Monday, July 24, 2017

9-Day Food Itinerary: Where to Eat in Japan (Osaka and Kyoto)

No trip to Osaka is complete without a food trip. It is, after all, called the "kitchen of Japan". I have already researched and planned where we're going to eat lunch and dinner during our entire nine days in Osaka so that when we're there:
  1. we don't waste time looking for good places to eat;
  2. we get to try the "best" restaurants in the areas we'll be exploring;
  3. we don't break our piggy banks overspending on food.
(If you're wondering about breakfast, we plan to just get something from a convenience store or department store basement food hall the night before and eat at the apartment before heading out for the day.)

I don't know how accurate or up-to-date my internet sources are, but here are the places that I chose based on reviews and average prices per meal per person.

Day 1

Day 2
  • Lunch: Saizou 菜蔵 - heigawari teishoku or daily set meal, around ¥700
  • Dinner: Oretachi No Curry Ya 俺たちのカレー家 - full option curry plate, around ¥900

Day 3
  • Lunch: Kuromon Ichiba 黒門市 food trip - fresh seafood, oden, takoyaki, etc., around ¥2,500
  • Dinner: Ippudo Namba 一風堂( なんば店) - ramen, around ¥1000

Day 4 (Kyoto)

Day 5
  • Lunch: Okonomiyaki Chigusa お好み焼き千草 - okonomiyaki, around ¥1,000
  • Dinner: Hanamaruken Hozenji 花丸軒(法善寺店) - ramen, around ¥950

Day 6
  • Lunch: Universal Studios Japan
  • Dinner: Ootoya Gohan Dokoro 大戸屋ごはん処 - teishoku or set meal, around ¥1,000

Day 7

Day 8
  • Lunch: Sukiya すき家 - gyudon (beef rice bowl), around ¥590
  • Snacks: Kushikatsu Daruma Tsutenkaku 串かつだるま - kushikatsu (fried skewers), around ¥2,000 for a samplers set
  • Dinner: Dotonbori Food Trip (Kuidaore! Eat 'til you drop. Last night out ;-p)

Day 9

There are still a few more restaurants I wanted to try out, but I couldn't fit them in. Just as well or I probably won't fit in my clothes by the time we leave Japan!


  1. nice post..
    hajimemashite, daruma desu.
    yoroshiku onegaishimasu.

    1. Arigatou gozaimasu, Daruma-san. Hajimemashite. Douzo yoroshiku. :-D