7. Tuna Time
It goes without saying that raw fish is plentiful in Osaka, and you won’t have to look far to locate the most mouthwatering cut of them all—tuna belly, or otoro sushi. This prized cut from the lowest part of the belly is a blushing pink color and highly marbled in fat. Seek it out at Shinsaibashi’s
which delivers pristine slices of otoro, along with fresh salmon, eel, squid, yellowtail and more at an average of $20 for two pieces of nigiri—an absolute steal for the quality and portion-size.
2-7-3 Shinsaibashi, Chuo-Ku, Osaka, (+81) 6-6211-9070.
With rooms starting at just $662 a night,
Hotel Keihan Tenmabashi is one of the best budget options you’ll find in central Osaka. It boasts clean and comfortable surrounds and is less than a 10-minute walk from the train station, with a friendly concierge available to help with transport and sight-seeing recommendations. As a bonus, the famous Osaka Palace is right at your doorstep, which makes it easy to cross off at least one attraction on your list.
From $662 per night. 1-2-10 Tanimachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, (+81) 6-6945-0321, hotelkeihan.co.jp