Dotonbori Gokuraku Shoten Gai Blows you Away
Gourmet lovers of culinary dishes, close your eyes and slip slowly back to the early 20th century on a food travel excursion you won't soon forget. Presto! You've found Dotonbori Gokuraku Shoten Gai, one of 60 Japanese food theme parks serving the hungry, the curious, and the adventurous pallets.
Located in Osaka's largest mid-city mall section, Dotonbori is a place where you can literally eat until you drop. You can't miss it! Signs directing there abound, including it's telltale huge smiling face of Ebisu (one of seven Gods of Fortune who bring prosperity signaling you're close to food paradise). The building itself resembles Osaka during its 1920-30 prewar days recreated to a near replica of its former self. Once there, take a fast elevator trip to the 5th floor. Get your entrance card (your pass to gourmet heaven) where everything you eat gets recorded for boosting rights and, oh, yes, your exit out your heavenly excursion cost for food and drinks. Also Included are traditional vaudeville entertainment and traditionally clad staff ready to help you experience your journey to Osaka's past.
Okay! What about the food? Fair enough. Start with Osaka favorites such as Tako-yaki (Octopus Ball), Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake), or Kushikatsu (skewed meat), all from carefully selected vendors to guarantee optimum taste. Don't let their lack of English stop you, that's part of Osaka's rich entertainment. They use their hands and body as a means of communicating with their patrons, involving them in creating mouth-watering delicacies. Got thirsty? Don't miss Osaka's version of a pub, Izakaya (Counter Bar). You'll find more than 100 kinds of Japanese sake to go along with a jumbo ice cream parfait (Fujiyama) you'll have trouble trying to finish. And that's not all, spontaneous music sounds from street corners add to your relaxing enjoyment. Reservations recommended for party of 15 or more.
Doutonbori Gokuraku Shoten Gai / 道頓堀極樂商店街
Admission Fee : 315 yen (13 or older), 210 yen (6 to 12 years old)
Credit Card : Visa, Master, JCB, Amex, Diners
Open / Closed times : 11:00 am - 11:00 pm ; Open 7 days
Location: 5 min. walk from Namba Station (Subway)
Tel : 06-6212-5515
Sammy Ebisu Plaza 5-7F, 1-8-22, Doutonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0071
(2008 Restaurant and Bar Guide)