Hi,I’m Keiko from Osaka!
If you are visiting Osaka, Kyoto (Kansai) area, you are most likely coming in or going out of Kansai International Airport.
In this article, I will introduce you to 10 great finds in the airport for truly Kansaai dining experience.
Don’t be fooled that these restaurants are inside the airport.
These restaurants offer very popular food items characteristics of the area and most of the restaurants are quite popular to the point that their city branches sometimes have a line at their doors.
Whether you are going for the last meal in Japan, or looking for an introductory eat when you first get in, these dishes will satisfy you to the fullest.
10 Must Eat Foods at Kansai International Airport
1.551 Horai/５５１蓬莱This is a very popular shop specializing pork buns, shumai, etc.
These items are popular souvenirs for the Japanese when they visit Osaka region.
As matter of fact, you may have come across business men at the train station carrying 551 Horai’s bags!
The pork buns here are so famous and popular that they sell around 170,000 pork buns every day.
Though pork buns may not be considered typically a Japanese food, the unique way in Japan to eat this is to put karashi, or Japanese mustard.
The Japanese mustard matches so well with the meat mixture that us salty and slightly sweet.
These will be a great quick eat at the airport.
2.Tonkatsu KYK/とんかつKYKTonkatsu KYK is a popular tonkatsu chain.
Tonkatsu is deep fried pork cutlet where a thick sliced pork tenderloin or fillet is coated with bread crumbs and deep fried.
It is usually served along with slightly sweet and thick tonkatsu sauce with a mountain of shredded cabbage.
The sauce for tonkatsu is perfect with crispy pork as well as cabbage.
KYK is meticulous about their ingredients and picks the best branded pork from all over Japan as well as the best rice of the year.
So you will surely be satisfied with the quality of food here.
3.Kamadogohan Sachifukuya/釜戸ごはん さち福やSachifukuya mainly offers teishoku (Japanese set meals).
It is great for those who want to enjoy Japanese home style cooking.
Also they offer Japanese breakfast buffet at around 1,000 yen, which is a bargain!
4.MOSDO/モスドMOSDO is a combined shop of the Japanese burger chain, Mos Burger and Mister Doughnut.
If you have not tried a fast food burger chain in Japan, this is a unique, truly Japanese one to try.
There are rice burgers where buns are replaced with rice patties.
Also unique Japan only ingredients are available for your burgers.
For those health conscious ones, you can also replace the buns with lettuce!
This is a perfect shop as you can also grub a doughnut for your dessert.
5.Honmamon/ほんまもんHow about authentic Japanese sushi for the last time before you depart Japan?
As the name (honmamon means real thing or real deal) suggests, this restaurant offers legit sushi though being a part of a food court.
Fish are fresh so you are ensured to have a quality sushi.
The great thing is that it is easy to order as you can order by looking at a variety of options through a picture menu.
6.Dotonbori Kamukura/どうとんぼり神座Kamukura is a popular ramen shop originated in Dotonbori, Osaka.
It is a tonkotsu (pork) based soup ramen, though slightly less thick than those in Fukuoka.
It has lots of veggies so it is healthy as well.
Make sure you order their award winning karaage (fried chicken)!
7.Ryukishin/龍旗信Ryukishin is another popular ramen shop from Osaka.
They are known for salt based soup ramen that uses a lot of local products from Kansai region.
Their chicken paitan (white soup ramen) is so rich yet clean…it is to die for.
The shop also came up with a vegan ramen so if you are a vegan, this is a chance to enjoy ramen!
8.Sojibo/そじ坊Sojibo is a soba noodle restaurant.
Soba is buckwheat noodle that you can eat either cold or hot.
The unique feature of Sojibo is that you can grate your own wasabi from the actual wasabi root!
Their number one menu is a set of a small bowl of soba noodle along with chicken cutlet donburi (rice bowl).
You can also enjoy their soba tea for free!
9.Boteju/ぼてぢゅうBoteju is an acclaimed okonomiyaki (Japanese savory pancake) restaurant that has branches all over Japan as well as several Asian countries.
Okonomiyaki is something you must try in Osaka.
It is great that you can have an authentic okonomiyaki right in the airport.
10.Takomasa/たこ昌Takoyaki is yet another major food item, characteristic of Osaka foods that you cannot miss.
At Takomasa, you can enjoy Osaka style takoyaki, one with soy based sauce and another one called akashiyaki which is basically takoyaki that you eat by dipping in a light soup.
These are perfect quick bite.