Translated byTakuya Erik Watanabe
Japanese-English Translator from OC California.
Dotonbori is one of Osaka's most famous tourist attractions. This iconic area is full of entertainment facilities, shops, and dining places offering delicious foods and plenty of vibrant, fun atmosphere.
Dotonbori is a very famous tourist destination in the Chuo ward of Osaka. The south side of the area used to be full of theaters, and the north of restaurants and places to drink to stop by when visiting one of these theaters. To this day, there is a tendency for entertainment facilities to be found on the south side while the north has more food and drink joints.
What kind of place is Dotonbori? Let's check it out.
A sightseeing boat allows visitors to enjoy views of the area from the Dotonbori River. On both sides of the river are pedestrian walkways called the Tonbori Riverwalk, where you can quietly admire the city away from the hustle and bustle of the main street.
Dotonbori is also known as the city of signboards. The Glico and Kani Doraku signs are tourist attractions that are representative of Osaka. Many tourists come here to take photos while imitating the unique pose of Glico Man. The neon signs light up the Dotonbori area at night.
As Dotonbori used to be a city of theaters, shows and traditional performing arts such as Kabuki, Manzai, and Rakugo, these can still be enjoyed at theaters such as Shochikuza, Shochiku Geino, and Namba Grand Kagetsu.