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Osaka - Kansai Soul Private Evening Tour Including Japanese snacks

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  • Get insider access to a part of Japan that many travelers miss

  • Receive personalized attention on a private tour

  • Taste local street food delicacies

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Osaka - Kansai Soul Private Evening Tour Including Japanese snacks
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Overview

This fun evening tour will take you to the markets and nightlife districts of the underrated city of Osaka. See how locals live, work, and eat in an area well-known in Japan for its culinary variety.  You’ll see a part of the city that tourists normally miss out on with the help of a local English-speaking guide. As this is a private tour, you can go at your own pace and linger at places that interest you the most.

What to Expect

Osaka is often missed on the map when people take a whirlwind trip across Japan. In between the bright lights and fast pace of ultra-modern Tokyo and the old-world charm and culture of Kyoto, people often forget that there exists a city that combines the best of both worlds! Uptown Osaka is a sea of sleek skyscrapers, bright lights and modern living — travel further south and you come to the real heart of Kansai. Osaka’s rich and vibrant culture is as unique as it is robust — people greet each other with “Have you eaten yet?” more often than not!                  

Your private Osaka tour begins outside Nipponbashi Station and leads into Kuromon Ichiba market, a street containing over 500 metres of lively market stalls selling Osaka’s freshest meat, fish, and vegetables. You’ll have a chance to experience downtown’s classic market culture up close, punctuated by rich aromas and the boisterous Kansai-ben (Osaka dialect) of the locals.

We’ll move on to Doguyasuji to see the infinite array of Japanese cooking utensils, as well as stopping to look at the ubiquitous ‘fake food’ selection — a surprisingly large market exists for this uniquely Japanese trade! From here we’ll go to Dobutsuenmae Station and walk to Shinsekai, entering the true core of Osaka’s famous downtown.

Shinsekai (literally meaning ‘New World’) was created as an amusement area in 1912, modelled on New York City. Complete with a viewing tower and the now infamous Luna Theme Park, Shinsekai represented Japan’s ambitious move toward the future. The area is still home to the ghosts of those ambitions over 100 years later, caught between the hum of neon lights and the gentle swaying of traditional paper laterns. We’ll have a chance to see a traditional Sento (Japanese bath) and a newer Supersento — a stalwart of everyday Japanese life! As we leave Shinsekai, we can sample the much-loved Shinsekai kushi-katsu (deep fried or basted meat and vegetable skewers) and pass atmospheric and traditional izakaya (Japanese-style pubs) before moving onto the glittering jewel of southern Osaka, Dotonbori.

Dotonbori is easily the most famous sight in Osaka, complete with a long canal flanked with shimmering shops and restaurants, a well-known running man, and a giant mechanical crab! The subject of postcards and tourist photos in equal measure, Dotonbori is home to endless clusters of restaurants, street vendors, bars, and pubs. You can sample Osaka’s most famous food, takoyaki (fried batter balls containing octopus legs) and walk along the canal, passing ever-moving neon signs and the billowing steam of Osaka’s liveliest restaurants. If Kyoto is the heart of western Japan, Osaka is truly the soul.

Reviews (8)
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Reviewed September 10, 2018
Awesome Osaka tour

An absolute awesome must do tor of Osaka with our knowledgeable tour guide Kohei. We travelled through some great laneways, markets and shops. If you are going to do 1 tour in Osaka this is the one you need to do. Kohei was a legend,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank squidders2018
VentureJapan, Manager at Osaka Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

It was my pleasure to have you with my tour in Osaka. I am also very happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour! Please enjoy takoyaki and gyoza at Dotombori again! Thank you for the 5 stars and recommendation! Regards, Kohei

Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile
Awesome highly recommend

I had an awesome time with Sean on my tour we only had a small group but it was customized to a point to the interests of the group with plenty of options with pictures or to enjoy the snacks provided. Sean was amazing thanks...More

2  Thank Matt M
VentureJapan, Manager at Osaka Urban Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Thanks Matt, it was a pleasure showing you around Osaka and thank you very much for recommending us and great to hear you had an awesome time. Thanks again and all the best. Sean

Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile
Retired

Yuta spirited me around Osaka, going from place to place providing very yummy street foods! Ive been in Japan for 2 weeks, eating my wY across the country, but some of these selections were definitely the best. In fact i may go back tomorrow for...More

2  Thank Sandra G
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile
Foodies Delight !

Great way to experience the main attractions in Osaka, taste the different types of street food whilst having a tour guide Yuta who was extremely friendly, courteous and knowledgeable he even assisted in wrapping the small souvenirs we bought at the markets.

2  Thank Safari765194
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile
Well worth it

We really enjoyed this tour; Yuta was a very sweet and friendly host. He gave us a fun selection of things to try and we did not leave hungry. I think I would have preferred to spend more time in Dotonbori rather than head to...More

2  Thank T_Daly
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