Akashiyaki, the Predecessor of Takoyaki

Everybody seems to agree: Osaka is the place for takoyaki. Sources indicate that the origin of this very popular snack is akashiyaki. A local favorite of the city if Akashi in Hyogo Prefecture, akashiyaki features the city’s specialty, octopus.

Akashi and Takoyaki

Around the beginning of the 20th century, radio-yaki were a common treat throughout Japan, but especially in Osaka. While radio-yaki were similar to our takoyaki today, they didn’t contain any octopus, but meat or beans. They also lacked the typical condiments of modern takoyaki i.e sauce and mayonnaise.

radio-yaki in Aiduya

It was only in the mid-20th century when visitors from Akashi stopped in Aiduya, a small radio-yaki shop in Osaka, and told the chef about akashiyaki. Inspired by the idea of using an octopus, the chef swapped his usual fillings, and “takoyaki” quickly gained popularity.


For most people in Kansai, Akashi is better known as the best place for octopuses. The history of octopus fishing in Akashi is so old that they even found old octopus hunting tools that are roughly 2,000 years old!

So why octopus is so popular in Akashi? Actually, around Akashi, not only are ocean currents quite fast, but the bottom of the ocean is quite rocky, making it an ideal place for many little shrimps and crabs to thrive. Octopuses in Akashi indeed eat these tasty critters and because of the strong current, they develop really strong tentacles.

Akashi Strait, Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge is afar!

Currently, the Uo no Tana Shopping Street near Akashi Station sells many different kinds of seafood, including the locally famous octopus. Along the shopping street are dozens of stands that offer this local specialty and plenty of restaurants that specialize in octopus!

Uo no Tana Shopping Street
Try the octopus by itself! It is really tasty. You’ll soon understand why it’s so special.

In Akashi, there are as many as 70 different akashiyaki shops. Locally known as tamagoyaki, akashiyaki has a distinctly eggy taste and is served without any sauce or mayonnaise. Also, while takoyaki always contains red ginger, akashiyaki does not. 

Maybe Akashiyaki is more flat too

Akashiyaki often comes with dashi soup.  The soup is primarily to cool down the akashiyaki, but you can try akashiyaki as it is. Once you put it in your mouth, you can enjoy the gentle flavor of egg and dashi of the akashiyaki itself. 

It is really nice!


akashiyaki in dashi soup. Some akashiyaki is more eggy than others.  

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