Updated: December 25, 2017
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Osaka's 8 Best Takoyaki (Octopus Balls)!

Osaka is the birthplace of Takoyaki, otherwise known as octopus balls, so there are hundreds of Takoyaki restaurants that you can try. Just to make your options a little easier, here's the list of the very best takoyaki joints in Osaka!

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Kukuru  (くくる)

Just a 3 minute walk from Namba station, you will see an octopus signboard that stands out.You may recognize it really easily because there is usually a long line.
Their original takoyaki, "Bikkuri takoyaki", a takoyaki that has octopus' legs sticking out, is their famous menu. Also you should try their "akashi yaki" it is similar but slightly different from takoyaki, since you eat it with dashi (Japanese soup stock) soup. You can take out or eat inside.

Wanaka (たこ焼道楽 わなか)

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Around a 4 to 6 minute walk from Namba station, here you can enjoy the traditional takoyaki. Outside is crispy and inside is melty, freshly made with a hand-made copper plate. You can take out and eat in! It is open from 8:30 am during weekends, so you can have it for breakfast too!
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Hanadako(はなだこ)

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This place is a small standing takoyaki joint that serves an impressive mountain of green onions with mayo on top of its takoyaki (that's the most popular item). It's located inside the "Gourment Gai" Alley located near the Umeda Station. There's often a pretty long line in front of the joint but don't get discouraged by it, as the service is very fast. The secret to their amazing takoyaki is that they cook them at a high temperature which results in balls that have a hard crust and a creamy-textured inside.

Otako (道頓堀本家 大たこ)

About a 15 minute walk from Nihonbashi station, this place has been loved by Osaka people for a long time, and has its history. As their name "Otako" (meaning big octopus) suggests, their octopus is huge! This place was featured on Michelin Guide too. Just try their takoyaki, and you'll be forever in love.
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Takoyaki Yamachan (たこ焼 やまちゃん 本店)

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According to Osaka people, Yamachan serves takoyaki with its true Osaka taste. Their takoyaki is very crispy on the outside and melty on the inside. Their one and only batter contains their original soup that is being simmered for four hours, and that is the reason for its popularity. They also have other menu such as okonomiyaki, yaki soba (fried noodles) etc so check it out! Very close from Tennoji station, Abenohashi station and Tennojieki mae station.
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Kogaryu (甲賀流 本店)

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Kogaryu has a couple of sister branches across the city but this one is the most popular and the original. It's located in the America Mura (American Town), just a 2-minute walk from the Yotsubashi Station. Their takoyaki are topped with a sweeter sauce than average and the harmony of the taste between that sauce and their special mayonnaise is said to be the reason why takoyaki fans find this joint to be one of the best in the city.

Aiduya(会津屋)

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If you want to try an authentic takoyaki, this place is it. You can either take out or eat in. This place is where takoyaki was born. What distinct Aiduya from other takoyaki places is that their takoyaki is smaller compared to other places, plus they recommend to eat their takoyaki without any sauce or toppings.
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Ganso Ajio

Ganso Ajio is another joint located in the America Mura. It has a super friendly vibe. You can walk in alone and you'll feel welcomed as people around you will squeeze in to let you have a seat. You can order the standard takoyaki with mayo and green onions, which is good, but what you should probably try is their plain takoyaki served with a savory dipping sauce! The takoyaki are served piping hot but the sauce is cold.
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