March 22, 2017
The Best 20 Must-Buy Souvenirs in Osaka
Osaka is one of the most popular cities for tourists to visit. In a city that is well-known for its food, there are an endless number of delicious restaurants for you to visit… But there are also plenty of goodies that you can bring back home with you, too! We’ve compiled a list of Osaka’s best goodies to introduce to you. From the go-to souvenirs to the local favorites, they will definitely make anyone happy to receive them. If you’re visiting Osaka, don’t forget to buy some of these great souvenirs to bring home!
1. 551 Horai’s Pork Buns
551 Horai’s pork buns are widely known, and are considered one of Osaka’s staple foods. Each pork bun, or butaman, is made fresh in-store. The bun is chewy, with a juicy, meat filling. It’s a definite must-try for tourists, but it’s also a treat loved by locals – Osaka residents often by some buns on their way home from work or a day out!
Butaman has deep roots in the food culture here in Osaka, so it’s sure to be a hit as a souvenir to bring home! If you’re not sure what to buy, why not try one of these buns?
Product: 551 Horai Pork Buns
Price: 340 yen for 2
Manufacturer: 551 Horai
Where to buy: Shin Osaka Station, Namba Station, Tennoji Station, as well as Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport, etc.
2. Uncle Rikuro’s Cheesecake
For fluffy, freshly baked cheesecake, head on over to Rikuro Ojisan no Mise (Uncle Rikuro’s Shop)! The fluffy soufflé cheesecake, made with cream cheese directly imported from Denmark, is extremely delicious, and is also another popular crowd favorite in Osaka.
Even if you’re not buying it as a souvenir, it’s something we recommend you to try if you’re in Osaka. Fresh out of the oven at every branch, they make great desserts to take home.
Product: Freshly baked cheesecake
Price: 675 yen for 1 cheesecake
Manufacturer: Rikuro Ojisan no Mise (Uncle Rikuro’s Shop)
Where to buy: Shin-Osaka Station, Hankyu Umeda Station, etc.
3. Eemonchi Madeleine
A sweet treat loved by locals since long ago. You’ll be hooked once you try these black bean-filled madeleines, and you’ll be kicking yourself for not getting more! They’re made with rice flour and wheat flour manufactured in Japan, producing a blend of moist and mellow sweetness.
The moist, madeleines paired with black beans is a completely fresh, unique Japanese-style combination. You can taste one of the points of Japanese food culture in one bite! Give it as a gift so that friends and family can taste a part of Japan for themselves.
Price: 1,080 yen for 10
Where to buy: Shin-Osaka Station, Tennoji Station, Kansai International Airport, etc.
4. Dojima Roll Cake
The famous Dojima Roll from the roll cake shop, Patisserie Mon Cher, is so popular that there’s always a long line of people waiting to get their hands on one! It’s been attracting a lot of attention lately, as it’s started to open up store outside of Japan, too, like in Hong Kong.
The whipped cream, with a perfect amount of sweetness, is rolled snuggled into the cake. It’s not too sweet, so you eat a lot without getting tired of the taste. It’s also the perfect size for a house party or as a gift!
Product: Dojima Roll Cake
Price: 1,296 yen for 1 cake
Manufacturer: Patisserie Mon Cher
Where to buy: Stores in Dojima (main store), Shinsaibashi, Daimaru Umeda, etc.
5. Tenten’s Bite-Sized Dumplings
Gyoza, or Chinese dumplings, is also a popular food in Osaka. But among all the places in Osaka dishing out gyoza, Tenten’s bite-sized dumplings are particularly famous.
The quality is consistent, and they’re made using high-quality ingredients grown in Japan. They’re easy to pop into your mouth, too, since they’re bite-sized! With wide support from both male and female fans, their popularity is unquestionable.
Another great thing about these bite-sized dumplings is that you can bring them home and prepare them in several ways! You can transform their texture and taste, so you’ll never get tired of eating them. They’re also perfect as a side to alcohol – they’re great for souvenirs since they cater to all sorts of tastes.
Product: Bite-sized dumplings
Price: 2,130 yen for 45 dumplings
Where to buy: Osaka Station, Shin-Osaka Station, Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport, etc.
6. Tsukigesho Manju
For classic, famous sweet souvenirs in Osaka, many people would tell you to get Tsukigesho from Aoki Shofuan. Tsukigesho is a manju, a type of traditional Japanese confection of buns with sweet bean fillings. Its taste has been recognized internationally, as it was awarded the Grand Gold award by the Monde Selection for 3 years in a row.
This manju is made with a good helping of butter and milk. The filling is pleasantly sweet, and the texture of the bun is soft and moist. It’s a really popular sweet with all ages and genders, so if you’re worried and unsure about what to get, you might want to look into Tsukigesho.
Product: Tsukigesho Manju
Price: 1,296 yen for 10 manju
Where to buy: Osaka Station, Shin-Osaka Station, Nanba Station, Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport, etc.
7. Takomasa’s Soy Sauce-Flavored Takoyaki
One of Osaka’s most famous foods is takoyaki. Takoyaki is a type of Japanese street food. They’re in the shape of little round balls and filled with pieces of octopus. Takomasa is one of the most popular takoyaki shops. Each and every octopus-filled ball of dough is made with care, and the soy sauce seasoning is very warm and comforting.
If you’re buying takoyaki as a souvenir, they also carefully pack and freeze their takoyaki. It’s easy and convenient to bring home with you, so you can enjoy takoyaki from Osaka even at home! Bring this classic soy sauce flavor home with you and try it for yourself!
Product: Soy Sauce-Flavored Takoyaki
Price: 1,080 yen for 14 takoyaki
Where to buy: Osaka Station, Shin-Osaka Station, Tennoji Station, Kansai International Airport, Osaka International Airport, etc.
8. PABLO’s Fresh Baked Cheese Tarts
PABLO’s cheese tarts were featured on national television and newspapers in Japan. With the extra attention from the media, long lines have appeared outside of the store. You’ll be able to eat some gooey tarts fresh out of the oven. They’re so good, it’d be a shame not to try them while you’re in Osaka!
Also, PABLO has a unique option where you can choose either rare or medium baked cheese tarts. Being able to choose how done you like your cheese tarts is a huge plus! The store has seasonal specials, so their products are always changing. It’s always a nice surprise to see what they have in store!
Product: Fresh baked cheese tart
Price: 850 yen for 1 tart
Where to buy: Stores in Osaka Station, Shin-Osaka Station, Shinsaibashi, etc.
9. Madame Shinco’s Madame Brulee
Madame Shinco is a very popular sweets brand in Japan. A classic example of one of their products is Madame Brulee. If you’re in Osaka, you have to try it! Mada Brulee is a baumkuchen covered in caramel. The combination of the soft, fluffy cake and the gentle sweetness of the caramel is its winning feature.
The outer caramel and the overall appearance makes it seem like it’ll be really sweet, but it’s actual a pleasant level of sweetness. Another fun way to eat this is to freeze it – it becomes crunchy when you bite into it!
Product: Madame Brulee
Price: 1,620 yen for 1 cake
Manufacturer: Madame Shinco
Where to buy: Stores in Minoh (main store), Daimaru Umeda, etc.
10. Takobee Sankyodai Rice Crackers
Takobee Sankyodai (Takobee 3 Brothers) are takoyaki-flavored rice crackers! There are 3 different types of takoyaki topping flavors, so you can buy a set with all 3!
The seasoning is on the strong side, so it goes well with beer. Using Osaka’s famous dish as a flavor, this would make a great souvenir! Buy a pack for a beer-loving friend!
Product: Takobee Sankyodai Rice Crackers
Price: 1,080 yen for 60 bags
Manufacturer: Chojudo Keika
Where to buy: Osaka Station, Shin-Osaka Station, Tennoji Station, etc.
11. Shinsaibashi Castella
Shinsaibashi is always bustling with tourists from abroad. There, you can buy the popular Osaka sweet from Castella Ginso, Shinsaibashi Castella! The cake has an exquisite, perfectly smooth and moist texture.
You can get both flavors, plain and matcha, in one set, too. They come in separate, individual packs, which makes it easy to pass out to your colleagues or friends.
Product: Shinsaibashi castella
Price: 1,296 yen for 8 packs (4 plain, 4 matcha)
Manufacturer: Castella Ginso
Where to buy: Shops in Shinsaibashi, Hankyu Umeda Department Store, etc.
12. Nanayose Rice Crackers
Toyosu Rakumido’s Nanayose is one of Osaka’s traditional snacks. When you open up cute package, you’re face to face with more cute little rice crackers! There are 7 different types of colorful crackers in each bag, so you’ll have fun eating and looking at them at the same time.
The crackers are really cute, so they’d make a great gift for girls! If you’re looking for a cute, girly souvenir, drop on by to Toyosu Rakumido!
Price: 1,080 yen for 10 bags
Manufacturer: Toyosu Rakumido
Where to buy: Aeon Mall, Ito Yokado, etc.
13. Futami’s Pork Buns
Pork buns, a classic Osaka treat. We wrote about them earlier on in this list, too. Yes, 551 Horai’s pork buns are extremely well-known, but some locals might say Futami’s pork buns are better!
The meat filling is really packed in thick, but the bun is really fluffy and light, so it’s great to eat as a light snack. It’s another popular favorite in the local community, so buy a few for a nice gift!
Product: Futami’s pork buns
Price: 190 yen for 1 bun
Where to buy: Osaka Prefecture, Osaka, Chuo-ku, Nanba 3-1-19
Closed on Thursdays
14. Brugge Chocolate Assortments
If you’re looking for a chocolate store in Osaka, Matsuzakaya Ek Chuah is the place to go. We recommend their Brugge chocolate assortment set. The ganache is made with couverture chocolate from Belgium. A bite into these delicacies will bring anyone to their knees at their exquisite taste!
The design also makes it look really refined, and since it’s an assorted set, you get to try different types in one box! The main store looks a bit like a warehouse, so visiting the shop could even go under sightseeing! If you’re shopping in the area, why not drop by for a sweet treat?
Product: Brugge chocolate assortments
Price: 2,808 yen for a box of 54
Manufacturer: Matsuzakaya Ek Chuah
Where to buy: Ek Chuah Karahori Kura Honten (main store) and shops in Daimaru Shinsaibashi, Osaka Takashimaya, etc.
15. Yaogen Raikodo’s Cinnamon Mochi
Osaka is known for its cinnamon-scented mochi (nikkimochi), which is made at Yaogen Raikodo. If you’ve never had mochi before, they’re sweet rice cakes, a traditional Japanese confection. There store is located in Sakai since long ago, and it has been loved by the residents of Sakai for many, many years.
A lot of people might not particularly like the taste or smell of cinnamon. But, a lot of people who claimed to not like cinnamon have said this was an exception! It’s a really rare flavor for mochi, so take this opportunity to try this delicious and unique snack.
Product: Nikkimochi (cinnamon mochi)
Price: 1,150 yen for 5 mochi
Manufacturer: Yaogen Raikodo
Where to buy: Osaka Prefecture, Sakai, Sakai-ku, Kurumano-cho Higashi 2-1-11
Closed on Sundays
Murasame is a traditional, steamed sweet in the Senshu area of Osaka. Shiogo’s Marusame is extremely popular. Made using high-quality red beans, the pleasantly sweet and fluffy confection has been consumed by the locals of Osaka since long ago.
This sweet is so popular that, depending on what time you go to the shop, they might sold out! If you’re planning to make a trip there, be sure to pencil it in early in the day. It matches well with coffee or tea, so it’s a good treat to serve during teatime. If you want to try a unique Japanese sweet, try Murasame!
Cost: 550 yen for 1 block
Where to buy: Osaka Prefecture, Kaizuka, Nishi-cho 7-1
Closed on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, and every Tuesday
17. Minoh Beer’s Pilsner
Minoh Beer has won several awards from the international community. This craft beer is brewed in the nature-abundant city of Minoh. It’s bottled without filtering out the yeast, so you can enjoy the rich taste of the beer more than your standard brew.
In particular, we recommend the pilsner for people who want to really enjoy that original beer taste. There are places where you can drink beer and eat snacks to go with it in department stores throughout Osaka City, so try it out!
Product: Minoh Beer Pilsner
Price: 410 yen for 1 bottle
Manufacturer: Minoh Beer
Where to buy: The Minoh Brewery, Daimaru Umeda, Osaka Takashimaya, etc.
18. Sakai Isshindo’s Fruit Daifuku
The fruit daifuku at Osaka’s Sakai Isshindo has become a huge point of topic throughout Japan. Daifuku is a traditional Japanese sweet consisting of mochi, which was mentioned earlier, usually stuffed with sweet bean filling. But what’s different about this daifuku is that, instead of the bean filling, you’ll bite into a seasonal fruit!
A whole fruit’s wrapped with a layer of mochi, so you can imagine the size is pretty big. You’ll enjoy the taste, while also appreciating it with your eyes – you can see the tint of color coming from the fruit! There are a lot of different options of fruits, so it’s hard to pick, but that’s fun in itself. Come look for your favorite fruit daifuku!
Product: Fruit daifuku
Manufacturer: Sakai Isshindo
Where to buy: Sakai Isshindo (main store), Hankyu Umeda, etc.
19. Akanemaru Goshiki Dorayaki
Akanemaru Honpo is an extremely popular store with fans all over the world, and their Akanemaru Goshiki Dorayaki is especially delicious. “Goshiki” means “5 colors”, and true to its name, there are 5 different colored beans – red, mottled, green, white, and azuki beans – combined with the red bean filling sandwiched between the pancakes.
Not only can you appreciate the presentation, but you can also bask in the exquisite, refined taste. Akanemaru Honpo is so famous that you’d be hard pressed to find someone in Osaka who doesn’t know their TV ad!
Product: Akanemaru goshiki dorayaki
Price: 875 yen for 5 dorayaki
Manufacturer: Akanemaru Honpo
Where to buy: Akanemaru Honpo Shop, Osaka Station, Shin-Osaka Station, etc.
20. Amidaike Daikoku’s pon pon Japon
pon pon Japon is a type of okoshi, a traditional Osaka rice confection covered in starch syrup. Except Amidaike Daikoku has taken this traditional treat and put a modern twist to it by caramelizing it! It’s a hit product popular with people of all ages.
There are many different types, so you can try all sorts of flavors, and the packaging is colorful and stylish. It’s fun to pick which one you want, and it’s guaranteed to be well-received!
Product: pon pon Japon
Price: 1,396 yen for 3
Manufacturer: Amidaike Daikoku
Where to buy: Osaka Takashimaya, Hankyu Umeda, etc.
Don’t forget to buy some tasty souvenirs to take home if you’re in Osaka!
What do you think? Osaka has so many famous and traditional souvenirs, so you’ll have a lot of fun just trying to pick out what you want to get. There are a lot of hidden gems in Osaka that we weren’t able to introduce here, so take a look around! Have fun looking for gifts in Osaka!