Shopping Guide: What to Buy in Osaka

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Osaka[1] has, of late, become a city that rivals in tourist popularity with Tokyo[2] and Kyoto[3]. Neon-illuminated Tokyo and romantic Kyoto attract first-timers to Japan but Osaka draws in regular visitors – especially the food-enthusiastic travellers. Foodies will love Osaka for its variety of food, and the great thing is that many of their food items can be bought as souvenirs too. So, if you’re wondering what to buy in Osaka, here are some of the best goodies that you can get your hands on.

Osaka city / Feature Image by Pixabay[4]

What to Buy in Osaka

shopping-guide-what-to-buy-in-osaka Shopping Guide: What to Buy in OsakaKuidaore Mr Taro Pudding

One of Osaka’s most notable symbols is the drummer Kuidaore Mr Taro. He has generated a wide range of souvenirs from keychains and phone cases to even pudding.

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Get yourself a box of Mr Taro pudding where you will find three of Mr Taro’s hats inside. The puddings are packaged inside the hats, which are adorable to keep as souvenirs after enjoying the dessert. The Mr Taro pudding is a must-buy item as the drummer has become a mascot for the city of Osaka.

Uncle Rikuro Cheesecake

Neither too sweet nor too savoury, Uncle Rikuro cheesecakes has a perfectly balanced flavour. Uncle Rikuro is a renowned cheesecake brand in Osaka and you will know just how much people love their fluffy cheesecakes from the long queues.

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Pablo Cheese Tarts

For every person who can’t get enough of cheesy desserts, there’s Pablo Cheese Tarts. Hugely popular worldwide, Pablo cheesecakes and tarts come in different varieties, and they are so good that it’d be a shame not to try them while you’re in Osaka!

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Takoyaki Calbee Jagariko

Calbee Jagariko is a popular snack across Japan, but Osaka decided to give it a twist. They added octopus ball flavouring called takoyaki to the crunchy corn sticks. Actually, the well-known delicacy takoyaki was created in Osaka, and you will find many restaurants serving them with beer.

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Make sure you buy some Calbee Jagariko snacks when you’re shopping in Osaka. They are perfect souvenirs that come in a package with the cute Takoyaki character!

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551 Horai Pork Buns

It is said that 551 Horai stores across the Kansai region produce many buns per day. Here,  branches alone make over 100,000 buns per day, prepared fresh in front of hungry crowds.

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Don’t worry if you don’t like eating pork or you’re a vegetarian, you can try their red bean buns or shrimp gyoza (Japanese dumplings).

Pon Pon Japon

One of the must-have souvenirs is Pon-Pon Japon, a rice snack in different flavours including almond coffee and maple syrup. The rice snacks are packaged adorably, making them great souvenirs. Pon Pon Japon snacks are available in all Takashimaya stores.

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Aoki Shofuan Manju

Manju is a traditional Japanese bun dessert made of flour, rice powder, buckwheat and red bean paste. The red bean paste fillings are not too sweet, while the texture of the bun is fluffy and chewy.

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You can buy the manju dessert from Aoki Shofuan stores as they are Osaka’s best manju retailer. Among their popular manju items are milk manju made with butter and condensed milk, and manju tsukigesho, a variant which uses butter filled with white bean paste.

Baton D’or

You probably know Pocky, the crispy pretzel sticks covered in chocolate, but have you heard of Baton d’or? Baton D’or is like Pocky, but the snack comes in various flavours. Milk, butter, wine, and apple are a few unique flavours in their huge collection. The dough is kneaded in butter, giving the sticks a mouth-watering buttery aroma.

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Baton D’or is only available in Osaka and exclusively sold in two department stores. If you want to get exclusive souvenirs, head to Hankyu Umeda and Takashimaya for these ‘premium Pocky’ items.

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Best Place to Stay in Osaka for Shopping

If your trip mainly revolves around food, then the best place to stay is Hotel Sunroute Osaka Namba[15] which is central to major transport hubs, shops and restaurants.

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However, Osaka has so much to offer apart from gastronomic adventure. APA Villa Hotel Yodayabashi[17] is another option to consider especially if you also enjoy historic buildings and parks as the hotel is close to Osaka Castle and Nakanoshima Park.

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References

  1. ^ Osaka (www.expedia.com.my)
  2. ^ Tokyo (www.expedia.com.my)
  3. ^ Kyoto (www.expedia.com.my)
  4. ^ Pixabay (pixabay.com)
  5. ^ vicki_yen88 (www.instagram.com)
  6. ^ jappolian (www.instagram.com)
  7. ^ Pixabay (pixabay.com)
  8. ^ OsakaBob_Official (twitter.com)
  9. ^ Lyana Lee (www.flickr.com)
  10. ^ Theresa (www.flickr.com)
  11. ^ JiLL Wu (www.flickr.com)
  12. ^ keyashylphy (www.instagram.com)
  13. ^ momiji_yuki (www.instagram.com)
  14. ^ johntdnguyen (www.instagram.com)
  15. ^ Hotel Sunroute Osaka Namba (www.expedia.com.my)
  16. ^ Cherisse Rosales (www.flickr.com)
  17. ^ APA Villa Hotel Yodayabashi (www.expedia.com.my)

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