Dotonbori stuck in my head from the first time I saw it in ‘No Reservations’ with Anthony Bourdain. He wandered around eating, smoking, drinking and swearing accompanied by a Manzai act (traditional Japanese stand-up comedy involving two performers). It was hilarious.
I imagined myself doing the same thing . I too wanted to eat okonomiyaki, takoyaki and grilled crab legs.
We just came from Nara and Cherry Blossom viewing at the Japan Mint Museum so I was a bit tired. But once we got to Dotonbori I got energized.
The energy around the area and the people were infectious.
The aroma of delicious food was intoxicating. There were endless street food stalls and restaurants that my head was spinning trying to decide what to eat first.
There’s a lot of tax-free shops around the area and plenty of places to eat so it was understandably crowded.
Don Quixote Tax-free shop facing the Dotonbori Canal
The first thing we went for was takoyaki .
All the time I said to myself ‘it will be worth it’. Unfortunately it was kinda average .
I’ve had better takoyaki in the U.S. I think it was too big so the inside was liquid, almost uncooked batter while the outside was done.
Of all the options ,we ended up playing it safe and had Ramen. It was one of those where you pay outside at the vending machine and present the ticket to the seated area. My mouth was still sore from the takoyaki mishap but I slurped away.I later shopped for some souvenirs for my family in the Philippine at one of the bigger tax-free stores called Don Quixote. I also remember my wife stopping by a DAISO store and me thinking that even in Japan we never miss going to a DAISO store at least once a week.