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Osaka: Deep Backstreets Exploration

1. Osaka: Deep Backstreets Exploration

Begin by getting a feel for retro Osaka. Be transported back in time to a Japan barely recognizable. Jump into retro video game parlors, old-fashioned markets, and more. See how the locals entertain and are entertained by night, from games unique to Japan, to crazy fishing restaurants, to a peek in an Osakan theater. Your next stop will be within some of the most amazing back alleys you'll ever see. Interact with your surroundings, feeling the profound energy and history of the area. Sample 2 delicious side dishes from two different stalls here. A stone's throw and you're within an area filled with untouched, abandoned properties, which provides a truly surreal experience in the middle of the city. Afterwards, you'll have the option to walk through the red light district, or to skip it and go on a separate path.  This Taisho-Era red light district is incredibly preserved from that period, and consists of UNESCO-listed buildings important to Osakan culture. Finally, you'll have the option to eat a full dinner at a tasty, tradition restaurant after the tour has ended.  This tour is not necessarily recommended for all; if you are intrepid, well traveled, and seeking glimpse into an unfiltered, honest side of Osaka, it is a good choice for you. Note that this tour exposes the good, the bad, and everything in between. It includes taboo topics as well, which are very important in forming a complete picture of Japan and its people, such as Yakuza, sexism, war, illegal gambling, sex work, illicit businesses, pachinko, homelessness, welfare, and more. Note also that this tour will not go through the homeless district. Your guides are always respectful should people who are homeless also be traveling the same route as the tour.

Osaka: Main Sights and Hidden Spots Guided Walking Tour

2. Osaka: Main Sights and Hidden Spots Guided Walking Tour

Osaka is known for great food, quirky characters and an urban history much longer than Tokyo's. Get under the skin of this unique city on this guided walking tour with a professional English-speaking guide.  Start off with a visit to Osaka Castle Park. You won't go inside the castle, but will get to admire the grand and imposing exterior, and will stroll around the surrounding park.  Here you'll learn about the history of Osaka and how it was almost robbed from the Japanese 400 years ago.  A quick train ride takes you to Tsuruhashi, to explore the maze of Korea Town. Explore the narrow streets and alleys of this pre-war commercial district.  Another quick journey by public transport will take you to modern Harukas building. Enjoy the view from one of the high floors, then head underground to explore the food hall of the department store underneath. See high quality products for sale like killer puffer fish and Kobe beef, amongst others.  Not far from Harukas is the traditional district of Shin-sekai. See the slightly crumbling local highlights, perfectly frozen in time.  Next, head to Namba, considered to be the center of Osaka's present-day shopping, dining, and entertainment culture. Visit Dotonbori, Osaka’s version of Times Square in New York, and explore the quirky back streets with their own individuality and surprises in store. You’ll visit Kuromon Ichiba, a fresh fish market that's played a pivotal role for more than 150 years.  Finally, explore Doguyasuji, a kitchen and cooking district. Look around at the wax food models, Japanese "noren" (curtains that hang at kitchen entrances) and giant pottery pieces. 

Osaka: Ramen and Gyoza Cooking Class in Dotonbori

3. Osaka: Ramen and Gyoza Cooking Class in Dotonbori

Ramen has become a world-famous Japanese dish alongside sushi. Gyoza is another Japanese dish that has been rapidly gaining popularity in recent years. In Japan, it is standard to order ramen and gyoza as a set at a ramen shop. In this hands-on cooking class, you will make ramen and gyoza. Ramen is made from scratch using wheat noodles and chicken bones and dried sardines. There are many types of ramen, but in this cooking class, the most standard one is soy sauce ramen. You can add various toppings as you like, or add miso to the soup to make miso ramen. When you finish making it, you can eat your own original ramen that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Osaka Foodie Tour Shinsekai - Feast Like a Local

4. Osaka Foodie Tour Shinsekai - Feast Like a Local

Stroll through the streets of Shinsekai and see the "real" side of Osaka. Shinsekai, an area of Osaka that still holds its charm from more than a century ago, from when Japan opened up to the world. Enjoy local cuisine in a truly unique setting, mingling with the locals as the neon around you comes to life. With carefully selected restaurants awaiting your arrival, this tour is designed to showcase foods that can satisfy a foodies curiosity. Along with you, your fully bilingual who has lived in Japan for decades, will make your experience both relaxed and authentic. This tour will offer an assortment to make this evening memorable. First, you will try kushikatsu, a dish started in this very area and enjoy an assortment of lightly fried meat and vegetables on skewers. With a drink in your hand, also enjoy some delicious chicken wings and some edamame beans. After you are done there, swing round to a local takoyaki place, enjoying an array of flavours where you can choose which one is the best of the lot. Gyouza will be awaiting you next, these dumplings that have become a mainstay of the Japanese diet. Filled with pork and vegetables, enjoy! After that, head to a traditional yakitori restaurant, where you will try a variety of meats & vegetables on bamboo skewers, cooked slowly over a charcoal grill. Have a few more marinated vegetable dishes with another drink to wash it all down. As you walk through the area, your experienced guide will tell you stories of Shinsekai’s past, pointing out all the backstreets and hidden spots to make you feel like you are a local yourself. As you wander through to your last destination, ask anything you'd like to satisfy your curiosity of both Japan and Osaka. Your last stop on this tour will be a standing bar, where you will try two other traditional Japanese dishes, both oden and udon. Oden, a Japanese fast food of marinated vegetables and meats in a dashi broth and udon, wheat noodles in a dashi broth will be accompanied by another drink. If that isn't enough, a dessert will be awaiting you at the end!

Osaka: Sushi Class in Dotonbori

5. Osaka: Sushi Class in Dotonbori

You will be making 3 types of sushi in this sushi class. 1. Salad Roll A kind of sushi roll. Crab-flavored kamaboko, lettuce, cucumber, avocado, tuna mixed with mayonnaise, and nori roll with a core of tamagoyaki (egg roll). 2. Nigiri Nigiri-zushi is one of the representative dishes of Japan, in which ingredients are placed on top of vinegared rice. Sushi made by placing sushi ingredients such as fish, shellfish, and omelet on a bite-sized piece of vinegared rice. 3. Oshizushi - Pressed Sushi Oshizushi is a traditional form of sushi in the Kansai region. After filling a square wooden frame with sushi rice and toppings on top, press the rice with your hand to make the rice stick to the toppings. In Osaka, it is also called “box sushi” and is still popular with many people. The finished product will be a square, so cut it into pieces just before eating.

Japan: 7, 14 or 21-Day Japan Rail Pass

6. Japan: 7, 14 or 21-Day Japan Rail Pass

Take the hassle out of your vacation transportation with the Japan Rail Pass. Explore the whole country with just one ticket and ride the famous Shinkansen bullet train. Travel from Tokyo to Kyoto, Osaka to Hiroshima, and Hokkaido to Kyushu – Japan's your oyster with a 7, 14, or 21-day pass. Get your voucher mailed to your home or office address, then exchange this for your actual Japan Rail Pass at a major train station or international airport in Japan and start traveling. Use the free guide booklet to make the best of your Japan trip, thanks to insider tips and train details. Travel as much as you like for 7, 14, or 21 consecutive days. The pass includes: • All Japan Rail Group shinkansen bullet trains, except the Nozomi and Mizuho departures • All Japan Rail Group limited express, express, rapid, local, trains, and Bus Rapid Transit in Tohoku • Tokyo Monorail between Haneda airport and Hamamatsucho station (no service to Narita) • Aomori Railway services between Aomori and Hachinohe (some exceptions) • Ishikawa Railway services between Kanazawa and Tsubata (local, limited departures only) • Ainokaze Toyama Railway services between Toyama and Takaoka (local departures only) • All Japan Rail Bus local lines (some exceptions, no express services), including services from JR Hokkaido Bus, JR Bus Tohoku, JR Bus Kanto, JR Tokai Bus, West Japan JR Bus, Chugoku JR Bus, JR Shikoku Bus, and JR Kyushu Bus • JR-West ferry service between Miyajima and Miyajimaguchi (JR station near the pier with ferry services for Miyajima)

Osaka: Hotspots & Hidden Gems Private or Group Tour

7. Osaka: Hotspots & Hidden Gems Private or Group Tour

You will get an insightful understanding of everyday Japanese customs, including topics that other local guides may not be comfortable letting visitors know about, so please ask me any questions (our guides are super open-minded and present Osaka for what it is: the good, the bad and everything in between) First you'll slip through the non-touristy hidden maze of bar/restaurant zones in central Osaka, and even get a short glimpse of a Yakuza clubhouse (it’s safe and we’ll just walk past it). After check out the traditional Kuromon Ichiba Market seafood market where top chefs continue to shop at everyday. We’ll contrast that by ducking into quiet cobblestoned back alleys to uncover a mystic temple and its centuries-old unique history, while passing boutique eateries and hidden shops. Be prepared for a sensory overload as we navigate wacky larger-than-life billboards highlighting modern Japanese culture. You’ll get to hear plenty of interesting stories about Osaka while we amble down the central downtown Dotonbori river....and get some fantastic photo opportunities. The America town further down the road provides a curious insight of what Japanese people think what America is hahaha. The retro town of Shinsekai is just as intriguing with its mix of crazy fishing restaurants to its ancient Japanese gaming provides a lot of nostalgia! You’ll be dazzled by the retrograde neon all over the city and the exciting nightlife that Osaka is so famous for. This tour is known for exposing the contrasting faces of Osaka! Note: You will go to all the above places mentioned on the 3hr tour Note: On the 4hr tour we will visit all of the above plus 3 extra places: a knife shop (a private demonstation given), go down a plethora of off the beaten paths full of authentic restaurant alleys, full coverage of the Dotonbori River area with more of a deeper insight to Osaka local life. Note: Osaka Castle will not be visited on this tour (as it take over an 2hr just to view this 12 acre land that Osaka Castle is built on. I hope our tour is more than memorable!:)

From Osaka: Kobe Private Day Tour

8. From Osaka: Kobe Private Day Tour

Explore everything in Kobe. Enjoy the utmost convenience as you discover the must-sees of the city aboard a comfortable vehicle. You can fully customize your own itinerary! Let the friendly driver pick you up from your hotel in Osaka and help you find the most efficient route to get you to all the sights. Choose from two vehicles available, a 7-seater or 10-seater vehicle, depending on your travel party needs. At the end of the day, the driver will bring you back to your hotel or any other destination of your choice in Kobe or Osaka—easy and hassle-free!

Osaka: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

9. Osaka: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

Join a local guide to experience the authentic side of Osaka. Get a personalized tour of the city’s fascinating history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led among its liveliest districts. Visit some off-the-beaten-path spots and hidden gems as you become immersed in the local lifestyle. Osaka’s whirlwind of chaotic shopping, lantern-lit mazes of izakaya bars, and frenetic canal-side entertainment districts is a lot to get to grips with. Your local insider will make sure you make the most of your time together. Discover locals-only Osaka, where fishermen is a delicacy and vendors consider bargaining a traditional art form. 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 vendors selling street food, shellfish, and souvenirs. (If you’re feeling peckish, point out the seafood that tickles your fancy, from scallops to sea urchin, and watch a vendor cooked right in front of you!). Next up, explore tranquil Hozenji Yokocho, a stone-paved lane packed with long-standing Japanese bars and restaurants that retains the spirit of the Osaka of yesteryear, and see Sennichimae Kitchenware Street – a street dedicated entirely to kitchen utensils and food supplies! Peer into the shops and restaurants lining the Soemon-cho entertainment district, an area with more than 400 years of history, and get lost in Den-Den Town, the perfect place to geek out over cameras, computers, pop culture, games, and anime. After that, get blinded by Dotonbori, a snapshot of typical Osaka, where colossal food signs and flashing lights illuminate your path (don’t miss the eye-catching Glico Running Man above Ebisubashi Bridge), then take a pleasant walk through to Shinsaibashi and the creative, youth-oriented America-mura – a treasure trove of retro stores, independent galleries, and cool cafés. Important: Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local tour operator's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements. The places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences.

Osaka: Kuchu Teien Observatory Admission Ticket

10. Osaka: Kuchu Teien Observatory Admission Ticket

Elevate your Osaka experience with Kuchu Teien Observatory admission tickets. This iconic observatory offers you the chance to soar above the city, enjoying a 360-degree panoramic view that stretches beyond imagination. Feel the thrill of futuristic architecture and captivating entertainment options. Relax and savor your favorite beverage at the glass bar on the 40th floor, seemingly suspended in the sky, giving you the sensation of floating in the air. Create a memorable romantic moment on the heart-shaped rooftop deck, while taking in the stunning skyline. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your Osaka adventure.

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4.9 / 5

based on 30 reviews

It was indeed an eye opening and unforgettable tour into parts of Osaka that I would otherwise had not ventured out to. My guide Jamie‘s interesting narratives peppered throughout the tour made it that much more meaningful and memorable. Would highly recommend this tour for a unique, off the beaten track experience of Osaka.

Great experience to. Explore every things new in city tour of Osaka had a dream city tour with my guide & cover almost each & every sport in day tour from 9 am till 5.30 pm evening .

Rumiko was excellent and very well prepared for our day! She was so knowledgeable and sweet and we really enjoyed our day with her guidance!

Simple set up. Good connectivity. We'll worth getting.

Very great tour! Learned so much that I never knew!