Osaka Trip Part 11: Evening Scene in Namba and Dotonbori

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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 evening scene in Namba and 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
* Day 3: Amerikamura and Namba
* Day 3: Namba (Light-up) [This article]
* 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

[Travel Date]

[Main Part]

Aidu-ya & Coffee Shop American

Following the previous post, I will go around Namba and Dotonbori in the evening. I will have dinner first of all.

I visited “Aidu-ya”, one of the famous Takoyaki restaurants in Osaka.Aidu-ya

I ordered “Takoyaki”.Aidu-ya Takoyaki

I also had “Negiyaki”.Aidu-ya Negiyaki

“Aidu-ya” was located in “Namba Walk”, an underground shopping arcade directly connected to subway “Namba” station.

I also stopped by “Coffee Shop American”.Coffee Shop American1

“Coffee Shop American” was opened in 1946, so it had a retro atmosphere.Coffee Shop American2

I had mixed juice.Osaka mixed juice

Night Walk in Dotonbori

I will start night walk from Ebisu-bashi bridge in Dontonbori.Dontonbori Glico Running Man evening1

As you can see, lots of tourists gathered to take photos with the background of “Glico Running Man”.Dontonbori Glico Running Man evening2

Toward Shinsaibashi area.Dontonbori Shinsaibashi evening

I will walk around Dotonbori Shopping District.Dotonbori Shopping District evening1

Dotonbori Shopping District was lighted up in the evening.Dotonbori Shopping District evening2

Dotonbori Shopping District evening3

Dotonbori Shopping District evening4

Dotonbori Shopping District evening5

“Kuidaore Taro” clown.Kuidaore Taro

Ura Namba

I left Dotonbori and went around “Ura Namba”.Ura Namba1

“Ura Namba” is an entertainment district located in the east of Namba station.Ura Namba2

There were a variety of restaurants including drinking places.""

Ura Namba3

Ura Namba4


Ura Namba5

Around Namba Station

I came to around Nankai Namba station.Nankai Namba station1

There was “Osaka Takashimaya” department store around here.Nankai Namba station2

While I stayed at Umeda (Kita area) this time, I would like to stay at Namba (Minami area) next time.Nankai Namba station3

Hozenji Yokocho etc.

I walked around other entertainment districts. First, “Nakasuji Yokocho”.Nakasuji Yokocho1

It had a retro atmosphere.Nakasuji Yokocho2

There was “Hozenji Temple”.Hozenji Temple1

It was established in 1637.Hozenji Temple2

Near “Hozenji Temple”, there was “Hozenji Yokocho”.Hozenji Yokocho1

“Hozenji Yokocho” had a variety of restaurants.Hozenji Yokocho2

Hozenji Yokocho3

Hozenji Yokocho4

Again, Dotonbori

Finally, I came to Dotonbori again.""

As a cruise ship passed, I took a photo in haste.Dontonbori Glico Running Man ship evening1

“Glico Running Man” in Dotonbori is one of the most popular scenes in entertainment districts in Japan, along with “Nikka Whisky” sign in Susukino, Sapporo.""

I took several photos with “Glico Running Man” and cruise ships.Dontonbori Glico Running Man ship evening2

Dontonbori Glico Running Man ship evening3

Dontonbori Glico Running Man ship evening4

Then, I returned to the hotel and the third day of my Osaka trip was over.Dotonbori Shopping District Sign Evening


That’s it for the article about evening scene in Namba and Dotonbori as part of Day 3.

Namba and Dotonbori are attractive in the daytime, and they become more gorgeous in the evening due to light-ups. In addition, there were several spots that become active in the evening such as “Ura Namba” and “Hozenji Yokocho”, so if you have a chance to visit Namba and Dotonbori, I would recommend you stay there both day and night!

In the next article, I will write about Expo’70 Commemorative Park as part of Day 4.


1 Aidu-ya Namba Walk
2 Coffee Shop American
3 Ebisu-bashi bridge
4 Dotonbori Shopping District
5 Ura Namba
6 Osaka Takashimaya
7 Nakasuji Yokocho
8 Hozenji Temple
9 Hozenji Yokocho

[Related Link]
Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau
Dotonbori Shopping District

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  1. 私は40代の頃、大阪・ミナミで過ごしていました。だからこの記事はとても興味深く読ませて頂きました。あらためてひじょうに懐かしく思いました。ありがとうございました。

    1. コメントありがとうございます。そうですか、大阪に住んでいたことがあるのですね。大阪でもミナミは特に大阪らしさを感じられる場所でしたので、自分もコロナが落ち着いたらまた行きたいなと思っています!

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