In Osaka, there are lots of lovable souvenirs including sweets. Today we will tell you 7 Osaka souvenirs that you should buy after having good time in the city sightseeing.
Everyone originally from Osaka knows "Butaman" by 551 Horai. Butaman is a steamed bun with ingredients such as pork and onions wrapped in a soft skin made with flour. It is said that as many as 140,000 Horai butaman's are sold a day. In general, in other parts of Japan, this kind of steamed bun is called "Nikuman", though it is more common to call it a "Butaman" in Kansai area. It is because "meat" in Kansai usually means beef. So, to be clear that it is pork used as an ingredient. the word "Butaman" is used
They are good for about 5 days and you need to put them in a microwave before eating them. This is a classic Osaka flavor you have to try. Available in shops in department stores, Kansai International Airport, Itami Airport and major station (170 JPY for one with tax).
1. "Butaman" by 551 Horai
Osaka equals to Takoyaki, though it is challenging to take Takoyaki back home with you. So how about some snacks with octopus? "Tako no Kara-age-Sen" by Takomasa is a kara-age like snack rice cracker baked with real octopus on it. It's crispy texture and saltiness are recommended as beer snack. Use some sauce and mayo that come with the cracker, and you would taste real takoyaki in your mouth. Available in shops at Kansai International Airport and Shin-Osaka station (1,080 JPY with tax).
2. "Tako no Karaage-sen (Deep-fried Octopus Rice cracker)" by Takomasa
A very popular Osaka figure, "Kui-daore Taro". When in Osaka, why don't you buy a souvenir that is related to him? There are various items available, but we recommend this "Osaka Specialty Kui-daore Taro Pudding". Inside a box, you will see three hats that Taro wears, and you will also find puddings hidden in these hats. On top of their surprising package, their pudding that are like rich Brule with double sauce are one of a kind. You can keep the hats as Osaka souvenirs after enjoying the puddings too. Available in shops in Shin-Osaka station, Osaka-station and Nanba station (1,150 JPY for a set of 3 ).
3. Osaka Specialty Kui-daore Taro Pudding
Osaka, of course, also has Japanese sweets souvenirs. One of their classics are "Milk Manju Tsuki Gesyo". A skin of this bun is so soft and moist wrapping shiro-an (white anko; anko is made with boiled beans with sugar added). What's more, this shiro-an is made with butter and condensed milk also, so you may find its flavor very familiar to your mouth. Even if you are not a big fan of anko, this mild flavor could be right for you. Many of their shops are located outside Osaka city, including Sakai city, but there is one shop within the city in "Whity Umeda" (800 JPY with tax for 6).
4. "Milk Manju Tsuki Gesyo" by Aoki Shofuan
Even if you have not heard of "Baton dor" before, many of you must have heard of "Pocky". You can say that Baton dor is high-class Pocky and they are made by the same company. However, once you eat one, you will know their differences right away. With Baton dor, their flavor is very delicate and also elegant with butter added to doughs. Given that they are only exclusively sold in Osaka (and Kyoto) but no where else in the world, it is guaranteed that your friends and family will love them if you take them home for souvenir. Available in Hankyu Department store in Umeda and Takashimaya (501 JPY with tax).
5. Baton dor
"Jiyuken" is a famous curry shop in Osaka with its main shop in Nanba. In general in Japan, curry is served on top of rice. However, at Jiyuken, rice and curry are mixed together.
In Japan, some people like to add a raw egg on top of curry to make its taste milder. Apparently, this custom was first began at Jiyuken. If you are not too sure about using a raw egg, try their "Osaka Nanba Jiyuken All-purpose Curry Sauce" (367 JPY with tax) for souvenir. This all-purpose sauce, made with their original curry powder , can be used not only to make curry but also to cook varieties of fried and stirred dishes.
Osaka Nanba Jiyuken All-purpose Curry Sauce (367 JPY with tax)
6. Jiyuken "All-purpose Curry Sauce"
Senshu, which is located in the south part of Osaka, is famous as a place of towel production. Their towels, which are soft and absorbs water pretty well, are starting to receive high reputations in and out of Japan lately. Their lineup includes towels that are fancy and can be used for corporate gifts and also those that are very reasonable starting at a few hundreds yen. These towels shown are sold at "Famous Naniwa Ichibiri-An", and they have Osaka dialects and famous Osaka products written in Katakana. If you look around in some souvenir shops, you may find your favorite Senshu towels.
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Osaka stays by Pucchio
Visit one of the world’s largest aquariums, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, and ride a replica of the ‘Santa Maria’ around Osaka Bay on this half-day tour, led by an informative guide. At the aquarium's Pan Pacific exhibits, get up close to a Japanese giant salamander at the Japan Forest, an adorable sea otter at the Aleutian Islands, and a ring-tailed coati at the Gulf of Panama, among other creatures. Then board your sightseeing vessel for a journey past Osaka landmarks around the bay.
In the afternoon, meet your guide at Hotel Granvia Osaka and walk to Nishi-Umeda station. After a train ride to Osaka station, follow your guide on foot to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, named the Best Aquarium in Asia by TripAdvisor. Located at the Tempozan Harbor Village, Kaiyukan recreates natural marine environments centering on the Pan Pacific Life Zone with more than a dozen exhibits.
Start your tour at the Aqua Gate, a 36-foot-long (11-meter) tunnel-shaped tank that provides the sensation of walking underwater while surrounded by colorful schools of tropical and subtropical fish. During more than 2 hours at Kaiyukan, you’ll find a wide variety of animal and plant species, from Antarctica to the Tasman Sea.
Kids get hands-on experience at interactive exhibits, including a touch pool where you can feel the texture of sharks and rays swimming right in front of you.
Then hop aboard the Santa Maria, a replica of Christopher Columbus' flagship that is approximately twice the size of the original vessel. Enjoy a 50-minute sightseeing cruise around Osaka Bay while viewing magnificent landmarks such as the Tempozan Ferris Wheel and the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.
Once you've taken in the sights, disembark at the West Wharf with your guide and return on foot to Osaka station, where your half-day tour ends.
Please note: A minimum of 2 people per booking is required.