[2019 Edition] 10 Must-Buy Souvenirs Available in Osaka Station and Umeda Station
Many people apparently end up not having enough time to buy souvenirs when they travel to Osaka because they spend all their time in the many attractions and things to do in the city. Well, you need not worry about that anymore! In Osaka, known as the “kitchen of Japan,” there are plenty of delicious souvenirs that you can buy from the stations that you have to visit for yout departure. And with that, here are 10 recommended souvenirs that you can purchase around Osaka Station and Umeda Station!
- 1. Osaka Benishoga-ten Kakinotane-age by Idea Package
- 2. Kokyu Chocolate by Marushige
- 3. Dojima Roll by Mon Cher
- 4. Mangetupon by Matuoka Seika
- 5. Buta-man by 551 Horai
- 6. Madame Brulee by Madam Shinco
- 7. Petit Etoile by Amidaike Daikoku
- 8. Milk Manju Tsukigesho by Aoki Shofu-an
- 9. Eemonchi by Gokan
- 10. Kuidaore Taro Baby Star by Taro Foods
1. Osaka Benishoga-ten Kakinotane-age by Idea Package
Osaka Benishoga-ten Kakinotane-age is a unique snack of benishoga-ten (tempura of red pickled ginger), considered a comfort food in Osaka, that has been formed shaped into kakinotane (persimmon seeds) and then deep fried. When you open the bag, the first thing that will surprise you is the pink color, but the taste of the kakinotane is even more unique. It is a very popular product of spicy and slightly sweet benishoga covered in crispy batter to create an exquisite taste that will get you hooked. Its salty taste also makes it the perfect snack to pair with alcoholic beverages. You can purchase it at 7-Eleven and other stores.
2. Kokyu Chocolate by Marushige
Kokyu Chocolate is fast becoming the new staple souvenir out of Osaka. Its name ("kokyu" means "breath" in Japanese) that has an outstanding impact comes from the desire of the developer to have the product “eaten while it is still fresh, as if it is breathing.” Made by hand by the chocolatier, piece by piece, this chocolate has the kind of deliciousness that is as distinctive as its name.
There are various flavors available, such as matcha and kinako (soybean flour), but the Kokyu Chocolate Kitashinchi with caramel-coated almonds wrapped in mascarpone cream cheese with ultra-find cocoa powder on top is the classic flavor, so you should try it if you find it difficult to decide on what to get. You can purchase Kokyu Chocolate at the Marushige Whity Umeda Branch and other spots.
3. Dojima Roll by Mon Cher
The Dojima Roll, characterized by the flavorful and soft cream packed inside moist and soft dough, is a very popular confection that can impress even the strictest of cake connoisseurs. The secret behind its huge success is the fresh delicious taste of cake that is baked using only the finest ingredients in a kitchen near the store.
The cream, which is mixed using a proprietary formula that maximizes the richness of fresh milk, has a mild flavor that is light on the sweetness, so it is recommended even to those who are not really into sweet stuff. The Dojima Roll is a souvenir that you should get for yourself and for people who are important to you. You can purchase it at such spots as the Daimaru Umeda Branch that is directly connected to JR Osaka Station.
4. Mangetupon by Matuoka Seika
Mangetupon is a local senbei (rice cracker) that has long been loved in Osaka. These crispy rice crackers that are seasoned with sweetened soy sauce have the kind of taste that will make you feel somehow nostalgic. It is a simple snack of dough made with flour, salt, and water, and then seasoned with sweetened soy sauce, lending a taste that makes it a great souvenir for people of all ages. This snack is also affordable and keeps for a long time, making it the best souvenir for a lot of people. You can purchase it at all convenience stores, including Lawson and FamilyMart.
5. Buta-man by 551 Horai
One of the signature souvenirs from Osaka is the buta-man (pork bun) from 551 Horai. It is a loaded pork bun with a slightly sweet dough that is packed with a sweet onion filling oozing with the flavors of meat. This buta-man, which is extremely tasty despite its simple ingredients, is a masterpiece even among the so-called "kitchen" of a country that is obsessed with food! It is a souvenir you shouldn’t miss when you go to Osaka! You can purchase it at 551 Horai at the Central Gate of JR Osaka Station and other stores.
6. Madame Brulee by Madam Shinco
Madame Brulee by Madam Shinco is a famous sweet that is characterized by the caramelized surface of the baumkuchen. It looks like crème brulee in which generous amounts of maple syrup and French brown sugar have seeped into the Baumkuchen cake that is made using specialty ingredients. The taste of the caramelized sugar and the mild sweetness of the cake create a perfect harmony. You can purchase it at Entrée Marche at the Central Gate of JR Osaka Station and other establishments.
7. Petit Etoile by Amidaike Daikoku
Petit Etoile by Amidaike Daikoku is a snack of bite-sized rusk (twice-baked bread) that will let you enjoy the crunchy texture of choux pastry and granulated sugar. Pop one in your mouth and the pie-like light dough will crumble and fill your mouth with a subtly sweet taste. Each pack contains half maple syrup-flavored and half chocolate-flavored rusks, and both are easy to eat since they are not too sweet.
This product comes with individually wrapped pieces that are light and stay fresh for a long time, so it is the perfect souvenir for many people. You can purchase it at Entrée Marche at the Central Gate of JR Osaka Station and other stores.
8. Milk Manju Tsukigesho by Aoki Shofu-an
Milk Manju Tsukigesho is an extremely popular Western-style confectionery that is said to sell at the rate of one piece every 3 seconds. It is an adorable milk manju (steamed yeast bun with filling) that is round and smooth and looks like the moon. The smooth shiroan (white bean paste) that is made with butter, milk, and condensed milk goes really well with the softness of the moist bun. It has a mild taste that people from all ages will love, so it is recommended to those who want the must-have souvenirs of Osaka. You can purchase it at Entrée Marche at the Central Gate of JR Osaka Station and other outlets.
9. Eemonchi by Gokan
Eemonchi is a madeleine that will let you savor the simple taste of select domestic ingredients. It is the kind of “madeleine that pursues umami (deliciousness),” so it has a simple yet elegant taste. Its moist texture and rich taste come from the use of rice flour from Hokkaido, domestic flour, honey from Osaka, fermented butter from Hokkaido, and rice sugar syrup to finish off the mix. The three large black soybeans inside every madeleine add accent to the flavor. You can purchase it at Entrée Marche at the Central Gate of JR Osaka Station and other stores.
10. Kuidaore Taro Baby Star by Taro Foods
Kuidaore Taro Baby Star is a product with an impressive packaging as it has the real Kuidaore Taro (one of Osaka's mascots) printed on it. The flavor of Baby Star, a beloved fried ramen snack in Japan, that is only available in Osaka is the Osaka takoyaki (octopus dumpling) flavor. This particular snack will treat you to the authentic flavor of takoyaki, with the katsuo (bonito) taste mixed in the rich sauce. It comes in a pack of four small packets that are linked, just the right size for souvenir. You can purchase it at Entrée Marche at the Central Gate of JR Osaka Station and other stores.
This article featured 10 souvenirs that you must buy in Osaka Station and Umeda Station. Found anything you like? Souvenir shopping is done at the end of any journey, so try to find a wonderful souvenir and enjoy the last moments of your trip!
*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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