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Osaka Backstreet Night Tour provided by Taste Osaka

Osaka Backstreet Night Tour

Osaka Backstreet Night Tour
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Tour snapshot
Get top tips on the best local food and drink spots in Osaka
Duration:
3h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
8
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    3h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    8
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Osaka is known for its amazing food scene and nightlife, and this backstreet night tour is the ideal way to discover places that locals love. Visit a variety of neighborhoods—Namba, Shinsaibashi, and Amemura, with a guide to take care of the navigating so you don’t get lost. Go to boutique bars and pubs, and try local specialties such as sushi, and yakitori (grilled chicken),
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • No hunger pangs—enjoy an Izakaya dinner of Japanese specialties
  • Enjoy a small-group tour limited to eight people
  • Hassle-free tour with one drink included in the package
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • No hunger pangs—enjoy an Izakaya dinner of Japanese specialties
  • Enjoy a small-group tour limited to eight people
  • Hassle-free tour with one drink included in the package
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 62558P5
Important information
Inclusions
  • English-speaking guide
  • Local 'Izakaya' Dinner
  • 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink
  • Hidden bar introductions
  • Osaka Pub Passport' with 3000 yen of discounts to continue your night!
Exclusions
  • Extra drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
Duration
3h
Departure details
  • Torigoro, 2 Chome-9 Sennichimae, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0074, Japan You must check drinkosaka.com/directions for meeting instructions!
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Minimum drinking age is 20 years
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Minimum numbers apply
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • English-speaking guide
  • Local 'Izakaya' Dinner
  • 1 alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink
  • Hidden bar introductions
  • Osaka Pub Passport' with 3000 yen of discounts to continue your night!
Exclusions
  • Extra drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • Torigoro, 2 Chome-9 Sennichimae, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0074, Japan You must check drinkosaka.com/directions for meeting instructions!
Duration
3h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Minimum drinking age is 20 years
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • Minimum numbers apply
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Torigoro
    2 Chome-9 Sennichimae, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0074, Japan
    You must check drinkosaka.com/directions for meeting instructions!
    See address & details
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    Taste Osaka
    Stop: 3 hours
    We will meet you in the heart of Namba (detailed meeting instruction upon booking) and begin by heading on foot to a local 'izakaya' to get to know each other and sample the raucous atmosphere of downtown Osaka by night! At our first location, we will have our first (but not last) 'Kampai' of the evening and try a range of Japanese foods including fresh sushi, grilled yakitori and the local speciality, takoyaki! From here, your guide will steer you to a local backstreet drinking establishment for a post dinner drink where you can expect to meet some of the locals, learn a little survival drinking Japanese and discover what makes this city so famous as the nightlife centre of West Japan! Next, we head north past the iconic 'Glico running man' for photos before more refreshments and to see where the night takes us... often to singing our hearts out at a Karaoke bar!
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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Nikolai
Sasebo, Japan2 contributions
100% recommended! I had the opportunity to the this tour solo because of COVID and Osaka had just “opened” back up to tourism, and it was fantastic. The Izakaya you will start at is unique in that as it is comprised of nine different restaurants, each with a different flavor of Japanese food (including okonomiyaki & sushi; the tour price includes the food and one drink here). It not only gets you started for the evening, but if you’re just visiting Japan, then you might be introduced to food here that you didn’t try on your stay.
After that, we bar hopped for several hours and Rodney hung out for a couple hours past the tour ending time and we continued to chat and drink. He is a great guy who not only speaks Japanese fluently, but is fun to hang out with and easy to talk to.
It’s more than just bar hopping, as he even gives some short lessons behind the history of Osaka and it’s culture.
If you take one night life tour in Osaka, take this one! There is no way I would have found the places Rodney takes you to on my own. Totally worth it!
Written October 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

David K
Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Highly recommend! Rodney was our guide and first stop was to have a drink and try a variety of small Japanese dishes in a lively little restaurant market. Rodney was super friendly and eager to show us Namba - He’s a Long time resident of the area and clearly loves being there! The food was tasty af but the best part for us were the cool hidden bars Rodney took us to after. We’re Frequent Japan tourists but first time to Osaka...and these little bars were some of the best we’ve experienced! Can’t describe the amazing ambience in some of these bars that might seat no more than 5–6 people...No chance we would have found on our Own. And intertwined during the night Rodney shared his knowledge on the history of Osaka, Japan, the old canals, and the temples and shrines he led us past in the labyrinth of alleyways and streets. The night ended too quickly for all the fun we were having but Rodney left us with some great info on where we’d been and some places to head next...a few with free shots! Thanks again Rodney!
Written January 25, 2020
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Anthony
Dunedin, New Zealand4 contributions
What a blast. Seriously good craic. Rodney and his partner, a lethal karate fighter known to many as Sake, were hilarious. We ate great food, drank whiskey and hung out a four different little drinking and eating joints. There is no way I would have experienced a night like this on my own. Rodney is a sharp, quick witted dude originally from NZ. Very personable and quite hilarious. He speaks fluent Japanese and is very respectful of the local owners and makes sure to foster great relationships and community with everyone. He expressed many times how privliged it is to do what he does and he loves the feeling of a community he is now a part of. We ended the night in a shisha bar that was playing mellow and very enjoyable house music. It was absolutely brilliant. Highly recommend this for everyone. Cheers, Woz.
Written February 27, 2020
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Kevin Lawson
Guangzhou, China34 contributions
My wife and I booked this tour and we were disappointed with the number of restaurants visited and the amount of food included in the tour price. Dan was our tour guide and had a great personality but we feel as though he did not offer much knowledge about the food. We were taken to an establishment that has four or five small restaurants inside. We sampled one or two small dishes from each restaurant inside. After we were finished eating we went to two different bars to have some drinks where we paid an additional fee. Then our tour was over.

I would not recommend this tour because you basically go to one restaurant and that’s it. We could have done this by ourself!!
Written January 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Saminosaka
Sam from Taste Osaka here, Firstly, thanks for your honest feedback, and sorry to hear that you didn’t have a great experience with us (we are really really proud that the vast majority of people do). There is no doubt that there are cheaper tours out there, but our small group vibes and introductions to places that took us literally years of research to find and establish relationships with make us a wee bit different. We are confident that a similar night in town would completely impossible to recreate without us and we therefore defend our pricing structure For your money, you did of course get a full meal of local specialities from 4 or 5 places (as you noted) and your first drink. On the other hand, you pointed out that enough information about the food wasn’t given. That isn’t cool, I really do apologize for that and I will make sure our guides work on this. This city is an absolute labyrinth of underground bars and unique venues. We offer a walking tour and night out enjoying the fruits of a decade of research and relationship building, not just dinner and a drink. We are absolutely not trying to cash in, and in that vein, feel free to message us for a full refund. Happy travels!
Written January 10, 2020
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tomstokes
London, UK19 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
The tour included a visit to a venue which contained numerous food vendors, we sampled a number of local delicacies and drinks (this was all included in the price). The guide was knowledgable and attentive to everyone’s needs during the dining part of the tour. After the food we visited two further bars, which were ‘off the beaten track’ however the drinks at these two bars were not included in the tour price, and once in the bar it was almost an obligation that you buy a drink because the bar had allocated its limited space to accommodate the tour personnel.

For the price it could of offered a first drink free, which in most cases was a local style drink, and then any additional drinks are paid for by the customer.

The tour ended after visiting three places (one food establishment and two bars). We were given directions by our guide to local bars to our taste which was helpful. Overall, it was an enjoyable tour but could be improved.
Written January 4, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

mtoolin
Perth, Australia30 contributions
Rodney was a fantastic tour guide and I especially appreciated that he was willing to go ahead despite no other bookings, so I got a private tour! Rodney clearly knows and loves Osaka and this shows through in his tours and photography. I loved tasting the local food and checking out all the cool little laneways filled with tiny bars/restaurants. I learnt a lot about Osaka, the food and drinks, which I couldn’t have done without local knowledge. My only regret is that I had just one night in Osaka so I couldn’t go back and check out more places!
Written February 20, 2020
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Dean R
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Friends
Rodney’s night tour was nothing short of fantastic. We kicked off the night with some fantastic izakaya. Rodney ordered a great assortment of foods and we prepared our bellies for a night of drinking. After dinner, he brought us into bars that our group would have never found on our own- each of them was unique fun and affordable. Along the way, Rod shared with us his 14 years of accumulated knowledge of the Osaka area and history. We laughed all night long, met some hilarious bar tenders (shout out Yuki), tried chicken sashimi, and ended our night very satisfied. Thanks so much to Rod for a wonderful time.
Written February 20, 2020
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scotthamil2n
Melbourne, Australia12 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Our guide Deanna read the group quickly and unfolded an experience that was perfect for our group. A great restaurant choice for dinner, where Deanna ordered a great mix of options, some brilliant and unique bars, an impromptu convenience store stop and then a perfect karaoke bar where we sung away until the early hours. Highly recommend this tour!!!
Written January 8, 2020
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Marko
3 contributions
Dec 2019
Our tour guide Sarah took us on an adventure around the Dotonbori - the heart of the vibrant night life in Osaka. We explored a variety of hidden bars including traditional Japanese izakayas where we got to try a range of sake and shochu while nibbling on local delicacies. Between bar hopping, Sarah would spontaneously enlighten us with interesting facts about Osaka which became a highlight on the tour. Our tour guide was adaptable to the group's interests so you could do the tour more than once and get a different experience each time. Our group was lucky enough to have Sarah kick on with us after the tour where we capped off the night with karaoke. The tour was easily one of the main highlights from my trip to Japan!
Written January 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

plk78
3 contributions
Feb 2020
Had a great night out with Misako in Osaka. The tour’s great to get to see bars you’d never normally have the confidence to go into, but it’s a good way to build your courage up. I then followed up with a cycle tour with Yuki, again a great host and a nice leisurely pootle around the south side of Osaka with food along the way- both tours highly recommended and thanks to both Misako and Yuki 👍
Written January 31, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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Naji_FizzyCustard
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Great night out in Osaka
I went on this tour last year and absolutely loved it! Rodney was a fantastic host and took us to places that I wou
djmasia123
djmasia123
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Tennoji Food Tour - Taste of Osaka
Went on a new(er) food tour of Tennoji area, whi ch is a bit quieter apparently. Due to the current Corona virus, a
793megana
793megana
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Best Tour Ever!!!
This tour was incredible. Rodney was a fantastic guide. Talked about history, culture, traditions, changing times,
allister202020
allister202020
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Great activity to experience the night life of Osaka.
Rodney was very welcoming even it being a solo group. Enjoyed the food and various bars located in the City's main
Katlaf
Katlaf
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Great tour!
Rodney was awesome! He took us to small local bars/restaurants we wouldn’t have found otherwise and even gave us cu
Dailyminefields
Dailyminefields
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Hilarious - again!
This is the second time I've done Rodney's drinking tour and it was just as memorable as the first. His knowledge o
Jethro330
Jethro330
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Brilliant night
What a great night, Rodney is an awesome guide, very relaxed yet has some great information about the the area, whi
JustinS998
JustinS998
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Great night!
Had a fantastic night with Misako who took us for some food and then on to a selection of amazing little bars. Thes
holly8899
holly8899
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Fun!
Very fun experience! Would definitely recommend. Our guide was funny and knowledgeable. We are good food, met some
matthewmB2615SU
matthewmB2615SU
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You will not be disappointed!!
Rodney was charismatic, funny, and knew all of the best hidden gems in Osaka. He speaks impeccable Japanese and En
Pat C
Pat C
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Must do in Osaka
Big thanks to Miaka for a great night, visiting bars and restaurants that we never would have found otherwise. Grea
ScottMcClymont
ScottMcClymont
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Japan Tour
Here we had a drink after being escorted around by our own tour guide for about 4 hours. We were lucky no one else
Dailyminefields
Dailyminefields
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Highlight of the trip
What an amazing night! Had so much fun with Rodney - he knows his way around all the back alleys and takes you to s
ashleea141
ashleea141
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One of the highlights of our trip
This was a dream tour with a legend of a tour guide. We learned interesting things - like Japanese drinking games a
Trussell01
Trussell01
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Fun night with good drinks, new friends and hidden bars!
My husband and I signed up for drinkosaka at the last minute. It didn’t disappoint! Rodney was a great host, taking
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