Off Dotonbori, a quieter Osaka
Dotonbori may symbolize what Osaka is all about in its extremities of visual appeal with colorful and neon lit 3D signboards of restaurants and stores along the street. If this colorful and animated madness ever gets too much for your mind to process, veer off Dotonbori even if literally for a few steps and you will find yourself in a vastly different atmosphere. Narrow brick-lined alleys with traditional Japanese restaurants and food shops give an olden days especially along Hozenji Yokocho. Here is Hozenji Temple, that offers a serene reflection where people occasionally stop by to pay homage and make prayer offerings.