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Made in Osaka: Local Goods You’ll Surely Love

13.05.2019

Recently it can seem like almost nothing is made locally anymore, right?

When you come all the way to Osaka surely you’ll want to check out things made locally, right? You can even bring some back home as a souvenir to remember your trip!

This time we’ll introduce some lesser known items too–so you’ll have a uniquely Osakan experience!

 

Dining

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Everyone knows about kushikatsu (Japanese deep-fried skewered meat and vegetables) and takoyaki by now right? (If not, check out our previous blog here!)

 

1. Hokkyokusei Omurice 北極星
大阪 おみやげ 北極星 オムライス
Photo credit: othree

There are two theories on where the fusion style cuisine “omurice” (omelette rice) came from: Tokyo or Osaka.

For Osaka, it’s said to have originated from Hokkyokusei. The main store is located conveniently in Shinsaibashi, making it super easy to get to.

From 1925 Hokkyokusei began to create a dish witHomepagean-fried mushrooms and onions mixed into ketchup rice, wrapped in an egg. These days, a variety of styles are offered.

And for a souvenir why not buy the Must Add-on Tomato Sauce! It can be used in beef curry or omu-rice!
 

北極星 心斎橋本店 Hokkyokusei Omurice
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区西心斎橋2-7-27
2-7-27 Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours
Weekdays – 11:30~22:00
Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays – 11:00~22:00
**Last Order: 30 minutes before close
Closed on December 31st, January 1st
Nearest Station about a 5-minute walk from Namba Station exit 25 on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line
Homepage http://hokkyokusei.jp/index.html

 

2. Jiyuken (自由軒) Curry
大阪 おみやげ 自由軒 カレーライス
Photo credit: :Richard, enjoy my life!
Jiyuken has a long-standing history, established in Osaka in 1910. It’s not the usual curry that you think of: instead, a raw egg is placed on top of the rice and then the sauce is poured on. Jiyuken Curry is the originator of this style, so why not try it while in Osaka?

The recommended product now? The new flavor made from tomato paste–Red Label Curry! It was created in 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Jiyuken. With Red Label Curry you can get a taste of Minamikawachi’s local flavors: deep-fried meat, onions from Awaji, and specialty beef.
 

自由軒 難波本店 Jiyuken Curry Namba Store
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区難波3-1-34
3-1-34 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours 11:30~21:00
Closed on Mondays (If a holiday falls on a Monday, then the next day will be closed instead)
Nearest Station About a 2-minute walk from Namba Station Exit 11 on the Osaka Metro lines and Kintetsu Lines
Homepage http://www.jiyuken.co.jp/

 

Sweets & Quick Bites

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1. Bâton d’or
大阪 おみやげ Bâton D'or バトンドール
Photo credit: othree

While the name is admittedly not Japanese, this product is made in Osaka!!

Can you guess what it is?

We’ll give you a hint: it’s a well known Japanese snack!

Glico may be the shining image of Osaka that lingers in everyone’s minds–and what else would you associate with Glico but pocky.

That’s right: Bâton d’or is upscale pocky! (aka Golden Stick)

It’s sold only in three locations: Hankyu Umeda, Takashimaya, and at Itami Airport. And you can’t mail order it either! Pocky is an easily recognized snack that you can bring back to your friends: but Bâton d’or is a new take on an old favorite that will be sure to be a hit with your friends.

 

Bâton d’or バトンドール 阪急うめだ本店 Hankyu Umeda
Address 大阪府大阪市北区角田町8-7 阪急 うめだ本店 地下1階
B1 Hankyu Umeda, 8-7 Kakudacho, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours 10:00~20:00 (Fri & Sat until 21:00) *Subject to change depending on the holiday/season
Nearest Station About a 3~6 minute walk from Umeda Station on the Hankyu, Hanshin and Osaka Metro Midosuji Line, Higashi-Umeda Station on the Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line, and Nishi-Umeda on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line / About a 4 minute walk from JR Osaka Station / About an 8 minute walk from Kitashinchi Station on the JR Tozai Line
Bâton d’or バトンドール 髙島屋大阪店 Takashimaya Osaka (Namba)
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区難波5丁目1番5号 髙島屋 大阪店 地下1階
B1 Takashimaya Osaka, 5-1-5 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours 10:00~20:00 (Fri & Sat until 20:30)
Nearest Station Near Namba Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji, Yotsubashi, and Sennichimae Lines, Osaka Namba Station on the Hanshin and Kintetsu Lines, and Nankai Namba Station
Bâton d’or バトンドール 大阪国際空港(伊丹空港)店
Osaka International Airport (Itami Airport)
Address 大阪府大阪府豊中市螢池西町3丁目555番地
大阪国際空港 ターミナルビル2F
tami Osaka International Airport Terminal Bldg. 2F, 3-555 Hotarugaikenishimachi, Toyonaka, Osaka
Hours 07:30~19:30
Nearest Station Osaka Airport Station (Itami Airport) on the Osaka Monorail Line / Airport Buses run to/from major areas in Kansai. Please check the home page for details.
Homepage https://www.glico.co.jp/batondor/index.html

 

2. 551 Horai (551蓬莱) Butaman (Steamed Pork Buns)
大阪 おみやげ 551蓬莱 豚まん 肉まん
Photo credit: dreamcat115
In Osaka steamed pork buns are not called “nikuman” (steamed meat buns) or “chuka man” (steamed Chinese buns)–but instead they are called “butaman” which means steamed pork bun.

551 Horai Butaman is all made by hand and only sold within the Kansai area.
Shumai, pan-fried gyoza, “anman” (steamed bun with anko bean filling)–so you can try out many different styles.

You can find 551 Horai Butaman at major stations as well as department stores. There are even some restaurants where you can eat in too!

**Where to Buy: Stores, Internet, Phone or FAX
 

551蓬莱本店 551 Horai Butaman (Steamed Pork Buns) **Restaurant available!
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区難波3-6-3 ※レストランもございます。
3-6-3 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours 11:00~22:00(LO 21:30)
Closed on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
Nearest Station About a 1 minute walk from Namba Station Exit 11 on the Osaka Metro lines / About a 3 minute walk from Nankai Namba Station
Homepage http://www.551horai.co.jp/index.html

 

3. Suntory(サントリー)Whisky
大阪 おみやげ サントリー ウイスキー  山崎
Photo credit: cotaro70s

Do you enjoy a good glass of whisky once in a while? Well believe it or not the famous Suntory brand has a distillery and Suntory Whisky is made right here in Osaka!

For hardcore whisky lovers, we recommend trying the factory tour! Of course during the tour there is a chance for taste testing! You can try the whisky cut with water or soda and snacks. For another chance at taste testing, head to the Yamazaki Whiskey Museum!
**A reservation is require for the factory tour as well as taste testing at the Yamazaki Whiskey Museum

 

サントリー山崎蒸溜所 Suntory Whisky Yamazaki Distillery
Address 大阪府三島郡島本町山崎5-2-1
5-2-1 Yamazaki, Shimamoto-cho, Mishima-gun, Osaka
Hours 10:00~16:45(最終入場 16:30)
Closed on the beginning/end of the year, factory holidays
Nearest Station About a 10 minute walk from Hankyu Oyamazaki Station and JR Yamazaki Station
Tour – Yamazaki Distillery Tour (1,000 JPY/person, including tax)
– THE STORY OF YAMAZAKI ~Single Malt Whisky~ (2,000 JPY/person, including tax)
– Yamazaki Museum of Whisky (free, no tour of the factory process). Please check the homepage for more details.
Homepage https://www.suntory.co.jp/factory/yamazaki/

 

Clothes & Accessories

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1. anello®(アネロ)
大阪 おみやげ アネロ anello かばん
Photo credit: anello®(アネロ)
Established in 2005, anello has become a staple in Osaka as a fashionable bag brand! In fact, it’s popular throughout Japan and overseas: Hong Kong, Taiwan, and more~

It’s easy to see why it’s so popular: once you open up the bag, it has a wide opening, making it easy to put things inside.

Each year over 7,000,000 bags are sold domestically and abroad. With reasonable pricing starting from 3,900 JPY, it could make a perfect addition to your bag collection.

**Where to buy: at the store or online
 

anello® FLAGSHIP STORE (OSAKA)
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区南船場3-5-11 1F
1F, 3-5-11 Minamisemba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours 11:00-20:00
Closed on  N/A
Nearest Station About a 2 minute walk from Shinsaibashi Station Exit 1 on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line

Where to buy: at the store or online
Homepage http://www.anello.jp/

 

2. 「WEGO(ウィゴー)」

Last on our list is WEGO, established in 1994! It first started off as a small second-hand clothing store in America Mura, Osaka. However, it received so much support through the years that it’s opened up over 150 stores nationwide! You can still find used clothing here, but now there’s also a wide assortment of jeans, T-shirts, and even items such as surfboards that may be difficult to obtain in Japan. The prices are reasonable too, so go ahead and check it out!

**Where to buy: at the store or online
 

WEGO VINTAGE アメリカ村店
Address 大阪府大阪市中央区西心斎橋1-16-8
1-16-8, Nishishinsaibashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Hours 11:00~21:00
Closed on N/A (Except on any special occasions when the building is closed)
Nearest Station About a 2 minute walk from Yotsubashi Station Exit 5 on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line
Homepage http://www.wego.jp/

 

So how about it for your next trip here? You can try them out for yourself, or bring it back as a souvenir!

 

Source of Cover Photo:Sarah-Rose

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