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  • Osaka: Eat Like a Local Street Food Tour

    1. Osaka: Eat Like a Local Street Food Tour

    There’s a reason why Osaka is known as the food capital of Japan, but as well as districts that are packed full of tiny local eateries and world class restaurants, the city has an exciting and diverse street food scene. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. To really get a taste of local life, you can’t miss exploring Osaka’s street food culture, and what better way than with a local by your side to take you to the best vendors and food carts where the locals really eat. From delicacies you’ve never heard of such as okonomiyaki, to staples like yakisoba, you will discover all the best dishes and local specialties in Dotonbori. With your local by your side, you'll be able to really experience local life and immerse yourself in the vibrant street food c...

    The tour was one of a kind! We enjoyed all the food we were able to try and local areas we would not have ventured on our own. Highly recommend!

  • Osaka: Local Food Beyond Dotonbori Small Group Tour

    2. Osaka: Local Food Beyond Dotonbori Small Group Tour

    Taste the big city, bright lights energy in the famous Dotonbori and Namba districts, then immerse yourself in local food and culture as you explore the areas where the locals play, and visitors almost never do. With dinner and drinks included and a group size of no more than six, it's going to be more like a night out with friends than one of those assembly line-style tours. All guides speak excellent or native English, have lived in Osaka forever or at least many years, and absolutely love the city. Your evening starts in the heart of Dotonbori, right on Ebisu Bridge, best known as the perfect vantage point to see the "Running Man" gargantuan LCD sign, plus all the other giant signs and screens that wallpaper this area. Think Times Square in New York, with all the buzz but none of the cars. Pass all the big highlights, then duck into some narrow side streets steeped in history. Hundr...

  • Osaka: Soul of Kansai Tour with Japanese Snacks

    3. Osaka: Soul of Kansai Tour with Japanese Snacks

    Start your tour of Osaka outside Nipponbashi Station, and then venture into the Kuromon Ichiba Market. Walk along a street with over 500 meters of stalls selling fresh meat, fish and vegetables. Experience downtown Osaka’s lively market culture up close, enhanced by rich aromas and the boisterous Kansai-ben (Osaka dialect) of the locals.  Move on to Doguyasuji to see the infinite array of Japanese cooking utensils. Take a look at the ubiquitous "fake food" selection, and then saunter over to Dobutsuenmae Station to walk to Shinsekai. Enter the true heart of Osaka in Shinsekai (literally meaning "New World"), created as an amusement area in 1912 and modeled 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 late...

    I found the meeting point pretty fast, even though Exit 10 is kind of hidden (and not visible oN the board) I would recommend to choose a different Exit. Hiro, our tour guide, was very (!!) sweet. She explained the food, showed us around (eg a Shrine) and we had typical Osaka food. We did not go to restaurants (after all it does say „Snack“) except for two (last two stops). She was kind enough to always ask if we wanted to try the food before buying. I personally think the price is set too high for what it is. Couple shops closed before (~4ish, tour started at 5), which was a pity, however, what we had was super delicious! I have a sensitive stomach but did not have any trouble. Drinks were not included (but we got water in the restaurants)

  • From Osaka: 1-Day Kyoto Highlights Tour with Maiko Show

    4. From Osaka: 1-Day Kyoto Highlights Tour with Maiko Show

    Head off first to Fushimi-Inari, famous for its thousands of brilliant-red torii, entrance gates to Shinto shrines, which straddle a network of trails behinds its main buildings. Take an hour to explore the mountain trails, making sure to pause at the interesting shrine buildings. Then, transfer to Gion District with a prearranged taxi, divided into 2 or 3 passengers per car.  Have lunch at an authentic restaurant where you can try Chanko, a Japanese hot pot dish famously eaten by Sumo wrestlers. The menu will be all-you-can-eat with dessert and soft drinks included. After finishing lunch, take a quick 3-minute walk from the restaurant and meet a Maiko, an apprentice geisha, and watch their performance. Hear about the authentic manner of tea ceremony from them. Snap some photos and feel exclusive, as one usually doesn't have the chance to see Maikos in the street.  Af...

  • Osaka: Daytime Dotonbori Food Tour

    5. Osaka: Daytime Dotonbori Food Tour

    Experience an unforgettable stroll through the historical food streets of Osaka and eat like a local in the city known as “Japan’s Kitchen”. Your local expert will take you on an unforgettable eating excursion through the busy streets and the hidden, less-frequented parts of South Osaka. The tour kicks off in the busy Doutonburi area where you will learn about "Glico man", a Filipino sprinter named Fortunato Catalon who inspired a nation and a company. Similar to Shibuya (its counterpart in Tokyo), the sights and sounds of Dotounburi often lead you astray to overly-commercialized restaurants with queues of tourists outside. Your guides will take you to places which you would certainly miss without a local's assistance. You'll travel down secret alleys not long after you begin the tour, making your way towards a shrine which is hidden from sight for the average passerby. You will sample...

  • Osaka Bar Hopping Food Tour

    6. Osaka Bar Hopping Food Tour

    After meeting your local tour guide at exit 15B of Namba station, the guide will take you around a food alley, located near Dotonbori. This narrow alley reminds people of the historic old days of Osaka with Japanese style Izakaya bars lined up in the alley and including a small temple called Hozenji temple. Many locals come to relax and enjoy local food there at night. After walking around the alley, you'll visit the first Izakaya bar that serves various types of Osaka's traditional food such as Kushikatsu (fried skewers). The combination of this local food and drinking local Beer, Sake, and Shochu will definitely pump up your night!  After enjoying delicious fried skewers, you and your local guide will go to the next izakaya bar of the bar hopping tour. At this place you can eat a traditional Japanese food which most tourists don't really know. Osaka is known for their variety of foods...

    Our guide, Kohei Yukami, was charming and friendly. He was flexible in choosing where to take our group and made fantastic choices based on what we wanted to try. Each location was wonderful. The food was delicious and the drinks were a great match. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Osaka that wants a local food experience and a fun night out. It was pretty perfect.

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What people are saying about Namba

Our guide, Kohei Yukami, was charming and friendly. He was flexible in choosing where to take our group and made fantastic choices based on what we wanted to try. Each location was wonderful. The food was delicious and the drinks were a great match. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Osaka that wants a local food experience and a fun night out. It was pretty perfect.

Our guide, Haruhi, was very knowledgeable, conversational, and fun! We really enjoyed seeing the large variety of foods that are sold in Osaka, and hearing the tradition behind them as explained by our guide. Kuromon market is a must go. Also really loved the yakisoba!

My daughter and I are so grateful to experience our food tour with Haruhi! She was amazing! She made us feel like family visiting Osaka for the first time. Everything we ate was the ultimate foodie experience! Thank you so much!!!

The tour was one of a kind! We enjoyed all the food we were able to try and local areas we would not have ventured on our own. Highly recommend!

excellent tour, and excellent guide. 100% recommend