Tenmasa (天政) in Namba

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Tenmasa is a udon and soba shop that have counter seats only located at the center of Namba area. My friend who is a foodie love this shop and whenever he visits Osaka, he eats something at this shop.
So, I visited there. And I found their udon is actually delicious. And I drop in at the shop without fail when I visit Osaka.

“コ”-shaped counter table surrounds kitchen. So, they serve udon and soba quickly.

Where ?

It is the heart of Namba. The yellow signboard is outstanding. So you won’t miss it out.

“Inexpensive, fast and tasty” udon

Menu. I visited there after two years absence. Prices rose up with 10 yen each. But still it’s so inexpensive !
We can add ingredients, for example, egg, tempura and so on. After you enter the shop, be seated somewhere and order, and pay. After a while, your foods are complete.

Kizami udon

Kizami Udon (きざみうどん, 270 yen) is my friend’s recommendation.
Kizami means “cut” in English. The surface of soup is covered with shredded deep fried tofu and green onions.
It don’t have much udon, so, it’s good for light breakfast and snacks.
To tell the truth, I don’t like the texture of deep fried tofu, but this deep fried tofu had plenty of soup and it was tasty.

It had springy texture. Soft. It went down my throat smoothly.
I put some shichimi pepper on it. Delicious.

Curry udon

I love their curry udon (カレーうどん, 370 yen). It’s the most expensive udon next to Niku udon (meat udon, 430 yen) !
As a whole, I don’t like curry udon that is eaten at udon restaurant and soba restaurant because it’s always sweet. But this isn’t sweet at all. Very spicy !
And this springy udon go with this spicy soup very well ! I always drink it up !

If you like spicy curry udon, try it ! (It’s not extremely spicy)

Kayaku gohan

Of course, their udon is tasty, but also I recommend this kayaku gohan (かやく御飯, 190 yen). Kayaku gohan is “boiled rice mixed with vegetables and meat”
The rice was soft and sticky texture a bit. And this seasoning is awesome. I think their basic soup stock that is used for both kayaku gohan and udon is awesome.
But it’s too much for me to eat it up with udon and soba.

So, I rarely eat it in the shop. I always buy it “to go”. Its price is as same as “for here”. Sometimes I eat udon in the shop and buy kayaku gohan to go, but another I just buy kayaku gohan “to go” without eating in the shop at all.

Now tourists friendly

Tenmasa is open from 7 a.m. to 0 a.m. So, you can use this shop at anytime, breakfast, lunch and dinner !
If your accommodation don’t serve breakfast, I recommend this shop. Their light and mild tastes of udon is suitable for breakfast.

Tenmasa used to be unfriendly to tourists (from both inside and outside of Japan) a few years ago. But recently they became pleasant. And more, Tenmasa became globalized ! They have menu having English, Chinese and Korean words ! It’s because of such many tourists from abroad coming ?


About the restaurant

Name in English / Tenmasa
Name in Japanese / 天政
Address / 3-3-3 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Phone / 06-6641-1846

Open / 7 a.m. – 0 a.m.
Closed / No scheduled

Reservation / Unavailable
Credit card / Unavailable


  1. Mitzie Mee says:

    So inexpensive! Ad it looks tasty too:)

    • Ryoko says:

      I have never met such a tasty udon at such a lower price in Tokyo !
      I understood why my acquaintance who is foodie like this shop 🙂

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