A large vineyard exists in the region encompassing the cities of Kashiwara and Habikino in southern Osaka.
The area was utilized during the Edo era for cotton production, but grapes began to be cultivated during the Meiji era after the influx of cotton produced overseas resulted in the decline of the land.
The region was once known as number one in the country for wine production during the early Showa period, although Osakans were generally unfamiliar with this fact.
Some wineries in the area are over 100 years old, and produce wines made exclusively from locally-harvested grapes.
Today, winderies are dotted throughout the district, and offer tastings and wine sales. Indeed, local wines now enjoy significant popularity due to a recent dramatic improvement in quality and increased selection.
Malt whisky distillery
Subtle and yet powerful, Japanese whisky has received numerous awards both domestically and internationally, achieving great popularity worldwide.
More than 100 billion packages of instant ramen are consumed worldwide today. The food is said to have had its humble beginnings in Ikeda City, Osaka prefecture, in a small backyard shed behind the home of Nissin Foods’ founder Andō Momofuku.
Traditional Osaka vegetables
The Kansai region is still home to many ancient ingredients and traditional dishes that can be said to be the origin of Japanese food culture, and the most famous ingredients that originated in here are traditional Osaka vegetables.