Scene-setter: We recently employed a gif of No-Face, but at the risk of being repetitive, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away dovetails beautifully with roaming through Osaka’s covered arcades.
Pound-the-table recommendation: Wasabi, a female-chefed slip of a restaurant that adapts the kushi-katsu (fried skewer) tradition for a more refined audience. It’s a tasting menu, but you just tell them to stop when you’re full and pay accordingly. If you can’t seem to hit the brakes, like us, you’ll rack up a no-joke bill; but if you have some self-control, you could be in and out of Wasabi on virtually any budget. Good luck with that one.
Back-pocket fact: Instant ramen was invented in 1958 by Momofuku Ando in a suburb of Osaka. Learn all about it—and customize your own Cup Noodles—at the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum.