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Food Lover's Guide to Osaka

By Viator, February 2018

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The Japanese world kuidaore roughly means to eat oneself into ruin. It’s something of a pastime in Osaka, thanks to the sheer variety of foods, including everything from piping hot street food to endless conveyor belts of fresh sushi. Here are the foods and activities you won't want to miss.

Must-Try Dishes
There’s a lot to eat in Japan’s most food-obsessed city. While Osaka is no stranger to Michelin-starred restaurants, street foods reign supreme. One local favorite is okonomiyaki, a savory pancake made with octopus, squid, shrimp, cabbage, green onion, and noodles. Another popular option, takoyaki, is the ultimate Japanese comfort food—bite-sized balls of batter stuffed with octopus and topped with Japanese mayonnaise and takoyaki sauce. 

While udon noodles don’t come from Osaka, kitsune udon originated here. This traditional Japanese food is served with a slice of deep-fried tofu atop a bowl of plump noodles. Step into any trendy izakaya in Osaka, and you’ll likely see kushikatsu on the menu. The dish consists of breaded and fried skewers of meat and vegetables, served alongside a citrusy ponzu sauce. Since Osaka is home to some of the country’s largest fish markets, the sushi and sashimi here are some of the freshest around.

Must-Do Experiences
  • Sample Osaka’s best bites on a street food tour through neighborhoods like Dotonbori, Shinsaibashi, Tenma, and Kyobashi.
  • Learn to prepare sushi the traditional way during a chef-led afternoon cooking glass.
  • Tour Osaka’s 200-year-old Kuromon Market to learn about the history of Japanese food and its staple ingredients.
  • Take a cooking lesson right in the home of an Osaka culinary expert.
  • Sample several varieties of sake, a traditional rice-based spirit, during a guided tasting.

Tours & Tickets

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Evening Food and Drink Tour in Osaka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Join us for a just slightly offbeat, fully all-inclusive night tour of Tenma and Kyobashi, two of Osaka's most well-known local food and drink areas! ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.00
Japanese sweets making and Tea Ceremony in Osaka, Osaka, Food Tours
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Japanese sweets making and Tea Ceremony in Osaka

Wagashi making & Tea ceremony. You will make a Japanese confectionery and Green tea. You can experience the tea ceremony with the confectionery you made.

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $50.24
Nightlife Osaka Food Tour, Osaka, Cooking Classes
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Nightlife Osaka Food Tour

This 3-hour Osaka Night Food Tour will take you on an unforgettable eating excursion through the busy streets and the hidden, less frequented parts of Minami ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Osaka Cooking Class, Osaka, Food Tours
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Osaka Cooking Class

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 Reviews

Learn how to make Japanese dishes with an informative Japanese cooking class in Nishinomiya city(between Osaka and Kobe). Mondo-yakujin station is a very ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $82.21
Teppanyaki Wagyu Cooking Experience, Osaka, Cooking Classes
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Teppanyaki Wagyu Cooking Experience

Experience the worlds finest steak in Japan's culinary capital with a hands-on cooking class that is memorable, fun and delicious! Join us in our custom built ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 2 to 3 hrs

From USD $59.37
Osaka Night Life with a Local, Discover the Hidden Gems of Namba's Backstreet, Osaka, Food Tours
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Osaka Night Life with a Local, Discover the Hidden Gems of Namba's Backstreet

Soak in the local vibes of Osaka at night. From plenty of bars to mouthwatering Osaka soul food, your night out will leave you full and happy. Hit the ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.47
Evening Street Food Hopping Tour in Downtown Osaka, Osaka, Food Tours
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Evening Street Food Hopping Tour in Downtown Osaka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Enjoy the best street food experience with a professional local guide on your private tour. Osaka, the city of merchants, is the place with the nickname “the ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $109.61
Japanese In-Home Cooking Lesson and Meal with a Culinary Expert in Osaka, Osaka, Street Food Tours
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Japanese In-Home Cooking Lesson and Meal with a Culinary Expert in Osaka

Before you get started with your cooking class, your host Yoko will introduce you to Japanese cooking techniques and the five different tastes. She will also ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00
Osaka: Street Food Experience with a Local Host, Osaka, Cooking Classes
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Osaka: Street Food Experience with a Local Host

Personalised street food experience in Osaka with a Local Host. To really get a taste of local life, you can’t miss exploring Osaka’s street food culture - and ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.15
Sushi Cooking Class in Osaka, Osaka, Street Food Tours
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Sushi Cooking Class in Osaka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Learn one of Japan’s most popular culinary arts, sushi-making, during this afternoon class in Osaka. You'll churn out rolls like a pro under the guidance of a ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $100.48

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