[2018 Edition] 10 Select Souvenirs to Purchase Around Osaka Station Before You Leave the City
Finding the right gifts to take home can be a challenge. So much so that you may overthink it, run out of time, and settle for the most convenient item. You won't have to worry about that anymore! Today, we'll show you 10 tasty gifts near Osaka Station you can choose!
1. Osaka Kitahorie Petite Etoile by Amidaike Daikoku
Osaka Kitahorie Petite Etoile is a product of Amidaike Daikoku, a long-established confectionery store with a history of over 200 years. It is a rusk that is like a slightly sweet pie made by baking bite-sized choux pastry into a crisp and flaky texture. It has a cute, roundish form and comes in a box of 10 maple-flavored and 10 chocolate-flavored ones. Available at Entree Marche at the Central Gate of JR Osaka Station.
Price: 1,080 JPY (incl. tax) / box of 20
2. Milk Manju Tsuki-gesho by Aoki Shofu-an
The Milk Manju Tsuki-gesho by Aoki Shofu-an is such a popular item that people say that one is sold every three seconds. It is a sweet that combines the delicacy of Japanese wagashi and the rich flavors of Western desserts. A bean paste filling with the aroma of milk is wrapped in a soft and moist skin. The secret to its popularity is the creamy and smooth filling of white bean paste made with two types of green beans, butter, condensed milk and other ingredients. Available at Entree Marche at the Central Gate of JR Osaka Station and other places.
Price: 540 JPY (incl. tax) / box of 4 and up
3. Eemonchi by Gokan
Eemonchi, available at various souvenir stores in Osaka, is a dessert by the Osaka brand, Gokan, who introduced rice into Western-style sweets. It is a madeleine made with domestic rice flour, domestic flour, and extremely flavorful fermented butter. The batter that is finished with rice sugar syrup has a wonderfully moist texture and deep flavors. Each one has three large black soybeans in it. Sold at Entree Marche at the Central Gate of JR Osaka Station and other places.
*Not available at Gokan stores
Price: 345 JPY (incl. tax) / box of 3 and up
4. Takoyan by Sanwa Yamamoto
Takoyan is recommended for those looking for something unique. It is a Japanese wagashi made in the image of the Osaka specialty food, takoyaki (fried balls of dough that contain octopus and other seasonings). The pastry that is flavored with condensed milk is filled with a milky, white bean paste. The pastry is baked to a caramel color by brushing egg yolk on it, which resembles the appearance of takoyaki sauce. Kori-mochi (frozen mochi rice) made to look like aonori (green dried seaweed) is sprinkled on top to complete the image. Available in stores at various stations such as at Entree Marche at the Central Gate of JR Osaka Station.
Price: 410 JPY (incl. tax) / box of 6 and up
5. Hitotsubu Kanro's Fruity Aroma Lozenges
Hitotsubu Kanro is a line of chic hard candy and gummy sweets by an established sweet manufacturer. Recommended among the variety of sweets wrapped in cute packaging is the Fruity Aroma Lozenges in packaging only available in Osaka. The small lozenges come in three flavors, each in a can with images of Osaka. For example, the blue mint & citrus flavor comes in a can decorated with drawings of whale sharks from the popular tourist destination, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan. They can be purchased on the second floor of LUCUA 1100.
Price: 400 JPY (incl. tax)
6. TANEBITS by Kameda Seika
TANEBITS by Kameda Seika, Japan's No. 1 producer of rice-based snacks, are premium kakinotane* (description down below) made by adding a twist to the traditional preparation method, such as charring, deep-frying, smoking and marinating. There are six varieties, including the Tempura-Wasabi flavor, which consists of deep-fried kakinotane with wasabi salt, and Sakura Smoke Kakinotane, smoked with cherry chips. Each comes mixed with nuts that go well with the flavors. Available on B1F of Hankyu Umeda Main Store.
*Small rice crackers (baked kneaded mochi rice) in the shape of persimmon seeds. Flavored with soy sauce and chili pepper, it's a popular snack to enjoy on its own or with drinks.
Price: 540 JPY (incl. tax)
7. GRAND Calbee's Aburi Crisps
The GRAND Calbee potato crisps are collaboration between the popular snack company, Calbee, and Hankyu Umeda Main Store. They gave the name potato crisps to their revamped version of potato chips. The Aburi Crisps were created after refining the flavor of the potatoes. The potatoes are cut thickly and fried slowly over a long period of time, then toasted to lock in the flavors of the ingredients and to enhance the aroma. There are standard flavors such as salt, Hokkaido butter, and camembert cheese, as well as new flavors that are introduced seasoally such as margherita and bagna cauda. They are available on the B1F of Hankyu Umeda Main Store.
Price: 580 JPY (incl. tax)
8. HAPPY Turn's by Kameda Seika
HAPPY Turn's is the premium version of Happy Turn, a snack of flaky rice crackers dusted with a sweet and savory powder. The premium version is based on the original, but has added powder of various flavors. In the spring and summer, the aromatic crispy type with a light texture is added to the lineup, and in the fall and winter, the rich melt type that seems to melt in the mouth is added. The lemon tea, brown sugar kinako (roasted soybean flour), and wasanbon (refined Japanese sugar) flavors are available during the spring and summer of 2018. They are sold on the B1F of Hankyu Umeda Main Store.
Price: 540 JPY (incl. tax) / box of 10
9. Bâton d'or by Glico
Bâton d'or is a snack by Glico, the snack maker famous for the huge billboard in Dotonbori. It is a luxurious stick-type snack based on the popular Pocky. The aromatic pretzel, made by carefully baking a batter with plenty of butter mixed in and further soaking with melted butter containing fermented butter, is coated with their original chocolate. There are seasonal flavors, as well as flavors only available at certain stores, in addition to the standard sugar butter, milk, and rich strawberry flavors. They are sold on B1F of Hankyu Umeda Main Store.
Price: 501 JPY (incl. tax) and up
10. Kakitane Cube by Kakitane Kitchen
Kakitane Kitchen is a kakinotane specialty store that sells kakinotane made with different taste combinations and by adding elements of various food. Kakitane Cube of kakinotane mixed with nuts are in cute cube-shaped boxes, and are perfect as souvenirs. The "kaisen-fu shiodare" of salted kakinotane with seafood flavors mixed with almonds is popular. There is a total of nine unique flavors including "sansho pepper and soy sauce", "wasabi from Azumino and soy sauce", and "teriyaki mayonnaise". They are available on the B1F of Hanshin Umeda Main Store.
Price: 378 JPY (incl. tax)
These are introduced in order of the proximity of the sales counters to Osaka Station, so look for them if you are not sure what to take home as souvenirs or if you're short on time.
*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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