2013 Japanese Spring – Day 4 : Dotonbori, Osaka

Arrived from Kyoto at Shin-Osaka station and transfer to subway Midosuji Line to Namba station.  Camp was at Fraser Residence Nankai Osaka.  This serviced apartment has laundry facilities – it helps us to travel light :).  We rested and waited in the hotel for the rain to ease before going out for dinner in Dotonbori.

Dotonbori is a single street, running alongside the Dotonbori canal.  The street is thronged with restaurants, entertainment outlets and is a shopping haven.

The colourful and brightly lit shops in Dotonbori 

It was relatively quiet as it was a weekday night and also it was a rainy night.

We were spoilt for choice as there are lots of variety to choose from.

Food display in front of a restaurant

Giant signs are common with the restaurants in Dotonbori.  Just by looking at the giant sign, one gets some idea of the speciality of the eatery.

No prize for guessing what this shop has to offer

Fugu fish, anyone?

This eatery sells takoyaki, octopus balls which Osaka is famous for.

Takoyaki is a must try in Osaka

Closer look at how takoyaki is made.

Dinner was at a sushi restaurant where all sushi on the conveyor belt cost ¥130 per plate.

Delicious and fresh sushi

After dinner we walked around Dotonbori to look at the many advertisements and neon signs on both sides of the canal.  We stumbled upon this mechanical drum-playing clown in one of the shops.  I subsequently found out that this was Kuidaore Taro, one of the famous landmarks in Dotonbori.

Kuidaore Taro is frequently photographed by tourists

We then continue to search for the famous giant neon billboard featuring the Glico man and did some shopping before calling it a day.

A must see in Dotonbori


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