• Experience the neon thrill of Dotonbori after dark
• Taste Osaka’s famous street foods
The lively Dotonbori district, located on the banks of a canal of the same name, was historically Osaka’s theater district. But today, the most entertaining sights are out in the streets, especially after dark, when storefronts are ablaze with neon lights, smoke billows from streetside food stalls, and billboards with giant sea creatures—blowfish, octopus, crab—beckon to hungry passersby. This is the epicenter of street food in a city known for just that, so stop as often as the urge strikes: Sample chargrilled crab legs at Kani Doraku (under the huge mechanical crab), then join the crowd slurping steaming bowls of tonkotsu ramen at Kinryu (look for the vermilion façade and enormous green dragon). You’ll absolutely want to queue up for Osaka’s most beloved street snack: takoyaki, delectable fried balls of batter and octopus topped with sauces and bonito flakes. Acchichi Honpo serves some of the city’s best (though beware, they’re extremely hot right off the pan), and its canalside location is easy to find: a block east of Ebisu Bridge and the Glico Running Man sign, a 33-meter-tall glowing advertisement originally installed eight decades ago that’s now an iconic attraction.
The Dotonbori area is 10 minutes south of the Conrad by taxi (ask for a drop off at Dotonbori near Namba station). Or walk south from the hotel to the Higobashi station and take the Yotsubashi (blue) subway line to Namba station. From Namba, walk east to Dotonbori. The main drag is the street just south of the canal; this is where Kani Doraku and Kinryu Ramen are located. Acchichi Honpo is on the north bank of the canal.
KINRYU RAMEN: 1-7-26 Dotonbori, Chuo-ku; +81-6-6211-3999; no website