I traveled to Osaka in late September. This was my first visit to Osaka except for business trips. There are several things I missed doing, so I would like to revisit Osaka in the future. In this article, I will write about Namba (Dotonbori) as part of Day 3.
[Visit Places (series of articles)]
* Day 1: Umeda
* Day 1: Nakanoshima
* Day 1: Nakanoshima (Light-up)
* Day 2: Osaka Castle
* Day 2: Abeno Harukas
* Day 2: Shinsekai
* Day 2: Abeno Harukas (Light-up)
* Day 3: Sumiyoshi Shrine
* Day 3: Namba [This article]
* Day 3: Amerikamura and Namba
* Day 3: Namba (Light-up)
* Day 4: Expo’70 Commemorative Park
* Day 4: Expo’70 Commemorative Park
* Day 4: Umeda
* Day 4: Umeda (Light-up)
* Day 5: Kaiyukan
* Day 5: Tempozan Marketplace
* Day 5: GLION MUSEUM & Return Home
Following the previous post, I moved from Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine to Nankai Namba station with Nankai line. Thereafter, I will go around “Minami” area, mainly Namba and Dotonbori, until evening.
To begin with, I will go around “Namba Parks”, which is directly connected with Nankai Namba station.
“Namba Parks” is a multiple shopping complex. It was opened in October, 2003 at the former site of Osaka Baseball Park.
There was a roof top garden, “Parks Garden”, but unfortunately it was closed due to Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon Number 21) that hit Osaka in early September.
Go to Dotonbori
Anyway, I will move to Dotonbori.
This is Takashimaya Department store located in front of Namba station.
I will head for Dotonbori by way of Namba Ebisubashi-Suji Shopping Street.
On the way to Dotonbori, there was “551 Horai” flagship store, which is famous for “Butaman (pork bun)”.
Dotonbori Shopping District
I reached Dotonbori. First, I will walk around Dotonbori Shopping District.
There were a variety of big and flashy signboards along Dotonbori Shopping District. For example, “Kani Doraku crab sign”.
“Uncle Karl” (- a Japanese snack character).
Huge gyoza (dumpling) at Osaka Ohsho.
Big octopus at Konamon Museum.
Last but not least, “Kuidaore Taro” clown.
Lunch at Jiyuken
Now I will have lunch. I planed to eat either Okonomiyaki or Takoyaki at Dotonbori and picked up several restaurants in advance. However, I found there were long queues at each famous restaurant.
Then, I managed to find an alternative restaurant, “Jiyuken”, a Western-style cuisine restaurant.
Inside the restaurant. “Jiyuken” was established in 1910, so it had a retro atmosphere.
I ordered “Meibutsu Curry”, its signature menu.
Dotonbori River Walk
I will continue to stroll around Dotonbori after lunch.
Ebisu-bashi bridge, along with Dotonbori Shopping District, is one of the landmarks in Dotonbori.
Speaking of Dotonbori, this “Glico Running Man” sign was popular.
So, I took several photos around “Glico Running Man” sign.
View from Ebisu-bashi bridge (- opposite direction of “Glico Running Man” sign).
There was “Don Quijote”, a famous discount store, along Dotonbori River.
A tour cruise ship passed in front of “Don Quijote”.
There was a walking path “Tobbori Riverwalk” along Dotonbori River, so tourists were able to easily enjoy walking around the river.
View from Tazaemon-bashi bridge.
Another cruise ship passed.
I will return to Ebisu-bashi bridge.
I will take cruise ships photos around Ebisu-bashi bridge.
Then, I left Dotonbori for now and moved to Amerikamura.
That’s it for the article about Namba (Dotonbori) as part of Day 3.
Before the trip, I heard news that the number of foreign tourists had been significantly decreasing since Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon Number 21) hit Osaka in early September. However, when I visited Namba (Dotonbori), I was surprised to see there were so many tourists. When I posted photos of my Osaka trip to Facebook, my Canadian friend recalled her memory of traveling to Osaka (especially “Glico Running Man” sign), so I realized how popular Osaka is for foreign visitors 🙂
In the next article, I will write about Amerikamura and Namba as part of Day 3.
1 Namba Parks
2 Namba Ebisubashi-Suji Shopping Street
3 Kani Douraku
4 Kuidaore Taro
6 Ebisu-bashi bridge
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