Dotomburi district is nightlife central in Osaka. It is a riot of color, neon, people, food and fashion.
The character of Dotomburi was defined in 1621 when the Tokugawa Shogunate instituted urban planning, designating Dotomburi as the entertainment district of Osaka. By 1662 the avenue boasted six Kabuki and five Bunraku theaters, as well as the unique Takeda Karakuri mechanical puppet theater. Many restaurants and cafes were built to cater to the flood of tourists and entertainment-seekers pouring nightly into Dōtonbori.
Over the years, declining interest in traditional forms of entertainment led to the closing of most of Dotomburi’s original attractions. Its five remaining theaters were bombed and destroyed during World War II.