An Osaka soul food in which you can enjoy the harmony of octopus and dashi soup.
Takoyaki is diced octopus inside a round ball of dough. The dough is wheat flour mixed with eggs and flavored with dashi soup. The flavor of the dashi really comes out when the takoyaki is eaten piping hot, and this, combined with its pleasant aroma, makes it an addictive snack. These days takoyaki is eaten all over Japan, but authentic Osaka takoyaki tastes even better than the takoyaki found in other cities. Takoyaki is a soul food in Osaka. Takoyaki pans are a common item that can be found in most Osakan households where takoyaki has been enjoyed as a familiar snack since childhood.
Sauce, soy sauce or salt? The diverse taste of authentic takoyaki.
The basic way of eating takoyaki is arranging 6 to 8 balls of takoyaki, covering them with plenty of sauce, and sprinkling green onions, dried bonito and green seaweed on top. However, in Osaka, the dough is also key to the taste. Takoyaki in Osaka is served plain, salted or with a simple soy sauce topping so that the dashi flavor of the dough can be enjoyed. Osakans love their Takoyaki and prefer it salted, which helps bring out the taste of the ingredients. Osaka is said to be home to over 650 takoyaki stores. There are subtle differences in taste between each store, so try takoyaki from as many different stores as you can during your stay in Osaka.
Crispy outside and soft inside. The flavor of a well-established store of over 50 years.
There are many takoyaki stores in Osaka, and the one we would like to introduce in particular is "Wakana", located in Sennichimae close to Dotonbori. It is a well-established store that has been loved by Osakan comedians and tourists for many years. The secret to Wakana's delicious takoyaki is the way it is cooked. The crispy outside emits a pleasant aroma, and the soft, smooth dough melts in the mouth when chewed. The unique toppings include original sauce, pot-baked salt, soy sauce and spicy doro sauce. Takosen is two takoyaki balls sandwiched between crackers. At just 100 yen, takosen is also a cheap snack that is loved by the locals.
Wakana Sennichimae Main Store
- 11-19 Nanba Sennichimae, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture
- 10:00 am to 11:00 pm (from 8:30 am on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)
Open seven days a week
- 8 takoyaki balls: 450 yen
- Approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes from New Chitose Airport to Itami Airport
- Approx. 1 hour from Haneda Airport to Itami Airport
- Approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes from Narita Airport to Itami Airport
- Approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes from Fukuoka Airport to Itami Airport
- Approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes from Kagoshima Airport to Itami Airport
- Approx. 2 hours and 20 minutes from Naha Airport to Itami Airport
- 40 minutes from Itami Airport to Kintetsu Uehommachi by airport limousine bus.
- 5 minutes from Kintetsu Uehommachi to Osaka Namba Station on the Kintetsu Nara Line.
- 15 minute walk from Osaka Namba Station.