With neon lights flickering above the iconic canal, Dotombori is where the action happens as the heart of Osaka’s bustling Minami “south” area, located in and around Namba. Buzzing with restaurants, bars, pubs, and clubs, it’s Osaka’s central spot to have a wild night out or an awesome feed. Dotombori also runs along the streets parallel to the canal, overrun by street food stalls where staff flipp okonomiyaki slabs, grill yakisoba, and sizzle takoyaki in specialty pans. Osaka’s city motto of kuidaore (meaning “to eat oneself to ruin”) tempts fate with hundreds of all-you-can-eat restaurants serving up hearty specialty Kansai cuisine, plus the added challenge of an all-you-can-drink package. A short walk from Dotombori lies Kuromon Market, the cookware of Osaka’s Kitchen Street, and the National Bunraku Theater tucked away from the crowds of greater Namba and shopping in Shinsaibashi. Feeding daytime shoppers and late-night party-goers, Dotombori challenges diners with tantalizing street food, rowdy izakayas, and specialty restaurants around every colorful corner.
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