Dōtonbori or Dōtombori (道頓堀, pronounced [doːtomboɾi]) is one of the principal tourist destinations in Osaka, Japan, running along the Dōtonbori canal from Dōtonboribashi Bridge to Nipponbashi Bridge in the Namba district of the city's Chuo ward. Historically a theater district, it is now a popular nightlife and entertainment area characterized by its eccentric atmosphere and large illuminated signboards.
One of the area's most prominent features, a billboard for confectionery company Glico displaying the image of a runner crossing a finishing line, is seen as an icon of Osaka within Japan.
Aileen Ablan | Jun 5, 2018
Wear comfortable shoes as it really is a long alley/pathway with lots of stores on both sides. The stores varies from designer brands to local brands. You can pretty much buy everything here from restaurants, souvenir stores, jewelry shop, candy shop, clothing stores and everything you can possibly need. We also didn't see a public toilet here but most food places have it which you can use.
Ricky Long | Apr 8, 2018
Great place to walk around a night. Lights were so recognizable, just like the movies. Chaotic in a way, but not everyone is pushing and shoving. Most importantly, great food available. Drug stores offer many options as well, from groceries to beauty products exclusively Japanese products.
Steven | Mar 24, 2018
Honestly, if you missed this street it wouldn't be a huge loss. It has a lot of stores you can find elsewhere and it's incredibly busy. However, if you like that kind of thing you may enjoy it. You can get some good photos around the canals and the side streets are pretty cool, but it's not a "must-see". You'll probably end up here anyway but it's enjoyable even if it's nothing special.
Mark Aidan | May 17, 2018
Straight line shopping walk with street style shopping under a roof. Lots of shopping options but some seem to repeat, i.e. never seen so many chemist / drug stores so close together. Quite a few good and drink opportunities if you want to take a break. Not all that difficult to get to and from.
Odd J Jorgensen | Jun 8, 2018
A bit tempted to rate lower, but overall the experience is nice. Just remember that this place can be VERY crowded with tourists. Nightlife is excellent but very crowded on the weekends, there is however nightlife well into the morning after.
Alina Ma | Jul 9, 2018
A very long street (mostly with a cover on top so still very accessible even if its raining or windy) with tons of shops along the side and even in the narrow side roads. Most of the stores are either small snacks or women's clothing. There are some clothing stores for both genders and a few restaurants, but the majority are relatively cheap stores for young folks. The street is very clean even with the snacks stalls on either side and most staff do speak some English, since this is a massive tourist attraction. It's also always crowded, any time of the day, any day of the week.
Marcin Henk Kowalski | Jul 21, 2018
Bustling shopping street. Lot of people. As the street is covered by a roof it's good on hot or rainy days.
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