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Tachigui: Eating on the Go

Tachigui, a restaurant type seen in many styles throughout Osaka, Japan, translates loosely to “eating while standing.” This is because it is an easy way for shop owners to run their stalls in a small place without chairs. Also, Japanese people tend to live very busy lifestyles, and stand-up noodle bars are a very quick, easy and cheap way to eat food.

Standing, eating at a streetside Tachigui ramen noodles stand restaurant, Osaka

A delicious ramen noodles dish on a tachigui noodles stand restaurant countertop, Osaka

 

Types of Noodles in Stand Up Restaurants

Soba (そば) noodles are the most common food found at a usual stand-up tachigui restaurant. The noodles are made from buckwheat and soba flour, prepared in many different ways with broth, meat and vegetables. Both ramen (ラーメン) and udon (うどん) noodles can also be found at many a stand-up tachigui restaurants, but aren’t as common as soba. If you look for both the above hiragana along with people standing, then you’ve found Japanese noodles, stand-up tachigui style.

Vending machine for ramen noodles, tachigui noodles stand restaurant, Osaka

Vending machine at a tachigui stand-up Japanese ramen noodles restaurant, Osaka

 

Ordering Your Ramen at a Ticket Machine

Whether ramen, soba, or udon, eating noodles at stand-up noodle bars in Osaka is very different from eating at a regular Japanese restaurant. How you order, how you eat, and where you eat may be difficult on your first try. Most of these restaurants use ticket machines for taking your order. Insert your money first, then select the food. The machine will dispense a ticket that you hand to the chef behind the counter. These meals stay quite cheap, usually ranging from 400 to 800 yen for a bowl.

Tachigui stand-up Japanese ramen noodles bar along street

"Ramen, Udon" are written on the awning at a Japanese ramen noodles bar restaurant, Osaka

 

Outdoor or Indoor

You can find a tachigui restaurant in two varieties: one where you stand outside; one where you stand inside. When eating, you should stand at the table or bar. You will often have to stand alongside other people who also stand enjoying the convenience of tachigui.

Side of Kiryu ramen, tachigui noodles bar restaurant, Osaka

 

Osaka’s Noodle Bars and Where to Find Them

Noodle bars are very easy to find in Osaka. They are often located in areas where you may need to grab a quick, cheap meal; such as train stations or business districts. If you visit the Namba area of Osaka, Japan, I recommend Kinryu Ramen (金龍ラーメン). You can find this restaurant just 1 minute walk north from exit 14 at Namba Station. This is a great place for your first stand-up noodle bar experience in Osaka, this is tasty, cheap and easy to order. But be sure to wander around, because you’re always bound to find a tachigui restaurant somewhere along any Osaka block. It is one of the cheapest and easiest food options when you’re short on time.

 

    
Name Kinryu Ramen (金龍ラーメン)
Category Restaurant
Address 1-7-12 Nanba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka
Access [map]1-7-12 Nanba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, Osaka[/map]
Opening Hours 24-hour
Price Range <1000 yen
Payment options Cash
Alix Smith

Alix Smith

Hi I'm Alix, I'm an Aussie who has fallen in love with Japan. I love learning languages and all about foreign culture. I was first attracted to Japan because of its rich history and fascinating traditions. But as you may notice from my contribution to this site, my real passion is cooking. I hope I can share my experiences here in Japan with you, and hopefully invoke a little bit of Japanese inspiration in your diet. Have fun reading!

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