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Name in Japanese: Dotonbori
Area: Osaka
Address: [map]
Access: 304 m from Ōsaka Namba Station Kintetsu Nara Line (A1)
460 m from Kintetsu Nippombashi Station Kintetsu Nara Line (A2)
483 m from Nippombashi Station Sennichimae Line (S17)Sakaisuji Line (K17)

One of the most iconic streets in Japan, Dotonbori is the heart of Osaka, pumping its own eccentric neon-energy into the streets around it. The designated entertainment district since 1662; it runs alongside the Dotonbori canal filled with restaurants, bars and clubs.

Best in the evening, feast your eyes on the giant illuminated billboards and massive shop figures before feasting quite literally at as many of the restaurants and stands as you can manage. Recreate the Glico Marathon man pose, drink Asahi bathed in the light of its glowing counterpart and stare into the soulless eyes of the terrifying Kuidaore Clown (if you can bring yourself to), just don’t fall into the canal…