Osaka Foods in Namba: Kuromon Market Tour & Takoyaki Making

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Duration
3 hours
Number of Guests
2 - 15 guests
Language
Chinese, Japanese, Korean
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Experience the dazzling flavors that made the world fall in love with Osaka’s food! Sample fresh food at Kuromon Market and make takoyaki octopus dumplings in this gastronomic tour of the city.
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Taste some of Osaka’s most celebrated specialty foods! Try fresh seafood, pickles, and snacks at Kuromon Market, and learn to make Osaka’s classic takoyaki (grilled octopus dumplings)
Enjoy a guided tour of “Osaka’s kitchen”, Kuromon Market! Your host will guide you through the bustling crowds and take you to several shops to taste local specialties
Wind down at a peaceful Buddhist temple and see the famous Glico sign
Make your own takoyaki dumplings with help from your host (15 dumplings per guest!)
For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals
Experience Details
Osaka is often referred to as Japan’s kitchen, but did you know that the city itself also has a so-called kitchen of its own? That's precisely where this tour starts. Kuromon Market has over 170 shops selling all sorts of fresh foods, supplying the city’s many eateries and restaurants. You’ll see the market buzzing with energy from the morning: fishmongers selling their fresh catch, colorful stalls offering melt-in-your-mouth Kobe beef, and shops selling tea, snacks, sweets, and everything in between. As you make your way through the bustling alley led by your guide, you’ll sample some of Kuromon’s fresh offerings, like oysters and seafood, tasting the flavors at the core of Osaka’s gastronomic allure. After so much excitement, wind down as you visit a nearby temple with a unique Buddha statue. Legend has it that pouring water on the statue brings good luck, which has resulted in it becoming completely covered in moss. Here, your guide will show you how to light traditional incense sticks according to Buddhist etiquette and teach you Japanese Buddhist traditions. Your next stop will be Osaka’s most photographed billboard, the Glico sign, where you can get a photo, too, before heading to your next and final stop. Lastly, it’s time to feast on Osaka’s specialty food, takoyaki! And what better way than making it yourself? You will head to an eatery with a built-in takoyaki maker, where your guide will help you pour the batter and grill your octopus dumplings to perfection for an authentic Osaka experience. Experience flow: -Meet your guide in Namba -Walk about 10 minutes to the Kuromon Market -Enjoy a guided tour of the market, sampling fresh seafood, oysters, and more -Visit a Buddhist temple nearby -Take a photo in front of the Glico sign, one of Osaka’s most famous landmarks -Make takoyaki dumplings with your guide (15 dumplings per guest)
Inclusions
Guide fee
3 street foods at Kuromon Market (seafood, pickles, etc.)
Ingredients and utensils to make 15 takoyaki dumplings
Exclusions
Transportation to and from the meeting point
Additional food and drinks
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet your guide in the designated meeting point about 2 min on foot from Namba Station in central Osaka. The exact meeting location and a Google Maps link will be provided upon booking.
Remarks
The tour involves walking for about 2 km, so please wear comfortable shoes.
It is recommended that you bring a bag for souvenirs.
Please note that the minimum drinking age in Japan is 20 years old. Those under 20 are welcome to participate but will not be allowed to drink alcohol.
The tour might become canceled in case of bad weather or if the minimum number of participants is not reached.
Cancellation Policy
Cancel your booking at least 2 days before the experience start time to receive a full refund minus a 3.2% transaction fee.
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Osaka Prefecture is the birthplace of Kansai-style okonomiyaki and many classic Japanese street foods. Centered around Osaka (the prefectural capital), the clash of trade, traditions, and modern technologies contributes to the dynamic energy of this prefecture overlooking Osaka Bay.
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Earliest available date: May 29, 2024
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For each guest that attends this experience, byFood will donate
10 meals