The Charms of Manpaku in Banpaku 2018 – Gourmet Dishes from All Over Japan Gather in Osaka!
Manpaku in Banpaku 2018 is an event where you can taste various dishes that come from every corner of Japan. Inside the venue is a collection of specialty dishes and products from various places in the country, and everything tastes amazing! With that, here are some recommended foods and some tips for how to enjoy this event that is visited by a lot of repeat guests year after year.
What is Manpaku in Banpaku 2018?
Manpaku in Banpaku 2018 is a food event where you can sample exquisite dishes from all over Japan! Divided into eight areas comprised of meat, seafood, ramen, gyoza (dumpling), fried foods, sweets, cheese, and eggs, it features around 80 shops competing over who has the best-tasting food. This is a rare opportunity for you to enjoy delicious dishes from around the country – from Hokkaido to Okinawa - in one day. You can line up at the booth of the restaurant where you want to eat, buy the food you want, and then eat what you’ve purchased while relaxing on the lawn.
Venue: Expo ’70 Commemorative Park, East Plaza (Suita-shi, Osaka)
Schedule: October 6th (Sat.) – 8th (Monday/public holiday), 13th (Sat.) – 15th (Mon.), 20th (Sat.) – 22nd (Mon.)
Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (park is open until 4:30 pm)
Admission tickets: Advance tickets that can be purchased at convenience stores and other establishments are priced at 300 JPY for weekdays and 400 JPY for Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays. Same-day tickets available at the venue are priced at 400 JPY on weekdays and 500 JPY on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.
Junior high school students and younger guests can enter for free. A separate fee of 250 JPY (70 JPY for elementary/junior high school students) will be charged as park admission fee.
Highlights and Attractions of Manpaku in Banpaku 2018
More than anything else, the true charm of Manpaku is that is provides the place where you can eat gourmet dishes that suit your taste from various restaurants in Japan that are known to serve delicious treats! For instance, you can start off by buying an assortment of four kinds of beer that you can drink and compare, and then proceed to eating tender wagyu (high-quality Japanese beef) steak, fresh tuna, and baked oysters that are a perfect match with beer. Another great feature of this event is that the venue is fully equipped with everything you’d need. There are many tents, tables, and chairs inside the venue, and if you come with a group and you brought your own leisure seats and simple tent, then you won’t find it hard to find a place for your group. There are also temporary toilets that flush and diaper changing stations, so everyone in the family will be able to have fun.
What Shops Will Be There?
This year’s event will feature the Tokachi Gyutoro-don (beef bowl) that won the most number of votes in the popularity contest at the Manpaku in Banpaku 2017 where famous restaurants from around the country gathered! It is a dish of frozen Tokachi beef flakes put on top of a bowl of piping hot rice, and has a melt-in-the-mouth texture and superbly delicious flavors and sweetness. 2nd place went to the Hokkaido Nakashibetsu Shiitake “Omoi no Take”. This mushroom dish will get you hooked to the delicious taste of thick shiitake mushroom that will spread in your mouth the more you chew.
In the gyoza category, the popular dumplings are the Wangfujing and Natsume-ya that are characterized by their chewy skin and juicy filling. Utsunomiya Gyoza Menmen, known for its crispy golden-brown hanetsuki (literally means “with wings") gyoza, will be another popular booth in the gyoza category.
Among the seafood category that has a long list of participating booths, the one booth that you shouldn’t miss if you love tuna is Nakasuji Suisan. It is a shop from a fishing port that boasts extreme freshness and delicious taste.
Once you have eaten and enjoyed superb gourmet dishes, take a break by heading to Melonya Shushu and ordering the impressive soda is served in a whole melon. Meanwhile, the pudding from Osaka Oeuf Pudding is put inside a cute bottle, so it is perfect for souvenir.
Gyutoro-don (880 JPY (incl. tax))
Fried Xiaolongbao (600 JPY (incl. tax))
Try These Recommended Dishes!
Of the myriad gourmet dishes you will find at the event, the area that you should make sure to visit is the unique ramen area! Some of the recommended creations here are the Asari wo Fundan ni Tsukatta Kuso Oyaji Shime no Ippai (850 JPY (incl. tax)) with clam soup from Kuso Oyaji Saigo no Hitofuri (The Old Man’s Best Swing) if you like a refreshing, mild taste in your ramen, and the Noko Miso “Hono/Aburi” Nikumori Ramen (850 JPY (incl. tax)) with generous serving of pork from Kanazawa Noko Chuka Soba Shinsen if you prefer a richer, bolder taste.
Asari wo Fundan ni Tsukatta Kuso Oyaji Shime no Ippai (850 JPY (incl. tax))
Noko Miso “Hono/Aburi” Nikumori Ramen (850 JPY (incl. tax))
At the seafood area that is packed with booths offering delicious dishes, you should definitely try the tuna dishes such as the Ryoshi no Negitoro Shirasu Sushi (young sardines) (1,000 JPY (incl. tax)) from Nakasuji Suisan. But since you are already there anyway, why not challenge yourself to taste dishes you haven't tried before? How about the Ikameshi (500 JPY (incl. tax)) from Hakodate Ikameshi-ya - a whole squid with chewy rice inside that is cooked in a soy sauce-based sauce similar to teriyaki? It is an exquisite dish that will let you enjoy rice soaked in the delicious flavors of squid! Meanwhile, the Hon Tarabagani Marugoto Ippon-yaki (grilled red king crab) (1,500 JPY (incl. tax)) from Kajima is easy to eat and goes well with beer.
Ryoshi no Negitoro Shirasu Sushi (1,000 JPY (incl. tax))
Hon Tarabagani Marugoto Ippon-yaki (1,500 JPY (incl. tax))
How to Get There
Get off at the Shin-Osaka Station on the Shinkansen (bullet train). Get on the subway’s Midosuji Line (Kita-Osaka Kyuko Line) at Shin-Osaka Station and get off at Senri-Chuo Station. Transfer to the Osaka Monorail at Senri-Chuo Station and then get off at Bampaku-kinen-koen Station.
From Osaka Airport, take the Osaka Monorail from Osaka Airport Station and get off at Bampaku-kinen-koen Station.
From Kansai International Airport, get on the Nankai Electric Railway at Kansai-airport Station and get off at Namba Station. Transfer to the Midosuji Line (Kita-Osaka Kyuko Line) at Namba Station and get off at Senri-Chuo Station. Get on the Osaka Monorail at Senri-Chuo Station and then get off at Bampaku-kinen-koen Station.
From Tokyo, you can reach Osaka in about 2.5 hours if you go by Shinkansen or around 1.5 hours by air.
Reminders When Visiting the Event
The ticket booths for same-day tickets will surely be crowded, so for a smoother entry into the event, it would be better to purchase advance tickets from convenience stores and other spots. Inside the venue, you will need to line up in order to buy dishes from popular booths, but if you come in a group, it would be best to divide the work and have each one of you fall in line in front of the booths you like. You can share everything that you bought, so you will be able to taste the flavors of the dishes of many restaurants. Now after you’re done eating, make sure to throw the garbage into the garbage can properly, and don’t forget to clean the tables and chairs for those who will be using them after you.
Manpaku is an event where you can taste various delicious dishes from all over Japan. If you find something particularly delicious, you just might end up traveling to the area where it came from! So, with this article as your guide, please check out Manpaku in Banpaku 2018!
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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