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Dotonbori Fishing Pond in Osaka 🎣

Do you know that you can go fishing in Dotonbori, the center of sightseeing in Osaka?

You can fish in the Dotonbori Fishing Pond instead of the Dotonbori River you know.

There are carp, sturgeon and eel in the fishing pond so you can enjoy fishing empty-handed. Foreign tourists often visit here.

What kind of shop?

It is in downtown Dotonbori, which is famous for its large Glico and crab signs.

When you go down the stairs of the amusement arcade, you will see a big sturgeon sign in front of you!

When you hear sturgeons, you’ll imagine caviar. However, unfortunately, you cannot take back the fish you caught at the fishing pond.

You can’t take sturgeons home, but you can have them put your name on the fishing list in the shop.

Let’s do your best that your name is recorded!

There’re two ponds, one large and one small, divided into carp, catfish, sturgeon pond and eel pond.

This is a large pond. You can see fish swimming in the pond. Can you see sturgeons?

The ticket comes with a fishing rod, bait and apron, and you can choose 30 minutes or 60 minutes. The price list and explanation are written in English, so it’s easy to understand.

Depending on the fish you catch, you can get points and get prizes according to the number of points. There’re cheap sweets and nostalgic accessories, and it’s like a stall at a night shop.

Start fishing!

When you put on an apron, the staff will teach you various things like how to fish at first.

The bait is shaped like a ball about 3cm in diameter. you put it on the fishhook in small portions.

If you put too much bait, the fish won’t be able to swallow it. It is just right that the fishhook cannot be seen by bait.

After throwing the fishhook with bait into the pond, just watch the float on the surface of the water.

Raise the rod as soon as the float moves! You need to be careful because the fishing line will break if you put too much pressure on it.

You need to get used to it because you are cautious about fish, but if you are lucky, you can catch sturgeon!

And let’s release the caught fish into the pond. Whether you catch or not, you will get a prize at the end.

Eel fishing

Next to the pond for carp and sturgeon, there is a pond for eel fishing.

If you look into the pond, you can see many eels swimming.

You fish by hanging on the eel without bait on the hook. The trick is to hook the fish hook on the gills of the eel.

Compared to bait fishing, it is difficult because techniques are required, but it is more active than bait fishing.

Eels can be played until the fishing line breaks. Let’s play carefully not to put too much load on the fishing line.

*Even if you catch an eel, you can’t take it home.


At the end, you can get prizes such as candy stores and toys according to the amount of fish you caught.

Please try it when you come to Dotonbori. That will be a good memory!


  • Hours: 10:00~23:30
  • Open all year round
  • Fees: 750 yen for 30 minutes, 1,080 yen for 60 minutes, 650 yen for eel fishing
  • Website

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