Throughout Japan people love to eat.

But even in the food loving country of Japan, Osaka is still known as one of the ultimate food destinations – a city with passionate food lovers and an abundance of things to eat.

And that’s precisely the reason why I was so excited to visit Osaka, Japan – for the food.

In this Osaka food guide blog, I’m going to share with you 11 Japanese foods to try in Osaka, and then share restaurants where you can try them.

NOTE: Before we get started on this food guide, just remember that Osaka is a big city in Japan, and just about all the best Japanese foods from around the country are available. But I’ve narrowed in on 11 of the dishes in Osaka that I think are some of the most important and local favorites.

Also, a big thank you to Dwight Turner who is responsible for encouraging Ying and I to come to Osaka on an impulse decision. Go check out his blog here.

Ok, let’s get started…

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1. Sushi & Sashimi – the number one reason to travel to Japan

1. Sushi & Sashimi

I know, this could seem a bit obvious, but to me, I had to include sushi and sashimi in this Osaka food guide because I believe it is the most important food in all of Japan.

While many of the Japanese foods mentioned on this list below are available at Japanese restaurants throughout the world (as are sushi and sashimi), the freshness and quality of sushi and sashimi in Japan is unparalleled.

Even though you could eat sushi somewhere else in the world, to me it’s the ONE food worth flying to Japan just to eat.

You might also be interested in my Tokyo food guide.

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Uni – sea urchin

The simplicity, the freshness, and the presentation, are all factors that contribute to eating sushi in Japan and make it such a glorious food experience.

Osaka is home to one of the largest fish markets in Japan, with a lively tuna auction that goes down early in the morning to get the sushi and sashimi started for the day.

Sushi and sashimi are available throughout Osaka, from supermarkets and budget stalls to the highest end sushi restaurants, and everything in-between.

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Budget sushi from the supermarket

I was pretty happy with how affordable sushi was – for less than $10 you can eat a world-class sushi meal in Osaka, a plate of sushi that could easily cost $20 – $30 outside of Japan.

In addition to normal nigiri sushi that includes a ball of rice and a slice of fish on the top, Osaka is also famous for its old style box sushi, known as hako-zushi, and available at markets through Osaka, the basements of departments stores, and a famous restaurant called Yoshino Zushi.

Here are a few of the places I ate sushi when I was in Osaka:

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Tokisushi (ときすし) – excellent sushi in Osaka
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Outside of Tokisushi (ときすし)

Tokisushi (ときすし)

After exploring the Kuromon Ichiba Market one afternoon, we wanted to sit down for a more substantial meal. A quick search on Foursquare lead us to Tokisushi (ときすし), a small and friendly sushi bar, where they serve some seriously good sushi.

I ordered the 12 piece set, which included 12 different pieces of nigiri sushi, all picked by the chef, which probably changes by the day depending on what fish and seafood is available.

Everything on my plate of sushi was excellent, but the negitoro, minced fatty tuna sitting over a bite of rice wrapped in fresh seaweed, was my ultimate piece.

And along with serving awesome sushi, their service was excellent, and all the staff were friendly and helpful.

Address: 4-21 Nanbasennichimae, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 542-0075, Japan
Open hours: 11 am – 2 pm for lunch at 5 pm – 10 pm for dinner on Tuesday – Sunday (closed on Monday)
Prices: I ate the 12 piece special sushi set for just 1,050 JPY ($8.70) – great value I think
Website: http://www.tokisushi.jp/
How to get there: Tokisushi (ときすし) is located very close to the Namba area of Osaka

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Harukoma Sushi (春駒 支店) in Osaka
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That tuna belly!

Harukoma Sushi (春駒 支店)

Of all the restaurants in this Osaka food guide, this place is one of my favorites.

Located somewhere in the middle of Japan’s longest shopping street (Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai – try to pronounce this one), Harukoma Sushi (春駒 支店) is popular sushi restaurant in Osaka, and I absolutely loved it.

We arrived at about 5 pm, and had to wait in line for around 15 minutes to get in, but the line moved quickly for how many people were waiting. From outside, the restaurant looked quite small and calm, but inside it was large, with about 10 sushi chefs, and it was loud and energetic – it felt like I was at the fish market – a fantastic sushi dining environment.

They had an English menu, and the ordering was done in a-la carte fashion. I wrote down all the different types of sushi and rolls I wanted, handed it to our kind waitress, and within minutes our platter of sushi arrived.

Don’t go to Harukoma Sushi (春駒 支店) looking for delicate, extremely beautiful sushi (the kind that won’t make you full). Instead, go there for generous slices of thick cut fresh fish. It’s the type of sushi restaurant you eat at when you want to get full with great quality.

I could hardly believe how big they cut the tuna belly and the quality and quantity of their uni (sea urchin). One of the best restaurants in Osaka for me.

And again, just like at so many of the restaurants included in this Osaka food guide, the staff at Harukoma Sushi (春駒 支店) were helpful and really kind.

There are two branches of this sushi restaurant within the same market, both with a continual line of customers waiting to get in. I ate at the larger branch, on the main market walking street.

Address: 5-5-2 Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka, Japan
Open hours: Around 11 am – 9:30 am daily
Price: 3 of us ate a lot of sushi until we were full for 4,000 JPY ($33.15) – excellent value
How to get there: It’s not too far from either Temma JR station or Ogimachi Subway Station, along Tenjinbashisuji Shotengai walking street.

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If you’re not careful, you could spend a lot…

Conveyor Belt Sushi Restaurants

Around popular shopping districts like Namba and Umeda you’ll find plenty of budget sushi restaurants in Osaka that serve sushi that rotates around the restaurant on a conveyor belt.

Conveyor belt sushi restaurants often have a clear system of different colored plates that cost different amounts, and often their cheapest plates will be in the 100 – 130 JPY per plate range.

While it can’t compare to the quality at a real sushi restaurant, I quite enjoy conveyor belt sushi for the food and the atmosphere.

I think Japanese mainly eat conveyor belt sushi when they want a budget meal in Osaka that they can eat quickly.

Endo Sushi (ゑんどう寿司)

Do any searches for the best sushi in Osaka, and you’ll quickly come up with Endo Sushi, a famous restaurant located at the Osaka fish market.

I made the mistake of going on a holiday, and they were closed. So unfortunately, no Endo Sushi for me on my latest trip to Osaka.

Address: 1-1-86 Noda Fukushima-ku Osaka City
Open hours: 5 am – 2 pm (closed on Sunday and Holidays)
Prices: 1,050 JPY ($8.74) for a 5 piece set
Website: http://www.endo-sushi.com/english.html
How to get there: It’s about a 10 minute walk from Tamagawa Subway Station

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2. Yakiniku & Horumon (Japanese BBQ)

2. Yakiniku & Horumon (Japanese BBQ)

It’s not only fish and seafood that Japan excels at serving, but grilled Japanese beef and meat is another meal you don’t want to miss when you’re in Osaka.

For just about any meat lover, Japanese beef is the holy grail of meat – it’s the type of beef that you’ll have dreams about.

Yakiniku is the Japanese style of grilling beef, typically where you grill the meat yourself on a tabletop charcoal grill in the middle of your table.

Before we get into the meat, I just want to touch on the fact that even though you’re eating indoors, you’ll likely get real charcoal to cook your meat over, not a gas powered grill – and this makes so much difference in flavor.

When you go to a yakiniku restaurant and see the different selection of Japanese beef available on the menu, you’ll start drooling just from the raw meat photos.

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Japanese beef – look at that marbling!

Kobe beef, one of the world’s most famous meats, is a type of Japanese wagyu from Kobe, which is located just a 30 minute train ride from Osaka – so Osaka has plenty of Kobe beef available.

But there’s not just Kobe wagyu beef, there’s also Matsuzaka beef, which some consider superior to Kobe beef, and there are varying levels of Japanese wagyu beef as well.

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Dry aged wagyu beef at La Shomon in Kobe, Japan

For yakiniku, the meat is sliced into bite sized pieces, grilled over charcoal, and often served with just a few light seasoning like high quality salt, sesame oil, shoyu, and sometimes a dab of sweet wasabi. But the meat is so flavorful and juicy, it honestly needs little, if any help.

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Horumon bbq in Japan

While you’ll often seen the advertising for the most beautiful marbled slices of wagyu, another popular yakiniku meal is known as horumon bbq, the random bits of meat like stomach and esophagus.

If you’re ready to take on some parts of the cow that you didn’t even know were possible to eat, a horumon experience is something you can’t miss in Osaka.

There are plenty of Yakiniku restaurants in Osaka like Susumu and Matsuzakagyu, but since Kobe is so close to Osaka, it’s also fun to take a day trip to Kobe for some beef as well.

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La Shomon (焼肉バル Kobe, Japan) – Amazing place for beef
Kobe beef
The most amazing beef I’ve ever tried

La Shomon (焼肉バル Kobe, Japan)

Through a friend of a friend, Dwight connected with Lauralee. Along with being extremely kind and agreeing to take us on a food tour of Kobe, her and her husband own a couple of yakiniku restaurants, and invited us to sample some beef.

When our train arrived to Kobe, we met up with Lauralee and her husband, who drove us out to La Shomon (焼肉バル), one of their beef restaurants located in the Tarumi area of Kobe.

The raw beef came on a plate, beautifully decorated, and when I saw the veins of fatty marbling in the meat we were about to grill, I almost couldn’t handle my anticipation.

This was the best beef meal of my life. The meat was unbelievably juicy and had a depth of flavor that I’ll never forget.

In addition to the best beef I’ve ever had, La Shomon (焼肉バル) also specializes in dry aged Japanese wagyu. The meat was grilled in a block, then sliced into bite sized pieces. Again, it was outrageous, with a hint of a cheese flavor to complement the intensely good beef.

La Shomon isn’t in Osaka, but it’s worth making the trip to Kobe (Tarumi) for.

Address: 垂水区神田町4-10 2F, Kobe-shi, Hyogo, Japan 655-0027
Open hours: 11 am – 10:30 pm daily, and 11 am – 10 pm on Sundays
Prices: You’re likely to spend about 3,000 – 6,000 JPY per person ($24.96 – $49.92) – a wonderful deal when it compares to the quality of the beef you’re about to eat
Website: Check out their Facebook page
How to get there: La Shomon is about a 20 minute train ride from central Kobe, in an area called Tarumi. You can get off the train at Tarumi station, and the restaurant is very close, at the base of the walking street.

If you’re interested in watching the video, here our full Kobe beef adventure:

(Or watch it on YouTube here)

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3. Ramen – One of the ultimate Japanese foods




3. Ramen

In Osaka (and throughout Japan), people take their ramen very seriously.

It’s a dish, that at the right restaurant, many are willing to stand in a long line to patiently wait their turn to have a bowl of piping hot noodles in broth.

Ramen is one of those dishes in Japan that has a cult following – everyone has their favorite spot, and when you want to eat a bowl of ramen, nothing can deter your craving.

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Ramen noodles – served dry with dipping sauce

The noodles used in ramen are typically wheat noodles, similar to Chinese lamian. They are cooked to varying degrees of chewiness, sometimes served more al-dente, while other times they are served softer.

But the real flavor and pleasure of eating a bowl of ramen (at least for me) is in the broth, and there are a number of different popular styles, which can be identified by the richness and flavor of the broth.

This is a great explanation of the different types of ramen you’ll find in Japan, but a few of my favorites are shio, a salt based broth, shoyu, a soy sauce based broth, and finally, the heavy creamy tonkotsu ramen, made with pork bones that are boiled until the marrow is unleashed.

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There are many types of ramen to try

Finally, the toppings, and most notably, the thick slices of pork chashu, and the spoonful of raw minced garlic, elevates a bowl of ramen to perfection.

For myself, it depends on what mood I’m in that determines what styles of ramen I feel like eating. But a good bowl of rich buttery tonkotsu is tough to beat.

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Ramen Yashichi (らーめん弥七)

Ramen Yashichi (らーめん弥七)

I can say with some certainty, that my bowl of chicken based shoyu ramen at Ramen Yashichi (らーめん弥七) in Osaka, was the best bowl of ramen I’d ever had… in fact, I didn’t even know ramen could be this good before Dwight took me here for the first time.

As with many ramen restaurants in Japan, you have to pay at a vending machine, and then get a ticket that corresponds to your bowl of ramen of choice. You then proceed to hand it to the chef as you sit down.

Ramen Yashichi (らーめん弥七) is a small restaurant, but they maintain a quality and flavor of ramen that blew me away.

The broth is technically shoyu, but it’s heavy and buttery, and perfectly salty and creamy, with both slices of chashu and a scoop of fragrant wok fried pork, to make the flavor even better.

All in all, it was a beautiful bowl of ramen, definitely worth waiting in line to eat.

Address: 3-4-8 Toyosaki, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Open hours: 11 am – 4 pm on weekdays only (closed on Saturday and Sunday)
Prices: I ordered the special bowl for 990 JPY ($8.24)
How to get there: Ramen Yashichi (らーめん弥七) is very close to Nakatsu Subway station. Once you exit the station, walk east, and the ramen restaurant is just before you reach the main highway.

Momofuku Classic ramen
I ate the Momofuku Classic

Hakata Ippudo Ramen (一風堂 池田店)

Hakata Ippudo Ramen is one of the most famous Japanese ramen brand chains, with branches all over Japan, and even in other countries – like Thailand.

I wasn’t really expecting to eat here, but after visiting the Instant Ramen Museum, we decided to have a real bowl of ramen, and we stepped into a ramen restaurant that looked good, and because I can’t speak or read Japanese, we had no clue it was Hakata Ippudo Ramen until we got in and started reading the menu.

I ordered the Momofuku Classic, a plain but soothing bowl of noodles. But their most famous ramen is the tonkotsu.

You’ll find a few other branches of Hakata Ippudo Ramen in Osaka, including one at Namba.

Address: 2-10 Masumicho, Ikeda, Osaka Prefecture 563-0041, Japan
Open hours: Lunch and dinner
Website: http://www.ippudo.com/index.html
How to get there: The branch I ate at is located just off the Ikeda train station, near the Instant Ramen Museum

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4. Udon – thick, hearty, filling

4. Udon

Udon is a thick and chewy Japanese noodle made with wheat flour, and served in a variety of different ways.

To me, as opposed to ramen – beyond the thickness difference – udon is sort of the more elegant noodle option.

It seems that it’s often a bit plainer in flavor (the broth or sauce is typically not as heavy or salty as ramen), and it’s more of a delicate flavored noodle and even the style of eating it seems more delicate.

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Udon noodles served with dipping sauce on the side

That doesn’t mean it’s not one of the must eat foods in Osaka, because it’s extremely popular, and really good – it’s probably my wife’s favorite Japanese noodle option.

Udon noodles are served in many different styles, including with curry, in hot soup, in cold soup, and even dry with a dipping sauce (highly recommended by the way).

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And by the way, slurping is polite in Japan

Even though all types of Japanese udon dishes are available at restaurants in Osaka, one of the local favorite styles, originating in Osaka, is kitsune udon. The udon noodles come in a light dashi stock flavored broth, and the main topping is a piece of sweet stewed tofu.

You’ll find some top notch udon restaurants throughout Osaka.

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Sanshyu Udon (情熱うどん 讃州)

Sanshyu Udon (情熱うどん 讃州)

Located just down the street from where we stayed for the first week when we were in Osaka, we went to Sanshyu Udon (情熱うどん 讃州) for lunch one day.

The udon noodles are all made in house, and I chose to order the curry udon, which came with a pile of shredded green onions and a poached egg (maybe?) on top.

Ying ordered the cold udon noodles, in a light shoyu broth, that was ice cold, with an egg, thin pieces of pork, and ginger included. Ying’s bowl of udon was my favorite.

Address: Japan, 531-0072 Osaka Prefecture, 3-4-1 Osaka
Open hours: 11 am – 3 pm and 5:30 pm – 9 pm (closed on Sunday)
Price: About 800 – 1,200 JPY ($6.66 – $10) per bowl of udon
How to get there: Sanshyu Udon (情熱うどん 讃州) is located just two houses down from Ramen Yashichi (らーめん弥七), so you could eat at these two awesome restaurants back to back. Take the subway to Nakatsu station, and walk east for about 5 minutes and the restaurant is right on the edge of the highway (but don’t cross the street).

Chitose Nikusui (千とせ)

I was seriously hoping to eat at a restaurant called Chitose Nikusui (千とせ) when I was in Osaka, but unfortunately, due to back to back holidays on my last few days in Osaka, I missed it. But it looks so good if you have a chance to try it. Let me know if you try it!

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5. Japanese Curry

5. Japanese Curry

When I was attending university in the United States years ago, one of my go-to meals when I really needed some motherly comfort food, was Japanese curry.

No, I wouldn’t go to a restaurant, but I’d go to the nearest Asian supermarket, buy a packaged box of Japanese curry base, then cook it up with a bunch of beef and carrots and make a giant pot of fresh steamed rice to go with it.

Of all the food included in this Osaka food guide, Japanese curry might be the most comforting of them all.

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Japanese curry is an ultimate comfort food

For myself, just like for many Japanese, Japanese curry is one of the ultimate comfort foods.

Japanese curry is quite a fusion food, a curry flavor that originally comes from India, but routed through the curry culture of Britain.

The curry has a familiar curry powder blend flavor, but the sauce is dark and thick, more like a brown gravy than a typical saucy curry.

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My Japanese curry plate at Oretachi No Curry Ya (俺たちのカレー家)

There are a number of ways Japanese curry is served, with udon noodles is common, but probably the most popular is right over a bed of Japanese steamed short grain rice.

While Japanese curry can’t compare to the depth of spice in Indian or Thai curries, there’s something about Japanese curry that just makes one warm and fuzzy inside – perhaps it’s the mild blend of curry powder, the thick rich gravy sauce, the option of a fried pork katsu cutlet, and the fresh steamed Japanese rice.

Japanese curry is one of those meals, kind of like ramen, that’s famous for being a 24 hours a day food, and in both Osaka and Tokyo it seems to be a favorite among late-night gamers.

Oretachi No Curry Ya (俺たちのカレー家)
Oretachi No Curry Ya (俺たちのカレー家)

Oretachi No Curry Ya (俺たちのカレー家)

Tripadvisor is not always the best guide for finding things to do or restaurants to eat at when you travel. But sometimes there are some great suggestions, and Oretachi No Curry Ya (俺たちのカレー家) was an excellent recommendation for Japanese curry in Osaka.

The restaurant, located just a stones throw from Osaka’s Namba train station, is small and friendly, and you’ll see the mouthwatering photos of their curry on the glass outside the restaurant.

I ordered their main speciality, a plate of Japanese curry with a pork katsu on top, a cup full of green onions, and finally a soft half cooked egg placed over everything.

It was one of the better versions of Japanese curry that I’ve had that I can remember – the curry was thick and creamy, the katsu was fried fresh so it was still crispy, and the green onions, in abundance, provided a fresh crispness to the entire plate.

Address: 14-13 Namba Sennichimae, Kawanishi Dai3 Bldg. 1F, Osaka 542-0075, Osaka, Japan
Open hours: 11 am – 9 pm on Monday – Friday, and 11 am – 10 pm on Saturday and Sunday
Prices: My full option curry plate cost 900 JPY ($7.49)
How to get there: Oretachi No Curry Ya (俺たちのカレー家) is located just on the east side of Nankai Namba station

Camp Curry (野菜を食べるカレー)
Camp Curry (野菜を食べるカレー)

Camp Curry (野菜を食べるカレー)

Located somewhere within the confusion of Osaka’s massive Umeda station, within the Eki Marche Osaka food center is Camp Curry (野菜を食べるカレー), a camping and backpacking themed Japanese curry restaurant.

It’s a small restaurant, and all the seating is bar counter style, so no matter where you sit, you’ll have a clear view of the chefs cooking your curry fresh.

They serve their plates of curry within cast iron skillets, and you’ll even have a shove to eat with.

The curry was a little on the mild side for me, but it was a good quick meal right in Umeda Station, and I enjoyed the theme.

Address: 3-1-1 Umeda, within the Eki Marche Osaka food center
Open hours: 10 am – 10 pm daily
Price: 800 – 1,000 JPY per dish ($6.66 – $8.32)
Website: http://curry.camp/
How to get there: Once you’re at Umeda Station, navigate your way to Eki Marche, and you’ll find Camp Curry towards the back

Ghar Curry家
Ghar Curry家 – Osaka

Ghar Curry家

It’s been said many times that some of the best international restaurants in the world are found in Japan – for instance you’ll find some of the best Italian food outside of Italy in Japan.

Ghar Curry家 is a trendy restaurant in Osaka that serves outstanding curry that’s very Indian in flavor and profile, but still served with Japanese rice. I had their lamb meatball curry and their minced lamb curry, both of which were delicious.

Address: 西区京町堀1-9-10-103, Osaka, Japan 550-0003
Open hours: 11:30 am – 2 pm for lunch daily, 6 pm – 10 pm for dinner on weekdays only (closed for dinner on weekends)
Prices: My curry cost 850 JPY ($7.07)
Website: http://ghar-curry.com/
How to get there: Take the subway to Hommachi station, take Exit 28, and it’s just a short walk from there.

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6. Shokudo (Diner Restaurants)

6. Shokudo (Diner Restaurants) – Katsu, Tempura, Donburi

One of the best types of restaurant to eat at in Japan if you’re looking for budget eats is a diner style restaurant, which you’ll frequently come across throughout Osaka.

Rather than featuring tonkatsu, tempura, broiled salted mackerel (one of my personal favorites), oyakodon, or some of the other favorite Japanese diner dishes on this Osaka food guide, I just decided to include them all under the Shokudo diner meal category

(Note: These dishes, like katsu and tempura can be very high end and high quality as well (which is amazing), but for this guide I’ve included the budget versions).

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Diner eating in Osaka

Diner restaurants are where people of all walks of life stop in for a quick, easy, relatively cheap most of the time, filling, and pretty good tasting meal.

They are sometimes family run, other times they are chain style cafeteria restaurants.

At some Shokudo you’ll pay and order from a vending machine, and at others you can walk through a line, and pick and choose whichever dishes look good to you.

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Broiled mackerel – one of my favorite choices

Along with the occasional oyakodon (chicken and egg rice bowl), one of my favorite meals to eat at a cafeteria diner restaurant in Japan is the broiled mackerel set, which typically comes on a tray, served with a few small side salads and pickles, and a bowl of rice.

The food is good, and it’s one of the top ways to eat on a budget when in Osaka.

Shokudo restaurants are common throughout Osaka, and you’ll pass many as you walk around the city. But here are a few of the ones I ate at, just in case you need some specific restaurant suggestions:

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Tray of food for dinner

Shokudo Diner (心斎橋食堂) – Shinsaibashi

This Shokudo Diner (心斎橋食堂) located in the Shinsaibashi area of Osaka is cafeteria style, and you just walk through the entrance and pick and choose whichever dishes you want.

I had a fish, an omelet (not pictured), some pickled seaweed, and some eggplant, and everything was pretty good, and I enjoyed the laid back diner style.

For my entire meal I spent a total of 1,280 JPY ($10.65), a bit expensive because I took so much food – but you can choose however much you want, and eat on a budget as well.

Address: 東心斎橋1-17-15, 大阪市中央区, Ōsaka, Japan

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One of my favorite meals

Umeda and Osaka Stations

Around Umeda and Osaka stations, where there are lots of people, you’ll find numerous Japanese diner restaurants, all of which serve pretty tasty food.

Price: Meal above cost 650 JPY ($5.41)
Open hours: I think it was 24 hours per day

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7. Takoyaki – the most famous of all Osaka food




7. Takoyaki

Takoyaki is almost a synonym of Osaka.

These little golf ball sized batter balls stuffed with a piece of octopus are perhaps the most famous thing to eat in the city, and they are a big hit and food craze around the world as well.

When you get to Osaka and start wandering around and eating, you’ll be quick to find that at just about every major market there are a few takoyaki vendors… and they are typically some of the busiest restaurants in the entire market.

One of the best things about takoyaki is watching them being made.

It begins with a hot griddle that includes golf ball shaped holes in it. A bunch of pancake like batter is first poured flat into the hot mold, before a pre-cooked piece of octopus is tossed in the middle.

As the batter becomes partially cooked, and when the chef determines the correct time, the chef takes a duo of chopsticks and works quickly to form the batter into balls, keeping the octopus in the center.

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Making takoyaki in Osaka

The takoyaki sizzles in the mould until it’s golden brown, and it’s then ready to be dished out.

When you order takoyaki in Osaka, they will typically dish them into a boat shaped tray, and then you can order a selection of different toppings – some of the typical toppings include Japanese mayonnaise, takoyaki sauce (which kind of tastes like sour teriyaki sauce), seaweed flakes, cheese, and the mandatory sprinkle of bonito fish flake shavings.

For myself, takoyaki is one of those foods that has to be hot and fresh for me to enjoy, so it’s crispy on all the edges, and soft and gooey in the middle. If it sits for too long and loses its crispy edges, it’s not nearly as good.

Ok, let’s move on to a few places you can try takoyaki when you’re in Osaka:

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Takoyaki Wanaka at Kuromon Ichiba Market

Takoyaki Wanaka at Kuromon Ichiba Market

On my first day in Osaka, we visited Kuromon Ichiba Market (great market by the way), and we decided to stop for takoyaki.

The restaurant turned out to be Takoyaki Wanaka (たこやき道楽 わなか 千日前本店), one of the more famous brands of takoyaki in Osaka with multiple branches around the city.

Our first helping of takoyaki turned out to be one of the best versions I had during our trip – probably partly because we were served when the takoyaki was so fresh and hot.

Address: 1-21-2 Nihonbashi Chuo-ku Osaka-shi Osaka
Open hours: 9 am – 7 pm daily
Prices: 400 – 500 JPY ($3.33 – $4.16)
Website: http://takoyaki-wanaka.com/
How to get there: You’ll see them making takoyaki somewhere in the middle of the walking street at Kuromon Ichiba Market

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Takoyaki Wanaka (たこやき道楽 わなか 千日前本店) – Namba

Takoyaki Wanaka (たこやき道楽 わなか 千日前本店) – Original Branch

Funny enough, a few days after eating the takoyaki at Kuromon Ichiba, we were walking around Namba, and Ying wanted to eat some more takoyaki.

I had no clue until researching for this food guide, that it was the same place (different branch) as the place we had tried a few days ago. Takoyaki Wanaka (たこやき道楽 わなか 千日前本店) is very well known, and very popular.

Address: 11-19 Sennichimae Nanba Chuo-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka
Open hours: 10 am – 11 pm from Monday – Friday, and 8:30 am – 11 pm on weekends
Prices: 400 – 500 JPY ($3.33 – $4.16)
Website: http://takoyaki-wanaka.com/
How to get there: It’s right on the east side walking street off of Namba Station

Koga Ryu Takoyaki (甲賀流 本店)
Koga Ryu Takoyaki (甲賀流 本店) in Osaka

Koga Ryu Takoyaki (甲賀流 本店) – Amerika Mura

Located in the Amerika Mura (Ame-mura) area of Osaka, Koga Ryu Takoyaki (甲賀流 本店) has been a long-time standing takoyaki shop, and a favorite for many.

It’s right in the heart of the district where many people come to hang out and be seen. For myself, the takoyaki was good, but the edges weren’t quite as crispy as I was hoping for.

Address: 2-18-4 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Open hours: 11 am – 8 pm on weekdays, 11 am – 10 pm on weekends
Prices: 300 – 400 JPY ($2.50 – $3.33)
Website: http://www.kougaryu.jp/
How to get there: You can either get there from Yotsubashi Station or Shinsaibashi Station

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8. Okonomiyaki – Another Osaka favorite

8. Okonomiyaki

Just like takoyaki, and even similar in ingredient makeup, is Osaka’s okonomiyaki, yet another food that originates from Osaka, and people passionately love to eat.

I’ll admit and say that I’m not the hugest lover of okonomiyaki. It tastes good sometimes, but to me it’s just kind of like a big pancake, and there’s not that much to it.

okonomiyaki
The base of our okonomiyaki

However, many others, including my wife Ying, really love okonomiyaki, and because of its popularity throughout Osaka, it really is something you need to experience when you visit.

Part of the joy of eating okonomiyaki is seeing it being made right before you, and eating it socially with a group of friends.

The batter mixture recipe includes flour, eggs, sometimes dashi stock (dry fish stock), and often a heap of finely shaved cabbage.

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Okonomiyaki is commonly eaten with yakisoba as well

Once the batter is all mixed up, it’s then fried on a hot griddle at the restaurant, sometimes on a hot griddle right before you, and it’s topped and decorated with the ingredients to complete the version of okonomiyaki you ordered.

Okonomiyaki is then cut into pizza like slices, and you can either choose to eat it by cutting off a bite, or using your individual spatula to lift up your entire slice to your mouth.

きじ
Okonomiyaki Kiji (きじ) – The chef is amazing!

Okonomiyaki Kiji (きじ)

Undoubtedly, the highlight of eating at Okonomiyaki Kiji (きじ), was the chef, who must be one of the friendliest chefs in Osaka. And after reading some more reviews, the kindness wasn’t just for us.

Along with Dwight and Ying, we tried a number of different okonomiyaki’s and my personal favorite was the version we ordered that was served with mochi rice cakes on top. They were so sticky, they were like melted cheese on top.

Overall, a very nice okonomiyaki restaurant, and a great chef.

Address: 1-1-90 Oyodonaka, Kita-ku | B1F Umeda Sky Bldg., Osaka 531-0076, Osaka
Open hours: 11:30 am – 9:30 pm from Friday – Wednesday (closed on Thursday)
How to get there: Okonomiyaki Kiji (きじ) is located on the basement floor of the beautiful Umeda Sky Building. It’s about a 10 minute walk from Osaka Station.

Ajinoya Okonomiyaki (味乃家)

I have to be honest and say I didn’t actually eat at Ajinoya Okonomiyaki (味乃家), but when I was getting some video editing done, Ying went off with her sister and had okonomiyaki here.

In her words, “it was the best okonomiyaki I’ve ever had… it was very fluffy, they added a lot of meat and sauce.”

She also really liked that at Ajinoya Okonomiyaki (味乃家), you could self-add as much sauce and bonito fish flakes as you wanted.

I’m not sure if this is the best okonomiyaki in Osaka, but I’ll trust my wife on this one, who said it was really good.

Address: Japan, 〒542-0076 Osaka Prefecture, Osaka
Open hours: 11:30 am – 10:45 pm daily
Website: http://www.ajinoya-okonomiyaki.com/
How to get there: Ajinoya Okonomiyaki (味乃家) is located in the Namba area of Osaka. From the train station, head north, and the restaurant is along Hozenji Koisan Dori.

Japanese oden
9. Oden – Japanese winter comfort food

9. Oden

Japanese food is known for being extremely pretty and the presentation of the food really stood out to me when I was traveling in Japan.

But not all foods can be pretty…

And oden is a Japanese food that I wouldn’t classify as looking too pretty from its appearance.

Known as a winter food throughout Japan, oden includes an assortment of ingredients simmered in a broth prepared with a hint of both dashi and soy sauce, giving it a light and soothing flavor.

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It might be ugly, but it sure is comforting

While there can be all sorts of ingredients boiled inside the oden pot, daikon and yaki chikuwa, are two of the most populars items and should be consumed in every oden eating session.

Here’s a great guide to oden eating.

daikon
You must have daikon radish

What is really interesting to me, is that oden is a Japanese food that has a huge range of qualities and is available everywhere from street food stalls to highly regarded Michelin starred restaurants in Japan.

And you can even get oden at 7 Eleven and Lawson.

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Oden Stall at Kuromon Ichiba Market

Oden at Kuromon Market

One of the best places I had oden in Osaka was back again at Kuromon Ichiba Market.

If you take a walk down the main walking street of the market, you’re bound to see a nice lady dishing out piping hot vegetables, tofu, and skewers, from a scary looking vat of brown bubbling broth.

Don’t be afraid to get in there and choose a few items from the jacuzzi.

When I was in Osaka, I also really wanted to try Hanakujira, a highly regarded oden restaurant in Osaka, but I ran out of time before I could try it. If you have a chance to go, it looks like it surely won’t disappoint.

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10. Kushikatsu (串カツ)

10. Kushikatsu (串カツ)

Born in Osaka, kushikatsu is yet another home-grown Japanese food that’s wildly popular in Osaka.

Are you starting to see a pattern of famous snack foods invented in Osaka?

Kushi in Japanese means skewers, and katsu means breaded and deep fried things. The result of this popular street food is a bunch of vegetables and even meats, all skewered, coated in a light batter, and deep fried until golden brown.

kushikatsu in Osaka
Any guesses on what this one is?

You can kind of think of kushikatsu like assorted chicken nuggets on a stick – with a bunch of choices for what’s inside.

But that’s not all:

Kushikatsu wouldn’t be kushikatsu without the sauce – at least it’s really the sauce that made it good for me.

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Dipping into the sauce

The sauce has a ponzo sauce flavor, kind of like Worcestershire sauce, but more citrusy. A crunchy fried stick dipped in the sauce is surprisingly tasty.

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Shinsekai is the most famous area in Osaka for kushikatsu

While you’ll find kushikatsu throughout Osaka, the Shinsekai area is home to a high concentration of restaurants serving it, and it’s the area everyone seems to go when they’re in the mood for kushikatsu.

If you like drinking beer, a few skewers of salty and crispy kushikatsu makes a pretty good beer snack.

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Kushikatsu Daruma (串カツだるま) – Legendary

Kushikatsu Daruma (串カツだるま)

One of the most famous places in all of Osaka that serves kushikatsu is Kushikatsu Daruma (串カツだるま). It’s a chain restaurant, and there are even branches outside of Japan now as well.

The original location is in Shinsekai, and we ate at a branch (not the original one), but one about a 5 minute walk away.

Since I had no idea what to order, I got the Doubutsuenmae Set for 2,000 JPY ($16.68), which included a range of different skewers which we all shared.

I really liked the skewer of beef and the cheese. They sort of tasted like onions rings, but with all sorts of different insides. Again, the sour, sweet, and salty sauce is what really made it good for me.

Kushikatsu Daruma is legendary when it comes to kushikatsu in Osaka.

Address: 3-4-4 Ebisu-higashi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka 556-0002 , Osaka
Open hours: 11 am – 9 pm daily
Prices: We paid 2,000 JPY ($16.68) for our samplers set
Website: http://www.kushikatu-daruma.com/
How to get there: There are branches of this place all over Osaka, but I ate at the location right in Shinsekai, about a 10 minute walk from Ebisucho Subway Station.

Izakaya in Osaka
11. Izakaya / Yakitori

11. Izakaya / Yakitori

Along with sushi and sashimi, one of my favorite things to eat in Osaka are the small plates of delicious food served at Izakaya’s, Japanese pubs.

Food is typically served on small plates where the focus is one flavor and quality over quantity, and dishes at Izakaya restaurants can range from slices of tuna belly to grilled skewers of chicken or pork.

yakitori in Osaka
These were grilled chicken neck skewers – crazy juicy

Yakitori, Japanese grilled skewers of chicken, is one of my favorite Izakaya foods.

You won’t just get a skewer of bland chicken. The chicken will likely be some of the juiciest and most flavorful chicken you’ve ever had, always cooked over charcoal.

Tsukune
Tsukune – Japanese chicken meatballs are another favorite

When you eat yakitori at a bar in Osaka, you’ll also have a choice of all sorts of different parts of the chicken including breast, thigh, gizzard, liver, skin, chicken neck meat, and probably even some parts of the chicken you didn’t know were edible (that was the case for me).

Nakazakicho izakaya in Osaka
Grilling yakitori at an Izakaya in Osaka

If you’re not too picky, the best way to order yakitori is to just order the amount of skewers you want in your set, and let the chef mix and match the parts of the chicken for you.

The two things that stand out most to me about eating yakitori are that the chicken is always grilled over real charcoal (giving it an always natural and delicious smoky flavor), and that the chicken is never overcooked.

tuna belly in Osaka
Nothing beats the tuna belly!

Every izakaya in Osaka has their own main dishe – some serve yakitori, others tuna, or other snacks and small plates of food.

The best thing to do when you go to an izakaya is to order their speciality.

izakaya in Osaka
Can range from big to small

Izakaya’s in Osaka can be small and intimate, with only bar counter seating, or they can be big and rowdy and loud.

Whatever size of izakaya you visit, you can be sure there will be good food to snack on, drinks, and plenty of good socializing and fun.

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Tayutayu Nambasennichimaeten (たゆたゆ 難波千日前店) – Pork Yakiton

Tayutayu Nambasennichimaeten (たゆたゆ 難波千日前店) – Pork Yakiton

Tayutayu Nambasennichimaeten (たゆたゆ 難波千日前店) is an izakaya that specializes in grilled pork known as yakiton, and they really emphasize the random parts of the pig (known in Japanese as horumon).

The grilled pork skewers were extremely flavorful with a perfect smoky and fatty taste, and the staff were really friendly.

Address: 2-6-10, Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Open hours: 5 pm – 1 am daily
Prices: We paid 5,070 JPY ($42.19) for 4 of us
Website: http://tayu2.com/
How to get there: The location of Tayutayu Nambasennichimaeten (たゆたゆ 難波千日前店) that we went to was right across the street from Dotonburi. You can get there easily from Nipponbashi station.

tuna in Osaka
Chayamamchi Maguroya (梅田芝田一丁目まぐろや) – Tuna Izakaya

Chayamamchi Maguroya (梅田芝田一丁目まぐろや) – Tuna Izakaya

Dwight had checked this place out on his previous visits to Osaka, saying it was the ultimate tuna spot… and he wasn’t joking.

Chayamamchi Maguroya (梅田芝田一丁目まぐろや) is a loud, busy, and still friendly, izakaya in Osaka that specializes in tuna in all different forms, sizes, and degrees of rawness.

You can get oden cooked skewers of tuna eyeball socket and fried tempura, but the real highlight is indulging in a plate of melt-in-your-mouth tuna belly that’s so buttery, it will dissolve on your tongue (without you even chewing).

Address: 北区芝田1-5-6 (梅田旭ビル1F), Osaka, Ōsaka, 530-0012, Japan
Open hours: Not fully sure about the hours, but I think from about 5 pm – midnight or so daily
Prices: There were 3 of us, and we had about 8 dishes, plus drinks for around 5,000 JPY ($41.61)
Website: http://maguroya-nakatsu.jp/
How to get there: Chayamamchi Maguroya (梅田芝田一丁目まぐろや) is located on the west edge of Umeda Station, near the railroad tracks. Use the map to find the exact street.

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Yakitorisumisu (焼鳥スミス) at Nakazakicho

Yakitorisumisu (焼鳥スミス)

This is yet another place I went with Dwight. This time, he had to return an umbrella because the owner had let him borrow it a few nights before.

They invited us in, and we ended up having one of the greatest local Japanese izakaya Osaka experiences – food, fun, sake, and a really friendly crew.

Address: Nakazakicho Walking Street (see map)
Open hours: Night time until late
Prices: Dwight and I had a few drinks and about 15 skewers of yakitori for around 5,000 JPY ($41.61)
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How to get there: Take the subway to Nakazakicho Exit 1

Watch the entire video of this unexpected, late night yakitori and sake here:

(Or here’s the link on YouTube)

Izakaya at Namba
Izakaya at Doguyasuji (Namba) – Shimotaya (裏なんば酒場 しもたや)

Shimotaya (裏なんば酒場 しもたや) – Izakaya at Doguyasuji (Namba)

On my last night in Osaka, my wife and I were walking around the Namba train station area and went into the walking street of Doguyasuji.

Doguyasuji is known for its kitchen supplies, and also for its izakaya bars and restaurants at night. There are many to choose from.

We stopped in a place down a side alley called Shimotaya (裏なんば酒場 しもたや thank you to everyone for your help in the comments identifying this place), and it was the perfect way to end a 14 day eating trip to Osaka.

*Kappo

I didn’t want to end this Osaka food guide without a quick mention of an Osaka speciality meal called kappo, the Osaka version of an elegant kaseiki meal, but instead served bar counter style, where you eat with the chef watching you – and you can see everything the chef does.

Kappo is typically a very high end meal, where the chef emphasizes freshness, presentation, and creativity. It’s more than just a meal, it’s an experience.

Kigawa is one of the famous kappo restaurants in Osaka, and you can read reviews about it here and here.

Unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to try a kappo meal when I was in Osaka, but I’m hoping to have the chance on future visits.

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Enjoy eating in Osaka!

Conclusion

The language of Japanese has a lot of cool words.

But probably my favorite is Kuidaore, a term that translates to eating oneself into bankruptcy.

In my opinion, the term doesn’t have to do with the fact that Japanese food is a bit on the pricey side, but it’s rather a metric of the abundance of food and how food is such an important part of social life and culture in Osaka (also check out my Tokyo food guide here).

While I hope you don’t spend your entire bank account on food when you’re in Osaka (although that wouldn’t be a bad idea), I do hope you come very close to accomplishing this Osaka tradition, and I hope this Osaka food guide gives you some great ideas about all the delicious food available, and restaurants to try them at.

Enjoy the food, and if you have any questions about visiting Osaka, or any other food tips or restaurant suggestions, I would love to hear from you.

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  • jelaine dy

    2 weeks ago

    heading to Osaka in a couple of weeks, hope that we would be able to try your fantastic recommendations. My mouth was already watering just reading your blog 🙂 thanks!

    • Mark Wiens

      2 weeks ago

      Hey Jelaine, that’s great news. Hope you have a great trip and enjoy the food!

  • Charlie Holt

    3 weeks ago

    Mainly from your Videos , in which I am totally addicted to, my wife and I are planning a pilgramige to Japan , Tokyo , Osaka , Kobe and lastly Kyoto …thank you so much for the time and effort that you impart in both your Videos and Travel Guides Mahalo and Aloha from Bavaria

  • Ran

    4 weeks ago

    Did you seriously recommend a chain ramen restaurant from Fukuoka as an example of Osaka cuisine? It has Hakata in the name, the old name for central Fukuoka.

  • John Marlon.

    1 month ago

    Used to teach there in the 90’s. Kiki was popular back then. Although they ere in a nearly impossible location to find. The owner was friendly in those days as well. Good to know they are still in business.

  • Susan

    1 month ago

    Ready to eat in Osaka but clueless as to where to go. Yelp and Trip Advisor hasn’t been very helpful. Help!!! I am currently in Ikeda, Osaka. Just went to the Momofuku Andover Instant Ramen Museum. Not sure where to go now!

  • Priscilla

    2 months ago

    Hi Mark! Just wanted to let you know that my husband and I found your food blogs and vlogs about osaka food really helpful for our recent trip! We tried most of your recommendations and honestly – the food was incredible! Our favourites were Harukoma (such a great price for awesome sushi!!) and the tuna man at kuramon markets. We actually first found your site whilst looking for places to eat in Taipei last year on our honeymoon – and we also tried most of your recommendations then too! You’re basically our yearly holiday routine to get advice on amazing food now. Thanks so much for this site! Your commendations and your vlogs are awesome.

    • Mark Wiens

      2 months ago

      Hi Priscilla, awesome to hear from you, and glad you and your husband had a great trip and enjoyed the food in Osaka. Thank you!

  • Tes

    3 months ago

    fyi

  • Apolo

    3 months ago

    I’d like to visit these places

  • Marc lee

    4 months ago

    I love ur blog and ur videos mate, lov ur reactions

  • Tiago

    4 months ago

    The food has a realy good aspect.
    Nice travels.

  • Jeff

    5 months ago

    Loved your suggestions. I lived in Osaka many years ago and I think you did justice to the food scene there. A suggestion, Japan has its own style of Chinese food, Japanese style. I can’t remember the term in Japanese anymore but it’s something you might explore if you are interested. Saw you on Zimmerin Bangkok show and was sold on your food opinion.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 months ago

      Hey Jeff, thank you very much, and I appreciate your recommendation. Would love to spend more time in Japan!

  • Justin

    5 months ago

    You’re awesome! The reviews and vlogs are exceptional and very entertaining.

    • Mark Wiens

      5 months ago

      Thank you very much Justin, glad this is helpful.

  • Faylinn

    5 months ago

    One of my favorite Japanese foods to eat sushi, but I’m not the biggest fan of the nigiri style. Personally, I only like nigiri sushi when it has unagi, which is eel, or shrimp on it. Other than that, I mainly like to eat the type that come in the roll form. However, I especially love sushi rolls when they are made with tempura.

  • Benjamin

    5 months ago

    Hi Mark!

    I recently found your blog and videos channel while watching your Singapore food vlogs. The food looks so delicious; I’ve subscribed by the way.

    I can’t believe you haven’t been to Vancouver yet considering Bangkok to Vancouver is only a 9 hours flight relative to Hawaii. When you do come, please send me a brief email as I’d love to show you around Vancouver and show you where all the best food places it (I may be out of town however 😉 enjoy travelling and eating as well.)

    Anyways, hope to hear from you soon. (Please do contact me if you wish to visit Vancouver, I’d like to show you around the best food places in Vancouver)

  • Michaela Maestas

    6 months ago

    Hi, All your blogs and videos are always outstanding, I share them on Facebook all the time. Thanks . We learn so much .
    Great work. – Michaela and Ernesto Maestas , ABQ, New Mexico 87104

  • Stephen Ngo

    6 months ago

    OMG, thank u so much. I’ll be in Osaka for a week starting Tuesday, I’m
    Going to start with the homegrown favorites like takoyaki and okinomiyaki. After reading your remarks about Kobe beef my mouth is watering. Thank u for the recommendations and directions. I hope to gain 10 kilos!

  • Tine Priisholm

    6 months ago

    Wonderful blog post! Just what I was looking for – pictures, prices, addresses, and everything you need! 🙂
    Thanks a bunch!

  • Toro

    6 months ago

    Hey Mark
    Love your vlogs!
    When you gonna visit hk?!

  • adinda

    6 months ago

    Hi Mark! your experience is very inspiring! and i enjoy all of your writing and you youtube videos!

  • charlotte

    6 months ago

    I’m in Osaka right now and this post saves me so much searching time. Going out to hunt for that tuna belly! Thanks for the best food blog ever!

  • Michelle

    7 months ago

    Hi Mark Wiens,
    I have watched all your videos about Japan. They were all very detailed and helpful. Thank you so much! However, I just wonder that if you want to go to a place, how do you know what trains or buses or subway stations, etc…that you have to take to get there? Did you use any apps or tools to find out?

  • Missy

    8 months ago

    Hi Mark,
    I loved your page and also your video of your 14 days trip to Osaka. This will help me and my husband for our trip to Osaka next week. We will be staying there for 12 days so we are really excited to try their food. I hope someday you can visit our country, Philippines and also try our local foods here, Im sure you’re gonna love it as well. Thanks!

    **I also subscribed to your channel, and loved all your videos. Specially your reaction everytime you taste the food, it’s like the taste is so heavenly and it sometimes makes me hungry by just watching you eat. Haha.. Keep it up!

  • ella

    8 months ago

    Oh Wow Mark, thoroughly enjoyed reading your Osaka food journey, it brought back so many scrumptious memories for me, thank you! I was there for 4 years and most of my days were spent trying out different eateries. All my Japanese girlfriends said that it’s the national past time (along with shopping). There was a really tiny hole in the wall shop at the basement of Daimaru in Kobe that did the best Maguro-toro with negi (shallots) and sesame dressing…. it was cheap and generous and best of all delish! did you happen to come across this one by any chance?

    • Mark Wiens

      8 months ago

      Hey Ella, great to hear from you, glad this brings back some delicious memories of eating in Osaka. Hmm, that sounds really good, but I don’t think I came across it. Makes me want to go back immediately to Japan for some more food!

  • KingK

    8 months ago

    Hey Mark,

    Love your stuff. I was wondering do you have a Google Map showing all of your places you visited and/or ate. Something similar to the Tokyo Google Map which is an excellent resource!!

    Thanks,

    KingK

  • Paulina Stock

    9 months ago

    I’m actually in Osaka now thanx to yr blog i know where to go and where to eat and yes I have the same reaction as you when having the first bite lol
    Thank you for the great work Mark
    Me and my husband really enjoy watching your you tube channel
    Don’t ever stop!

  • Weiyi

    9 months ago

    My Wife and I spent the last few days in Osaka eating what was probably the best meals of our lives thanks to your blog post. Many thanks and great work!

    • Mark Wiens

      9 months ago

      Hi Weiyi, that’s awesome to hear, glad you had such a great trip!

  • tahra hamilton

    9 months ago

    Mark God Bless you!! you make my days very interesting and you always leave me hungry!! Keep up the good work this was great I watched every episode while you were in osaka! Much love and success to you!!

  • Michael Chen

    10 months ago

    Hi Mark
    Me and a group of friends have decided to go Japan and were confused with transportation and im curious of what you did. We are deciding whether or not to purchase a railways pass or not but we are not sure if it is worth it. So i was wondering how much did transportation cost for you in this trip. Also was it hard getting over the language barrier. Thanks for the videos and this blog 😀

    • Mark Wiens

      10 months ago

      Hi Michael, good to hear from you. I didn’t buy a train pass, because I only took short train rides from Osaka to Kyoto and Kobe, but didn’t go further than that. If you plan to do more extensive long distance travel pretty quickly, I think it may be a good idea to buy a pass. For language, it’s not too hard as long as you’re not in a rush and have time to look at the signs thoroughly – there will usually be English signs if you look. Hope you have an amazing trip!

  • Ronnie

    10 months ago

    Greetings to you from Toronto.
    Its been great spending all this time following you and Ying to Tokyo/Osaka/Kyoto with all your fantastic informative insights. No question you are a lover of food in all its many, many forms. My wife and i have to turn away from watching you and take a time out because you make us salivate so much. Its just too much to bear for the hunger. We have to wait till beginning of May when we will be in Japan for a 14 day eating bonanza. Byeee for now.

    • Mark Wiens

      10 months ago

      Hey Ronnie, great to hear from you, awesome that you’ll be going to Japan soon!

  • Rienk

    11 months ago

    Traveling to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka next month. Thanks for the food bucket list.

    • Mark Wiens

      11 months ago

      Hey Rienk, awesome to hear that, hope you have an amazing trip!

  • Jonathan

    11 months ago

    Thanks for the tips Mark! I recently took a trip to Osaka and tried Tokisushi near Kuromon Ichiba market based on your recommendation. Needless to say, it was delicious!

    • Mark Wiens

      11 months ago

      Hey Jonathan, you’re welcome, glad it was helpful!

  • Catherina Brandenburger Ko

    12 months ago

    We are planning a trip to Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe.
    My husband and I are both chef de cuisine, living in Luxembourg, Europe. Just border to France!

    We have a little sampling of Japan last September, for 4 days only but simple fall in love to Japan. We have been to the Tuna auction in Tsukuji fish market. 10000 yen of taxi ride plus got up at 2:30 am are totally worth it. My 10 years daughter choose this over Disney Tokyo….My girl Aiko want to visit visit the Wasabi farm but later we found that Osaka region is also full of culinary adventure, so we are planning to do that this year.

    Anyway, notice that you are into cooking? Eating! We know that we can count on your food guide! You are such a blessed people live in Thailand which it has the probably the most interesting cuisine.

    Thanks for your blog, review and suggestion….and your Eating!

    Cat in lux

  • loic drezet

    12 months ago

    Hello Mark,

    Thank you very much for this superb and detail blog. I’m going with my wife in March to Osaka and a bit of saliva fell on the computer while reading your blog!! Just one question, do you think that a Ramen broth can be vegetarian or not? Do you have this option when you order on the machine? thank you for your answer!

  • Benjamin

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark! I’ll be going Kyoto, Osaka and Wakayama this April and without a doubt I’ll be following your food guide! by the way, where is the juicy fried chicken location?

  • Tristan

    1 year ago

    Will be in Osaka mid February. Will bookmark this blog and use it as a guide. More power to you Mark! Keep those blogs coming! 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you Tristan, hope you have a great upcoming trip to Osaka!

  • Tyler Magl’s

    1 year ago

    Mark, Keep up the good work I’ve spent that last 2 hours watching your Burma/ Japan movie! rad brother!

  • Cody

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark. I love foods so much, and I have watched many of your videos. I’m appreciated for your hard work and effort. Not sure if you are a big fan of Chinese foods, you should go visit Guangzhou, China. Different varieties of the delicious foods, dim sum (most famous in the world), street foods, attractions around and inside the city, and lots of shopping centers would definitely make it a worth place for visiting.

    Born in Suzhou, China
    Live in Hangzhou, China
    Eat in Guangzhou, China
    Die in Liuzhou, China

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Cody, thank you very much for your support. I’m a huge fan of Chinese food as well. I’m hoping to spend some time in China in the future!

  • Yuletak

    1 year ago

    Going to Osaka in late Jan 2016. I’m familiar with Tokyo but not Osaka and Western Japan. My wife loves to watch your Youtube blogs, especially the looks of food orgasms. : P
    Thanks for the list! Now I know where some of the known good places are.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you very much Yuletak, hope you have a great upcoming trip to Osaka!

  • Violet Lavender

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark! I’m planning my trip to Japan and was googling for must-eats in Osaka and came upon your amazing post!! It’s so comprehensive and colourful all the photos. Thank you for writing all the tips; you’ve now convinced me to visit Osaka longer than I planned. I had no idea it was such a foodie city!! 🙂 Happy Eating! ^^ Cheers, Violet

  • jason lim

    1 year ago

    i watched all your video from osaka , kyoto , kobe its very enjoy your video . good job well done

  • Tika Dewi

    1 year ago

    We literally just booked our trip to Osaka because of you!
    We will be in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Kobe during Christmas and New Years period, super excited!
    Your blog and youtube videos are both my food bible!

    Thanks Mark and keep up the good work!

    P.s If you ever visit Bali, I’ll wrote you some local street food recommendations.

  • Stacy Horton

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark

    After following your blog and youtube channel for the last few months in the lead up to our Japan holiday, today was finally the day my wife and I embarked on our “Mark Wiens Recommended Day” in the Osaka region.
    First up was yakiniku lunch at La Shomon in Kobe which was amazing! The staff were very happy when we told them we’d come from Osaka specifically to eat at their restaurant and we showed them their own photo in your blog (https://migrationology.smugmug.com/Japan-2015/i-rG6DM5N/0/X3/kobe-beef-japan-1-X3.jpg).
    After a train ride and a few hours walking around Himeji Castle (so many stairs), we headed back on the Shinkansen and metro to Shinsaibashi to hunt down Ikkaku. We ordered the same things as you except only young chicken and we were not disappointed. I am a huge fan of chicken in all it’s forms but this was just perfection. After finishing all the plates, even though I was feeling full I had to order another piece of young chicken or I knew I would later regret not doing so.
    We have another few days left in Osaka before we head to the Gifu region and we’ll be trying to visit both Harukoma Sushi and Chayamamchi Maguroya since we’re both huge sushi/sashimi fans. When we get back to Tokyo we have a few more of your recommendations to visit as well.

    Thanks for maintaining your blog, it’s such a great source of information for those of us who, like yourself, feel that food is the best reason to travel!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Stacy, so cool, thank you very much for sharing, and I’m so happy you enjoyed the food. Thinking about that beef and that chicken have my mouth watering right now. Have a great remaining time in Osaka, and enjoy that sushi for me!

  • Sharon

    1 year ago

    Awesome guide!! Thank you!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Sharon, you’re welcome, glad it’s helpful.

  • Sangeet Pradhan

    1 year ago

    Love your Channel Man!! Good to know there are Food Lovers like you 🙂 . You Rouse To great Heights with your passion 🙂 !! Cheers Mate!!

  • Vivien

    1 year ago

    I had an incredible dinner at Harukoma last year and I’m glad you featured it in your blog. The wait was long but it was so worth it. I had one of the sushi set and the egg omelette sushi (tamagoyaki) was superb! I found that Osaka food generally has a richer taste than food in Kyoto and Tokyo, which suited me more. I’ll be sure to check out some of the places you’ve suggested in my next trip to Japan.

  • Travis L

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark! I watched all of your Japan-related Youtube videos in preparation for my trip. The videos are so helpful and entertaining. You have a knack for choosing the best words to describe food. Thank you for making and posting the videos.

  • Ceren

    1 year ago

    Hello Mark! Love your blog, very informative and I adore your visuals 🙂 We recently launched the world’s first online platform called visit.org, where you can book tours and activities with nonprofits, and at the moment we are giving away our cookbook with recipes from nonprofits for free to everyone who signs up here http://bit.ly/1WESVQ1 ! We would be honored if you could check our recipes! 🙂 Thanks!

  • maja knezevic

    1 year ago

    Thanks for delicious recepes and presentation..Are there reasonable priced Kobe beef restaurants in Bangkok?

  • Marg Mitchell

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark
    great info OSAKA food scene looks fantastic. We are traveling from Australia to Japan next year for the first time but my vegetarian food loving husband is starting to freak out with all these pictures of sushi….whats the menu for vegos?

  • Mar

    1 year ago

    Great list and can’t wait to try the food – going to print this list out to check off during my trip. Heading to Osaka from November 30th to December 4th! #foodexcursion

  • Steven

    1 year ago

    I’m moving to Osaka next week and cannot wait to get through this whole list. Thanks so much, lots of great ideas for eating out already 🙂

  • Wilard Monserrate

    1 year ago

    Yummy..:) Its my favorite foods..thanks for share great information on Japanese foods..Many of times I go to japan..i love the country, people and food also! one’s again in Japanese (どうもありがとうございます)

  • Shirley

    1 year ago

    I will be heading to Japan for the first time and a foodie like me has hooked up to your blog and videos..! Thanks to your work I have clearer picture what to anticipate..Awesome work! Japan here I come!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Shirley, great to hear you’ll be visiting Osaka soon. Glad this guide will help. Hope you have an amazing trip and enjoy all the delicious food.

  • Abhilasha Trivedi

    1 year ago

    Wow! The mouth-watering dishes are just amazing! All thanks to your great and informative post that whoever plans to visit Japan will know very well about the multiple dishes that one can try. Wonderful photographs are like icing on the cake!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you very much Abhilasha, really appreciate it.

  • Adam

    1 year ago

    I am freaking starving now – thanks, good to know that Osaka is more than sushi and rice!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Adam, thank you for reading, glad this post made you hungry!

  • Toro

    1 year ago

    hi Mark,
    You should change Sanshu Udon to Sanshyu Udon. Sanshu means 3 kinds, and Sanshyu is romantic ways to call Kagawa prefecture. Kagawa’s other nick name is Udon prefecture.
    Also Koga Ryu should be Kouga. Koga is usually family name and Kouga is the area that known by home town of ninja.
    Izakaya at Namba is Shimotaya.
    http://r.gnavi.co.jp/k507241/lang/en/

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Toro, thank you very much for your useful input. Ok, I will get that changed now. Appreciate the help!

  • Yuri

    1 year ago

    What a fantastic review! Thank you so much for sharing your experience in Osaka. You visited good restaurants which I would like to share to my foodie friends. I promote Japanese food culture here in Australia, run Washoku lovers community, and I’m from OSAKA:) So glad you love my home country! Thanks again:))

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Yuri, great to hear from you, thank you very much. What part of Japan are you from? Do you go back to visit often?

  • Michael Leahy

    1 year ago

    Thanks Maks for such a wonderful blog, your photographs almost bring the food alive. I recently spent a week touring the Kansai area with Osaka as my accommodation centre. You make it all look so simple……..
    For more “wonderful sources of information” may I suggest that people also watch your YouTube video
    – Best Sushi So Far and a Quick Visit to Nara……. ((PS… the Isuien Garden was worth the 900Y fee, perhaps next time?))
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBS7j4X49Ng

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Michael, thank you very much, really appreciate it. Glad you just spent some time in the Kansai region as well – such an amazing place. Thank you for the tips, next time I’ll definitely go into the garden!

  • adelin

    1 year ago

    very nice and helpful blog and vlogs, after viewing so much on your youtube channel that has certainly sparked the idea to book a flight to osaka in 3 more weeks! as this is my first trip there i am very curious to taste what actual ramen or rather in general all kinds of the food in japan, as i am a regular fan of keisuke tonkotsu king in singapore. 😀 thank you

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Adelin, good to hear from you, and happy to hear you’ll be taking a trip to Osaka soon. Hope you have an excellent trip and enjoy the food!

  • elliejohns

    1 year ago

    Great article mark! I’ll checkout all of your recommendation

  • Aaron Jade

    1 year ago

    An EPIC food guide blog Mark. Amazing pics. Also I love your videos, we make a ritual of sitting down and watching them as soon as they come out. Keep up the great work

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Aaron, great to hear from you, thank you very much.

  • Edward Chin

    1 year ago

    This blog and video is very useful when planing a trip to japan, the yakiniku and the kobe beef looks so delicious. is there any other kind of beef that you could introduce to us? i’ve heard that japan have other even better beef than kobe beef! i really enjoy watching all the videos, thanks for giving out budget information for the travelers 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Edward, thank you very much and glad to hear this Osaka food guide is useful. Yes, I’ve also heard about the other wondrous kinds of Japanese beef available. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to try them yet, but on my next trip to Japan, that will be my goal! Thank you for your support.

  • Gwen

    1 year ago

    I love your latest videos on Osaka! You should host your own travel show! Your passion for food is infectious!

  • Yoshi

    1 year ago

    Everything looks wonderful! I’m from Osaka living in LA. Next time I go back I want to go to all the places you went! Great job Mark!

  • Amaresh Hazare

    1 year ago

    Just all is a big WOW!!! love it all…amazing 🙂

  • Darshan Kapadia

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark, I am really a big fan of you. I am going to visit Japan next month for two weeks and specially Osaka for 3 days. I am really excited about my trip now and I want to some food what you listed here.

    Thanks Mark…

  • CK

    1 year ago

    Thanks for this awesome post Mark! I’m heading to Japan next month from Australia and this will be a great guide 🙂

    We’re landing in Tokyo and will slowly make our way to Kyoto and Osaka! Can’t wait to eat!!!!

  • Nat

    1 year ago

    Always love to see your youtube VDOs!

  • Izy Berry

    1 year ago

    Amazing post !!! everything looks incredible omg i really love sushi

  • Aqheel

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,
    It’s such a wonderful experience to read your blog and watch the videos , it inspires me to travel for food.
    But how do you manage to be so fit after eating . You look so fit in the videos.

    Thanks,
    Aqheel

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Aqheel, good to hear from you, and I’m glad you love to travel and eat as well. A for staying fit, I try to stay away from sweets, most drinks other than water and coffee, and also mostly packaged / processed foods. Other than that, I also love to exercise and keep active, and also probably a bit just runs in my family.

      Thank you again for your support!

  • Luigi

    1 year ago

    And further to my previous comment, I found a website describing the izakaya where you went for your last bite in Osaka:
    https://www.kansaiscene.com/2015/08/foodspotting-13/

    Apparently it’s very good!
    Take care!

  • Ahmed

    1 year ago

    This is one of the best place you have been to & I’m full after dinner but my mouth is watering after today’s video.
    Keep up the great work mark ☺watching your upload is a highlight of my evening’s.

  • Luigi

    1 year ago

    Mark, thanks for the blog and videos. They’ll be very helpful for our upcoming trip! By the way, as far as I can tell, the name of the izakaya you went last in Osaka in Doguyasuji is Shimotaya. I hope this helps!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Luigi, great to hear from you, and thank you very much for the information about the last Izakaya restaurant, really appreciate that, and I will update the guide. We had no idea where we were going on that last night, and most of the izakaya’s were all full at that time because it was right around 7 pm when we went… luckily that place had 3 empty seats and we jumped on them. It was fantastic. Again, thank you for the helpful information.

  • Just some guy

    1 year ago

    Really well written and entertaining read, Mark. Just wanted to say, as a stressed college student, watching your daily vlogs are always a highlight of my day. It’s almost like I’m travelling the world with you. Now, that you’ve conquered Japan, where are you headed to next?

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Really cool to hear from you, and thank you for watching our videos and reading the blog. Not sure yet, but I’d like to go to Indonesia soon.

  • osamu

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark!
    Thank you for introducing Japanese food.
    Please put soy sauce on a natto roll and negitoro.
    It is more delicious if I you attach soy sauce

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Osamu, thank you very much, and thank you for the tips as well. Ok, will do for next time for sure!

  • keiko

    1 year ago

    sorry
    the link was wrong

    ※ http://golden-zipangu.jp/japan-foods/

    • keiko

      1 year ago

      sorry again
      Although I tried to upload the link
      even doing many times
      couldnt indicate correctly.
      so forget it. thank’s.

  • keiko

    1 year ago

    In addition to above
    although the explanation is in Japanese, you can emagine regional foods from those pics.

    ※ http://golden-zipangu.jp/japan-foods/

    and we have not only regional foods but also many kinds of Japanese traditional sweets
    and sake, ume-syu (Japanese plum wine), sake shochu which is clear liquor distilled spirits from sweet potatoes, rice, buckwheat, etc. or onsen all over Japan.

  • keiko

    1 year ago

    Hi! Mark.

    Thank’s for introducing lots of Japanese cuisine.
    I’m from Osaka, so glad you came and tried many good foods there.
    When you eat takoyaki in Osaka next time, please ask if they have tako-sen,
    wihich is cheap snack for kids or students who don’t have enough money.
    it looks similar a Mexican taco and convenient daily snack for ordinary people in Osaka.
    like a hot dog or taco.
    ※please take a look at tako-sen

    https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=tako-sen&hl=ja&tbm=isch&imgil=ZZd3DKXfOoyMyM%253A%253B4beWs2mlxa7aDM%253Bhttps%25253A%25252F%25252Fumi2tsukuba.wordpress.com%25252F2008%25252F06%25252F17%25252Fkaroushi%25252Fcimg2485%25252F&source=iu&pf=m&fir=ZZd3DKXfOoyMyM%253A%252C4beWs2mlxa7aDM%252C_&biw=1280&bih=611&usg=__jqF5nZ-WyPMuteWXyNjt44L-tkQ%3D&ved=0CF4QyjdqFQoTCIzzm-aOqsgCFcKYlAodcdEKYw&ei=wckRVsyOB8Kx0gTxoquYBg#imgrc=ZZd3DKXfOoyMyM%3A&usg=__jqF5nZ-WyPMuteWXyNjt44L-tkQ%3D

    also I reccomend you to try monja at Tsukishima area
    which is near Tsukiji fish market in down town Tokyo.
    Tsukishima is a famous area of lots of monja restaurants on the streets.
    I know it doesn’t look good,but so tasty.
    I’m sure you ‘d love it.
     
    ※monja

    https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=%E3%82%82%E3%82%93%E3%81%98%E3%82%83&hl=ja&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAmoVChMIxp_M6JKqyAIVCpCUCh0rCANM&biw=1280&bih=611

    you might know we have a big diffrent taste of food between Osaka and Tokyo, or east and west of Japan.
    especially, soup broth of udon or soba and tamago-yaki which is kinda Japanese square formed omlet.
    please find out when you try them next time.

    ※tamago-yaki

    https://www.google.co.jp/search?q=%E3%82%82%E3%82%93%E3%81%98%E3%82%83&hl=ja&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0CAkQ_AUoAmoVChMIxp_M6JKqyAIVCpCUCh0rCANM&biw=1280&bih=611

    At the end, we have not only ramen or sushi but also
    more different kinda Japanese regional cuisine all over Japan
    from north to south.
    when you have opportunities to visit there, please try some of them or more.
    ※Japanese regional cuisine

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_regional_cuisine.

    thenk’s for reading long comments.
    I hope you enjoy your travel and foods as much as you could
    to introduce for foreign tourists of Japan.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Keiko,

      Thank you very much for the kind and thoughtful message, and for sharing all the extra things to eat. I still have so much to come back to Japan for to eat!

      Next time I visit Japan I’d really love to visit some other regions and explore the local food, and especially get out of the main cities and be more in the countryside.

      Thank you again for all your help!

  • nui acain

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark, video and foods look so insanely good. I enjoy and thank you so much.

  • Daniel

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,

    great as always. Tomorrow my wife and me will fly to Japan. Yakushima and Tokyo. Yoshihashi is on the list! We would never know this place without you so thank you very much.
    A few lines down, you wrote that you like to visit Germany sometimes. From my side it would be very cool if you and your wife want to stay in our house for a few days. Of course for free. We live near Frankfurt. You can go there directly by train. So if you plan something around Frankfurt and want to safe the money for the hotel let me know 😉 You got my Email now. Please keep up doing what you do. We love to watch.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Daniel, good to hear from you, and glad you’ll be going to Japan soon. Thank you very much for the invitation to Germany and to stay at your place, really appreciate it. Will definitely remember if we make it to Germany. Have a great time in Japan, and greetings to your wife.

  • Rebecca

    1 year ago

    Japan has so many awesome things going for it, but the food is definitely my highlight!!

  • Sonia

    1 year ago

    Dear Mark,

    Thank you very much for all those wonderful post you are sharing. your fun from the Philippines

  • Bryan Herrarte

    1 year ago

    Hola Mark and ying

    I wonna talk about that restaurant that had fried stuff on sticks..
    I really think that pieces of breaded chicken breast would of been
    Perfect whit all of those delisious fried goodys. I didint understand
    Why not the double dip Buddy :/ it was yours and ying’s right?

    Num 1 fan

    รัก-สา-สุก-ขะ-พาบ-ด้วย-คะ

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Bryan, Great to hear from you, thank you very much for your support, Ying and I appreciate it. As for the sticks, I believe it’s because the sauce is communal and shared between many people. But they also had cabbage on the side that you could dip into the sauce to get more sauce and then add it to your skewer. Thank you again!

  • Lawrence

    1 year ago

    Hello Mark,

    I came across your blog series as we are Taiwanese and the videos you produced during your stay was excellent. Homesick!

    This is one of the best food blog post I have ever seen.

    Keep up the great work. Hopefully one day, you could arrange a trip to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Great foodies here as well.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Lawrence, nice to meet you, and thank you very much for reading my blog. My sister went to University in Vancouver and I went to visit her once, about 12 years ago now, and I loved it. I would love to go back again, the mix of food available in Vancouver amazing. Thank you again for your support.

  • mandy

    1 year ago

    Love all the photos and videos you made on Osaka and Tokyo. Some of these food places recommendation, especially the diners, really help me in planning my November trip to Osaka and Kyoto! We’ll definitely check out the takoyaki places and the diners you visited!

    -Best regards from California

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Mandy, thank you for the comment, and glad this food guide is helpful for planning your upcoming trip to Japan. Hope you have a great trip!

  • Sophie

    1 year ago

    The photography is amazing and this blogpost was so informative! Need to go to Japan someday

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you very much Sophie, really appreciate it.

  • marie

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark, I am a avid follower of your articles and youtube. You’ve been such a inspiration for foods to try when i’m in Japan (i’m there next week for 3 weeks!!) I wanted to do a food tour but they were to expensive so a friend of mine suggested I make a list of foods and go out and find them during my trip..so without you the list would be quite short. Thank you!!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Marie, thank you for the comment and really appreciate your support on the blog and watching our videos. Glad you’re in Japan now, enjoy the food!

  • Irwin

    1 year ago

    Mark your videos just make my whole family drool and you know my son likes you so much , he is 10 years old and makes the Mark food orgasmic expression. Hope you and Ying makes some kids to carry on the great work you do. Best of luck

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Irwin, haha, thank you very much, and so cool to hear about your son. We’re hoping to have some kids in the future, I hope. Greetings to your whole family, and thank you all for watching our videos.

  • Lyle

    1 year ago

    Thanks so much for all the helpful info and videos !! Really enjoyed them. We gonna be in Osaka and Tokyo in 4 weeks , really excited to try all these food!!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      You’re welcome Lyle, thank you for watching and following. Have a great trip to Osaka!

  • J

    1 year ago

    Thank you for such a fantastic post! I have been watching each one of your Osaka videos. I can’t wait until I go to Osaka myself! Is there anywhere in particular you’d suggest? 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi J, good to hear from you, thank you for watching our videos. Osaka in general is a really nice city, but a good area to base yourself, for transportation / food / entertainment is around Umeda or around Namba. Thanks!

  • Emilie

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark! I love watching all your videos! Especially the ones about japan. My friend and I are leaving for japan in November, so we’ll make sure to stop at some of your recommendations. The kobe beef on top of our list ;D. Thanks for the blog.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Emilie, thank you very much, and that’s great news you’ll be going to Japan soon. Hope you have a great upcoming trip, and thank you for watching our videos.

  • Koopy Kupe

    1 year ago

    Great blog post! I hope to travel to Japan one day and experience all of the delicious food that you had. Keep up the great blog posts, they are much appreciated. Safe travels and God bless you and Ying!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Koopy, thank you very much, really appreciate it!

  • Chanthi Sreng

    1 year ago

    I love watching your YouTube videos! Those are all the foods that I love eating. My girlfriend laughs when I make the orgasmic expressions when I enjoy my meal. Also I have a man crush for you.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Haha, thank you very much Chanthi, and so glad you can’t resist the delicious faces!

  • Yuan

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark!

    I love watching your videos! I’m traveling to Japan with my boyfriend in the winter, and we’re definitely using your videos and your blog posts as a guide 🙂 Thanks for creating such awesome material!

    Yuan

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Yuan, nice to meet you, and thank you very much for watching our videos. Good news that you’ll be visiting Japan soon as well. Hope you have an amazing upcoming trip!

  • Timmy

    1 year ago

    Always been watching your vids, love your pictures. The pictures looks amazing mark. Surprised you have time to take pictures and capture your moments via video. ! btw, how easy is it to communicate in english in japan? i want to go Osaka one day.. and vist the castle…as well as the tuna place you went to in the market. Your one of the peeps which gives a true representation how places look like how locals eat as well as reviewing delicious and reasonably priced food. keep up the good work mark!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Timmy, thank you very much for your kind and encouraging words. As for communication, sometimes it definitely can be challenging, but I think the main thing to do is just go for it, and just take your time figuring things out slowly, and also be very flexible. Sometimes I had no idea what I was ordering at restaurants, but it always turned out good in the end. In Japan most of the signs are Romanized, so you can usually find signs to the place you need to go. You will be fine when you go!

  • Lynn

    1 year ago

    Wow! Everything looks so good! Can’t wait to eat all that great food, we leave for Japan next Wed!

  • G

    1 year ago

    IS there a video on harukoma?

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey G, it’s still coming, will be on Day 12 of the Osaka videos.

  • Emanuel

    1 year ago

    Hi, Mark ! Awesome food ! I love the passion that you have in what you do ! Keep up the good work !

  • Cristina &Vo Tran

    1 year ago

    My husband and I love your video and vlogs! You have such an honesty to your reaction to everything you eat, keep up the awesome work!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Nice to meet you Cristina & Vo,thank you very much for following, really appreciate it.

  • Ellis

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark, the timing of your videos could not be any better as I’m making the trip to Japan tomorrow and will be in Osaka next weekend! I look forward to trying all these places but most of all La Shomon!! keep up the good work and I hope it’s easy to make a reservation for that heavenly beef 😀

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Ellis, thank you very much, and so cool to hear you’re going to Japan tomorrow. Hope you have an amazing trip and enjoy all the food!

  • Julia

    1 year ago

    Thanks you for sharing the amazing food in Japan. I enjoyed your vlogs and blog. :):):) But Mark, is it possible if you can do a video or post a blog, if not a reply regarding how are you able to plan your whole trip in Japan on a tight budget? I am a college student and really want to visit Japan. What would you recommend? Thanks you. 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Julia, that’s a great question, and I will try to write a few more posts regarding this. Definitely Japan is not the cheapest place, but I think food and attractions can be affordable, and so the main expenses are accommodation and transportation. Will write more soon. Thanks!

  • Viettiep Phan

    1 year ago

    Look naturally gorgeous. The food is extremely fresh but the price is so high.
    I can’t go to Japan now but I enjoyed this amazing food from your video. Thank you. |(From Viet Nam)

  • Morris

    1 year ago

    Next summer, I planned to visit Japan for two weeks, with about 5 days in Osaka. Initially I thought that it might be too long to stay almost a week in Osaka, but after seeing all this delicious food available, I’m starting to think 5 days won’t be enough! THANK YOU MARK for this very informative and interesting read.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Morris, if you enjoy eating, you’ll be able to keep yourself very busy and happy for the full 5 days in Osaka. Hope you have an amazing trip!

  • Mike Autry

    1 year ago

    Mark,
    I am a long time viewer of your YouTube channel and this is my first post. Like many of your viewers, I long to travel and experience all that the cultures and countries I travel to have to offer. You have allowed me to live vicariously throughout your travels and have given me countless hours of enjoyment. Your Osaka trip was no different! I wish you all the foodie joy that this world has to offer! Safe journeys!
    -Mike

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Mike, thanks for stopping by and for watching our videos for so long. Glad you enjoy traveling, learning about other cultures, and food as well. Thank you for all your support!

  • mal gennis

    1 year ago

    nice food

  • Chizuru

    1 year ago

    Hello! Thank you very much for coming to Japan
    Please come again
    from Japan

  • Victoria@ The British Berliner

    1 year ago

    Absolutely marvellous! It’s almost 23:00 in Europe and even though I had a hearty dinner I began to crave some Japanese titbits. And you’re so right about travelling to a destination just because of the food.

    Last year, I took my husband and son to Thailand, Inodnesia & Korea, and all our son could think of was having “real” sushi. And so we did! He’s very into Japanese culture at the moment and ihas been learning a bit of Japanese LOL!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Victoria, thank you, and glad we share the same view that it’s worth traveling for the food. Also, cool to hear your son enjoys sushi, fantastic!

  • Ghazali

    1 year ago

    Dear Mark;

    Sawadeekap !!!

    Thank you very much for a GREAT INFORMATIVE about Food in OSAKA. You also have a GREAT PICTURES !!!

    Looking at your pictures, make my saliva drooling !!!

    Mark;

    Since I am a Muslim, I don’t eat pork. As for beef and chicken only the ones that being slaughtered accordingly I can eat. So my question is:

    1) I really like Oden … but I am not quite sure what type of soup based they are using. With my limited vocabulary , it seems that the Oden is meatfree based … do you know what are the ingredients for the soup based?

    Thank you !!!!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Ghazali, nice to hear from you, glad you enjoyed this food guide. For oden, I’m not fully sure, and it could vary, but I think it’s typically dry fish stock, but not meat. However, like in the one pictured, they did have beef skewers cooking in the broth. I didn’t do too much research when I was in Osaka, but I believe there are many Halal restaurants. Are you able to eat most seafood?

      Hope this helps, and hope you’re able to visit Osaka in the future.

  • Viola

    1 year ago

    I watched all your Osaka videos and it makes me want to go there myself so so badly.
    Japanese cuisine is well-known of its quality, everyone knows about that and say the same about it. Often hear people saying, just walk into any random restaurant/cafe in Japan, it will be good. Hard to find something that taste bad.

    But to be honest, yes, the price is what stopping me. I know it is going to be worth it but then, still have to save more and perhaps one day go on impulse, like you!

    Thank you for bringing us around Osaka (virtually), I hope one day it’s my turn to come.

    Continue to great work! Cheers from Singapore.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Viola, great to hear from you, thank you very much for watching. I understand about the price. I had wanted to visit Japan for many years before going for the first time as well, and it was largely because I had to save up before going. However, even though it can be expensive, I think there are really some great deals on food, and also for accommodation we rented an Airbnb apartment for 4 of us, and it cost $80 per night – so that’s pretty good for 4 people. And also, I think if you try to visit many cities in Japan quickly, that’s when things get really expensive, but if you choose to just stay around the Osaka area, it’s much more affordable. Hope this helps, and hope you can visit Japan in the future.

      • Gareth

        1 year ago

        Hi Mark,

        Love your work but must draw the line at RAW chicken!! If you ate that in Wales you’d be on the toilet for a week! Anyway keep up the good work. I’m visiting Thailand in November. If I spot a good eatery I’ll let you know
        Regards
        Gareth

        • Mark Wiens

          1 year ago

          Hey Gareth, thank you very much, haha, no raw chicken for me in Wales! Have a good upcoming trip to Thailand, thanks!

  • IZUMI

    1 year ago

    Wow this is really a food site, amazing photos, which are all so inviting. Thank you for replying me (koma11sen on youtube) often, I really hope I can visit Osaka in the near future! So many cool places I had never experienced in Tokyo. I will share youru blog on my fb! Kuidaore? May not be a too bad reason for bankrupcy… your tummy gets satisfied :p Keep up your good work! izumi

    p.s. my friend wanted to know which editing program you use for vlogs, they are really awesome x

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Izumi, nice to hear from you, thank you very much for watching our videos. I use Adobe Premiere CC for editing.

  • Mary Leo

    1 year ago

    your pictures of food are so tantalizing, I just wanna gulp down everything. I was in Tokyo and Akita when I was in Japan, I remember Tokyo being very expensive, I was plagued with indecision when I have to eat. Osaka prices seems a bit more reasonable.

    I saw your video on your arrival and the chicken sashimi, I kept thinking how can you eat raw chicken at 3am when your stomach is half a sleep and hungry.

    I am so happy for you and your wife able to go anywhere on the spirit of the moment, and enjoy life’s every niceties. I certainly found joy just watching it.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Mary, thank you for reading and for watching our videos. I think overall Osaka is a bit more affordable than Tokyo, and I especially found that with accommodation as well. Haha, oh yah that 3 am chicken sashimi!

  • Yu.Cey Chang

    1 year ago

    I find your recommendations on food very interesting.When I am in Japan I shall visit and taste all what you written about.
    Regards,
    YC

  • Gil Patrick Erica

    1 year ago

    Great Blog and Videos, haha hopefully I can visit the restaurants you visited hehe

    Keep it up! mate

  • Lee Yang

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark, excellent videos and blogs. My buddies and I love watching your videos! Keep up the great work and safe travels to you and your wife. Your “job” along with your work ethic are awesome! #untilTheNextVideo

    -Lee

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Lee, thank you very much, really appreciate your support. Greetings to your friends as well!

  • Peter

    1 year ago

    Great post and videos! I have really enjoyed!
    I recommend the following very small restaurant as Kappo.
    http://tabelog.com/osaka/A2701/A270401/27017867/
    You can enjoy Japanese dishes at reasonable prices there. But the staff cannot speak English and serve of foods may be slow because a cook is only one.
    And… The box sushi is Hako-zushi not Kako-zushi. It’s a typo.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Peter, thank you very much. Excellent, thank you for the Kappo recommendation as well, would love to visit when I visit Osaka next time. Will fix that typo now.

  • Fabian

    1 year ago

    Perfect timing! I am heading off to Japan for 3 weeks in March/April (including Osaka to watch the sumo tournament) and this guide is just great.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Fabian, great to hear that. Oh excellent, have a fun time in Osaka and enjoy the sumo tournament.

  • Jeunesse Raymundo

    1 year ago

    Thank you for documenting my next food trip! Question here from Cali, is Kobe beef gamey at all? I’ve had American Wagyu but I wasn’t a fan, but it could be the restaurant and how it was prepared. I like prime beef aged less than 28 days, not too strong. I watch every video, thank you so much for your hard work.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Jeunesse, thank you very much for watching. In my opinion I didn’t taste any gaminess (a little perhaps in the dry aged meat mentioned), but not in the typical bbq yakiniku style. It’s more of a mild beef flavor, but an extremely buttery texture, paired with the beef oils and juiciness. Are you planning to go to Japan soon?

  • Jeffrey Tan

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,
    This is awesome. Thanks for sharing as my family will be visiting Osaka form 28 March to 5 April next year for the Sakura experience. We certainly love Japanese Food and you sharing is most helpful to us. Anyway we can download this information onto PDF format as I want it stored into my ipad when I visit Osaka? Thanks Mark.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Jeffrey, glad you’ll be visiting Osaka next year, and I think during Sakura will be a wonderful time. I haven’t yet had the time to make this into a PDF, but perhaps I’ll put that together in the next few weeks. Thanks!

  • Amogh Phadke

    1 year ago

    Hello Mark,

    you are not new to my family. I have been following you for a long time. Your video blogging has tempted me and my wife to Visit Japan. My wife wants to visit Osaka first because she thinks she knows Osaka In & out thanks to you :).
    We both are waiting for you to make some VLOG on united states visit, it will give us different perspective :).

    Take care.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Amogh, thank you very much, and glad you and your wife would like to visit Japan and especially Osaka. When I visit the US next, I’ll try to do some vlogging. Greetings to your family and thank you all for watching our videos.

  • yoiyoibei

    1 year ago

    “マジックスパイス(Magic Spice Osaka)”
    http://bit.ly/1KJVAEv

    When you feel like getting your kicks with spicy food, visit Magic Spice and have a bowl of their Indonesian-style soup curry where you will discover a new horizon of spices. The food might not be the same as what comes to your mind hearing “Indonesian-style”, but it’s still great.

    Probably Magic Spice is one of the most renowned eating spots among spicy food lovers like you. To me, they surpass other averaged curry restaurants not only in spiciness but also depth of flavor (the exterior and interior of the place also goes far beyond others, by the way).

    I’d have lunch at the place every day-off with my face towel for wiping water-fall-like sweat on my face while eating my favorite chicken soup curry at “Raputa” level – they categorize the spiciness into seven or more levels.

    Their restaurant is located on Naniwa-Suji street which is a little bit far from Namba Station. They also have branches in Tokyo and Nagoya as well as Sapporo where their original restaurant is situated. Give it a shot.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Yoiyoibei, thank you very much for the recommendation, that looks delicious. Unfortunately, we just left Osaka, but I will remember this place for next time. Thanks!

  • Jecterz

    1 year ago

    Mark, I’ve love your videos and blog. You inspired me to be a food blogger but I don’t know how to start. Hoping someday I can make it. Good luck to you and God bless.

  • Jun

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark and Ying!

    Thank you for Awesome food and traveling guide. I am a Japanese in north part of Japan. I always enjoyed your huge smile reaction to every foods. There are many foods with local character at many cities in Japan. I hope you and Ying will enjoy many foods and cultures in Japan.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Jun, nice to meet you and thank you very much for watching our videos. We really enjoyed this trip to Japan, both the food and the culture. I hope to visit the northern part of Japan on our next trip!

  • Christie

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark, I am Christie from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    Can you include coordinates for all the places you went?
    That would ease a lot of for us to find these places.

    Would you blog on where you been visit?

    I will be going to Osaka, Kyoto, Nara next year April.

    Thank you

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Christie, nice to hear from you. I’m working on a map right now, it’s not fully complete yet, which is why I didn’t yet include it, but as soon as I finish it, I’ll post it into this Osaka guide. I visited both Kyoto and Nara on this trip, but didn’t do too much, but I will be posting about it soon. Glad you’re going to Japan next year!

  • Ryan

    1 year ago

    Loved all the vlogs Mark. I was in Osaka earlier this year. I’m glad you finally posted a video featuring okonomiyaki. In Dotonburi we ate it at a restaurant that had 4 different floors of chefs serving it! One of my favorite meals in Japan. Keep up the great work! -Ryan

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Ryan, good to hear from you. Thank you for watching all of our vlogs. Oh cool to hear about your okonomiyaki experience. Do you remember which restaurant you ate at?

      • Ryan

        1 year ago

        It’s called Chibo. Check it out next time your in Osaka.

  • Christian

    1 year ago

    Mark, all your videos make me smile, and I always feel glad for you. I went to Japan in May of Tokyo, and we did not know what to do until we stumbled across the first video I watched. It was the top 25 things to do in Japan, and that was like a tour guide for me! I wish I tried some of that Okonomiyaki, but enough about me. You are my favorite food blogger and it makes me feel famished even after a meal! Keep up there work Mark!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Christian, nice to meet you and thank you very much for watching our videos. Glad you had a great previous trip to Japan, and enjoy the food. You can always try some okonomiyaki on your next visit! Thank you again for your support.

  • Ein

    1 year ago

    Mark,

    It’s always a delight to read your posts. Can’t wait to go to Japan next year!
    Will be keeping this guide handy!

  • Mike Torres

    1 year ago

    This is just one of the few (as well many other) reason Japan is on my bucket list. This county is “awesome!” Also come to New York City.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Cool to hear that Mike, I agree. Thank you, I would love to.

  • John O’Brien

    1 year ago

    Thanks mate. I have been dying to return to Japan for a food tour, but it is so big. .. The cities and a little daunting. Can you recommend a particular area to stay in osaka. … you know, well placed to access the places you have reviewed?
    Thanks. Always enjoy your work.
    John

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey John, the two main hub areas of central Osaka are Umeda / Osaka Station, and the Namba Area. I stayed for a few days at each location, both are good, offer plenty of choices for food and things to do, and transportation all over the city and Japan. Thank you for following!

  • Sean Korshin

    1 year ago

    I don’t normally write reviews and such , but dude you are killing it. Your blogs and videos are fun, informative, and such great care and skill go into the editing. I went backpacking around Southeast Asia last year and soon I’m going to see more of Thailand and then do a couple of weeks in Japan. Your videos are like a godsend. Truly helpful. Your review of P’Aor in Bangkok basically made me buy a ticket to Thailand… Thanks so much and keep doing what you do! I expect you’ll have your own show on some travel network soon.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Sean, thank you for the hugely encouraging comment, and I’m so glad to hear the videos and blog posts are helpful. Awesome that you’ll be coming back to Thailand again. How long will you be in Thailand? Will you be traveling more about SE Asia?

  • Ryan

    1 year ago

    Bookmarked

  • Louis

    1 year ago

    Love your review Mark!! Will definitely try them when I’m going to Japan (hopefully soon!!). Keep on traveling and blogging.

  • Niall SIow

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark, just want to say I’ve only stumbled across your videos recently, but I’ve fallen in love with them and have been eagerly watching every new update for a few weeks now (even went back and watched most of them all the way from early 2014) and your Tokyo and Osaka videos especially have inspired me to want to go travelling to japan myself to eat all the amazing food you’ve displayed for us! All the best, keep up the amazing work! (especially this latest blog post, the quality in both this and your recent Osaka videos are outstanding)

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Niall, great to hear from you, thank you watching our videos, and for checking out this guide. Glad to hear you’re eager to travel to Japan for the food!

  • Mac

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,

    Last year i was in Tokyo and there was a Japanese curry restaurant where you can pick the spicyness level from 1 -10! It’s called Curry House CoCo Ichibanya. I would recommend it for the next time. I ended up with level 9 but next time i will choose level 10 haha 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Mac, thank you for sharing. I’ve actually been to CoCo, but at a branch in Bangkok, and I think I went with something like an 8 or 9 as well, but should have gone for the 10 too. Next time for both of us!

  • christian andersen

    1 year ago

    love you blog, and your enthusiasm about food….happy birthday to me, im going to Osaka next week, and will try some of the places out, only problem is, that i can decided what to try…..im lost:-)
    -thaks for videos and great reviews….

    Christian _ Denmark

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Christian, haha, traveling to Japan for the food is definitely a Happy Birthday moment. How long will you be in Osaka? And will you travel around Japan as well? Really depends on what type of food you’re most interested in, but I really recommend those first few sushi restaurants at the top of this Osaka food guide.

  • Jehan Motashaw

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark,

    I just want to say your content is just getting better and better.
    You have had an action packed year so far from the Philippines to Taiwan and now to Japan. Kudos!!
    I eagerly await more vlogs from your next destinations as well.

    Take care and best of luck to both Ying and yourself.

    Regards,
    Jehan

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Jehan, thank you very much, we really appreciate your support, and I will tell Ying as well. Hope you have a great day!

  • Tenzing Thinley

    1 year ago

    Mark, we first watched your videos before our journey 19 months ago and they led us to many delightful food places. Kuala Lumpur was a treat. We also went to Japan and Taiwan for a month each-and we enjoyed some of the food you are enjoying too. Your amazing blog, still continues to deliver…enjoy!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Tenzing, thank you for the comment and for watching our videos. Glad you enjoyed Kuala Lumpur, as well as Japan and Taiwan – so many great food destinations. Nice to see your blog and your story as well. Greetings to your family!

  • Tony Rocamora

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark
    Congrats for the blog and the youtube videos. Impressing level of detail, great pictures and data.
    Just a commment about you guys eating raw chicken (sashimi) . Amazed you are not afraid of possible health risks since chicken develops dangerous bacteria very easily. Not concerned?

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Tony, thank you very much. I wasn’t sure when I was eating it at the time, but just went with it. But since posting the video, many have re-assured me and others that the chicken production for sashimi grade chickens in Japan is handled in a much different way from chicken production in other parts of the world. So I think as long as you go to a specific chicken sashimi restaurant in Japan, it’s not a concern.

  • Magda & Sylvain

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark!

    We can’t stop watching your videos over and over again!
    Problem is we get so hungry watching them. 🙂

    Osaka will be our next stop in 2016 (already went to Tokyo last year).

    Keep up the fantastic work and passion.

    Greetings from Berlin,

    Magda & Sylvain

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Magda & Sylvain, nice to meet you and thank you for watching our videos, we really appreciate it. Glad you’re planning another trip to Japan soon!

  • Gloria

    1 year ago

    ohhh gosh. i have to bookmark this page!! the photos look great; i’m sure the food tasted better. definitely japan is one of priorities for travelling to in the next few years.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you very much Gloria, hope you can visit Japan in the future!

  • Kelli Kuniyoshi

    1 year ago

    We leave for Japan in a few days and I am looking forward to some awesome eating!! I definitely enjoy your blogs and can’t wait to go back and participate in some kuidaore. I did get some helpful hints for my upcoming trip and can’t wait to try some of the places you have mentioned!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Kelli, excellent, glad you’re going to visit Japan in a few days. Enjoy the food, and I hope you don’t spend all your money!

  • lester francis

    1 year ago

    That was a long but very easy to read blog post. Loads if good information and very good food shots. I do not get time to travel but it is because of people like you there are so many new things and places I get to see. I keep looking for new vlogs from you. Thank you and keep up the good work.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Lester, thank you for reading, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Samia

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark!
    Always love your blog and always take recommendations from your videos if I am going to a new place which you’ve been to! I know you’ve been to Kuala Lumpur but please come again and have a meet and greet!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Samia, thank you very much. Sounds good, definitely when we visit Kuala Lumpur again, we’ll let you know!

  • Evelyn Young

    1 year ago

    Mark and Ying, I love watching your food videos and my 4-year-old daughter is a huge fan too! She would rather watch you than Disney, Sesame Street, cartoons, or anything else 🙂 This blog post is amazing! Japanese food is so beautiful, like art work! I would love to visit there someday. Hey, next time you’re in the USA, please come to Oregon!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Evelyn, we really appreciate it, haha, your daughter is awesome. Ok, next time we’re in the US, we’ll try to visit Oregon, would love to. Say hello to your family and give a big hug to your daughter from Ying and I!

  • Thiha Min

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark,

    First of all, I would like to Thank You for this Insightful and Beautifully Written Blog Post. I really enjoy reading it ( Actually I’ve read it TWICE to sink the information in really well ). Throughout my reading my mouth is actually watering and those photos My Goodness!

    I just share your content in Twitter. I’m sure people will love it and find it useful to this content. Keep up the Awesome Work as you always do. Please remember your fans around the world are waiting More Super Awesome Stuffs from you. 🙂

    Kindest Regards,
    Thiha Min

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Thiha, nice to hear from you, and thank you very much for reading and sharing this food guide. Haha, glad it made your mouth water. Nice to see your blog as well!

  • Tadaharu

    1 year ago

    I’m very surprised you were in Osaka. I think you definitely enjoy Osaka and Kobe food. As I mentioned before, You love Kansai food more than Tokyo food. Because most of food are very delicious and cheap. But you still walk around expensive area, Shinsaibashi and Umeda, in Osaka. Next time you should walk around Tenma and/or Fukushima area in Osaka at night. You can find easily a variety of nice restaurants. I really recommend.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Tadaharu, nice to hear from you, and thank you very much for the local recommendations. I will definitely remember for next time!

  • JingLong

    1 year ago

    amazing blog Mark ! Hope to get back to Japan once i have the chance and taste all these yummy food !! Cheers ~
    Keep all the updates coming man can’t wait for the rest of the vlogs 🙂

  • Bruce Richardson

    1 year ago

    As always Mark a wonderful review! I love tuna in all it’s many wondrous forms and now you’ve made me drool all over myself! 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hah, thank you Bruce, that sounds about exactly like what I do when I think about tuna as well!

  • Toki

    1 year ago

    While I am not a huge fan of sea food other than shrimp, crab, and crawfish the dishes you all shared with us look very appealing. If I ever get the chance to travel to Japan I will give some of them a try the yakisoba and yakitori might suit my taste along with my favorite udon noodles. As always thank you Mark for such a lovely vlog/blog 🙂 y buenos dias

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Toki, good to hear from you, and glad some of the seafood dishes looked good to you as well. Even without the seafood, there are so many good specialities in Japan, I know you would enjoy it. Hope you have a great day also!

  • Simon

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark, I’m so glad you just did Osaka. I’ll be going there in early December, so I’ll definitely try some on your list with the limited time I have there… Cheers!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Simon, thanks for reading and so good to hear you’ll be visiting Osaka soon!

  • hq

    1 year ago

    love your videos and I enjoy watching it everyday!!!! thanks for the vlog!!

  • Carine

    1 year ago

    Best food blog ever!

  • Adelin

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,
    By luck, I was also traveling in Osaka when you started releasing your vlogs ! Unfortunately I didn’t run pass by you during those days -I’m now back in Tokyo for additional days before going back to Paris-

    As per your recommendation/video, I went to TayuTayu one night right after trying Kiji, for which I didn’t know you went there as well ! Kiji was packed when I went, so the staff and chief were under water, I had to wait 1.5 hours before getting served. But worth the wait anyway.

    Anyway, back to TayuTayu, it was… incredible !! I had first ordered Set 2 of the Skewers, and the house specialty Meatballs. Man, I died on the spot eating these. The skewers were beautifully cooked and done, a real feast. So I also ordered Set 1 afterwards, which was on par with Set 2.
    I would have like to try more, but alone, it’s a bit difficult to eat more than that after a complete okonomikyaki as well haha I think the japanese menu has more choices but well…the Sets were already good choice to begin with.
    Anyway, great great location ! I also recommend for people interested. I would definitely go back there if I travel back to Osaka.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Adelin, wow, this is amazing, thank you for sharing, and glad you had such a good time in Osaka as well. Glad you enjoy Tayu Tayu, a fantastic little place – such good food and friendly service. True about the menus, I was always wandering what we were missing out on with only half the menu in English, but nevertheless, such excellent food!

  • Cristbal Ford

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark ! Love your blog. ..and so much now that I am working for an International Boarding g School here in Canada .I am in charge of one of the Cooking Clubs .Most of the students coming g from Asia . Every Thursday is the class . Thanks a lot for show me such a big variety of Asian food …this week our recipe is a desert but I can’t wait to try to make sushi or one of those delicious kabbots! Gracias !

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Cristbal, nice to hear from you, thank you very much for reading. Glad you are in charge of a Cooking Club at the school, that’s sounds like a lot of fun and a good food experience. Enjoy the dessert and the sushi!

  • Rima

    1 year ago

    HI Mark ! A huge fan of your YouTube channel! This guide is very useful for my future trip! By far the best food blogs I’ve seen ! It’s very informative and yoh make it look so scrumptious ! Once again well done !

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Rima, thank you very much, we really appreciate it, glad this will be helpful on your future visit.

  • Pplwin

    1 year ago

    Hi mark,
    Thank you for the videos and blog.i really really enjoy watching it.😁

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      You’re welcome, thank you very much for watching.

  • Oranuch Johansson

    1 year ago

    Dear Khun Mark and Khun Ying

    Wonderful food! I have never been in Janpan but will do in near future.
    Japanese people is sooooo nice… I have a freind from Japan who lives in Bangkok and Sweden.
    Thank again for you nice video from Japan. I love Japan!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Khun Oranuch, nice to hear from you, glad you’ll visit Japan soon, I think you will enjoy it. Hope you’re doing well!

  • Zachary Kleinbaum

    1 year ago

    I love your food travel logs Amazing work that you do
    Thanks so much always looking forwarding to seeing your videos on you tube

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Zachary, thank you very much for your support, really appreciate it.

  • Ken Lim

    1 year ago

    Hi Mark,

    Was planning my maiden trip to Tokyo, with a quick peak at Kyoto & Osaka. This writeup couldn’t have come at a better time after the mouth watering article on Tokyo.

    Cheers!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Ken, glad you’re planning a trip to Japan!

  • Diego

    1 year ago

    One of my top 5 vlogs series so far !
    Many thanks for the blog and you vlogs, I really enjoy visiting these places through your eyes and taste buds 😉 !

    I now know for sure where to land first if and when I’ll visit Japan !
    I’m daydreaming about Kobe beef because of you… 😉

    Keep enjoying yourself !
    Best regards from France !

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Diego, thank you, really appreciate your support watching and reading. That’s a good choice for a first meal in Japan!

  • Joacim

    1 year ago

    Mmmmm, Kobe Beef looks soooo yummy 😀

  • toh seng kit

    1 year ago

    planning to visit japan next year, love to hear about your blog, thank you very much.

  • Thiago Mendonça

    1 year ago

    Hi! Awesome guide! I’m starving just reading it!
    One of my food / cultural travel destination dream is Japan, Osaka por food, Tokyo for tech and some smaller cities to dive into the ancient local culture.
    Now I have thanks to you, a lot of good places to visit when I finally take my vacation and make this trip.
    Thank you a lot and keep doing this awesome job.

    Best regards from a fan from Brazil.

    See ya.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Thiago, nice to hear from you, and that you’re planning to visit Japan in the future. That sounds like a good choices for places to visit. I haven’t had a chance yet to go to any smaller towns / villages, but that will definitely be on my list for next time I visit Japan as well. And I hope to visit Brazil in the future as well.

  • Rosita

    1 year ago

    Mark, thank you for your Osaka and Tokyo Food Guide. Right timing too as I am thinking of going to japan next year, God permits. All those sashimi especially your picture of the UNI really made my mouth water. They looked so fresh and the tuna….UNBELIEVABLE!

    Would you also have a tip where to stay at affordable places? I’d rather spend my money on the food rather than the accommodation as long as it is clean. I will be travelling alone and I just love Japanese food, not too much on the ramen though. I always look with anticipation whenever you post something. Next time, maybe you can organize a food tour in Japan and I’d be your first customer.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Rosita, you’re welcome, glad this is helpful. Visiting Japan for the food is well worth it! The entire time we were in Osaka, we stayed at an Airbnb rental apartment for about $80 per night, but we were with 4 people, so it was really a good deal. For one person, not so good, but you could definitely give it a search. For Tokyo, my wife and I stayed at Oak Hotel, pretty good place on a budget. Thank you, a Japan food and travel tour would be really cool!

  • Fela

    1 year ago

    How do you eat so many yummy foods and still keep your figure!! Awesome blog!!! Love the photos! Going to definitely check out the vlog…..

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Thank you Fela, we had to walk to all the restaurants!

  • Jenny

    1 year ago

    Thanks a lot, Mark!! This is so helpful and I alr added this as my fav guide for my future traveling to Osaka😀. I thought Kobe beef was very expensive, but I was surprised after I saw the prices at La Shomon. Definitel in the list of eating the luxurious delicious beef!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Jenny, thank you very much, glad this is helpful, and hope you can visit Osaka in the future. La Shomon has extremely reasonably prices, one thing is because they are located a bit outside of the city (about 20 – 30 minutes from the center or Kobe), and they are catering to local a local crowd, instead of right in the middle of the city. It’s a fantastic restaurant.

  • Joschi Starke

    1 year ago

    Hello Mark and Ying!
    What can you say, migrationology.com is the best ever Food Guide.
    I am a very big fan of your YouTube videos and your Food Guide. I try to not miss any part of your blog.
    Each of a food lover, and likes to go on trips should look your blog.
    I wish you well, go on like this. I really admire everything what are you doing.

    Thank you Joschi

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Joschi, I can’t thank you enough for all your support over the years. Also, thank you for the encouraging words!

  • Arvin

    1 year ago

    This is awesome mark! Definitely worth checking out all of your recommendation

  • Bruno Gambini

    1 year ago

    Japan! Wow, it is sure a wonderdul country and with so much great food! From what you wrote and showed in the videos so far, the Kobe beef and the Japanese curry seem to be the best speacialties of Osaka. I did not know Ramen (Cup Noodles) was invented in Japan, I thought this instant food was from China. One question: is takoyaki the same thing as a Hong Kong dumpling? I have never eaten none of them, but as far as I could see, they look, to me, pretty much the same. Am I correct?

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Bruno, good to hear from you. The takoyaki are very different compared to Chinese dumplings. Takoyaki are more like pancake batter balls, and they are kind of runny inside and solid all the way through. Hong Kong dumplings, would typically be more of a noodle wrapper and filled with minced pork. So quite a bit different. Are you able to try Hong Kong dumplings where you’re living?

  • Graeme Kemp (Aussie expat in Canada) 46 yr old.

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark,

    I just want to say Thankyou! I absolutely love watching your food trips, while I don’t travel much, your enthusiasm and joy with the places you go and the food you eat really make it as though I’m there with you. Your piece on Kobe and especially the Kobe beef really gave me joy and a need to try it…my mouth was watering as you were eating!

    Please keep doing what you and Ying are doing, you make a great team and a total pleasure to watch.

    All the best

    Graeme Kemp (food blogger wannabe).

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Graeme, great to hear from you, and thank you for your support, for watching our videos and reading our blogs. Glad we share a passion for food and travel!

  • Missy

    1 year ago

    I’ve loved this series in Japan, although I’d probably knock down an old lady to get some of that tuna you were showing us. i don’t think there’s anything better than super fresh, amazing tuna sashimi.

    Did you find the food a bit bland, compared to your normal garlic and hot chilies? Other than wasabi/horseradish, was there much spice?

    Thanks for all the work you and Ying do on these videos and the blog. I get to travel with you, and that’s a wonderful thing.

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Missy, thank you for the comment. Haha, yah I would agree with you and the fresh tuna. Because Japanese food is so focused on the natural and fresh ingredients, I really love it, even though many things don’t have all that much spice. But yes, after 2 weeks in Japan, I was definitely ready to start eating some spicy food.

  • Dave

    1 year ago

    Hey Mark,
    You were not kidding when you said a huge blog!!
    I wish I had this when I had my trip to Japan. Unfortunately it did not have any of the restaurants that I went to so I could not share the experience. But MY GAWD everything looks so tasty.

    p.s. I share your stuff with everyone I see. 🙂

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Dave, no problem, glad this brought back some food memories from Japan. Thank you very much for sharing!

  • Sam

    1 year ago

    This is brilliant. I’m flying from NZ to Osaka in 2 days time and I have thoroughly enjoyed watching your videos on Osaka. Now I can go and check out some of these places too. Thanks Mark 🙂 Itadakimasu!!

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hey Sam, thank you very much, and so cool to hear you’re going to Osaka in 2 days. How long will you be staying in Japan?

  • Uwe

    1 year ago

    Thank you for the fantastic post! I’ll visit my friends in Osaka next week and I’m looking forward to the good food and good company -as usual- in Japan Especially I’m looking forward to the food my friends mother prepares when we are there… unbelievable and not possible to get here in Japanese Restaurants here in Germany I never ate the Curry style dishes you are mentioning… So good advise! I hope that you’ll get the opportunity to make some more trips to Non-Asian countries! Keep the good and interesting posts on Youtube! Thumb up! Regards from Germany Uwe

    • Mark Wiens

      1 year ago

      Hi Uwe, glad you’ll be visiting Japan soon as well. Yes, I’m really hoping to be able to take a European trip soon in the future. I would love to visit Germany. Have a safe and great trip!

  • viana copeland

    1 year ago

    looks incredible!!! Hope you enjoyed it – i enjoy watching the videos – A LOT !!! Thank you for the blog and vlog 🙂