6 Must-Try Dishes and Restaurants in Dotonbori, Osaka’s Food Heaven

  • Dotonbori is a popular tourist destination in Osaka, Japan. The district is famously known as a heaven for food enthusiasts because wherever you look, you can see countless food establishments. Here are six famous places in Dotonbori where you can get some of the best Japanese dishes!

    1. Otako

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    A trip to Osaka is not complete if you do not try their specialty that is takoyaki. Takoyaki is a deep-fried, ball-shaped Japanese snack made of flour and filled with octopus and vegetables.

    Otako in Dotonbori is the most famous place to get takoyaki, as one can see from the very long line in front of the store. Takoyaki is the perfect street food to eat while you are exploring Dotonbori.

    Otako Website

    2. Mizuno

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    Another must-try food when in Dotonbori is okonomiyaki. Okonomiyaki is a savory Japanese pancake that can be filled and topped with various ingredients.

    The most popular place to get okonomiyaki in Dotonbori is the family-owned restaurant, Mizuno. Three generations of the same family have been running Mizuno, and because of their customers’ continued patronage, they have been in the business for over 60 years. Their menu has a wide range of options, from fillings, toppings, and sauces. The menu might confuse first-timers which is why they also include recommendations for their most popular dishes.

    Mizuno Website

    3. Harijyu

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    Harijyu is a restaurant in Osaka that has been in operation for about 100 years. They moved to their current location in Dotonbori in 1948. Since then, they have been serving delectable prime Japanese beef served in sukiyaki and shabu-shabu. They also serve beef cutlets, hamburger steaks, and curry.

    Harijyu Website

    4. Kinryu Ramen

    Another Japanese dish that you can try out in Dotonbori is ramen. Ramen is a world-famous Japanese noodle dish that you can enjoy in a variety of broths such as tonkotsu or pork, miso or soybean paste, and shoyu or soy sauce.

    Kinryu (Golden Dragon) Ramen is the most popular ramen place in Dotonbori. It is easy to find, with two locations throughout Dotonbori and with a large dragon holding a ramen bowl popping out of the storefront.

    Kinryu Ramen Website
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    5. Kani Douraku

    One of Dotonbori’s most iconic restaurants is Kani Douraku. Kani Douraku is actually a chain of restaurants that can be found all over Japan, but its roots trace back to Osaka. The giant, moving mechanical crab in front of all Kani Douraku stores is one of the most famous symbols not only in Osaka but all over Japan.

    If you are craving for delicious crab dishes, then Kani Douraku is the place to go. If you are unable to dine in the restaurant, a takeaway shop can be found in front.

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    6. Kushikatsu Daruma

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    Kushikatsu is skewered meat, vegetables, or seafood coated in batter and deep-fried. Kushikatsu Daruma has been serving kushikatsu since 1929 and is one the most popular places to get these deep-fried dishes. For every table, there is a large container of sauce where you can dip your kushikatsu. But remember, double dipping is not allowed!

    Kushikatsu Daruma Website

    The stores and restaurants mentioned above are just some of the places where you can eat in Dotonbori. As it is considered a principal tourist destination in Osaka, the district is filled with other restaurants and shops worth checking out. While in Dotonbori, why not go on a food trip with your family and friends?

    Dotonbori Website

    Would you like to stay in Osaka? Check out all the hotels in the area here!

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