Omelette rice HOKKYOKUSEI Osaka & Kyoto

gourmet information of Osaka & Kyoto
“Osaka”, the second biggest city and know as gourmet town in Japan. There are two big regions in the Osaka city which has many restaurants and dinners. “Kita (north) area” pointed around Osaka station is very busy as business town in day time and you can feel 180 different atmosphere at night. On the other hand, “Minami (south) area” pointed such as Namba (難波) and Shinsaibashi (心斎橋) is known as commercial area. It’s so crowded with local people and tourists all day. Lots of people enjoy shopping and Osaka’s soul food at American Village (アメ村) or its around.
 
Hokkyokusei is the restaurant of “Ome-rice” (Omelette rice) which has very long history and located in American Village. In 1925, a regular guest Mr. Kodaka only had ordered omelet and steam rice for weeks as he was having stomachache. One day chef Kitahashi felt sorry that the guest takes same menu every day due to his stomachache and tried to cook ketchup rice with fried mushrooms and onions, and covered it with thin scrambled egg. The guest was impressed by the taste that he had never had, and the chef decide to cook this dish as regular menu. This is the beginning of “Ome-rice” history.
 
"Ome rice" restaurant
This is their first shop located at Minami area in Osaka. Its appearance makes us feel their long history. Restaurant has Japanese garden terrace inside and all table for the guests on second floor is put on tatami. At the beginning when they opened this restaurant, people said it’s unique idea that they serve western food at Japanese traditional house.
 
They have many customers at lunch time on weekdays and all day on weekend. Their reasonable prices are also the reason why they have been loved by many local people for long time. The price range of standard dishes are from 740 Yen (Hayashi Omelette rice) to 860 Yen (Beef omelette rice). They have 3 shops in Kansai area, it’s time to enjoy the taste of original Omelette rice.
 

Shinsaibashi shop
Address 〒542-0086 2-7-27 Nishi-Shinsaibashi. Chuo-ku. Osaka-shi
Tel 06-6211-7829
Opening hours (Mon-Fri)11:30 am – 10:00 (Sat/Sun/P.H)11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Close 31st Dec / 1st Jan
Horie shop
Address 〒550-0014 3-5-5 Kitahorie. Nishi-ku. Osaka-shi
Tel 06-6531-0453
Opening hours (Mon-Fri)11:00 am – 10:00 (Sat/Sun/P.H)11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Close 31st Dec / 1st Jan
Gion shop
Address 〒605-0073 300 Kitagawa. Gion-cho. Higashiyama-ku. Kyoto-shi
Tel 075-525-0358
Opening hours 11:00 am – 9:30 pm
Close None
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Basic information of Osaka

About Osaka
The city of Osaka was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 24 small wards on 1st September in 1956. In 2000, Fusae Ota became Japan’s first female governor. Sakai city was promoted to a city designated by government ordinance and thereby divided into 7 wards on 1st April in 2006.
Weather of Osaka
The average temperature: 16.9°C
The average annual rainfall: 1,279.0mm
The highest temperature: 33.4°C (August)
The Lowest temperature: 2.8°C (January)
*Investigation: 1981 – 2010
Weather of Fukuoka
Rainy season of Osaka
Rainy season in Osaka starts on 3rd – 7th June and end on 18th -24th July.
Rainy season of Fukuoka
Population of Osaka
The population of Osaka is around 8,838,000 as of June 2016. The population concentrate in Osaka city, accounts 30% of population of the whole Osaka prefecture.
Geography of Osaka
The area of Osaka prefecture is around 1,899 km2
Area rank: 2nd smallest of all 47 prefectures in Japan
Meaning that Osaka is the prefecture which has very high population density.
Popular local food of Osaka
Normally, we imagine “Okonomiyaki (お好み焼)” first as the most famous food in Osaka. Hiroshima styled Okonomiyaki piles up all ingredients on the plate. On the other hand, we mix all ingredients first before cooking in Osaka style. These two different style Okinomiyaki dividing popularity often be covered by TV program. In addition, udon is still very popular in Osaka. Soup color is much darker in comparison with Tokyo’s one.
  osaka local foods
Transportation of Osaka
●JR West ●JR Central ●Osaka Municipal Subway ●Keihan Electric Railway ●Kintetsu Line ●Hankyu Line ●Nose Electric Railway ●Hanshin Electric Railway ●Nankai Electric Railway ●Semboku Rapid Railway ●Mizuma Rail way ●Kita-Osaka Kyuko Railway

(Osaka station to Kyoto station)
JR Kyoto Line (Shin-kaisoku / 29 mins / 560 Yen)
(Osaka station to Sannomiya station)
JR Kobe Line (Shin-kaisoku / 27 mins / 410 Yen)
(Osaka station to Nara station)
JR Yamatoji Line (Kaisoku / 50 mins / 800 Yen) as on June 2016
Recommendation of sightseeing spots in Osaka
Universal Studio Japan, Osaka castle, Dotonbori (道頓堀), PL fireworks festival
Number of travelers from Hong Kong who stayed at Osaka
(2014) 660,930 people
(2015) 962,430 people (+ 45%)
Major events and festivals of Osaka
●Tenjin matsuri festival (around Osaka Tenmangu on 24th – 25th July)
●PL fireworks festival (at Tondabayashi city on 1st August)
●Osaka castle festival (at Osaka castle during 1st July to 30th November)
●Osaka Ebesu festival (at Imamiya shrine on 9th – 11th January)
●Kishiwada Danjiri festival (at Kishiwada city on the middle of September and the beginning of October)
and much more.
Celebrities from Osaka
Akiko Wada, Junichi Okada, Aiko, Takashi Fujii, Etsushi Toyokawa, Ken Hirai, Chisato Moritaka, Shigeru Mizuki, Ainosuke Kataoka, Takajin Yashiki, Nanase Aikawa, Ai Otsuka, UA, Noriyuki Makihara, Hidekazu Akai, Kenji Tamura and so on.
Professional sport teams of Osaka
●Football
>Gamba Osaka >Cerezo Osaka
●Baseball
>Orix Buffaloes
●Basketball
>Osaka Evessa
●Volleyball
>Osaka Blazers Sakai >Suntory Sunbirds >Panasonic Panthers
●Rugby
>Kintesu Liners

Basic information of Kyoto

About Kyoto
Kyoto city is the former Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years, has lots of historical temples. Kyoto is next to Osaka and Hyogo prefecture. These three cities are called “三都 three capitals”, and very popular for foreign tourists. Compared to Osaka and Kobe cities Kyoto is not very modern city, but no city in Japan offers traditional scene and atmosphere like Kyoto. Luckily Kyoto is removed from the list of target cities for the atomic bomb in world war II, so lots of historical temples, shrines and other structures still survive today in the city.
Weather of Kyoto
The average temperature: 15.9 °C
The average annual rainfall: 1,491.3 mm
The highest temperature: 33.3°C (August)
The Lowest temperature: 1.2°C (January)
*Investigation: 1981 – 2010
Weather of Kyoto
Rainy season of Kyoto
Rainy season in Kyoto prefecture starts on 6th – 10th June and end on 18th – 23rd July. After rainy season, temperature get higher and humidity is also still very high due to basin terrain. This hot weather make leaves on three colour fresh green and it makes us feel a bit cooler. Normally it rains more in September than August, it seldom rain hard in maple leaf season (October and November).
Rainy season of Kyoto
Population of Kyoto
The population of Kyoto prefecture is around 2,607,000 as of June 2016 (13th highest population density). 1,500,000 people in all population lives in Kyoto city.
Geography of Kyoto
To the south, it faces Osaka and Nara Prefectures and it faces Hyōgo Prefecture to the west. Kyoto is known that one of the three main cites (三都) in Kansai area with Kobe and Osaka.
Total area of Kyoto prefecture is around 4,613 km2
Area rank: 13th / all 47 prefectures in Japan.
Popular local food of Kyoto
Kyoto’s traditional dishes are called “Kyo-Ryori 京料理”, looks like set menu that has many kinds of dishes served by many small bowls. Mostly all dishes are cooked with local organic ingredients. Especially tofu hotpot, Japanese pickles and grilled fish are their regular menu and all those are decorated by chef such as work of art. Not only tasting but also seeing dishes is one of our pleasure.

kyoto local foods
Transportation of Kyoto
●JR West ●Kintetsu Kyoto line ●Hankyu Kyoto line ●Keihan Electric Railway
●Kyoto city subway ●Kyoto kotsu ●Keifuku Electric Railway ●Eizan railway

IF you move around in Kyoto city, we highly recommend you to buy one day bus card (Adult: 500 Yen , Child: 250 Yen). In front of JR Kyoto station, there is bus information centre and they sell 1day pass ticket for one day and you can get bus map that shown all bus numbers, destinations, locations of bus stop and so on. It’s fixed fare (Adult: 500 Yen , Child: 250 Yen), and you can take buses as many times as you need. On the first ride of a day, when you put your card into machine it mark the date on the back of your card and from 2nd time you ride, you just need show the driver the date printed. It’s very convenient.

(Kansai international airport to Kyoto)
>Airport Limousine bus (Adult: 2,550 Yen, Child: 1,280 yen | Round trip: 4,180 Yen)
*Time schedule: http://www.okkbus.co.jp/en/timetable/kix/t_kyt.html

(Osaka station to Kyoto station)
>JR Kyoto Line (Shin-kaisoku / 29 mins / 560 Yen)

(Sannomiya station (Kobe) to Kyoto station)
>JR Kobe Line (Shin-kaisoku / 51 mins / 1,080 Yen)
Recommendation of sightseeing spots in Kyoto
Arashiyama (嵐山), Kiyomizu temple (清水寺), Amano hasidate (天橋立),
Fushimi Inari Shirine (伏見稲荷大社)
Number of travelers from Hong Kong who stayed at Kyoto
(2014) 111,400 people
(2015) 193,230 people (+ 73%)
Major events and festivals of Kyoto
●Gion festival (at Yasaka shrine in July)
●Aoi festival (at Kamigamo shrine and Shimogamo Shrine at middle of May)
●Jidai festival (at Kyoto gosho, Heian shrine on 22nd October)
and much more.
Celebrities from Kyoto
Kumi Kouda, Emi Suzuki, Masakazu Tamura, Tetsuji Tamayama, Kimiko Date, Shinsuke Shimada, Daisuke Matsui, Katsuya Nomura, Aya Sugimoto, Kazumi Saito, Misono, Chihara brothers, Daisuke Miyagawa
Professional sport teams of Kyoto
●Football
>Kyoto Sanga FC >Amitie Sports Club
●Basketball
>Kyoto Hannaryz
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