Strolling Around Dotonbori

Saturday, June 18, 2016


Osaka is bragged as the nation's kitchen and branded by food critiques as a culinary capitol not only of Japan, but of the world. If that's the case, then it is suffice to say that Dotonbori is the heart of it. Visiting Osaka and neglecting this place would mean visiting Paris and neglecting the Eiffel Tower. Seeing the famous six and a half meter Kani Doraku Crab or the popular Glico Man billboard smiling right in front of you means you are officially in Dotonbori! You see, any angle you face signals a beauty of history, culture, and a touch of modernism.

We made an effort to wake up really early so we can take a few shots with minimal crowd. Ha ha ha!

Tracing histories, during the 1612, an administrator successfully pushed the creation of the canal. After a while, a local entrepreneur, Yasui Doton, aspired to increase the commerce in the area by expanding the waterway. Seeing how flourished Dotonbori is nowadays, I believe Yasui achieved his dream. 

The canal banks have been turned into picturesque walkways that are great vantage points for the neon lights. The best atmosphere would be at night time since you could see every part of the area screaming colors as one. The Ebisu-bashi bridge with the big Glico Man neon board is the most crowded spot, so if you want to take pictures I suggest you go there extremely early or really late (just like what we did). Another fun fact: Locals sometimes call the bridge as "Pick-up Bridge" because japanese boys tend to pick up their girls at that point.


If you are a foodie, then Dotonbori is the earth-based description of heaven.Walking along the strip of restaurants with exaggerated large signs is the best part of the visit. At a really affordable price, you could eat a bowl of tasty ramen and a freshly grilled crab. There are a few stores like Osaka Osho that were a bit familiar for me since they have a branch in Manila. For some, you may also recognize the place because it was used in filming some movies. 

Regional cuisines such as okonomiyaki, takoyaki (octopus dumplings), udon, sushi can be found along the street. Also, Fujiya 1935, one of the four 3 - Michelin-starred restaurants in Osaka and cited by the Diners Club as one of the world's 50 best restaurants is located there. What else can you ask for? :-D

 Since it's my second time here already, I recommend buying popular japanese pastries, sweets, and souvenirs here since it's cheaper compared to other places around the city and in other prefectures as well. :-)

Talking about japanese food makes me hungry, so I'll let it go for now. I promise to go on to detail as I will be creating a vlog about it! Stay tuned for that!
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