Dotonbori is one of the largest outdoor shopping complexes in Osaka, if not the brightest with busy streets festooned in neon making a night time visit a must-do for any visitor to the city.
Although we had visited Tokyo prior to our Osaka visit, we found the sushi rather expensive in Tokyo and gravitated to non sushi food on that holiday. But I can report that it is a completely different story in Osaka. As soon as the sun goes down, head to Dotonbori, and when you get to the street with the huge crab on the side of the building, as you face north to view the crab, turn right and follow the street and you will find the most amazing kaiten sushi houses on the planet.
Just a few minutes stroll east of the giant crab, you will find several kaiten sushi houses, and we settled on two of them as our regular dinning locations for our entire say in Osaka. The quality of the sushi was fantastic!! They are relatively small places, packed with locals along with a handful of tourists who have wised up to what is on offer, and we cannot wait to go back.
At each of the Dotonbori sushi dens the conveyer belt sushi is served on small plates and you take which ever plates you want. At the end of your meal, the hostess will count and sort the price coded plates and give you your bill. The plates range in price from 100 to 300 Yen ($1 to $3) and the value is exceptional. At the 100 yen price point you can get a very generous tuna roll or salmon roll, usually 6 pieces. Tamago, various sashimi, ebi, California roll, snapper. octopus, squid, you name it, it is on offer.
Although it is not offered as a one price all you can eat arrangement, it works out to just that at the end of the meal. We found that a full dinner meal, eating until we were nicely full, would cost between 2500 and 3000 Yen (which is $25 to $30). So that works out to $12.50 to $15 per person. And for what amounts to all you can eat, wonderful sushi, made by real Japanese sushi chefs in Osaka, being enjoyed by real Japanese patrons, in the best location in Osaka, it represents amazing value! It is actually much better value than most sushi restaurants in Vancouver, and we were so impressed, we want to go back to Osaka just enjoy the sushi dinners again in Dotonbori!