Kansai International Airport is the gateway to Osaka. Not to be outdone by the extravagance of food in the streets of Osaka, there are also plenty of delicious things to eat at the airport! Here are 5 recommended restaurants inside Kansai Airport.
If you want to eat Japanese people’s beloved ramen, then go to this restaurant. Ryukishin is Japan’s first specialty restaurant for shio (salt) flavored ramen. As a matter of course, the shop’s "Sakai Ramen” has spread throughout the world. Its appeal is the light shio ramen made from carefully selected ingredients is much easier to eat than the usual shoyu (soy sauce) ramen, especially for first timers. The branch of Ryukishin in Kansai International Airport has an entire menu that is exclusive to Kansai Airport so be sure to make use of it. The portions of this ramen restaurant are not too large so even if you don’t have much time, you can eat it quickly. We recommend Ryukishin ramen (800 JPY (incl. tax)), which has a soup that draws out the delicious flavors of the ingredients.
*The photo is from Ryukishin Osaka’s main branch.
Maido Ookini Shokudo is a cafeteria where you can freely enjoy Japanese-style meals made from local and seasonal ingredients. The menu has over 60 varieties and you can savor homestyle Japanese cooking like shiozake (salt broiled salmon) and hijiki (dark, edible seaweed). A popular menu item, among others, is the tamagoyaki (grilled egg) (194 JPY (incl. tax) where you can choose additions like cheese or spring onion. It's cooked perfectly to order, so it's one of their recommended dishes. It’s self-serve so you can pick and choose what you like and enjoy washoku (Japanese cuisine) to your heart’s content. You’ll also be happy to know that the prices for each item are quite reasonable! It’s good for dining and also for snacking along with alcohol. It’s a restaurant where you can pass the time before your departure in your own unique way. Definitely check it out.
2. Maido Ookini Shokudo
Honmamon is a sushi restaurant where you can eat at the counter. In addition to the table seats and the counter seats where you can see the sushi chef make the sushi right before your eyes, you can also get a takeout pack that you can take as is onto the plane so you can enjoy genuine sushi. Since the fish is sourced from local ports as well as Chuo Market, the freshness of the sushi toppings is something they boast about. The daily specials are posted on a bulletin board in front of the shop so before you eat, be sure to check it properly. Also, since they use seasonal fish, in the summer you’ll be surprised at how you can savor fish like conger eel for such reasonable prices. There are many regulars, foreign and Japanese alike, who stop by on their way to and from business trips. This restaurant has a menu with photos included so even if you don’t understand Japanese, you can place your order smoothly. If you don't know what to order, try the moderately priced Jonigiri set menu that comes with miso soup (1,522 JPY (incl. tax)).
*Photo is for illustration purposes.
Kamado Gohan Sachifukuya is a restaurant where you can relax and enjoy teishoku, Japanese set meals that come with rice, miso soup, sides, pickled vegetables and a main dish, traditionally but not limited to grilled fish. At this restaurant, the sweet grilled red salmon teishoku, the fried chicken teishoku, and other varieties of teishoku all cost around 1,000 JPY. This restaurant also has a delicious ochazuke (rice and ingredients with tea poured on top) menu so for those who would like a light meal, don’t miss your chance to try it. Since you can eat as much as you like, we recommend the morning Japanese-style meal buffet (874 JPY (incl. tax)) which is offered during breakfast (7:00 am - 11:00 am) and comes with rice, miso soup, grilled fish, fried egg, boiled foods, and other Japanese style dishes.
*Photo is from the Sachifukuya CAFE Machida Tokyu Twins Shop.
4. Kamado Gohan Sachifukuya
If you want tonkatsu (fried pork filet) at the airport then Tonkatsu KYK Kansai Airport is the restaurant to go to. The deep-fried tonkatsu has a crispy outside with an almost unbearably juicy inside. The main dishes called “zen” like the domestic pork loin tonkatsu zen (1,230 JPY (incl. tax)) and pork filet tonkatsu zen (1,230 JPY (incl. tax)) are set meals with rice and small side dishes. The most delicious pork is carefully selected from the several hundred varieties within the country. The rice offered with the meal is picked yearly from a selection as Japan’s most delicious rice to further complement the tonkatsu. While it’s delicious eaten in the restaurant just after it’s fried, one of the appeals of tonkatsu is that it’s also delicious when cold. Since you can order takeout, you can take it with you onto the plane and it will still be delicious.
5. Tonkatsu KYK
Since there are so many restaurants inside Kansai Airport, you can enjoy all the many kinds of food. There are also restaurants where you can enjoy yourself even if you don’t have much time so you can have a quick break before your departure.
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.