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  • Osaka: Local Food Beyond Dotonbori Small Group Tour

    1. 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...

  • Welcome to Osaka: Private Tour with a Local Host

    2. Welcome to Osaka: Private Tour with a Local Host

    Experience Osaka like a resident on a private walking tour with a local host. Get tips on what to see and do, and learn the best ways to get around. Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Discover where to buy groceries or where the best local places to eat are located and much more. Alternatively, meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Venture beyond the usual tourist sites and discover places you would never read about in the guidebooks. Avail of an itinerary that can be tailored to your interests and specific needs. Ride on the public transportation system, at your own expense, if you prefer. Chat with your guide about life in the city and its many traditions. Feel more confident getting around and exploring on your own by the end of your experience.

    Andrew was knowledgeable of the area and the Japanese culture. My main concern was to get acclimated of the area I was in and locating the meeting points of my future tours. Very helpful. I highly recommend hiring a private guide upon arrival, especially if you’re a solo traveler. Two hours is too short of time if you want to go to various sites. Depending on where you’re staying. I was in Umeda. Thank you Andrew for your fine hospitality!

  • 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)

  • Osaka: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

    4. Osaka: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

    Join a friendly local guide in an authentic experience of electrifying Osaka. Get a personalized tour of the city’s fascinating history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led between its liveliest districts – and a few off the tourist trail. 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. First, meet your guide at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Dating back to the 3rd century (before the introduction of Buddhism), it’s one of Japan’s oldest shrines, and one of the few examples of Sumiyoshi-zukuri – purely Japanese architecture. Then, hop on the train to the high-energy entertainment district of Namba, an area that’s buzzing with locals looking for a good time 24/7. Stroll down lively streets to Kuromon Market, a covered space packed with over 100 shops and ...

    My tour guide took me on a journey as if it were a right of passage to the people of Osaka. I loved every moment of it.

  • Osaka: Bespoke Family Friendly City Tour

    5. Osaka: Bespoke Family Friendly City Tour

    Meet your local host who will help to take the pressure off planning and navigating, so you can make the most of your time together as a family. 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. Your host will suggest things to do based on your family's personality and interests, creating a customized experience of the sights you'd most to see, hidden gems, exciting museums, and attractions that you'd struggle to find in a guidebook. See famous attractions like Osaka Castle, hands-on museums like the Science Museum, and family-friendly neighborhoods packed with delicious local eateries. Discover restaurants that everyone will enjoy - fussy eaters included - or get adventurous and try the local street food with your host by your side to recommend dishes based upon...

    It was our first day in Japan and personalized tour was very useful. While seeing the city, we learned many necessary skills. Guide knew the city well in spite of his young age, was very nice person and as a bonus could teach us to cope with glutein allergy in Japan.

  • Osaka: Private Discovery Tour with a Local

    6. Osaka: Private Discovery Tour with a Local

    Orientate yourself and check out a few of the most famous attractions in Osaka with your personal guide. 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. Let a local kick-start your trip by showing you the highlights and giving you a priceless insight into city life, from advice about cultural practices to the best spots to eat authentic local food. Explore Osaka like a local and make the most of your time in Osaka from the start. Follow the unique route which your local host has designed specifically for you, either by walking or using public transport so you can get familiar with how to move around the city. Learn about the city’s cultural practices, heritage, culture and cuisine as you explore the city together, perhaps stopping to try some authentic local s...

    I would like to comment on the tour Akira gave us. He was very professional, knowledgeable, of course speaks an impeccable English, was creative and kindly accommodated to some physical limitations I have. I would recommend him highly Regards Cecilia Abdenur

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

    7. 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: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour by Private Vehicle

    8. Osaka: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour by Private Vehicle

    Discover how Osaka has centuries more history than Tokyo and a merchant culture that still strongly resonates today on this full-day guided tour by private vehicle.  First stop is a visit to the Osaka Castle, where you will explore the grounds and enjoy the view of the castle’s exterior. Then, visit what is said to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan, Shitennoji.  Next, head to Shin-sekai. A short stroll around the area will show you typical foods, games, and Osaka's famously bad fashion sense. After lunch, visit the Harukas building to admire views across the city as you soar up a glass elevator. At the basement of this tall building is a local marketplace with some of the finest foods on display, such as Kobe beef and high end sushi.  You will then explore Dotonbori, sometimes compared to New York's Times Square. Explore the side streets and hear interesting stories from your gu...

  • Osaka Bar Hopping Food Tour

    9. 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

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 7 reviews

I would like to comment on the tour Akira gave us. He was very professional, knowledgeable, of course speaks an impeccable English, was creative and kindly accommodated to some physical limitations I have. I would recommend him highly Regards Cecilia Abdenur

We really enjoyed the tour with Sivan Izawa. It was a good mix between culture, temple and current information. Gladly again.

EXCELLENT VISIT OF OSAKA. JUAN IS A LOVELY PERSON AND THE VISIT WAS GREAT WITH CURIOSITIES AND D

Excellent experience for those who have little time to get to know the city

excellent tour, and excellent guide. 100% recommend