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Dotonbori Tours

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Dotonbori
Dotonbori (also called Dotombori) is a bustling nightlife district in Osaka’s Minami area. It stretches along the Dtomborigawa River, with a multitude of small restaurants, bars, and neon lights that come alive after nightfall. An entertainment neighborhood, Dotonbori is famous for its varied cuisine and huge animated signs. 

The Basics
Dotonbori provides a whole night’s worth of entertainment. Visit lively bars, peruse shops, and test your gaming skills at an arcade room. Numerous food options are available, ranging from street food stalls to sit-down restaurants offering both local delicacies and international cuisine. 
 
Many Osaka walking tours include a visit to Dotonbori along with samplings of local street food. You can also experience the city’s quirky side on an Osaka GoKart tour featuring funny costume rentals, and cruise around the city dressed up as your favorite Mario Kart character. For a personalized experience, visit on a private city tour or see Dotonbori at your own pace on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Dotonbori is a must-see for foodies and nightlife seekers. 
  • This is a good spot to try Japanese street food: look out for hot-off-the-grill yakitori kebabs, savory okonomiyaki pancakes, and deep-fried octopus balls.
  • Don’t miss the iconic Glico running man, a huge illuminated sign featuring the Glico candy company’s mascot.
 
How to Get There
Dotonbori is located in the Minami area, a 5-minute walk from Namba Station in downtown Osaka, Japan. Parking is hard to find, so public transportation is your best bet. 
 
When to Get There
You can visit Dotonbori anytime, but the district comes alive at night, especially on Friday and Saturday. Spring and autumn are good times to visit Osaka, when the weather is typically clear and mild.

Dotonbori for Brunch
Dotonbori isn’t just a wild nightlife spot—it’s also one of the best places in Osaka to grab brunch. With restaurants offering spicy curries and sushi, Italian rooftop eateries, and cat cafés, this district has you covered. 
Address: Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka 542-0071, Japan
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Osaka Local Foodie Walking Tour in Dotonbori and ShinsekaiHalf-day Tours

Osaka Local Foodie Walking Tour in Dotonbori and Shinsekai

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-Feel the nostalgia of the past in Shinsekai with your palate with local foods such as Kushikatsu. This 3-hour food journey will start with visiting the Shinto shine in Shinsekai. You will see an old busy commercial district with the Tsutenkaku Tower as the symbol of this area. -Step in time as your guide takes you through a food alley from the past. You wouldn't believe how much you can explore in this narrow alley which is only 1.2m in width. -Stuff yourself like you mean it at Dotonbori, the "nation's kitchen" with local foods like okonomiyaki and takoyaki. Dotonbori has been the symbol of Osaka for a long time! Historically a merchant city and during the Edo period, it served as a center for the rice trade. Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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Osaka Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Osaka Walking Tour

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Get a taste of local life in Osaka on a walking tour of Japan’s third largest city. Witness Osaka’s different faces, from bustling business center to historic cultural hub, as you follow your guide through the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Stroll along the lively waterfront of the Dotonbori entertainment district; visit the landmark Hozenji temple; and ride the subway like a local. Get an insight into Japanese cuisine and sample local specialty Kushikatsu as you explore traditional Shinsekai.
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Osaka Castle & Dotonbori Lively One Day TourDay Trips

Osaka Castle & Dotonbori Lively One Day Tour

In this tour, we offer you the most impressive and efficient itinerary so that you can make the best use of your stay in Osaka. Firstly you will experience the living history of the samurai warriors and the common people in Osaka by visiting museums and the castle. Secondly, you will explore Japan’s longest shopping street that is being loved by local people. Then you will visit and explore Dotonbori and find out why Osaka is called Japan’s food capital. Our guide will pick you up at your hotel in Osaka. Transportation and admission fees are all included and you don’t have to wait in a long queue at Osaka Castle on this tour.
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  • 7 hours
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Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway PassHop on Hop Off

Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass

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See the sights of Osaka with a hop-on-hop-off tour over two consecutive days by bus and boat. Just book online and select a 2-day ticket with either a 1- or 2-day subway pass to help you get around the city with ease. Travel to landmarks such as the Buddhist temple of Shitennoji Temple and Osaka Castle, and explore neighborhoods like Umeda and Shinsaibashi at your own pace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board the bus, so you can post photos as you travel around.
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Namba Night Walking Tour in Osaka, JapanCultural Tours

Namba Night Walking Tour in Osaka, Japan

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It can be tricky as an outsider to know the best places to visit in Osaka at night. This tour is your shortcut to finding great bars, and understanding the history of Osaka’s Namba district. Exploring the city with a guide means you won’t get lost, and you’ll learn local food and drink tips from your guide as well as top sightseeing spots. Highlights include visiting Dotonbori area, Sennichimae Doguyasuji Shopping Street, and Hozen-ji Temple.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Street Osaka GoKart Tour with Funny Costume RentalCultural Tours

Street Osaka GoKart Tour with Funny Costume Rental

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Discover Osaka’s highlights on this quirky Go Kart tour. Be photo-ready, as there are plenty of funny character costumes to choose from. It’s a hassle-free tour as Go Kart rental, costume rental, insurance, and fuel are included. See lots of Osaka’s top sites like Tsutenkaku Tower, and Kitashinchi area, and you won’t have to worry about losing your group, as it’s a small-group tour. A valid driving license and international license with Japanese translation is required.
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  • 2 hours
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PRIVATE Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking TourHalf-day Tours

PRIVATE Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour

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Experience the best of both worlds on this half-day Osaka walking tour, designed to reveal popular attractions and hidden gems. Tick off icons such as Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) and Tsuruhashi Market, and explore the Dotonbori district, famed for its Japanese snacks and neon signs. Plus, explore lesser-known neighborhoods such as Shin-Sekai—full of unique charms. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private VehicleDay Trips

Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle

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This an ideal choice for travelers with limited time in Osaka. Save hours researching where to visit in Osaka, and instead have an action-packed itinerary created for you. Traveling between sites in a private vehicle means avoiding the crowds on public transport, and fitting more into your day. You also don't worry about getting lost. Highlights include Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, Shinsekai, Shitenoji, and Harukas. Your tour is enhanced with entertaining stories along the way, and useful tips from your guide.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Osaka Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed GuideDay Trips

Osaka Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Enjoy an efficient, full-day walking tour of Osaka accompanied by a nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will help you explore Japan's second-largest city while introducing both modern and traditional sides of this colorful, dynamic metropolis. Start your day with a morning pickup at your hotel, then it's off to the races! Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
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Osaka Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed GuideHalf-day Tours

Osaka Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Enjoy an efficient, half-day walking tour of Osaka accompanied by a nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will help you explore Japan's second-largest city while introducing both modern and traditional sides of this colorful, dynamic metropolis. Start your day with a morning pickup at your hotel, then it's off to the races! Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
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Kickstart Your Trip To Osaka: Private & PersonalizedHalf-day Tours

Kickstart Your Trip To Osaka: Private & Personalized

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This is a great choice for first-time visitors to Osaka. Kickstart your trip by going on an action-packed tour with a local guide. It’s a great way to get your bearings and to learn about the local transport system without worrying about getting lost. As it’s a private tour, the itinerary is personalized based on your requirements. Your guide will be happy to answer questions and give top tips about where to find the best food. Learn about Osaka’s cultural practices, its culinary scene, and its most loved attractions.
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Osaka Bar Hopping Night Walking Tour in NambaHalf-day Tours

Osaka Bar Hopping Night Walking Tour in Namba

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If you want to party like they do in Osaka, this bar-hopping tour is perfect for you. Your local guide takes you to hidden bars that tourists often miss. If you don’t speak Japanese, don’t let language barriers get in your way. Your guide helps to explain the menus, and order for you. This is a fun tour for friends or couples, and makes a great start to a night out in Osaka.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka Market Food TourHalf-day Tours

Osaka Market Food Tour

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Let your taste buds lead the way on a market tour of Kuromon. With plenty of samples of street food and beloved Japanese staples, you’ll learn fun facts about the country’s cuisine and culture as you go. Follow your guide around the market stalls and try Michelin-rated octopus, yakisoba, toro (tuna) sushi, and more. You’ll also hear the history of the vibrant Kuromon Market, which was founded some 200 years ago.
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Nightlife Osaka Food TourHalf-day Tours

Nightlife Osaka Food Tour

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Feast your senses on Osaka — widely acknowledged as Japan’s culinary capital — on a 3-hour food tour, ideal for first-time visitors and fans of Japanese cuisine. In a small group limited to no more than 10, you’ll immerse yourself in bright and bustling Dotonbori, the city’s nightlife hub, where you’ll sample specialties such as sushi and sake. Plus, learn to prepare your own takoyaki (octopus balls) under the guidance of a chef.
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Osaka Private 3 Hours Food Tour: Street Food In Namba DistrictHalf-day Tours

Osaka Private 3 Hours Food Tour: Street Food In Namba District

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It can be overwhelming to figure out what to eat on your first time in Osaka. Let an English-speaking guide take you and your friends on this small group street food tour. Discover new foods and flavors, and let your guide personalize the tour to your tastes. Taste foods like oden, okonomiyaki, and takoyaki, and down a few beers if you'd like, at food stalls recommended by your guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka Private Tour by Public TransportationDay Trips

Osaka Private Tour by Public Transportation

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This is a Osaka private tour using by public transportation. The guide will pick you up at JR Osaka Station 1F Central ticket gate. The destinations of the tour includes Dotonbori,Osaka Castle,Kuromon Market and Tsutenkaku! For details of the tour, you can look at the what to expect section and inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Private Tour - The Best Eating Tour to Explore the Real Deal in Dotonbori!Day Trips

Private Tour - The Best Eating Tour to Explore the Real Deal in Dotonbori!

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Even though you know that Osaka is a famous eat-and-walk spot, the problem is which shops to visit, isn't it? On this tour, your otomo guide is familiar with the neighbourhood so you don’t have to worry about it! All the shops you visit are popular among locals. The local iconic foods such as “takoyaki”, snacks in the shape of a little round ball with octopus in it, pork buns, “udon”, Japanese popular noodle made from wheat flour served in soup stock, and fresh seafood are a must to try! You won't be just eating on this tour. You will also visit a fishing pond where you can fish a shark, a shrine beloved by the locals, and a Ferris wheel as well! Don’t forget to book your gourmet tour!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Osaka Kuromon Market & Dotombori Street Walking Food TourHalf-day Tours

Osaka Kuromon Market & Dotombori Street Walking Food Tour

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The 200-year-old Kuromon Market is known throughout Japan for its wide selection of quality produce, meats, and prepared foods, but its bounty can be overwhelming for visitors. Take the stress out of navigating the market with this culinary walking tour, featuring plenty of food tastings, and explore other local landmarks in Osaka including the Japanese Comedy Theater and Ebisu Bridge. This small-group tour is limited to eight people for a more personalized experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Osaka Private Night Tour: Dōtonbori & Ura Namba, 4 Hours With A LocalHalf-day Tours

Osaka Private Night Tour: Dōtonbori & Ura Namba, 4 Hours With A Local

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Get ready for a night of fun in Osaka! This private customized tour is the ideal for first-time visitors to get their bearings and learn top tips about the city’s best nightlife spots. The tour is customized based on your interests, and you can even choose which district you explore, or leave it to your guide. The tour will take you to Japanese pubs (izakaya), standing bars (tachinomiya), and karaoke bars too! You’ll eat, drink, sing, and explore the best of Osaka in one evening.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Osaka Lazy Bird TourHalf-day Tours

Osaka Lazy Bird Tour

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Here we offer a luxurious tour in the afternoon that enables you to visit three of the most iconic tourist attractions in Osaka after spending a leisurely morning or getting rid of your jet-lag. Osaka has thrived as a capital of samurai lords and merchants through centuries and you can feel its history and culture when you visit here. We will get a commanding view of the city from the 8th floor balcony on top of Osaka castle, in the same way as samurai lords did when overlooking their fief. As Osaka is renowned for its unique food culture, it is known as ‘Japan’s Culinary Capital’. Through this tour, you will encounter plenty of delicious local food including Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and lots more which originated in this hustle-bustle city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka Gourmet WalkDay Trips

Osaka Gourmet Walk

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If you want the convenience of a food tour but prefer to have the freedom of independent exploration, this self-guided gourmet walk combines both. Pick up eight Osaka Gourmet Walk vouchers and choose where to use them from 60 specially selected eateries serving such local favorites as takoyaki, okonomiyaki, and sushi
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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  • 1 hour to 1 day
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Osaka Early Bird TourHalf-day Tours

Osaka Early Bird Tour

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Exploring Osaka without the crowds during this tour for early risers. Departing from Namba Station, you join a guide for an early morning walking tour. Enjoy several main attractions, such as Dotonbori, Shinsekai, and Shitennoji—plus panoramic views from the top of Osaka Castle. This itinerary leaves you with a full day to make other plans.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Muslim-Friendly Private Tour of OsakaDay Trips

Muslim-Friendly Private Tour of Osaka

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Get acquainted with the highlights of Osaka on a Muslim-friendly walking tour, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves in the bustling city. In a small group limited to eight, you’ll visit Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo), Dontonburi, and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Convenient hotel pickup and a Halal lunch are included.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours
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Osaka 1 Day Highlights Private walking TourDay Trips

Osaka 1 Day Highlights Private walking Tour

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Osaka is Japan’s second largest city and famous for its architectural landmarks and delicious street food. Discover the city at your own pace on this private walking tour and enjoy a customized itinerary to suit your preferences. Explore the Kita (Umeda) and Minami (Namba) neighborhoods, visit popular attractions such as Osaka Castle and Dotombori Street, or tuck into Japanese specialties at Kuromon Food Market (own expense).
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  • 2 to 7 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 2 to 7 hours
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