I first learned about Hozenji Yokocho whilst watching YouTube videos about Osaka before my first trip to Japan. I instantly knew it was going to be one of my favorite places in Osaka and sure enough, it was.

In Japanese, Yokocho means “side street” or “alley”. So Hozenji yokocho is basically a very small alley right besides Dotonbori. Here you will find small restaurants on each side of the stone-paved street as well as a little temple called Hozenji. This temple is famous for it’s moss-covered Fudo-myo statue. For a quick break from the crowds of Dotonbori, just hop over to Hozenji Yokocho.

Personally, I find the area to be much more enjoyable at night once the lanterns have been turned on. The scenery is extremely photogenic, especially after/during the rain.


Christian is a Montreal based traveler and hobbyist photographer. He has a regular 9 to 5 job but will use his passport whenever he can. His photos are nothing to write home about but he likes to share them nonetheless. Talk to him about all things Japan. English is not his strong point so please let him know if you spot any mistakes.

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