Splurging for an eight-course omakase, or chef's tasting menu, at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Osaka was entirely worth it. The array of dishes made the whole meal thrilling, and the presentation made it all the more memorable. We ate everything from mochi bites to radish salad, tuna sashimi to ume in rice porridge. The staff was extremely attentive and very intent on explaining to us what each dish was before we dove in, chopsticks first. You sit up against the open kitchen at the bar, so you're able to watch the chefs whipping up each dish, or beheading a live fish before serving it minutes later. It's a special experience that shouldn't be missed when in Japan -- and luckily, the country has more Michelin-starred restaurants than any other, so a remarkable meal like this one is likely never far away.