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We went on the evening Deep Backstreet Tour on Jan. 15. Andy and Luca were our guides. We arrived late after the group had left, but Luca kindly waited for us and quickly caught us up. We visited gambling parlors, "rough" neighborhoods, Shinsekai, red light districts, shopping arcades, and other areas. Andy and Luca were both extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and kept the tour lively and well-paced. They treated us to hot street food, very appreciated on a chilly night. We could not stay for the dinner option although the rest of the group did. We would definitely go with Andy and Luca again on the other Backstreet Osaka tours.
Laura & Vinson
Take a deep-dive into Japanese culture and experience Osaka like a local on this evening walking tour. Join your Japanese-Australian guide, Andy, to explore the city’s historic districts, including the former ghetto and the Red Light district. Learn about Osaka’s history, heritage, and local traditions; venture down the backstreets to visit quirky sites often missed by travelers; and sample traditional street foods. Upgrade to include a delicious dinner of typical ‘kushikatsu’ cuisine.
Deep Osaka All-Inclusive Nighttime Foodie Cultural Experience
From $109.00 (Price varies by group size )
Deep Osaka Night Foodie Tour
, Jan 2020
Levy was our guide for this evening tour. We visited bars and restaurants, passed into gambling dens, viewed love hotels, and walked through fascinating shopping arcades. Levy gave us a great look into Japanese culture and with so much information, with his culinary background and years of experience. We had a lot of different types of drinks and food on the tour, and were quite full at the end. Afterwards, Levy kindly gave us a ride back to Dotonbori where our hotel was. We would definitely do other tours with Levy again.
What a brilliant few hours with Levy. Spending time wandering off the beaten track and tasting delicious local food was a wonderful way to get to know Osaka better.
Levy is full of knowledge and information. An excellent tour and an essential inclusion to any visit to this great city.
Amazing selection of food. Levy our tour guide was excellent. He shared with us lots of informative and fun information on the area. Enjoyable evening with lots of food, drink and laughter. Thanks for a wonderful experience.
Go off the beaten track—and avoid tourist traps—on this nighttime walking tour of Osaka. In a small group of no more than six people head for the foodie districts of Tenma and Kyobashi to sample local dishes, enjoy a few drinks, and get to know the locals.
Kyoto and Nara 1 Day Trip - Golden Pavilion and Todai-ji Temple from Osaka
Pros and Cons
, Aug 2019
Overall a good experience, the sights were beautiful and the guide to and from Osaka was wonderful! She gave me insights on the areas between Kyoto Nara and Osaka and even some tidbits on the history and culture. The guides at the sites really didn't give more information than was on the signs, but with no time to read any of them. I wish I could rate them separately and there was more time at each site.
See Kyoto and Nara’s spectacular sights on a full-day sightseeing tour of the cities from Osaka. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, gain fascinating insight into the rich historical heritage of the region’s legendary landmarks. Begin your cultural excursion with a guided tour of the ancient Nijo Castle, and then absorb the aesthetic majesty of both Kyoto Imperial Palace and Kinkaku-ji Temple. Revitalize with a traditional Japanese and western-style buffet lunch then explore nearby Nara, home to majestic monuments like the Great Buddha of Tadoi-ji Temple and Kasuga Shrine.
This experience was very nice, dressing up was good fun and the tea ceremony was lovely to witness. I would recommend this for anyone wanting to get an insight into the tea ceremony culture. The ceremony was quite short, not sure if it is worth the cost.
Get acquainted with one of Japan’s most famous traditions during a tea ceremony and kimono-wearing experience in Osaka. Alongside a Japanese tea master, you’ll witness the ritual of making green tea while wearing a Japanese kimono, which are suitable for both men and women. Plus, you’ll sample Japanese sweets and enjoy premium green tea while learning about local culture.
Discover Osaka’s highlights on this quirky Go Kart tour. Be photo-ready, as there are plenty of funny character costumes to choose from. It’s a hassle-free tour as Go Kart rental, costume rental, insurance, and fuel are included. See lots of Osaka’s top sites like Tsutenkaku Tower, and Kitashinchi area, and you won’t have to worry about losing your group, as it’s a small-group tour. A valid driving license and international license with Japanese translation is required.
This trip is awesome! Rodney not only showed me the food joints and pubs but more importantly the culture of the city. Everything was spot on and he even helped me to take some amazing pics that definitely a Tinder profit pic quality. Not to mention the food joints are really good and I promise you will not going to find those if you new to the city. I’m definitely recommend people to join this tour and it would be a unforgettable experience!
My guide Mysako (I know I am spelling it wrong) was excellent. Hit a number of places I never would have found on my own. All were wll thought out and excellent.
To their credit I was a solo and the other people who were supposed to join us did not. Mysaako went ahead and took me on a thoroughly enjoyable night. Directions provided on how to find my guide were excellent.
When visiting Osaka, it can be challenging to discover where the locals go to eat and drink. Join some Osaka residents for a night out, and come home feeling like you’ve made new friends. Your personable guides navigate a small group of eight or fewer to the izakayas and backstreet bars of Namba, Shinsaibashi, and Amemura, where you sample local food and drink throughout the evening.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Miyajima Island,Itsukushima shrine from Osaka
, Nov 2019
You spend a lot of time travelling. But the memorial park and museum were definitely worth going to (bring tissues). Miyajima would have been great, but unfortunately it was under construction and the tour company didn’t tell us in advance. I thought that was ethically quite wrong. But the guide was really nice. It has been under construction for a year and will continue until May. That is plenty of time to give tourists warning.
The island was very beautiful and the guide was able to give us a lot of information. There were plenty of chances for free time where we could explore on our own. The peace museum was interesting yet confronting.
See the historical highlights of Hiroshima on a comprehensive full-day tour from Osaka. Ride on the super-speed bullet train to Hiroshima then board a boat to the idyllic Miyajima Island, home to the splendid Itsukushima Shrine. Return to Hiroshima to feel emotionally stirred by the magnificent Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, in which intriguing exhibitions speak eloquently of the atomic bomb dropped on the city in 1945. Fully immerse yourself in Japan’s fascinating culture during this enriching excursion. Enjoy convenient transportation from a central Osaka location on this tour.
Nara and Kyoto are beautiful. Excellent tour guide, and just the right amount of stopping at each location. A bit chaotic at first trying to figure out which bus you go to at the hotel, but it was sorted then everything worked out.
The locations are good to visit.
The coach is fairly peaceful and comfortable (tho there are quite frequent announcements about next visit etc)
We left, returned on time
The tour guides tried hard to be helpful - in particular Emily was very active both helping us in English and also helping others in Japanese and Chinese at the same time so thank you very much.
There is limited explanation / historical background given. But to be honest you can also read inscriptions at the locations visited or use Wikipedia. Given it's a large group with multiple languages needed, I think this is not surprising.
The time available at the different locations is not that much - this is just a result of the schedule and travel time needed. At the bamboo forest in particular, move quickly if you want to see things and also have time for food.
The not so good:
The company (NOT the fault of the tour guides) provides pretty useless written materials. For example:
The pickup point described as 'Namba OCAT' Come on guys, this is a huge building with multiple floors. A bit of extra information here is really easy to do and really helpful.
There is a 'personalised' itinerary given to every person (thank you) but it actually does not include a lot of the information. For example, your time for lunch if you selected the buffet. Why provide each person with an itinerary, but leave off half the information and force the poor tour guides to have to explain all this extra stuff?
The map provided of the bamboo forest area is utterly useless - there is limited time to walk around the bamboo forest and temple area, yet the company provides a map which shows attractions which are several miles away - while the local area (how to get to the bamboo forest) is completely unclear. Better off with google maps but of course because they provide the map, probably a lot of people try to use it.
So to the company: please do consider the written material you provide, particularly given that people arrive at the tour needing translation into different languages so it's really helpful if the written materials are really clear and detailed.
Not what I thought a tour would be.
Booking - Viator indicated the tour operator was Shinki Tours. The tour bus said Limon, the guide had a coat that said Limon. How was I supposed to know that they were the same? I was waiting outside waiting and finally decided to see if that person was with the tour. Don't they have a list of people who are on the tour?
It was almost an hour bus ride to Kyoto. Not very much was said between Osaka and Kyoto. It would have been nice if there was more talking - where we were, significance of the area, what we were going to see, cultural aspects, etc. Once we got to Kyoto we were led to the bamboo forest, and for those of us who booked lunch, told what time to meet back at the restaurant. Which was not a lot of walk around time. After lunch, we went to Kinkakuji Temple. Again, drop you off, meet back at the bus. Oh and don't be late or we will leave without you. We will wait 5 minutes. Well no, we waited longer than that and the guide was upset. I don't understand why they were upset. The guide made the rest of the tour wait for these latecomers. Instead, we should have left without them. Then the guide would not be upset and the rest of the tour would not wait. We were all amply warned about being on time and the consequences. They were late because they were buying snacks and souvenirs.
Then on to Nara. Same thing, drop off and you're on your own.
Also, the your had to be repeated in English, Japanese and Chinese. Next time, I'd look for a tour that had less translations.
Take a deep dive into traditional Japanese culture and history during this full-day trip to Kyoto and Nara from the center of Kyoto or Osaka. Enjoy the atmosphere of Kyoto’s Arashiyama district and admire the beautiful grounds of the Kinkaku-ji temple. Then head to Nara and see the wild deer of Nara Park. Multiple pickup points and lunch upgrade options are available.
If you want to party like they do in Osaka, this bar-hopping tour is perfect for you. Your local guide takes you to hidden bars that tourists often miss. If you don’t speak Japanese, don’t let language barriers get in your way. Your guide helps to explain the menus, and order for you. This is a fun tour for friends or couples, and makes a great start to a night out in Osaka.
My guide Yosu was very friendly and funny. He was very knowledgeable on the history and layout of Osaka. We went around Osaka station, kuromon market, Ebisucho and dotonbori. He was able to recommend places to see and sites to see while in Osaka. We tried a few local dishes on the tour. I would definitely recommend this tour to anyone new to Osaka.
Despite me being a terrible person (I showed up 20 mins late, lucky I was the only 1 in the tour), Yasu-san was very kind & even helped me check my luggage to my hotel (Don't forget I was a terrible tourist). We were blessed with great weather so we went around to the key places in Osaka. We didn't do anything crazy but the place is just amazing. There's something about the energy & atmosphere in Osaka that's very inviting, friendly & hospitable. I got to meet some locals thanks to my tour guide, Yasutomo-san. It was great learning a bit of Kansai-ben. I'd definitely recommend the place & the tour
Get a taste of local life in Osaka on a walking tour of Japan’s third largest city. Witness Osaka’s different faces, from bustling business center to historic cultural hub, as you follow your guide through the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Stroll along the lively waterfront of the Dotonbori entertainment district; visit the landmark Hozenji temple; and ride the subway like a local. Get an insight into Japanese cuisine and sample local specialty Kushikatsu as you explore traditional Shinsekai.
Andy, your half Japanese/half Australian tour guide, has extensive knowledge of the food, history and culture of the Osaka region after living in here for 12 years.
He will offer you a very unique pespective where you will discover 3 authentic, delicious restaurants on this tour…also food from a hidden, backstreet stall & markets, walking through arcades and plazas rarely visited or known by foreigners. We will dive into some very traditional eateries.
Also Andy strives to show you the real and deep Osaka giving you an understanding of the inner workings of this amazing area visiting some vintage, real, architecture so rich in history while interacting with the locals.
We had such a fantastic time cooking with Yayo and Akane! The food was delicious, the history and information regarding the recipes was interesting and we both loved the host. She made us feel welcome and was such a wonderful host. I would highly recommend this class!
Yayo is simply the best... She is lovely and so so generous and informative. This is the second class I took with her. The first was a sushi class a couple years ago and this time a Japanese cooking class. Don't hesitate ... You will be so happy! Thank you yayo!!!!
Yayo was the most gracious host. She met us at the rail station and we walked to her apartment. We were introduced to many Japanese dishes that was way fun to cook and learn about the ingredients. She was super sweet with all the questions we had. It was very fun to sample the different varieties of Sake but the best one was the Plum Sake made by her and her mother. She sent us home with presents - our name, written in Japanese, a cool origami bird, and high-quality chopsticks! Well worth the money and I would do this again on future trips to Japan!
Discover the culinary traditions of Japan in Osaka, one of Japan’s best food cities, during this small-group cooking lesson. Learn the preparation methods for popular Japanese dishes including green tea, takoyaki (fried balls of wheat flour and octopus), okonomiyaki (savoury pancakes), and miso soup. Expand your Japanese cuisine knowledge, and best of all, you get to eat your creations when you’re finished. This small-group course, limited to just eight participants, also includes a guide, a cooking instructor, and an optional sake and beer tasting.
Spend a day exploring historic neighborhoods, visiting temples, and shopping on a full-day tour from Osaka to Kyoto, Nara, and Kobe. Explore the Arashiyama district, tour the Kinkaku-ji Temple and Nara Park, and take in the stores at Kobe MOSAIC. This tour includes Kinkaku-ji entrance fee, as well as pickup from Kyoto Station, Umeda, Nippombashi or Namba. Opt for a buffet or shabu shabu lunch and/or a Kobe steak or an all-you-can-eat shabu shabu dinner.
Feast your senses on Osaka — widely acknowledged as Japan’s culinary capital — on a 3-hour food tour, ideal for first-time visitors and fans of Japanese cuisine. In a small group limited to no more than 10, you’ll immerse yourself in bright and bustling Dotonbori, the city’s nightlife hub, where you’ll sample specialties such as sushi and sake. Plus, learn to prepare your own takoyaki (octopus balls) under the guidance of a chef.
This tour is highly recommended for those who wants to have convenience and have limited time to visit these attractions. The tour was very organized and the English speaking guide is efficient and friendly.
The tour was great. The weather was poor. But we made the best of it. However, I was disappointed that there was no comment at all about Kyoto, it's environs, and things culturally and historically significant. We had a one page handout on all the places we visited and these were read to us.
Enrich yourself with the fascinating history of Kyoto’s numerous UNESCO-listed temples and shrines during this day trip from Osaka. Explore the seemingly endless ‘torii’ gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, visit Kiyomizu-dera temple, and explore Kinkaku-ji temple. Customize your trip by adding on a deluxe or standard Japanese style lunch, and select from four pickup points.
We focused on the wizarding world and it was amazing. But within the whole park there are no vegan meal options except for some side-dishes and very few vegetarian options. At least there is the possibility of leaving the park after getting a special stamp so you will be able to return after having eaten something anywhere outside.
Have a fun-filled day in Osaka at Universal Studios Japan™. Beat the crowds who are waiting to buy tickets on the day, by having a pre-booked 1-day Studio Pass. This is the perfect activity for adults and children alike, with plenty of attractions for all ages. Enjoy attractions such as Hollywood District, Jurassic Park, and rides such as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.
Bike tours and food crawls are two much-loved traveler favorites—here’s your chance to combine both. Hop your own set of wheels and follow a private guide on the trail of Osaka’s most delectable food specialties. Stop to take in classic attractions, including Japan’s oldest temple, as you cruise between multiple stops, from a locally-run sushi shop to a bustling market for a bite of grilled wagyu beef.
Explore Osaka just like a local: On a bicycle. Pedal through the streets of the city on your way to its best sites, including Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple, and Shin Sekai, and follow your guide to some lesser-known attractions. Along the way, get insight into this fascinating city; its contribution to the history of feudal Japan, its distinctive dialect and culture, and its remarkable food scene—which you get a taste of by refueling with lunch at a local spot.
Kyoto from Osaka: Immersive Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari by Private Vehicle
From $536.16 per group
Wonderful Tour of Kyoto - Shoji is the best!
, Nov 2019
This was an amazing experience for our family. Shoji, we cannot thank you enough for showing us the best places in Kyoto, and for sharing the culture and general history of the area. Shoji really took care of us, and we had enough time to appreciate each spot. We highly recommend this tour!
Explore the sights of Arashiyama and Fushimi Inari on this full-day, private minivan tour based out of Osaka. In Arashiyama, you'll visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tenryuji, known for its beautiful architecture, gorgeous classic gardens, and lovely vistas. Then it's on to the world famous bamboo grove. Picture time! Afterwards, we slip away to the quiet, rarefied environs of the Okochi Sanso estate for gardens, architecture, and a matcha tea break too. Much more to see and stroll about in Arashimaya before we head to the awe-inspiring, ever-popular Fushimi Inari, where thousands of red gates ("torii") snake up the mountain. We'll talk about the significance and sites as we make our way up the holy pathway, but it's a private tour, so we only go as high as you want!
While not included, we are happy to suggest a lunch stop along the way.
This tour can be customized, so do feel free to consult with us if you've something special in mind that we don't cover on the standard tour.
Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass
OSAKA BUS AND BOAT HOP ON HOP OFF
, Sep 2019
The boat ride is more of a transport from one point to another. Most of the ride is under a freeway overpass. The bus ride is comfortable ( Covered) and the staffs are friendly. We used it to get from the Osaka Castle stop to our hotel. No other stops. I think it is good for its value.
See the sights of Osaka with a hop-on-hop-off tour over two consecutive days by bus and boat. Just book online and select a 2-day ticket with either a 1- or 2-day subway pass to help you get around the city with ease. Travel to landmarks such as the Buddhist temple of Shitennoji Temple and Osaka Castle, and explore neighborhoods like Umeda and Shinsaibashi at your own pace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board the bus, so you can post photos as you travel around.
It can be overwhelming to figure out what to eat on your first time in Osaka. Let an English-speaking guide take you and your friends on this small group street food tour. Discover new foods and flavors, and let your guide personalize the tour to your tastes. Taste foods like oden, okonomiyaki, and takoyaki, and down a few beers if you'd like, at food stalls recommended by your guide.
Rainy days are not good for camera gear so I took a chance on Last Samurai. Excellent experience, excellent Instruction. Would recommend this to almost anyone.
Last Samurai provides a great customer experience. Instruction was top notch with a good eye towads safety. One is using a real Katana which is sharp and deadly if handled poorly.
Would do this again
At LAST SAMURAI, you will deepen your knowledge of samurai through courtesy, mold and armor. And at the end you will use the actual seriousness to do a "test-off". Exciting experiences that are not experienced in everyday life are waiting for you. In the old days, Ii, as well as sculpting techniques, were essential techniques to keep a fight or to protect oneself. Although it seems that such technology is not necessary in the present age, here at LAST SAMURAI I believe that learning about this technology, Zen under safe guidance will broaden spirituality and vision.
It includes videos, testimonials, and whistles when you try out and it will be a great experience for anyone interested in Japan.
Get behind the wheel of a custom-made street go-kart dressed up in your favorite Japanese-inspired character on this tour. After a briefing on how to operate the karts, safely ride around the streets of Osaka with guides on a set course. The tour includes a drive to either the Osaka Castle or Nakanoshima, then through Namba, Nodahanshin Station, and Umeda in center of Osaka.
Private and personalized experience: see Osaka with a local
From $74.38 (Price varies by group size )
Beautiful day in Osaka
, Jan 2020
Taka our tour guide in Osaka was TERRIFIC! Very personable, informative and fun! His intuitiveness always made sure we were comfortable with the walking distance and the maneuvering of the crowds in the very popular open markets. He also covered the areas we were interested in seeing and doing in Osaka. The biggest bonus, Taka and his professional camera took and emailed us the most amazing photographs of our very enjoyable day on Osaka. I highly recommend Taka and would contact him for any future tours!
Thank you so much Taka for giving us a beautiful memory of your wonderful city!
Spend the day with one of our hosts to discover the true nature of Osaka - head’s up, it’s got a wild sense of humor and is obsessed with food. Explorer (not tourist) is what we’re aiming for here, and in that spirit, you could explore neighborhoods like the fashionable Shinsaibashi or crazy Dotonbori and maybe you’ll discover hidden gems like the smaller shrines and historic streets. Grab a quick bite to eat and see why Osaka is known as the ‘Nation’s Kitchen’ before continuing your adventure through the neon streets of this enigmatic port city.
Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You'll also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do