Osaka: Day & Night at Dotonbori

Dotonbori - Day

Dotonbori” refers to both Dotonbori Canal and Dotonbori Street which runs parallel to the canal’s southern bank. It is one of the most bustling areas and a must-visit for a first timer in Osaka. Dotonbori is also known for its eye-catching signage and illuminated billboards. The Glico running man is the most notable sign located near Ebisubashi Bridge. The first Glico sign was installed here in 1935 and over the years it has become a popular landmark amongst the locals. In my opinion, Dotonbori is definitely worth a look during the day and night.

Dress into ruin in Kyoto, eat into ruin in Osaka


Dotonbori - Day

Osaka is called the “Kitchen of Japan”. Dotonbori is actually the best place in Osaka to experience kuidaore; to ruin oneself by extravagance in food.

Tips: If you are looking for halal meal, head down to Ali’s Kitchen, a muslim owned restaurant serving Arabic and Pakistani dishes located near Shinsaibashi Station.

Shinsaibashi Shopping Street

Dotonbori - Day

A shopper’s paradise. Shinsaibashi is the largest shopping area in Osaka.


This roofed arcade runs for 580 meters and most international brands can be found here.

Dotonbori at Night

Dotonbori - Day


Dotonbori - Day

Glico running man billboard.

Dotonbori - Night

Glico running man billboard.

Dotonbori - Night

View from Ebisubashi Bridge.

Shinsaibashi at Night

Dotonbori - Night

Night in Shinsaibashi.

Dotonbori - Night

Busy crowd at Shinsaibashi.

Dotonbori - Night

Most of the popular high end store can be found in the area including the famous Daimaru Department store.

Dotonbori - Night

Shinsaibashi shopping street.


Day or night? You decide.

Japan, 〒542-0071 Osaka Prefecture, 大阪市中央区道頓堀
By Train: Namba Subway Station or Shinsaibashi Station

Japan | Attractions in Osaka |

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