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Osaka: Soul of Kansai Tour with Japanese Snacks

Product ID: 80076
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Experience the vibrant soul of the Kansai region on a day tour of Osaka. Visit the bustling markets and take part in everyday life. Wander the lantern-lit labyrinth of streets in the Shinsekai area, and sample some typical Japanese snacks in Dotonbori.
About this activity
Duration 3.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English
Cancellation policy
Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Get off the tourist trail and explore the old backstreets and markets of Osaka
  • Discover the New York-inspired neighborhood of Shinsekai, and see what ghosts still linger on the streets
  • Wander through the flashy, glittering, famed district of Dotonbori
  • Sample famous Osaka treats, such as kushi-katsu and takoyaki octopus balls
  • Find out why Osaka is considered the heart and soul of the Kansai region
Full description
Start your tour of Osaka outside Nipponbashi Station, and then venture into the Kuromon Ichiba Market. Walk along a street with over 500 meters of stalls selling fresh meat, fish and vegetables. Experience downtown Osaka’s lively market culture up close, enhanced by rich aromas and the boisterous Kansai-ben (Osaka dialect) of the locals. 

Move on to Doguyasuji to see the infinite array of Japanese cooking utensils. Take a look at the ubiquitous "fake food" selection, and then saunter over to Dobutsuenmae Station to walk to Shinsekai. Enter the true heart of Osaka in Shinsekai (literally meaning "New World"), created as an amusement area in 1912 and 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.

Discover a traditional Sento (Japanese bath) and a newer Supersento - a stalwart of everyday life in Japan. Sample the much-loved Shinsekai kushi-katsu (deep fried or basted meat and vegetable skewers), and pass the atmospheric and traditional izakaya (Japanese-style pubs) en route to Dotonbori.

Dotonbori is easily the most famous site 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 alike, the area is home to endless clusters of restaurants, street vendors, bars and pubs. Try some of Osaka’s most famous food with a serving of takoyaki (fried batter balls containing octopus legs). Stroll along the canal, passing neon signs and the billowing steam of Osaka’s liveliest restaurants.
Includes
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Food samplings (Japanese snacks)
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food and drinks
  • Meal at the end of the tour
  • Souvenirs and personal items
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Nippombashi Station (Exit 10), Osaka.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Please wear comfortable shoes for walking
• For your urban adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people
• Children aged 12 and under are not permitted to join this tour
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.8 / 5
based on 17 reviews
Review summary
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4.4/5
Organization
4.3/5
Value for money
4.1/5
Safety
4.7/5

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Urban Adventures Japan

Product ID: 80076