Take a Food Trip in Osaka by Tramway!
It's a great way to see the sights.
Open from 9 a.m. to 5:50 p.m. on weekdays.
Hankai Tramway, commonly known as Chin-den, is the only tramway in Osaka. Chin-den opened in 1897, and lends itself naturally to the rich history of Osaka. The tramway runs from Sumiyoshi Station to Hamadera Station, and many nice, old stores can be accessed through it.
The tram stops at stations much like bus stops. You pay the fare when you get down. For one day, you can take the tramway as many times as you like if you use the Teku Teku Kippu Pass (¥600). This pass can be purchased on the tram, at Tennoji-Ekimae Station, or at Abikomichi Station.
In 2013, the new low-floor tram was released. It operates between Tennoji-Ekimae Station and Hama-dera Ekimae Station.
Exciting food places you can stop by at:
3-30-16, Higashi Kohama, Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City
Open from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., then 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.daily (limited supply) , except on Wednesdays (if a national holiday falls on Wednesday then the next day).
How to get there: It's 1-minute from Sumiyoshi Station. It is 10 minutes by Nankai Main Line from Nankai Namba Station.
Beginning the tramway journey from Sumiyoshi Station, Yaroku should be your first stop. This restaurant was established in 1935, and its special dish is egg croquette (¥918). According to the third and fourth owners of Yaroku, the original founder apprenticed himself at a restaurant in Dotonburi, then opened Yaroku around 80 years ago. "Since then, egg croquette has been popular," they explained.
In fact, their egg croquette dish got so popular that they needed to build a special takeout store under a railway near the main store. Their egg croquette (which is deep-fried creamy shrimp and boiled egg) is also served with rice and salad as a set menu.
1-1-2 Kukencho-higashi, Sakai Ward, Sakai City
Open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except on Tuesdays (open if it is a holiday).
How to get there: It's a 1-minute walk from Jinmeicho Station.
Tea Tsuboichi boasts 160 years of history as a tea cafe. You can try their high-class teas accompanied with a variety of sweets (which are also made from powdered tea). Based in a refurbished tradesman's house, the tea-shop also has a space for selling merchandise. Try their Sakai no Mukashi (¥594), which is their powdered tea drink of the highest quality.
Rikyu Powdered Tea Milk Kakigori (¥880) is a frozen dessert with a special powdered tea honey that goes well with sweet milk. Their Kakigori, or Japanese shaved ice, is only available for a limited time period (April - October).
Rikyu Powdered Tea Poru-Boron (¥486 for 13 pieces) is a great souvenir choice. If you say "Poru-Boron" three times before you finish eating one, they say you will be happy.
4-1-27 Syorinjicho-nishi, Sakai Ward, Sakai City
Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except on the second and third Tuesdays of the month (open if it is a national holiday).
How to get there: It's an 8-minute walk from Teraji-cho Station.
The famous Odera-mochi (¥540 for 6 pieces) - soft mochi wrapped in a sweet bean paste. The same paste is also used to serve their Kinako-mochi.
More than 400 years ago, the founder of Oteramochi Kawaido sold Ankoro-mochi (soft mochi in sweet bean jam) and Kinako-mochi (rice cake powdered with sweet soybean flour) to the visitors of Aguchi-jinja Shrine (also known as Odera-san). That was the origin of Oteramochi Kawaido as a Japanese-style confectionery store, and they are still operating until today.
"Craftsmen boil the sweet bean carefully until smooth, then wraps mochi in that paste. The mochi is characterized by its fresh shine," said the owner, describing the Ankoro-mochi. The treats are so irresistible that even Yosano Akiko, a famous Japanese author and poet born in Sakai in the late Meiji period, loved the products they sold.
Mochi Monaka (¥216) or bean jam filled wafers are assembled by putting plenty of the sweet bean paste and mochi between two slices of Monaka.
1-1-22, Dejima town, Sakai Ward, Sakai City
Open from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (limited supply), except on Tuesdays (Open when it is a national holiday).
How to get there: It's a 5-minute walk from Goryo-mae Station.
Fukase-Zushi is a takeout sushi shop that has been loved by the people of Sakai for more than 60 years. Their steamed Conger Sushi (¥960 pre-tax price) is especially popular, because of its melt-in-your-mouth softness that goes well with their secret, traditional sweet sauce. They also serve a Conger Box for a pretax price of ¥690.
A roll of conger and cucumber sushi (¥450 for 1 roll) that can be eaten easily.
2-141, Hamadera Koen town, Nishi Ward, Sakai City
Open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, except on Thursdays.
How to get there: It's a 1-minute walk from Hama-dera Ekimae Station.
Fukueido is a Japanese-style confectionery store that serves the popular Shoro Dango (¥650 for 8 pieces). Shoro Dango, or Shoro Mushroom Dumpling is wrapped with rice flour and high-quality sugar in sweet bean paste. Their design was inspired by the shoro mushroom that grows in the pinery of Hamadera Park, which made the confection popular since the store opened.
Chin-den Dorayaki (¥150 for 1 piece) or Chin-den Bean Jam Pancake is also a popular product from Fukueido. They hand-bake dough one by one, fill them with sweet bean paste, then brand it as it is finishing.
Provided by Japan Walker™ and Kansai Walker™ (9 May 2018).