Located in the middle of Osaka Minami's downtown area, Ebisu Bashi is the center of sightseeing where gorgeous neon signs have shined since before WWII.
It is believed that the bridge dates back to 1612 and was constructed in its first form when the creation of the Dotonbori canal took place. The name can be attributed to the nearby Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, whose worshippers would have crossed the bridge on their way to visit the shrine. In 1878, the bridge was reconstructed with iron after being made of wood for so many years. The bridge has been a center and showcase for many things over the years.Glass lamps were used on the bridge quite early on, when they were first introduced to Japan. There was also a famous clock placed on the bridge by the Shibuya Clock store. This is a bridge that has a long and colorful history tied closely with the development of Osaka as a city and hub of culture and food. In the early 1900s the bridge was remade of stone and started to become an iconic symbol of the area. The heavy foot traffic on the bridge attracted advertisers with their colored lights in the 1920s and then the illuminating neon lights in the 1930s. In 2007 the bridge was again reconstructed, but still holds its place as one of the most popular places to meet in the whole city. Walk across the bridge, but take a bit of time to absorb the atmosphere, history, and surrounding lights of Ebisubashi Bridge.
1-6 Dohtonbori, Chuo-ku, Osaka, Osaka
3 minutes walk from the exit 14 of Namba Station on the Osaka subway line
3 minutes walk from the exit 14 of Osaka Namba Station on the Kintetsu line
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