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Sunday Snapshot: Dotonbori

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Japan’s third largest city, I often feel Osaka doesn’t get enough credit, with many travelers skipping this hip city in favour of more famous Tokyo. Osaka is busy, youthful, and effortlessly cool. It’s also less than an hour from Kyoto (a city virtually all tourists visit) by train, so there’s no reason not to stop by. Dotonbori is a popular street in Osaka’s Namba ward, which is filled with restaurants, shops and bright neon signs. Osaka is one those places where visiting is less about seeing particular famous attractions, and more about soaking up the overall atmosphere. It’s also one of Japan’s best foodie cities, so don’t leave without trying some of the local specialties, including takoyaki (surprisingly delicious batter balls filled with octopus).  

Have you ever been to Osaka?

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  1. Japan Australia March 30, 2014

    I love the sights, sounds and smells of Dotonbori in Osaka. I highly recommend a night-time stroll along the banks of the Dotonbori Canal to soak up this amazing atmosphere. A highlight for me was the Ebisu-bashi bridge with the famous Glico Running Man on one side and the Asahi Super Dry sign on the other.
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  2. Paul Latta March 30, 2014


    You SO make me want to go to Japan! Fried octopus batter balls sound delicious. One of the things I love about the Japanese is that they’ll eat ANYTHING they pluck out of the sea.

    Thanks for sharing your adventures. I look forward to more.

    • waysofwanderers March 30, 2014

      Me too! I'm more into discovering a city's vibe, than checking attractions off a list.

  3. Agness March 30, 2014

    As you know, I have only made it to Tokyo and missed out on Osaka, but it's never too late to come back and see what the city has to offer. Judging by your photo, it's a nice city to explore at night. Pretty busy and hectic, but I would enjoy it!
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  4. Seema Chauhan April 3, 2014

    Hi Jessica, I will like to go to Tokyo instead of Osaka as my friends told me that Osaka is too busy and very comfortless even you have said the same thing. Thanks

  5. tammyonthemove April 5, 2014

    I'd love to visit Osaka. I have heard that they have a toilet hotel. Have you been? Sounds like a whacky place to stay in. 🙂
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  6. rashaadjorden February 14, 2015

    I've been to Osaka and I would love to return. There are two awesome museums in that city I wanted to visit but couldn't because they were closed (I visited Osaka at the end of the year). Anyway, I once rang in the new year as at an Osaka nightclub and that was fun 🙂
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