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Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0071, Japan
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Dotonbori, considered by some to be the heart of Osaka’s gastronomic offerings and slapstick sense of humor, is located in the downtown area of the Namba district along the canal. This festive series of restaurants, bars, entertainment areas, and shopping offers pulsing cityscape views, easy access to takoyaki (hot octopus dumplings) and other famous flour-based dishes of the Kansai region, and a chance to see the notoriously easygoing Osakans enjoy a night on the town. Go at night to see neon lights – including the illuminated Glico Running Man sign, a popular urban landmark here – in full glory.

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