Photo/IllutrationTourists flock to Miyamoto Jaya, a popular “takoyaki” shop, in Osaka Castle Park in Osaka’s Chuo Ward on the afternoon of July 23. (Toshiya Obu)

OSAKA—An elderly food stall owner who earned 330 million yen ($2.96 million) when hordes of tourists stopped by Osaka Castle Park has suspended operations after a visit from tax authorities.

Tatsuko Utsunomiya, 72, who is accused of dodging tax payments of about 130 million yen, shut down her Miyamoto Jaya food booth on Aug. 1, an official of Hokokujinja shrine, the landlord of the site, said.

Miyamoto Jaya sold “takoyaki,” dumplings containing bits of octopus, and “oden,” a hotpot consisting of various ingredients in blackish broth, on the premises of the shrine in Osaka Castle Park, an area that has seen a surge in foreign tourists. It also offered “okonomiyaki” pancakes and ice cream.

The number of people who entered Osaka Castle was 2.75 million in fiscal 2017, compared with 1.36 million in fiscal 2010, according to the municipal government.

As a result, sales of Miyamoto Jaya topped 240 million yen in 2016, almost double the figure in 2014.

But for the total income of 330 million yen from 2014 to 2016, Utsunomiya failed to file tax returns. In late July, she was charged with violating the Income Tax Law.

After the tax evasion was reported, the shrine came under heavy criticism, including demands that the food stall cease operations.

Utsunomiya accepted a request from the shrine official to voluntarily suspend the business, according to the shrine.

“We would like to offer a profound apology for upsetting you and making you worry (about us),” the chief priest said on the shrine’s website.

Utsunomiya’s lawyer said, “She has not decided whether she will stop the business or resume operations.”