Small-group Kansai Soul Tour in Osaka including Japanese Snacks

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Small-group Kansai Soul Tour in Osaka including Japanese Snacks
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Often missed on many Japan itineraries, Osaka is more than just a city of commerce: it is the Kansai region’s vibrant and eclectic heart and soul. This tour takes you by buzzing markets, through a lantern-lit labyrinth, and into the districts famed throughout Japan for their culinary variety and unforgettable atmosphere.
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In Brief

Location:
Osaka, Japan
Country:
Japan
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Highlights:
Small-group tour
Free snacks included
Comprehensive tour of the city
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Osaka is often missed on the map when people take a whirlwind trip across Japan. In between the bright lights and fast pace of the 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. And if you travel further south, 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 Osaka tour begins outside the Nipponbashi Station and leads into the Kuromon Ichiba market, a street containing over 500 meters of lively market stalls selling Osaka’s freshest meat, fish, and vegetables. You’ll have a chance to experience the downtown’s classic market culture up close, punctuated by rich aromas and the boisterous Kansai-ben (Osaka dialect) of the locals.

You’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, you’ll go to the 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, 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 later, caught between the hum of neon lights and the gentle swaying of traditional paper lanterns. You’ll have a chance to see a traditional Sento (Japanese bath) and a newer Supersento, a stalwart of everyday Japanese life! As you leave Shinsekai, you 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 area 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.

Inclusions

  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Some food samplings (Japanese snacks)

Exclusions

  • Additional food and drinks
  • Meal at the end of the tour
  • Souvenirs and personal items
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

Departure Time

5:00 PM

Departure Point

Nippombashi Station, 1 Chome-5 Nipponbashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0073, Japan

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please wear comfortable shoes for walking
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 12 people
  • Children under age 12 are not permitted to join this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 2.5 out of 5 based on the last 2 recent reviews

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 the last stop hence 4 stars. I would highly recommend this if like me you only have one night in Osaka
• Submitted 06 Apr 2018
Tour guide was unfriendly, definitely not a people person. Kept emphasising areas on the tour that he didnt want to do or would rather swim across than go through. On arrival I smiled to say hello and he wouldnt even smile. He was also too softly spoken and hard to hear. Disinterested and judgemental, I wouldnt recommend.
• Submitted 16 Feb 2018

In Brief

Location:
Osaka, Japan
Country:
Japan
Duration:
3 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Highlights:
Small-group tour
Free snacks included
Comprehensive tour of the city