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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.

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Evening Food and Drink Tour in Osaka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 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
Sushi Cooking Class in Osaka, Osaka, 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 $101.20
Osaka Cooking Class, Osaka, Cooking Classes
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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 Osaka. This hands-on experience will have you whisking tea, rolling ‘takoyaki' ...  Read more

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

From USD $82.80
Japanese sweets making and Tea Ceremony in Osaka, Osaka, Cooking Classes
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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: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.60
Evening Street Food Hopping Tour in Downtown Osaka, Osaka, Cooking Classes
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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 $110.40
Teppanyaki Wagyu Cooking Experience, Osaka, Street Food Tours
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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 $59.80
Small-group Kansai Soul Tour in Osaka including Japanese Snacks, Osaka, Food Tours
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Small-group Kansai Soul Tour in Osaka including Japanese Snacks

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Often missed on many Japan itineraries, Osaka is more than just a city of commerce: it is the Kansai region’s vibrant and eclectic heart and soul. This tour ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.48
Japanese Cooking Class in Osaka, Osaka, City Tours
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Japanese Cooking Class in Osaka

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This is a unique 2-hour Japanese cooking experience for tourists and residents alike. Participants will make either Maki rolled sushi, tamago yaki (or rolled ...  Read more

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

From USD $64.77
Nara Highlight Walking & local Sake tasting tour (Small-Group), Osaka, Cooking Classes
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Nara Highlight Walking & local Sake tasting tour (Small-Group)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Nara is Japan's first permanent capital which was established in the year 710. That history is older than Kyoto. There are full of historic treasures, ...  Read more

Location: Nara, Japan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Small-Group Guided Evening Food Tour of Osaka, Osaka, Sake Tasting and Brewery Tours
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Small-Group Guided Evening Food Tour of Osaka

Feast your senses on Osaka — widely acknowledged as Japan’s culinary capital — on a 3-hour food tour, ideal for first-time visitors and fans of Japanese ...  Read more

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

From USD $124.00

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