Sushi: a Japanese dish consisting of small balls or rolls of vinegar-flavored rice served with a garnish of vegetables, eggs or raw seafood.
Sushi is one of the most well-known food we eat from Japan. In the United States, depending on the grade of the fish, it can be very costly. And for people like me, who base their sashimi quality on how chewy and stringy it is, it won’t matter much if you eat a $50 or a $2 sushi.
In my experience, you can get sushi in Japan that’s not only fresh and mouth-watering but affordable! Below are 4 Places to Buy Good Inexpensive Sushi in Osaka.
I visited Daimaru Umeda, a department store, located about 17 minutes on the subway from Dotonbori. You can also go to Daimaru Shinsaibashi which is closer to Namba and Dotonbori. The purpose of my visit to Daimaru was solely for their sushi boxes located in the basement of Daimaru. A 12 piece variety set is only 999 yen, multi fish Chirashi bowl 598 yen, 10 piece variety set with Uni 1,300 yen, packs of clams 330 yen – 450 yen, and much much more. Daimaru also provides an assortment of already-prepared-meals such as fried foods, noodles, salads, and sandwiches.
Hours: Sunday to Thursday – 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM
Friday to Saturday – 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
‘Life’ is a supermarket that can be found all over Japan. The closest ‘Life’ supermarket to Dotonbori is about a 10-minute walk, but it is worth the walk for its sushi prices. Even during their regular opening hours, the prices of sushi are very affordable, but as the clock starts ticking towards 7 pm, they slash the cost to discount prices. For example, the 9 piece Cucumber set becomes 178 yen, 3 piece Green Onion Ahi 240 yen, 8 pieces two-type squid 398 yen, giant 26 piece variety pack 900 yen. Along with their sushi, they have Kushi Katsu (fried food on sticks) and reasonably-priced Bentos. It is also a great place to buy inexpensive snacks for souvenirs!
Hours: Sunday to Saturday – 9:00 AM to 12:00 AM
‘Kuromon Ichiba’ Market is one of the most talked about location for seafood, especially if you’re looking to fill your belly with fresh, succulent seafood that will melt in your mouth. 5 pieces of fatty Tuna 2,000 yen, large Uni platter 6,000 yen, 5 pieces of Salmon 900 yen, whole Snow Crab 1,000 yen, Giant Scallop 500 yen, 9 slices of Fugu (blowfish) 2,000 yen, and much more. The Market may be known for their wide selection of seafood, but they also have vendors selling steak, chicken, curry, and desserts. While visiting the market, you should also check out the small grocery stores and 100 yen shops for some unique finds.
Hours: Sunday to Saturday – 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
For the more adventurous diner, I recommend ROKUSEN Sushi in Shinsekai. Shinsekai is also known as the ‘dirty street’ but is gaining popularity among the tourists as a destination site. Despite the name, within Shinsekai resides a lookout tower, shops, and many restaurants. ROKUSEN Sushi is located towards the ‘heart’ or Shinsekai, near the Tsutenkaku Tower. The price, I would say, is average. Ume Jellyfish 100 yen, Wasabi Eggplant 50 yen, fatty Salmon 200 yen, Whale meat 250 yen, Whale tail 400 yen, and more.
Hours: Sunday to Saturday – 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM
You’ll definitely get your fill of delicious, fresh, exotic sushi with these ‘4 Places to Buy Good Inexpensive Sushi in Osaka’. You’ll want to re-visit these places more than once before you leave Japan.