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Osaka 3-Hour Evening Street Food Hopping Tour

Product ID: 70456
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Enjoy a casual street food experience with a professional local guide in Osaka, a city that’s known as the kitchen of Japan. You'll have an opportunity to experience the local way of life as you hop from one street food stand to the next.
About this activity
Duration 3 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Ticket confirmation within 48 hours
Once purchased, you’ll receive booking confirmation from the tour operator.
Live tour guide
English

Pick-up service

Hotel pick-up is only possible within Osaka city.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a variety of local dishes along with alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Marvel at the variety of Osaka's comfort foods
  • Get insider tips on what to see and do from a local guide and interpreter
Full description
Osaka, the city of merchants, has long been the center of the rice exchange market and was the logistics hub during the Samurai age. The bustling atmosphere remains largely unchanged today, after 300 years.

As you’ll see on this 3-hour food tour, neon billboards light up every corner of the city in the evening. Lured by the smell of comfort food, locals flock to the area. You’ll have a chance to experience this local way of life as you hop from street food stands to shops.

Here are some examples of foods you’ll enjoy during the tour.

Takoyaki: The King of Osaka's comfort food is the grilled dumpling made with a slice of octopus in each piece. You’ll find takoyaki stands throughout the city, and even many local people have their own takoyaki grills at home. Visit locations that show the origin of takoyaki traditions.

Gyoza: These grilled dumplings are originally from China. Although Chinese gyoza come in the form of a soup, Japanese-style gyoza are grilled on an iron plate and eaten with a special sauce and hot sesame oil. A good gyoza cook spreads a small amount of water on the cooking surface to make the outside of the gyoza a little crispy and tastier. A perfect accompaniment for this treat is draft beer.

Okonomiyaki: This pizza-like food is prepared in a similar way as takoyaki. There is a much wider variety of ingredients, however, including seafood, pork and cheese, which are mixed with chopped cabbage and topped with minced dried laver and bonito. Some say okonomiyaki has a more than 400-year history and Japanese people argue about whether it originated in Hiroshima or Osaka. You’ll have a chance to enjoy Osaka-style okonomiyaki on this tour.

Kushikatsu: In Osaka, you will often find unique street food stands where people eat while standing. Kushikatsu is often found at such food stands, where you’ll have a narrow space to stand and you'll have to share the sauce bowl with your neighbor. For the sake of hygiene, double dipping in the sauce is strictly prohibited. In fact, no double dipping has almost become the nickname of Osaka-style kushikatsu.

Izakaya: After the war, liquor stores started allowing their customers to drink in a corner of the shop. The word izakaya literally means to drink liquor and stay in the shop. Later, izakaya later developed into a particular type of casual restaurant. On your tour, you’ll visit an izakaya with a huge grill where they prepare fish and other hot dishes right in front of you, and then use a long paddle to deliver the food to you.

Beer: Japanese people love beer at all events and ordering beer for a starter a few seconds after entering food stands and shops has become a common practice. The history of Japanese beer began over 300 years ago and now there are 5 major beer companies: Kirin, Asahi, Sapporo, Suntory and Orion. Asahi Super Dry is said to trace its roots back to the beer produced by the Osaka Beer Brewery. Try this beer during the tour in commemoration of this bit of history!

Ramen: The term Chinese noodle might be a mistranslation for ramen, though it was originally introduced in Chinese neighborhoods near the ports of Yokohama and Kobe. Ramen has become an indispensable comfort food in Japan and after hopping around to several bars and shops, people complete the day at ramen stands as if enjoying a kind of dessert. This tour also finishes at a ramen stand so you can truly experience how Japanese casual eating habits are still a reminder of old Japan.

After your tour you can continue to explore the area to enjoy the nightlife of Osaka. Many food stands and shops stay open until late at night and some are even open 24 hours.
Includes
  • Dinner with alcoholic or soft drinks
  • English-speaking guide and interpreter
  • Hotel pick-up
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop off

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Food provided during this tour may contain egg, wheat, pork, seafood or other allergens. This tour is not suitable for guests with food allergies or restrictions for such ingredients
• ID is required for alcoholic drinks

General cancelation policy:
• 2 days before the tour, 50 percent of the total tour fee is charged
• 1 day before the tour or on the same day of the tour, 100 percent of the total tour fee is charged (no refund)
Customer reviews
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4.9 / 5
based on 10 reviews
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Service
5.0/5
Organization
5.0/5
Value for money
4.6/5
Safety
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Product ID: 70456