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Connected directly to JR Osaka Station, Daimaru Umeda is a department store with outstanding accessibility. It has Tokyu Hands and Pokemon Center stores on its upper floors, and is distinguished by its large number of guests with families in tow and male customers. In the overwhelmingly large underground food hall, you can find a variety of things – from Osaka’s staple souvenirs, such as sweets from Rikuro Ojisan no Mise and Madame Shinco, to confectionery from famous stores in Kyoto and Kobe. Making use of its excellent convenience from being directly linked to a train station, this department store has become a market for souvenirs and presents for people residing outside the Kansai region. <※Information is from KansaiWalker (issued on December 15, 2017)>

minamoalley - Gift Box Filled With Entertainment Unique to Osaka

This is the Dotonbori Bonbon Town Gift Box (1,080 JPY for a set of 18 pieces) – chocolate on a stick that is covered in packaging that bears an illustration of “bonbon” (in Kansai dialect, the term refers to a “young gentleman”) from Dotonbori. This souvenir comes in three flavors – milk, matcha (green tea) and dark chocolate.
<Selling period: Throughout the year/Expiration: 6 months from the manufacturing date/Carrying temperature: Room temperature/Ordering: Possible/Local shipping: Possible>

Mikage Yamate Roll - Special Roll Cake Made by a Famous Patisserie in Kobe

This is the Takumi Roll (870 JPY per roll), which uses generous amounts of fresh cream from Hokkaido. This outlet only sells rolls made fresh every day. It may be a simple and basic roll cake, but the taste of its ingredients really stands out. It’s something that can only be achieved by skilled artisans (“takumi” in Japanese)!
<Selling period: Throughout the year/Expiration: Same day as the manufacturing date/Carrying temperature: Refrigeration required/Ordering: Not possible/Local shipping: Not possible>

JUKKA - Fusion of Roasted Mochi and Fruits! New Melt-In-Your-Mouth Taste

This is the Maru Maro (648 JPY for a set of 16 pieces), which brings a new delicious flavor that goes beyond the sphere of conventional rice-based pastries. Their famous Maru is a dessert that is made by coating light, melt-in-your-mouth roasted mochi pieces (“arare” in Japanese) with fruit powder, creating a dessert that is a treat to the eyes.
<Selling period: Throughout the year/Expiration: About 120 days/Carrying temperature: Room temperature/Ordering: Possible/Local shipping: Possible>

Sweet Oven FUJIYA - Special Milky Cream on Soft Chiffon Cake

This is the Milky Cream Chiffon (800 JPY *Limited quantity). It is a hearty dessert that has a generous filling of milky cream inside its square-shaped chiffon cake that looks like a loaf of bread. The familiar Peko-chan wrapper is also cute!
<Selling period: Throughout the year/Expiration: Same day as the manufacturing date /Carrying temperature: Refrigeration required/Ordering: Not possible/Local shipping: Not possible>

Kiyasu Sohonpo - Osaka Specialty With Perfectly Grilled Mochi and Delicious Sweet Sauce

This is the Mitarashi Dango (920 JPY for a set of 10 pieces) from a famous cafe that serves Japanese sweets in Osaka’s Juso district. This shop’s best-seller, the Mitarashi Dango (mochi dumplings that are skewered onto sticks and covered in a sweet soy sauce-based sauce), is only grilled upon order. It is generously coated with their special salty-sweet sauce, and has an extraordinary aroma and chewy texture!
<Selling period: Throughout the year/Expiration: Same day as the manufacturing date /Carrying temperature: Room temperature/Ordering: Not possible/Local shipping: Not possible>

Kansou - Kelp-Based Delicacy From a Veteran Shop That's Been Representing Osaka for More Than 230 Years

This is the Hosogiri Kombu Tennen Umami Seiho (thin strips of kelp) (1,620 JPY for a box with three kinds of kelp) – a popular product from a well-established kelp store. The kelp, which is subjected to the shop’s proprietary production method to fully extract its delicious flavor and make it softer, can be eaten as is, or put it in a salad (which is what many people do).
<Selling period: Throughout the year/Expiration: About 120 days/Carrying temperature: Room temperature/Ordering: Possible/Local shipping: Possible>

Tested by the Editorial Team! They Choose These!

(Matsuura) "What caught my eyes among all of the new stores was minamoalley, which opened in September. They use quite elaborate packaging – each of the bonbons in the Bonbon Town had a name!"

(Shinohara) "I didn’t really feel the individuality from the chocolates themselves, but the packaging and design were adorable. An unlikely idea is shining through."

(Shimada) "This sort of sticky food is nice to eat sometimes. I buy Mitarashi Dango from Kiyasu Sohonpo when I go back home."

(Shinohara) "I have never seen anyone not be glad when receiving this souvenir. I think that its sweet, fragrant aroma and voluminous size make the Mitarashi Dango a cut above the rest.”

(Matsuura) "Kansou is another unparalleled souvenir store from Osaka. Its delicious taste has not changed over the years, so it remains packed with customers. This is something I’d recommend if you want to give a souvenir to someone who is not really into sweets. If you are going to a house party, then the Mikage Yamate Roll is also recommended. Its dough is fluffy and light, and it has milky cream inside. It's the kind of food that you’d end up devouring!”

(Shimada) "The FUJIYA Milky Cream Chiffon is also something that I’d finish completely. However, it’s so big that you’d think it's a loaf of bread (laughs). I’m glad that it’s filled with cream all the way to the bottom. I love this kind of familiar and nostalgic taste.”

(Nakaji) "I thought it would be very sweet, but it’s not. The wrapper is also cute, and the dessert is really large, so I want to gift it to a family with children.”

(Matsuura) "JUKKA is delicious, but I wonder if there’s anyone who I can give this to? I want to give this to someone who will appreciate its fanciness (laughs)!”

■Daimaru Umeda
<Phone: 06-6343-1231/Hours: 10:00 am – 8:30 pm, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, 9:30 am – 6:00 pm for B1/2 on December 31 (Sun), and 9:30 am – 9:00 pm on January 2 (Tue) *Holidays vary depending on the floor/Closed: January 1 (public holiday)/Address: 3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka/Access: Directly linked to JR Osaka Station>

Tested by the Editorial Team! They Choose These!

3-1-1 Umeda, Kita-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 12.27.2017]

*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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