Dōtonbori is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Osaka, Japan. It is running along the Dōtonbori canal from Dōtonbori Bridge to Nippon Bridge in the Namba area of the city centre. Historically a theatre district, now it is a popular nightlife and entertainment area characterised by its eccentric atmosphere and large illuminated signboards.
One of the area’s most important features, a billboard for confectionery company “Glico” displaying the image of a runner crossing a finishing line, is seen as an icon of Osaka within Japan.
It is also offering abundant dining and shopping choices. The district is easily accessible since it is served by three train companies as well as three subway lines and also a highway bus terminal. The other major city centre is “Kita” (North) which is located around Osaka and Umeda Stations.

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