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Osaka Takoyaki Museum: A Delicious Experience in Osaka!

by Kat
Takoyaki Combo at Universal Studios Osaka

Osaka is famous for takoyaki, a ball-shaped fried snack made of octopus, green onions, mayonnaise, Worchester sauce and bonito flakes. I had never tried authentic Japanese takoyaki before, so when I read about Osaka Takoyaki Museum, I immediately wanted to go there! As you can try many kinds of takoyaki all under one roof, Osaka Takoyaki Museum is one of the best places in Osaka to eat takoyaki.

How to Get to Osaka Takoyaki Museum

Osaka Takoyaki Museum is located in a mall called Universal City Walk Osaka next to Universal Studios. From Osaka Station, you can get there by taking the JR Yumesaki Line to Universal City subway station. The ride takes 15 minutes.

Despite its name, the Takoyaki Museum is actually a food court. There are five different stalls, each serving a different type of takoyaki.
Osaka Takoyaki Museum Entrance

Eating at Osaka Takoyaki Museum

I arrived around 7pm, and the Takoyaki Museum was quite busy, with very few empty seats. Many visitors seemed to have spent the day at Universal Studios (some were holding Minion or Snoopy stuffed toys and were wearing themed hats) and were now having some takoyaki for dinner!

Cooks preparing takoyaki in Osaka

Cooks preparing takoyaki in Osaka, Japan

The Takoyaki Museum was full of many interesting sights and sounds. A young employee dressed as an octopus was advertising one of the stalls in rapid, enthusiastic Japanese. At each stall, cooks expertly and quickly prepared takoyaki in special round pans, carefully rotating each ball to make sure they were evenly cooked. In the background, the cheerful song “Welcome to Osaka Takoyaki Museum!” played over and over again.

Takoyaki Menu in Osaka Takoyaki Museum

There are machines at every stall where customers can place their orders. Each machine has pictures and descriptions of combos and orders (in Japanese) and you simply have to press a button and insert money to order. Next, the machine dispenses a small ticket which you give to someone at the stall. After that, you receive our order. I tried about 3 stalls- one with the classic takoyaki flavour, one with a special cheese flavour and a set with a variety of different flavours. One time, I inserted my money into the machine without pressing any buttons, only to have it spit out an order ticket that I couldn’t read! I decided to just try whatever takoyaki I had ordered, and it turned out to be really good.

Takoyaki Combo at Universal Studios OsakaOsaka Takoyaki Museum Gift Shop

After stuffing myself with takoyaki (I must have eaten at least 20 pieces!), I decided to check out the gift shop. It was selling a lot of takoyaki-themed merchandise- coin purses, keychains, t-shirts, slippers, stationary. There was also a lot of takoyaki snacks like takoyaki chips and instant takoyaki. There were even takoyaki pans for sale for people who want to try making takoyaki at home!

Washroom entrance at Osaka Takoyaki Museum

Even the entrance to the washrooms is decorated with takoyaki!

Cute Takoyaki Wall Art in Osaka

The mascot of Osaka Takoyaki Museum

Osaka Takoyaki Museum was a wonderful experience, and definitely one I would recommend to people visiting Osaka who are interested in trying authentic takoyaki! I’m craving takoyaki just from writing this blog post, and I can’t wait to go back to Osaka and pay another visit to the Takoyaki Museum.

In hindsight, I regret not taking more photos, but I was too busy eating! 😀

Anime characters posing with takoyaki in front of Osaka Castle

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With several takoyaki stalls featuring different flavours of takoyaki, Osaka Takoyaki Museum is the best place to eat takoyaki during your trip to Japan. It also has a big gift shop where you can buy all your takoyaki-themed souvenirs!

Osaka Takoyaki Museum is a food court where you can try Osaka's most famous dish, takoyaki! This delicious snack is made of octopus, green onions and batter. It's a must-try food in Japan!

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19 comments

Marina March 29, 2017 - 9:07 pm

That takoyaki is soooo cute!

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Kat March 30, 2017 - 6:40 pm

I agree! Japan has so many cute characters and mascots.

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Rosi C. March 29, 2017 - 9:53 pm

I am not that adventurous with food but i like your boldness. hope it was delectable. cool art from Museum.

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Kat March 30, 2017 - 6:41 pm

It was delicious! 🙂 I still dream of the food there!

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Amrita Sen March 29, 2017 - 10:01 pm

Eating an octopus sounds interesting! But the platter looks delectable.. 🙂

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Kat March 30, 2017 - 6:41 pm

It certainly is a creative and delicious dish!

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Justine Alonzo | The Iridescent Wings March 30, 2017 - 1:42 am

I LOVE TAKOYAKI! It looks so good and the character is adorable!

Justine
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Kat March 30, 2017 - 6:42 pm

I’m glad I’ve found another takoyaki fan! 🙂

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Dawn March 30, 2017 - 5:04 am

We are headed there in August, so this is very timely. I have heard about takoyaki a bit, but never tried it. We won’t be in Osaka, but hopefully we can try it in Kyoto. The photos look yum!

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Kat March 30, 2017 - 6:44 pm

There are takoyaki stands in Kyoto as well. 🙂 Definitely try some if you can! I hope you have a nice time in Japan.

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Viviane March 30, 2017 - 7:00 am

Well takoyaki sounds delectable! Never eaten that but still. So adorable devoting a museum to… takoyaki!

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Kat March 30, 2017 - 6:44 pm

It’s definitely the cutest food court/museum I’ve ever visited!

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Kellyn March 30, 2017 - 12:17 pm

This place seems so awesome. Certainly some place I’d like to visit, and even bring my kids. Love it!

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Kat March 30, 2017 - 6:45 pm

Yes, it would be a very nice place to bring your kids. It’s right next to Universal Studios too. 🙂

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Annie March 30, 2017 - 2:04 pm

How confusing that the Takoyaki Museum is not a museum at all but a food court! Certainly looks like a lot of fun 🙂

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Kat March 30, 2017 - 6:52 pm

Yes, it is an odd name choice haha. I had a great time there. 🙂

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Cassidy's Adventures March 31, 2017 - 3:10 am

I don’t think I’ve ever had octopus before, but based on your description, it must be delicious! This place looks super cute too! I love all the decorations.

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Agness of Fit Travelling May 15, 2017 - 3:01 pm

This museum seems so interesting and fun! Loved the food there, Kat!

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Kat May 18, 2017 - 12:43 am

Yes, the takoyaki there is so delicious, and the gift shop has many interesting items. I’m dying to go back!! 😀

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