Osaka: Dōtonbori

Located in the Namba District in Osaka City in Osaka Prefecture in Japan, Dōtonbori (道頓堀pronounced [doːtomboɽi]) is one of the principal tourist destination of the city and the prefecture.
The history of Dōtonbori (which means Dōton's canal) could be traced back to 1612 when a local entrepreneur, Yasui Dōton began expanding the tiny Umezu River in hopes of increasing trade in the region. Sadly, his project was interrupted when he died defending Toyotomi Hideyori during the Siege of Osaka. (He was on the losing side though). His project was continued and finished by his cousins in 1615. The new lord of Osaka Castle, Tadaki Matsudaira named the canal and avenue beside it Dōtonbori despite  being on opposing side during the Siege of Osaka.
Dōtonbori in the 1930's
A marker at the Ebisu bridge
Dōtonbori Canal
In 1621, Dōtonbori was designated as the entertainment district of Osaka. By 1662, the avenue already had several Kabuki and Bunraku theaters as well as numerous restaurants and cafes. Over the years, declining interests in traditional forms of entertainment followed by bombing during the Second World Wart closed down the said theaters.
The Glico Man sign
My wife doing the Glico Man pose.
Zubora-ya's blowfish lantern
My wife checking out the Kani Doraku Crab
Dōtonbori Ave.
I-spy the Philippines!
Today, Dōtonbori already recovered from the devastation of war and is already one of the most visited spots for tourists in Osaka Prefecture. It's also a nice place to shop and eat (just be ready for the crowd though).
Sky Billiken
The famous giant octopus of a takoyaki store
Looks like my former teacher's shop
Another Billliken
The streets has designs too like this cat...
... and the Osaka castle designed man-hole
We visited Dōtonbori during our 16th day of stay in Japan. Although the place is colorful and there are plenty of interesting restaurants and shops, my wife and I didn't enjoy it much because we brought our baby girl along. Having a baby along affected our mobility and attention. If you'd visit Dōtonbori , make sure that the kids are not with you... unless you brought along a maid.

Getting there:

From Kansai Airport, you can ride either a JR or Nankai train going to Dōtonbori. Aside from that there are also airport buses that could take you there. 
We rode the Nankai limited express "Rapi:t" train
Nankai Namba Station
When we visited Dōtonbori we rode the Nankai limited express "Rapi:t" train. It would take you only 30 min. from Kansai Airport to Nankai Namba Station compared to the Nankai Railway Main Line which has a travel time of 43 min. 
Fare:
Nankai limited express "Rapi:t" train: 1390JPY
Nankai Railway Main Line: 880JPY

If you choose to ride the JR airport express, you have to transfer at JR Tennouji and ride the JR Yamatoji Line. From there board down at JR Namba Station. 

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