Dotonbori (道頓堀) is the signature of Osaka and is one of the principle tourist hotspots. The Dotonbori street runs parallel alongisde to the Dotonbori canal and lies between the Dotonboribashi Bridge and the Nipponbashi bridge.
One of the many key signature attractions of this street is the mechanised crab of the Kani Doraku Crab Restaurant by the main square/intersection.
"Kani Doraku Crab [right]: This six and a half meter crab is on the front of the crab restaurant Kani Doraku. It is mechanised, being able to move its arms and eyestalks. Built in 1960, this mechanical billboard soon spawned imitations, including a squid that puffs steam and oni (demons) that light up at night." - Taken from Wikipedia.
Osaka is well known as a food capital. Many of its famous key restaurants are located either within Dotonbori or the surrounding area. While one is visiting this area, it is common to hop from one restaurant to the next sampling many of the local delights and internationally well known products. On our first very short evening together with our lovely host, we had some authentic sushi and local delight, kushikatsu, at a sushi speciality restaurant, Portugese egg tarts from Macau, the world famous melt in your mouth Pablo cheesecake (mango) and of course, some world class street food, takoyaki.
- Jon K. Stoutlager