Takimi Koji - Osaka

Found at the B1F of Umeda Sky Building located at 1-1-88 Oyodonaka Kita-ku, Osaka City in Osaka Prefecture, Takimi Koji is a dining district in the basement of Umeda Sky Building.

Takimi Koji

Takimi Koji details

Are you looking for a food trip destination for your upcoming trip to Osaka City? Then this place might interest you. 

Takimi Koji - Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture

Takimi Koji is a gourmet street hidden literally in the basement floor of one of Osaka's most famous structures - the famed Umeda Sky Building. It has a theme that recreates the vibes of the Taisho period (1910 -1920) in Osaka. Takimi Koji has been designed well that you would feel that you have time traveled in the past. You would surely appreciate the little details added by those who designed the place from the Taisho period advertisements to the lantern lights used in the streets. 

Welcome to Osaka during the Taisho period

As most of you know, Osaka is the place to experience the culture of dining. Locals even coined the word "kuidaore" which means "eat until you drop". Takimi Koji has a plethora of famous Osakan food like okonomiyaki, kushikatsu, and takoyaki. These can be found in the different restaurants around the gourmet street. 

Photos around Takimi Koji




Just a tip, explore Takimi Koji first before settling in one restaurant. The Taisho period feels would surely have an effect on your dining preferences. Also, try some food that you have not tried yet, who knows you might discover a new dish to add to your favorite list. 

Tried Kiji for dinner

I got to visit Takimi Koji during my solo backpacking trip to Kyoto and Osaka last January 14, 2022, which happens to be my 74th day in Japan as an ALT under the JET Programme. Takimi Koji was not actually on my itinerary during the said backpacking trip. I was simply looking for a place to eat dinner before going home after enjoying the view from the Kuchu Observatory of the Umeda Sky Building. There were numerous restaurants in Takimi Koji. I took time exploring the place first before finally deciding where to eat. That turned out to be a good idea as it made me appreciate and enjoy the Taisho period theme of Takimi Koji

Looking for a quiet area inside the restaurant. Check out all those messages from former customers.

The owner cooks my Osaka-style okonomiyaki

I eventually settled in Kiji which was an okonomiyaki restaurant. Just to share, okonomiyaki is actually one of my favorite Japanese food.  In my observation, the restaurant is managed by its owner who is also its main cook. Judging from the message board inside the restaurant, it seems like this place is a famous go-to place for tourists based on the different currencies pinned on the said board. 

Here's my order for dinner. I was so hungry that I wasn't able to take a photo of it whole.

Aside from that, I also enjoyed watching the owner cook the okonomiyaki. My order took time to cook but what surprised me was that the owner apologized to me in fluent English. Regardless of the wait, the food was superb. It was totally worth it. 

I got the chance to take a photo with the owner of Kiji

After paying and when I was about to leave, the owner called me and asked me to head over to the cook's area, and then he allowed me to hold his spatula to use as props for our photo together. Overall, it was such a memorable experience. It's also a perfect way to end my trip around Kyoto and Osaka. I'm looking forward to more experiences like this in the future. 

Takimi Koji Entrance Fee

It's FREE to enter and explore Takimi Koji. However, bring money so that you can try out the different food offered in the different restaurants there.

Takimi Koji Operating Hours

Takimi Koji is open from 11:30AM - 9:30PM.

Why visit Takimi Koji?

If you would like to experience and see what Osaka was like a century ago, then Takimi Koji is a place to go. Not only does it give you that  Taisho period feels, but it also has numerous restaurants for you to try out when you feel hungry

Getting to Takimi Koji


From  Kansai International Airport Terminal 1 Building, proceed to Kansai Airport Station and board the Kansaikuko Line <Kanku-Rapid Kyobashi> going to Osaka Station. 

Takimi Koji is located in the basement of the Umeda Sky Building

Once there, walk for about 11 minutes going to Umeda Sky Building. Once there got down to the basement area. 

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Comments

  1. It's nice that the guy from Kiji allowed you to go and have a photo with him.

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    1. I was surprised when he called me and told me to take a photo with him.

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