Some days we just thank the universe for giving us this integral part of our daily lives—instant noodles. Instant noodles have been a saviour of many, from late nights in the office to sustenance during your dreary student days.
Did you know that instant noodles (or instant ramen) were first invented by Momofuku Ando in Osaka? Nissin Foods was the first company to create and distribute it to the masses.
To celebrate this amazing creation that many around the world are thankful for, the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum was born in 2011 and is open to the public to come forth and understand the history and significance of this iconic food.
Best part here? You can D.I.Y your perfect instant ramen bowl! Here is what you can expect from this mind-blowing museum.
Osaka is the second largest city in Japan after Tokyo, and has made its way to almost every traveller’s bucket list. It is also affectionately known as the Kitchen of Japan.
You have seen many guides and lists on things to do when in Tokyo, but what about Osaka? If you have yet to visit Osaka or need a reason to, this will help you out and convince you to visit the wondrous Japanese city.
Here is your definitive guide to 13 Things Every First-Timer Should Do While In Osaka.
Osaka is the second most popular Japanese city after Tokyo. Japan itself is always brimming with culture and beautiful sceneries that are enchanting in many ways, and Osaka is no different. Experience both a fast-paced city life and also the quaint suburbs where you can kick back and relax.
Many families travel to Osaka because it is less hectic and the kids can enjoy a fun day out at places such as Universal Studios Japan, the Osaka Aquarium and the Osaka Castle, one of the most coveted places to view cherry blossoms when the season comes.
However, we all know that Japan can be pretty pricey, especially when it comes to accommodation. But you can definitely find an affordable hotel that is both convenient and comfortable for you and your travel partners. To aid you in your quest to find the perfect affordable hotel option, here are 8 Affordable Hotels in Osaka Under S$200 A Night That Will Not Burn A Hole In Your Wallet.
Osaka is the birthplace of Okonomiyaki, an all-time favourite street snack in Japan. Okonomiyaki is a savoury pancake that is mostly made out of the pancake batter and cabbage as the base. Sometimes meats or seafood are also added to finish it off, such as slices of pork or octopus. Then, some sweet sauce will be brushed on top, together with mayonnaise.
This popular street snack is synonymous with Osaka’s cuisine and having a piping hot Okonomiyaki on a chilly night in Osaka is one of the best things to do if you ever visit the prefecture.
This October, a grand affair will be taking place at the Osaka River and it will be nothing like you have ever seen. As part of the Osaka Canvas Project, the “Rolling Sushii” art installation is one of the many few on display.
If you are heading to Osaka in October, you should make this a pit stop as it is, for sure, a one-of-a-kind display that is not to be missed.
The search for the best otoro sushi has come to an end; we found love in Endo Sushi, Osaka.
To say that it is heavenly is but understated. This tiny eatery that sits within Osaka Central Fish Market has been in operations since more than a century ago. It is as old as it is gold, and every trip to Osaka sees us traveling all the way to the market for a bite of heaven. If you only have time for one meal in Osaka, head to Endo Sushi.
As we are all prepping to close the year, there are many things to be thankful for, and it has indeed been a wonderful 2014. One of the best things to always practice and cherish is to travel, and for the past year, we had been to many countries and cities, learned about cultures and expressions that we were never exposed to, shopped a lot, and ate cuisines of all kinds.
And among them is one trip that we took in November, where our readers joined us on a tour around Japan’s coastal area and Osaka city. We saw the bests of Wakayama, Mie and Osaka, and experienced the ultimate Japanese hospitality. It was a fun-filled week, and we all had a ball of a time picking fruits, visiting shoyu factory and soaking in cave onsens.
Once again, we would like to thank all our readers who joined us on this tour, and it was our pleasure to meet each and every one of you! Not forgetting the people behind the planning and coordinating – Apple Vacations Singapore. Here are some of the highlights of our 8D6N tour to Osaka, Mie & Wakayama:
Osaka is affectionately known as the “Kitchen of Japan”, and with this title, it only means that every meal at the Japanese city will be a good meal. There are no lack of options when dining at Osaka – from street snacks to fast meals at local eateries to a gastronomical display of kappo – and it is impossible to run out of ideas on what to eat because whether you are craving for an okonomiyaki or you need a bowl of piping hot ramen on a cold winter night, Osaka will feed you well.
Prior to our trip, we heard so much about how no one comes back from Osaka skinny, and while that thought did sound a little threatening, we knew we were going to love it. And indeed, we did! Friends and locals shared their favourites and go-to places with us, and we have compiled this Osaka food guide for your easy reference so that you will never have a bad meal at Osaka.
Cafes, local eateries, ramen parlours, sushi bars, exquisite dining in aristocratic ryoteis… you name it, Osaka has it. Enjoy feasting your way through the Kitchen of Japan!