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None of the numerous neon billboards which light up the bustling Osaka neighbourhood of Dotombori have shone longer than the famous Glico Man Sign. The Glico Man and his victory pose have stood 33m above the Ebusu-bashi bridge since 1935. The candy company which first erected the Glico Man Sign, Ezaki Glico, is best known for its Pocky pretzel sticks and namesake caramel candy.
The default pose of the Glico Man Sign is the Glico Man running across a finish line on a blue race track, but the sign is often revised during other major sporting events or victories such as the World Cup or Hanshin Tigers baseball games. The Ebusu-bashi bridge beneath the Glico Man Sign connects two popular Osaka shopping districts, Shinsaibashi-suji and Ebisubashi-suji, and is said to stand on the same place where a curse was placed on the Tigers.
Address and contact: Osaka, Chuo-Ku, Dotonbori
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Hotels near Glico Man Sign place visitors right in the heart of one of Osaka's brightest and most vibrant areas, Dotombori. This area has long been a popular meeting place and photo stop because the Glico Man Sign is so hard to miss and because of its convenient location just a five-minute walk from one of Osaka's busiest subway stations, Namba.
One way for travellers to save money at hotels near Glico Man Sign is to spend evenings strolling along the Dotonbori Canal and sampling the renowned kuidaore eateries on the canal's south side before checking into their chosen property after midnight. Midnight check-in discounts can be as much as 30 per cent cheaper than regular night rates at hotels near Glico Man Sign.
Ratings of hotels near Glico Man Sign vary dramatically, as do their facilities. Options range from tiny capsule hotels which only accept men or women to four-star establishments with onsite restaurants, dry cleaning services, and guestrooms with deep soaking tubs and refrigerators. Even some of the three-star hotels near Glico Man Sign give their guests plenty of luxurious amenities like valet parking, in-room massages, and memory foam beds with down comforters.