Takoyaki Octopus Dumplings Spots in Japan

  • Takoyaki Doraku Wanaka Sennichimae Main Store
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nambasennichimae 11-19
    A venerable takoyaki octopus dumpling shop located next to Namba Grand Kagetsu in Osaka City’s Chuo Ward. Known as the orthodox paragon of the flavor of Osaka takoyaki, almost every day sees long lines of tourists and locals waiting outside the shop’s door. The shop’s vaunted dough, made with a kombu kelp and bonito dashi stock, is fried up crisp on the outside and chewy and viscous on the inside. In addition to standard takoyaki sauce, the shop offers soy sauce, a spring onion and salt sauce, and a seasonal sauce to popular acclaim. Eat-in space available.

    Osaka is the Japanese capital of street food and one of its signature dishes is takoyaki. In the area of Namba/Dotonbori Ive found Wanaka and during my holiday I ended up eating takoyaki there every...

  • CREO-RU Dotonbori Branch
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    225 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-6-4
    CREO-RU Dotonbori Branch located in downtown Dotonbori in Minami district of Osaka is a large restaurant where you can enjoy well-known Osaka foods such as takoyaki (octopus dumpling), okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake) and kushikatsu (grilled skewer) in one place. Takoyaki which has a crispy fragrant outer and soft inner is famous as it is delicious even when cool. There are a range of fusion menu items such as a “Semi-boiled egg with plenty of spring onions” and “Pepperoncino style” as well as a standard sauce flavor. Okonomiyaki with a springy mixture blended with brown rice flour as well as kushikatsu which is fried with 100% soybean oil are also popular. Takoyaki is available for take-out. The closest station is Namba Station.

    My brothers and I had a fantastic meal here on New Years Day. We chose this place because one of them wanted okonomiyaki and the other one wanted takoyaki and this place specializes in both. The...

  • Takoya Dotonbori Kukuru Main Shop
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    149 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-10-5 Chalka Building 1F
    A takoyaki (octopus dumpling) shop located in the Dotonbori area of Osaka City’s Chuo Ward easily identifiable by its unique sign enwrapped by a giant octopus. This venerable shop is famous even in Osaka, the capital of takoyaki restaurants, and its dumplings are distinguished by their spongy and viscous texture. The “meibutsu bikkuri takoyaki,” only served at the main restaurant location, features huge chunks of plump wild octopus sticking boldly out of the dumplings. In the eat-in space, octopus shabushabu and dried octopus-based oden stew are served in addition to takoyaki and akashiyaki.

    The long line should be a dead giveaway if you somehow miss the big octopus signboard (its so obvious). Really one of the best, if not THE best takoyaki in Osaka. A MUST is not an understatement.

  • Aiduya Umeda Branch
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    77 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Umeda 3-2-136 Plum Three path
    Aiduya Umeda Branch in Umesankouji, a specialty shop arcade located right next to JR Osaka Station, is a popular takoyaki (an octopus dumpling) shop. The main restaurant is known as the birthplace of takoyaki and it has preserved the traditional taste which is free from sauce and red ginger since the beginning. It boasts an exclusive takoyaki with a fragrant soy sauce flavor which is still delicious even when cold. It is small and bite size so is popular as a snack with beer. Inside the shop, there is a place to eat.

    Very special place for those Takoyaki lovers!!! They serve Takoyaki in a bit different ways then the normal street store we tried. Some are served with hot soup and some are not served with Teriyaki...

  • Honke Kimuraya
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    4.0
    66 Reviews
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    Hyogo Prefecture Akashi City Blacksmith Town 5-23
    This Akashi-yaki dumpling shop is in 5 Chome, Kajiya-cho, Akashi City. Using a fresh octopus purchased every morning from the Akashi Market, they offer simple yet succulent Akashi-yaki. They also serve an oden hotpot simmered with an entire octopus tentacle.

    有名店でいつも並んでいるので敬遠していましたが、今回初めて行きました。 味的には普通ですが、お店の人の気さくな感じがよいです。

  • Takohachi Dotonbori Head Shop
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    59 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Doutombori 1-5-10
    At Takohachi, which was founded in 1979, diners can enjoy takoyaki (octopus dumplings) with a touch of soy sauce flavor. Besides the superb takoyaki, which are perfectly browned on the outside and soft and melty inside, Takohachi also offers akashiyaki (a slightly softer type of octopus dumpling), okonomiyaki (savory pancakes), yakisoba (fried noodles), ikayaki (grilled squid), and negiyaki (savory pancakes with green onions), all of which are addictively delicious. Takohachi Dotonbori Main Branch is located around seven minutes' walk from Kintetsu Railway Nippombashi Station.

    Serves up the usual fare of ‘Osaka Food’ 3 stories The restaurant one The 3rd floor Our table mixed and matches a bunches of dishes All Ok but no standouts.

  • Abeno Takoyaki (Yamachan Main Store)
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    57 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenosuji 1-2-34
    This takoyaki (octopus balls) specialist is found near Abeno Harukas. It's a classic crispy outside springy interior takoyaki and has been previously included in the Kansai-area Michelin Guide. You can choose the amount and type of sauce at the shop-front window, and sauce options can be mixed from soy sauce, mayonnaise, aonori (dried green laver), and sesame oil. While the shop is take away only there is an eating space available at a second store nearby that the staff can direct you to.

    staff are very friendly & helpful while asking for direction as we were sort of lost some where some how .

  • Abeno Takoyaki Yamachan 2nd shop
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    4.0
    54 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Matsuzakichou 2-3-53 Kawakami Building 1F
    Located a five-minute walk away from JR Tennoji Station, in addition to “Takoyaki” (savory octopus dumplings), this restaurant has a new menu which you can also enjoy which includes Akashi Yaki (pan-fried dumplings made from egg and soup stock), salted fried noodles, “omusoba” (fried noodles wrapped in a thin omelet) and “soba meshi” (soba noodles and rice cooked together along with meat and vegetables). Chicken carcass is added to the vegetable and fruit soup and a Japanese style soup stock such as kombu is blended to make a high quality batter dough. At the restaurant, they are particular about using seasonal vegetables and fruits to add to their soup. They favor the original Osaka takoyaki flavor using simple ingredients. Using a heavy custom made iron plate, they carefully grill at a high temperature, and the scent and sweetness of the hidden ingredients in the soup comes alive.

    It is on a side street just around the corner from the main store, but this one has a small interior with seating on shared tables. A humble place, but friendly, and really you go there for the...

  • Umaiya
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    4.0
    27 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Naniwachou 4-21
    A venerable takoyaki octopus dumpling restaurant located in Osaka City’s Kita Ward which has even been featured in the Michelin Guide. So delicious they can go without sauce or soy sauce on top, many fans come from far away to enjoy the shop’s takoyaki. Made according to the same recipe as when the restaurant was founded, and enhanced with dashi stock and ginger, the shop’s good, old fashioned takoyaki is crisp and toasty on the outside and soft and viscous on the inside. The shop also has an eat-in space.

    Delicious Traditional takoyaki. Batter and squid, no add-on ingredients. Brown Sauce taste sweet and ginger. We will definity recommend to our friends. Take Exit 12 or 13 of train s tation and walk...

  • Minatoya Shokuhin Main Shop
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    42 Reviews
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    Tokyo Taitou-ku Ueno 4-1-9
    A takoyaki octopus dumpling and kaisendon seafood rice bowl restaurant located in Ameya-Yokocho near JR Okachimachi Station. Out front hang the restaurant's abundant menu of seafood rice bowls as well as a sign announcing its large takoyaki. Inside, you'll find seating at small tables, and you can enjoy the restaurant's good old fashioned Showa period atmosphere. The restaurant's meals are hearty and filling. With so many choices, trying to decide what to order is half the fun. In addition to seafood rice bowls, the restaurant is renowned for its takoyaki. You can eat it in the restaurant or also get an order to go.

    This is a no frills eating establishment in the heart of the Ameyoko street market in Ueno, but youd be hard pressed to find fresh seafood this good at prices this low. E.g. a bowl of raw salmon and...

  • Tachibana
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    4.5
    29 Reviews
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    Hyougo Pref. Koubeshi Chuou-ku Sannomiyachou 3-9-4
    Tachibana is an Akashiyaki (round balls made from eggs, flour, etc.) restaurant located in Chuo Ward of Kobe City, Hyogo Prefecture. This popular shop has been featured in magazines and on TV. The menu refers to the food as “takoyaki” in the Kobe style. Served in a soup bowl on a stand, the akashiyaki is fluffy and soft. Dip it in the light-tasting mitsuba (Japanese parsley) soup stock to experience the elegant flavor and savory deliciousness of the “katsu-dako” (octopus). Two types of sauce are available at the tables, and takeout is offered as well.

    九州人の私にとってはここまでふわとろだとたこ焼きの印象はなかったです。どちらかというと卵焼きに近かったです。直前にお好み焼き(大)を食べてから行ったのですが美味しかったので1人前すぐに食べ終わりました。

  • Osaka de Ichiban Oishii Takoyakikun
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    3.5
    29 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nambasennichimae 10-13
    This is a popular takoyaki (octopus dumpling) restaurant near “Namba Grand Kagetsu” in Chuo Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. Visitors can taste amazing takoyaki that are made by the owner who trained at a sushi restaurant before tasting takoyaki at over 700 different shops in the Kansai area and creating his original flavor. The outside of the takoyaki is crispy while the inside is soft accented by plenty of crispy tenkasu (deep-fried flour batter crushed). Visitors help themselves to the various toppings such as sauce and mayonnaise to taste. The eat-in space is a counter for only five people.

    10個で560円のたこ焼きです。 小粒ですが、外はカリッとしていて美味しいです。ソース、マヨネーズ、青のり、鰹節はセルフ。 美味しく食べれました(^^)

  • Takohachi Umeda Underground Branch
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    4.0
    23 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Komatsubarachou Umeda Underground Town 4-6 Whity Umeda
    This octopus dumpling restaurant, founded in 1979, is located in the “Whity Umeda” underground shopping area that connects directly to Umeda Station. It uses three specially selected types of wheat flour and yam flour along with a special broth to form dough with a soy sauce flavor, creating a wonderful taste even without sauce. The crispy exterior and gooey interior combine with the tender and chewy chunks of octopus to form an amazing combination. There's also okonomiyaki (savory pancake with various ingredients), negiyaki (green onion pancake), ikayaki (squid pancake), and other flour-based foods for your enjoyment. Counter seating is available.

    Its located in the underground Umeda shpping district, about 7 minutes walk from JR Osaka station. The restaurant has only counters so a queue can be long at lunch/dinner time. Both takoyaki and...

  • Odaiba Takoyaki Museum
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    Tokyo Minato-ku Daiba 1-6-1 Dex Tokyo Beach Seaside Mall 4F
    A food theme park opened in 2010 located inside Decks Tokyo Beach in the Daiba area of Minato City, Tokyo. Dedicated to takoyaki (octopus dumplings), the unofficial comfort food of Osaka, the park hosts five famous takoyaki restaurants, from a branch of the shop said to be the inventor of takoyaki to popular Dotonbori establishments. Inside, visitors will find an array of authentic takoyaki flavors, from the most basic of the basic to novel new arrangements that incorporate ideas from Japanese cuisine. There is also a shop selling takoyaki-themed souvenirs.
  • Tamagoyasanchi no Takoyaki
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    4.5
    6 Reviews
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    Hyogo Sumoto-shi Nakagawaracho Atsuhama 725-1
    This takoyaki octopus dumpling restaurant is stated on National Route 28, a road which runs through Awaji Island north to south. Operated by the adjoining Kakihara Poultry Farm egg wholesaler, the restaurant serves hearty and filling takoyaki octopus dumplings. The restaurant's signature takoyaki is made with an abundance of eggs, resulting in exquisite treats that are wonderfully fluffy. Customers rave that the crisp texture of the sliced onions topping the restaurant's large onion takoyaki dumplings is addicting. The restaurant's karaage-style takoyaki dumplings have huge chunks of locally-caught octopus bursting out of them and delight with the fresh, innate chewy texture and flavor of the octopus.

    たまご屋さんのたこ焼きということもありたまごたっぷり!明石焼とたこ焼きの間のような味です。素材の味を感じる素朴であるが無性に食べたくなる味です。

  • Takoyaki Tamaya Main Store
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    4.0
    6 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Kokubunji 1-3-4
    Takoyaki Tamaya specializes in takoyaki (octopus dumplings), the classic Osaka “junk food.” The restaurant owner, who trained as a chef in France, has refined this dish through the development of new types of pork bone broth and vegetable broth (as well as lobster broth) to cook the dumplings in. An impressive range of toppings is available, including not only the standard mustard and mayonnaise, but also more unusual toppings such as rock salt, garlic and soy sauce, and curry. It is also possible to order some really distinctive menu items, such as takoyaki in bean sauce.

    This place might not look like much from the outside but the takoyaki is simply wonderful. Get the takoyaki assortment to try all the flavours on offer. Delicious!

  • Dotonbori Akaoni
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba 1-2-3
    A famous takoyaki octopus dumpling restaurant located in Osaka City’s Chuo Ward which has even been featured in the Michelin Guide. The shop uses raw instead of the more conventional boiled octopus and makes no use of chemical seasonings, resulting in a more delicately flavored takoyaki that has won much renown. The shop also takes great care in the dashi stock used to flavor the dumpling batter. The shop’s takoyaki is so delicious you might be tempted to eat it as-is, but Akaoni also offers conventional sauce and soy sauce for diners to enjoy their takoyaki with. Eating “chapuchapu” style—dipping your takoyaki in a cup of warm dashi stock—is also popular. The shop uses no beef or pork in any of its dishes, making it a good choice for tourists from outside Japan with dietary restrictions.
  • TAKOPA (TAKOYAKI PARK)
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    Osaka Osakashi Konohana-ku Shimaya 6-2-61 Universal/City Walk Osaka 4F
    This is a Food Theme Park located inside Universal Citywalk Osaka in Konohana Ward, Osaka City, Osaka. Based around the theme of Osaka's soul food, takoyaki (fried octopus dumplings), TAKOPA brings together six of Osaka's famous takoyaki restaurants. It's well known as the originators of takoyaki, offering the distinct flavor of the ''eat-till-you-drop'' Dotonbori district, as well as an array of flavors from up-and-coming new talents. TAKOPA is open until 10 p.m., making it a popular evening meal spot for those returning home from Universal Studio Japan.
  • American Village Kougaryu Main Store
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Nishishinsaibashi 2-18-4
    A famous takoyaki octopus dumpling shop located in America-Mura in Osaka City’s Chuo Ward said to be the originator of the “amikake mayonnaise” style of takoyaki, which is fast become the standard for takoyaki today. Since the shop was first opened, it has only used carefully selected, highest quality ingredients, including a specially made mayonnaise and select octopus. The dough, made with a dashi stock prepared from seven varieties of ingredients and mixed with Japanese yam, is flavorful, spongy, and addictive. In addition to standard takoyaki sauce, the shop also offers a negipon spring onion and yuzu sauce as well as a popular black pepper and salt mayonnaise. Eat-in space available.
  • Takonotetsu Kakuta Store
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Kakudachou 1-10
    A takoyaki (octopus dumpling) restaurant first opened in 1979 which gives diners the chance to make their own takoyaki using the iron takoyaki frying molds installed in each of the tables. The batter and fillings all make use of carefully selected ingredients, including a secret dashi stock and fresh raw octopus, as well as kujo negi spring onions and other vegetables stocked from specially contracted farms. The shop also offers a variety of sauces for topping your takoyaki with, from a special house sauce to an Akashiyaki-style tsuyu sauce. In addition to takoyaki, the restaurant offers a variety of Kansai favorites, including okonomiyaki and yakisoba. Don't be worried if this is your first time making takoyaki; the staff are there to help anyone having difficulty getting their takoyaki right.

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