10 Best Osaka Photography Spots

Best Instagram-Worthy Photo Spots in Dotonbori, Osaka

One of the most famous things about Osaka is flashy neon lights and large shop displays. In streets of Osaka, shops and restaurants try to compete each other with bigger and more eccentric shop signs, and these unique and flashy shop signs are popular photo spots among tourists today.

Where is the best area to enjoy shop signs in Osaka? I’d highly recommend the neighbourhood called “Dotonbori” — the busiest tourist center with hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars. Today, I am sharing 10 most iconic unique shop signs you can find in Dotonbori, Osaka!

1. Glico Running Man

The billboard of the running man by the confectionery company, GLICO. This has been a symbol of Osaka for many decades. The best photo spot is at Ebisu Bashi Bridge where many tourists stop by and pose as the running man to take pictures!

Map: http://bit.ly/2Ln0hwz

2. Kuidaore Doll

Kuidaore Taro is another famous landmark of Osaka, which is a mascot of the long-established restaurant, Kuidaore which is now a souvenir shop.

Map: http://bit.ly/2zYYolc

3. Puffer Fish Lantern

Zuboraya is one of the most popular restaurants in Osaka serving a variety of puffer fish dishes. The 5 m large puffer fish lantern glows at night.

Map: http://bit.ly/2uLnxKt

4. Don Quijote (Donki)

Our favourite shop, Don Quijote (DONKI)’s Dotonbori store has a very unique feature that the building come with a ferris wheel. The ferris wheel is actually now not working, but it’s still a good landmark in town.

Map: http://bit.ly/2uLnxKt

5. Moving Crab

This crab display is one of the most significant symbols of Dotonbori Street, and the crab restaurant “Kani Doraku” is another must-visit restaurant in Osaka which has been running since 1971.

Map: http://bit.ly/2O2LCFl

6. Gigantic Octopus

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A massive octopus is the symbol of Konamon Museum, which is a free-entry food theme park, mainly showcases the deep food culture of Osaka and their soul food, Takoyaki.

Map: http://bit.ly/2O0UbRd

7. Gyoza Dumpling

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An enormous plate of Gyoza (dumplings) is set on the shop front of Osaka Osho, a long established restaurant specialised in Gyoza dish which has a number of branches across Japan.

Map: http://bit.ly/2WfaCwu

8. Maguro Sushi

Copyright: MIKI Yoshihito

The gigantic hand holding a piece of Maguro (Tuna) Sushi is the shop sign of Genroku Sushi, a popular franchised belt conveyor Sushi restaurant based in Osaka. The shop is considered as the first place in the world who started the belt conveyor style Sushi restaurant.

Map: http://bit.ly/2U6fXss

9. Karl Ojisan

Copyright: Marufish

The billboard of Karl Ojisan who is a beloved character of the popular snack, Meiji Karl, was built to celebrate the brand’s 40 years anniversary. Every one hour, Karl Ojisan moves and his hat rises up and small frog appears.

Map: http://bit.ly/2HQJVuh

10. Dotonbori Entrance

The entrance gate with colourful neon light is located right in front of Dotonbori Street, welcoming the crowds to the most entertainment nightlife district of Osaka!


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