Sweets vs. soul food
loved by local residents.

Sakai is a city where chanoyu (tea ceremony) culture flourished, largely thanks to tea master Sennorikyu. There are select items of noted stores and well-known sweets of long-established stores, where people of Sakai often visit to have a break with a sweet or to purchase gifts. Sweets that melt your heart? Or food that gives you energy? We’d like to introduce some local foods that you should taste if you visit Sakai.

The taste of a representative long-established store of Sakai,
which was also loved by notable people throughout history.

Kurumimochi (Single 360 yen, Double 720 yen) are rice cakes coated with a unique and secret smooth green bean jam. There is an anecdote that Taiko Hideyoshi Toyotomi was impressed by the taste and gave the restaurant the name Kanbukuro. We also recommend trying Kori kurumimochi, kurumimochi topped with crunchy and fluffy shaved ice.

1-2-1, Shinzaike-cho-higashi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
TEL: 072-233-1218
Open: 10:00 - 17:00 (It may be closed when it is sold out.)
Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday (Open on national holidays)

A noted sweet which has been sold
since it first became famous through Sennorikyu, more than 470 years ago.

Keshimochi (135 yen/ piece) is smooth rice cake skin and carefully kneaded bean jam that is combined and topped with savory poppy seeds. It has been made since the store was founded in 1532. It became popular since Sennorikyu loved it, and it became a noted sweet of Sakai. The package was drawn by Fusetsu Nakamura, a Western-style painter known for drawing illustrations for “Wagahai-wa-nekodearu (I Am a Cat)”, a famous novel written by Soseki Natsume. The wrapping paper with the landscape of Sakai is also an item you might want to keep.

1-2-21, Oocho-nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
TEL: 072-232-1876
Open: 09:00 - 17:00 (It may be closed when it is sold out.)
Closed on Monday

The aroma of cinnamon and bean jam spreads
after your mouth feels the fluffy texture.

Nikkimochi (cinnamon rice cake) (200 yen/ piece) is said to have been created when fragrant cinnamon, which used to be imported as a herbal medicine, was mixed with mochi rice cake when Sakai flourished by trade with Spain and Portugal 400 years ago. Homemade bean jam using azuki beans produced in Hokkaido is wrapped in soft and sweet gyuhi (delicate rice cake) kneaded with cinnamon.

2-1-11, Kurumano-cho-higashi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
TEL: 072-232-3835
Open: 9:00-17:00
Closed on Sunday

For tasting a one-and-only rice
made from the recipe of a rice cooking hermit.

A long-established inexpensive restaurant where fans frequently visit from all over the country for its delicious rice (150 yen). The second-generation owner learned how to cook rice from the founder Tsutomu Murashima, who used to be called the “Rice cooking hermit.” They serve rice in a way where the grains are filled out and the taste is fully developed. The 30 kinds of side dishes (100 – 500 yen) match this flavor the best. The golden-ratio blend of several kinds of Koshihikari-brand rice makes the one-and-only rice that can be tasted only here.

Ginshariya Gekotei
1-1-30, Shinzaike-cho-nishi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
TEL: 072-238-0934
Open: around 8:00 - around 14:00
Closed on Tuesday, and irregularly closed on Wednesday

Enjoy the savory aroma of
hakozushi (sushi formed by pressing in a box) from Sakai loved by local people.

Anagohako (745 yen per length, the box is an optional extra charge) made by a take-away sushi specialty store founded in 1948. Roasted domestically-produced conger eels are covered with a thick sweet sauce. You can fully enjoy the aromatic taste of conger eel when you have a bite. The third-generation owner packs the sushi, and his wife passes them to the customers one after another. Such synchronized handling by the couple is also fun to see.

1-1-22, Dejima-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
TEL: 072-241-4593
Open: 09:30 - 18:00 (It may be closed when it is sold out.)
Tuesday, and there might be other irregularly closed days.

Eat select fresh organic vegetables
to your heart’s content with this rich hot pot dish!

Kusanabe (1,800 yen/ portion for a person) is a menu item in which the concept of the owner, who wants guests to enjoy vegetables to the fullest, is best reflected. About 10 kinds of pesticide-free vegetables purchased from contracted farmers are used and eaten with a soup derived from select root vegetables. Meat is also served after the vegetables. It is served with a stock mixed with seasonings and a beaten egg. This creates a sukiyaki-like taste.

Honke Kusanabeenya
3-1-7, Kushiya-cho-higashi, Sakai-ku, Sakai, Osaka
TEL: 072-227-6544
Open: 17:00 - 24:00
Open throughout the year