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Osaka, known as Japan’s food capital, is famous for its tasty dishes and vibrant food scene. One of its less-known areas, Tenma, has gained attention for its excellent food options.

Tenma sits along the Okawa River in northern downtown Osaka, close to Osaka Tenmangū Shrine and Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street, Japan’s longest covered shopping arcade. Its streets are narrow and filled with cozy shops, izakaya (pubs), and tachinomi (standing bars). Despite its simple setups—like plastic chairs and beer kegs for tables—these places are loved for their friendly vibe and delicious food.

Visitors to Tenma can enjoy a variety of dining experiences. Izakaja Joppori offers classic Japanese dishes like gyōza and katsu pork, perfect with cold beer or sake. For sushi lovers, Maguroya Kurogin in Kuromon Market is known for its fresh tuna. Street stalls serve up Takoyaki (octopus dumplings), while Yao Kamaboko specializes in dishes made from fish paste. Those seeking adventurous eats can try offal dishes at places like Dengeki Horumon Tsugie or Kobayashi Shoten.

Overall, Tenma offers a relaxed and authentic food experience away from the hustle of more touristy areas in Osaka. Whether exploring cozy eateries or trying street food, it’s a neighborhood worth visiting for any food enthusiast in Japan.

Re-reported from the article originally published in EXPLORE.

Osaka’s Hidden Foodie Haven

Image credit: beeboys/Shutterstock

Osaka, known as Japan’s food capital, is famous for its tasty dishes and vibrant food scene. One of its less-known areas, Tenma, has gained attention for its excellent food options.

Tenma sits along the Okawa River in northern downtown Osaka, close to Osaka Tenmangū Shrine and Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Street, Japan’s longest covered shopping arcade. Its streets are narrow and filled with cozy shops, izakaya (pubs), and tachinomi (standing bars). Despite its simple setups—like plastic chairs and beer kegs for tables—these places are loved for their friendly vibe and delicious food.

Visitors to Tenma can enjoy a variety of dining experiences. Izakaja Joppori offers classic Japanese dishes like gyōza and katsu pork, perfect with cold beer or sake. For sushi lovers, Maguroya Kurogin in Kuromon Market is known for its fresh tuna. Street stalls serve up Takoyaki (octopus dumplings), while Yao Kamaboko specializes in dishes made from fish paste. Those seeking adventurous eats can try offal dishes at places like Dengeki Horumon Tsugie or Kobayashi Shoten.

Overall, Tenma offers a relaxed and authentic food experience away from the hustle of more touristy areas in Osaka. Whether exploring cozy eateries or trying street food, it’s a neighborhood worth visiting for any food enthusiast in Japan.

Re-reported from the article originally published in EXPLORE.