These Food Fairs in Japan Should Be on Your Itinerary This Fall
Food makes your trip to Japan more fun!
Food is always something to look forward to during your trip to Japan. Delicious, affordable, and authentic Japanese dishes are the top priorities to satisfy that tummy. Food fairs held in department stores offer cheap and accessible authentic local dishes, which are perfect for your appetite during Fall. One of the most famous ones that is done every year is the Hokkaido Product Fair, which mainly focuses on offering dine-in spaces. This time, the theme of the dishes are the region’s famous cheese. Aside from Hokkaido, there are also Kyushu and British food fairs, which are equally interesting.
Osaka Takashimaya “67th Grand Hokkaido Fair ~Hokkaido Products and Tourism Fair~”
With the theme “Freshly made gourmet dish powered up!” Osaka Takashimaya’s longest fair in their history will be open for three weeks this year. Over 90 shops are there to choose from while more than 20 of them are new. They have dine-in spaces surrounded by a total of 18 shops that rotate every week. There is definitely a lot of options for you to choose from!
Seared Scallop Miso Ramen (￥1,210, up to 50 servings per day) from Ramen Shingen. Available until October 8.
Hokkaido melon, yuzu, and Japanese chestnut (￥1,491, up to 100 servings per day) from Parfait, Coffee, Liquor, Sato. Available until October 8.
Osaka Takashimaya “67th Grand Hokkaido Fair -Hokkaido Products and Tourism Exhibit-” is located at 5-1-5 Namba, Chuo District, Osaka City. It is open from October 2 to 22, (A) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (B) 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (C) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct. 8, 15, and 22. You may contact them at +81-6-6631-1101. It is right outside Namba Station.
Hankyu Umeda Store “Hokkaido Products Fall Convention”
Highlighting Hokkaido as Japan’s dairy kingdom, you can get access to around 65 shops and their own dairy products in this convention such as milk, yoghurt, and butter. They also have seafood and sweets.
Enjoy milk tasting and try Taberu Butter. It is best paired with rice.
Hankyu Umeda Store “Hokkaido Products Fall Convention” is located at 8-7 Kakudacho, North District, Osaka City. Hokkaido Products Fall Convention is open from October 2 to 7, (A) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (B) 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (C) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the last day. You may contact Hankyu Umeda Store at +81-6-6361-1381. It is connected to Hankyu Umeda Station.
Hankyu Umeda Store “British Fair 2019”
A traditional event to celebrate Hankyu Umeda on its 52nd year. The venue is designed with flower arrangements and garden landscaping inspired by the British scenery.
Known for the floral decorations in and out of their stores, London’s famous cafe Saint Aymes has come to Japan for the first time.
Hankyu Umeda Store “British Fair 2019” is located at 8-7 Kakudacho, North District, Osaka City. It is open from October 9 to 15, (A) 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (B) 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (C) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the last day. You may contact them at +81-6-6361-1381. It is connected to Hankyu Umeda Station.
JR Kyoto Isetan “Bread Festival ~bread and coffee lifestyle~”
This is the 7th Bread Festival at the JR Kyoto Isetan. Creative pastry from all over the country, including trendy products in the Kansai region are gathered in this event. You can also enjoy the tea festival being held simultaneously with this festival.
JR Kyoto Isetan limited edition open sandwiches are worth checking out!
JR Kyoto Isetan “Bread Festival -bread and coffee lifestyle-” is located at Higashishiokojicho, Shimogyo District, Kyoto City. It is open from October 2 to 7, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except on the last day of the event (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). You may contact them at +81-75-352-1111. It is connected to the JR Kyoto Station.
Daimaru Kobe Store “2nd Aipaku in kobe DAIMARU ~world ice cream fair~”
Mr. Iceman Fukutome is an ice cream critic, who is also known as the representative of Japan Ice Cream Mania Association. Over 100 kinds of ice cream from different regions of the country come together for this event.
Almost half of the brands have been changed from last year’s line up. Try the brands that just made their Kobe debut, or those that are newly released!
Daimaru Kobe Store “2nd Aipaku in kobe DAIMARU -world ice cream fair-” is located at 40 Akashimachi, Chuo District, Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. It is open from October 1 to 16, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily except on the last day of the event (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). You may contact them at +81-78-331-8121. It is a 3-minute walk from Hanshin Motomachi Station.
So what are you waiting for? Book your next trip to Japan this Fall and drop by these food fairs!
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (13 September 2019)