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10 food tours to expand your mind

By: Josh Lew on April 18, 2013, 4:13 p.m.
Osaka, Japan, street food stand

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Osaka, Japan

Japan has always been a great destination for food lovers seeking something out of the ordinary. Insanely fresh seafood, exotic ingredients, and cooking styles that have been perfected over hundreds of years create a serious culinary buzz for food-minded visitors to Japan. Tokyo is certainly the headliner of the Land of the Rising Sun, but Osaka offers an arguably more accessible and exciting eating scene. Considered a bit more friendly and laid-back than Tokyo, Osaka has a strong culinary history and an almost overwhelming menu of eating choices. From snack food stalls serving octopus-based pastries and fried snack foods to sushi and seafood restaurants worthy of a Michelin star, Osaka offers months of gastronomical adventures.