
What is Dotonbori?
Dotonbori is the name of the downtown area of Osaka. It is also the name of Dotonbori River, which flows just north of the downtown area. There are so many restaurants and entertainment spots in this area that you couldn't get bored even if you spent all day in Dotonbori.
The name Dotonbori comes from the merchant Doton Yasui, who begun construction of the river in 1612. 'Bori' from the name of this place refers to the canal that was created by digging.