|Above, the famous big crab sign in Dotonbori. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Last night, Denise Santos, her son Aiden and I headed to Osaka's Dotonbori for dinner.
It was a short subway ride (about 15 min.) from our hotel and a five minute walk from the subway station.
|Above, when you see signs like this one, you known you're in Dotonbori. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Once we got into Dotonbori, we made a left turn to look for a place to eat. Apparently, we took a wrong turn and instead of restaurants, we found a sizable cluster of love hotels of just about every size and description.
|Above, the entrance of one love hotel... Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
|Above, ...and its room rates. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
In case you don't know what a love hotel is, here's a description:
"Love Hotels" offer short stays and some truly off-the-wall rooms. Love Hotels, or "rabuho" (ラブホ) for short, began in Osaka during the late 1960s. Japan's version of the "no-tell motel", they became big business, and even Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi opened one.So, we made a u-turn and went the other way. After crossing a main street, we found the center of Dotonbori's eateries and started looking for one to our liking. It didn't take too long to find one.
|Above, an octopus sign adorns a restaurant. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
The area was crowded with people and it had a festive atmosphere. Nearby, was the Dotonbori Canal where people can take a boat tour of the district. The area has interesting signage.
|Above, this dragon adorns another restaurant. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|