Small-group Kansai Soul Tour in Osaka including Japanese Snacks2 reviews
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.
- Local English-speaking guide
- Some food samplings (Japanese snacks)
- Additional food and drinks
- Meal at the end of the tour
- Souvenirs and personal items
- Tips/gratuities for your guide
Nippombashi Station, 1 Chome-5 Nipponbashi, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0073, Japan
Returns to original departure point
- 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
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