Takoyaki are small, golf ball sized balls of batter filled with octopus, ginger and green onion. Traditionally mayonnaise and and a special Takoyaki sauce (similar to Worcestershire sauce) are added on top, but these days there are all sorts of interesting toppings available. A must-try in Japan.

Price: From 400 yen (about $4)

Name in Japanese: takoyaki/たこ焼き

Where can I get them?

There is usually a takeout Takoyaki shop outside trains stations or in nearby shopping malls. The most popular chain is Gindaco (築地銀だこ). It’s best to go to a dedicated Takoyaki place for the real taste. Osaka is most famous for this type of Japanese food.


Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who has lived in and visited Japan for over a decade. Having traveled across the country, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel here, and has also worked for many leading tourism companies. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association.