Hōzen-ji Yokocho Alley in the Dōtonbori district owes its reputation today to the many craft shops, bars, and izakaya (a kind of brewery-bistro) that punctuate it. Formerly a theatre street, Hōzen-ji Yokocho Alley has been at the centre of Osaka nightlife since the 17th century. Strolling along the cobblestones of the alley, which is too narrow for cars, you will feel immersed in a timeless decor. It is also this alley that provides entrance to the Hōzen-ji Temple, where you pour water on the statues to bring luck and good fortune.
Among the plethora of choice restaurants, don't hesitate to enter Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M. Specialising in barbecued meat, the restaurant spoils you for choice with all the pieces of tender and tasty beef on offer. As for the cooking, it will definitely be to your liking since a central grill lets you choose your own portion. The welcome is lovely and the staff members all speak English perfectly.
Matsuzakagyu Yakiniku M
Osaka Prefecture 542-0076
+81 (0)6 6211 2917
Menu: around 1,880 JPY