This past weekend I got the opportunity to travel from Osaka to Tokyo by bullet train. You can purchase a shinkansen ticket for about 13,000 yen, unreserved, or pay a bit more for a reserved seat. In this post, you will find out about the Osaka Japanese food I tried as well as the craft beer bars I visited in this trip.

I stayed in the Dotonbori area which you will find a billboard there of a running man. This running man called Glico is a trademark and if you go there to visit you will have to see it.

Dotonbori Glico in Osaka

Dotonbori Glico in Osaka

The first thing I noticed to Osaka compared to Tokyo was how much smaller it was (in a good way) and how laid back it was. I did walk around the city much more than I would in Tokyo. The people seemed much friendlier than in Tokyo.

The area around Dotonbori has a street with many shops and outdoor restaurants. On my first night, I met an American guy and his Japanese girlfriend who were kind enough to show me some of Osaka. First, I got to visit the street food areas around Dotonbori it’s near the takoyaki restaurant. I got to try Osaka Japanese food which were different types of street food such as takoyaki including a sweet flavor as well as Kobe beef which I’ve wanted to try for a while. The entire meal was delicious and the steaming hot takoyaki in my mouth was well worth the trip by bullet train from Tokyo.

Osaka Japanese Food-Takoyaki

Osaka Japanese Food-Takoyaki

Trying a different style takoyaki with a lemon flavor!

Trying a different style takoyaki with a lemon flavor!

My new friend that I made recommended a craft beer bar in the area called Kamikaze. It was within walking distance to Dotonbori. About a 15 minute walk. While there I got the chance to try Minoh craft beer which is a local beer in Osaka. I tried the Minoh Pale Ale which is well balanced with a nice citrus flavor. There was some bitterness to it.

The next few days I spent walking around the city of Osaka trying Luke’s Lobster- it’s not an Osaka food but the lines there weren’t too long. It was very tasty Main Lobster sandwich. I highly recommend eating there and it is in the Dotonbori area.

Trying Delicious Lobster

Trying Delicious Lobster

My final stop was to a bar called T.N.T. run by an American guy named Chris. T.N.T is a one minute walk from the JR and Taisho subway station.

T.N.T. Craft Beer Bar in Osaka

T.N.T. Craft Beer Bar in Osaka

The bar has several different craft beers from the US some on draft as well as canned craft beers from different parts of the US. T.N.T. also has a welcoming atmosphere as we played a game of Trouble which was fun! The owners of T.N.T also run another bar called Cherry Bomb which they have a taco Tuesday night. I will definitely visit their other venue next time I am in Osaka.

Links:

Dotonbori Official Site

T.N.T. Craft Beer Bar

 

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