Osaka, Japan is considered by many to be the food capital of Japan. The Kansai region of Japan has a reputation for having unique cuisine. Here are my recommendations for foods you have to try in Osaka.
Just to warn you, this does mean “fried octopus.” I had no idea the first time I bought it. Everyone kept telling me I needed to try takoyaki, so I sent my husband to the nearest takoyaki place and told him to get my some “chicken takoyaki.” He said the guy working the stand laughed at him and told him there was only one kind. I remember being so surprised when I bit something chewy and pulled an octopus tentacle out of the fried ball.
It’s definitely an acquired taste, but worth trying to say you did. And who knows? Some people like it the first time.
You can find takoyaki basically anywhere in Osaka. It’s a really popular street food, so in most shopping areas there is a stand. I have heard that some of the best is in Dotonbori. I haven’t been, but Honke Ootako has really good reviews.
Honke Ootako Takoyaki
〒542-0071 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo, Dotonbori, 1 Chome−5−10, 1 542 0071
Totti Candy Factory Cotton Candy
So this cotton candy doesn’t really have a unique flavor, but it’s so pretty and it’s also ginormous. There’s nothing quite like having a bundle of cotton candy bigger than your head! They also have candy for sale by the ounce as well as giant lollypops and cake pops.
Totti Candy Factory
2 Chome-11-9 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0086
Conveyor Belt Sushi
So, of course you have to try sushi when you come to Japan. Why not have a great time while you’re eating it? These places are so fun. If you go to the right one, you can slide your plates into a box that counts them and lets you play a game. Every five plates you watch a video and get a chance to win a cute little prize out of a ball. The best part is that each of the regular plate are only 100 yen or about a dollar each!
These places are great because you can get more than just sushi, too. They have these handy little ordering tablets where you can order items that don’t usually come around on the conveyor belt. Depending on the place, you can choose from a bunch of different options, including chicken, fries, tempura, coffee, and ice cream.
These photos were taken at Kura Sushi, which is a pretty popular chain around Kansai. You should be able to find a number of these places in Osaka, but here’s the address to one in Umeda.
3-9-1 Toyosaki, Kita-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
What are you favorite foods in Japan? Have you been to Osaka? What did you try and enjoy?