Private tour

Osaka: Hotspots and Hidden Gems Kickstart Private Tour

Activity provider: Backstreet Osaka Tours

Osaka: Hotspots and Hidden Gems Kickstart Private Tour

Activity provider: Backstreet Osaka Tours

From US$ 163.79 per person

Discover the many sides of Osaka on this fantastic walking tour. Explore cobblestoned alleys, get a glimpse of a Yakuza clubhouse, take in the wacky neon billboard downtown zone, and more.

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Duration 3 - 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Private group


  • Discover seafood markets where top chefs still source their ingredients
  • Admire the central, dazzling Dotonbori river with the best photo opportunities
  • Go to the retro zone where you'll see so much character in these winding alleys
  • Marvel at the ancient winding alleys where only locals enjoy & entertain
  • Be intrigued by Osaka's America town, or what Japan thinks of America haha
Full description

You will get an insightful understanding of everyday Japanese customs, including topics that other local guides may not be comfortable letting visitors know about, so please ask me any questions (im half Japanese, half Australian....biracial, so more open-minded haha) First you'll slip through the non-touristy hidden maze of bar/restaurant zones in central Osaka, and even get a short glimpse of a Yakuza clubhouse (it’s safe and we’ll just walk past it). After check out the traditional Kuromon Ichiba Market seafood market where top chefs continue to shop at everyday. We’ll contrast that by ducking into quiet cobblestoned back alleys to uncover a mystic temple and its centuries-old unique history, while passing boutique eateries and hidden shops. Be prepared for a sensory overload as we navigate wacky larger-than-life billboards highlighting modern Japanese culture. You’ll get to hear plenty of interesting stories about Osaka while we amble down the central downtown Dotonbori river....and get some fantastic photo opportunities. The America town further down the road provides a curious insight of what Japanese people think what America is hahaha. The retro town of Shinsekai is just as intriguing with its mix of crazy fishing restaurants to its ancient Japanese gaming provides a lot of nostalgia! You’ll be dazzled by the retrograde neon all over the city and the exciting nightlife that Osaka is so famous for. This tour is known for exposing the contrasting faces of Osaka! Note: You will go to all the above places mentioned on the 3hr tour Note: On the 4hr tour we will visit all of the above plus 3 extra places: a knife shop (a private demonstation given), go down a plethora of off the beaten paths full of authentic restaurant alleys, full coverage of the Dotonbori River area with more of a deeper insight to Osaka local life. Note: Osaka Castle will only be visited on the 5hr tour (as it take over an 1hr to view this 15 acre land that Osaka Castle is built on. I hope my tour is more than memorable!:)

  • A professional, local guide will accompany you throughout. A unique perspective from your biracial guide (Andy, half Australian & half Japanese).
  • From the business with 4 tours in Osaka, we specialize in only tours in Osaka
  • Rated #1 and #2 most popular tours in Japan, 2022 on the #1 review site in the world. We also have a top 20 food tour in the world!
  • Fun facts, history and a great dose of humor
  • Many suggestions of great local eateries and shops if you want to visit when your tour is over
  • No food, nor drinks are included
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at exit 24 of Namba Subway station at the top of the stairs, where you can see the road. This is a link to the exact location:

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • The tour will take place rain or shine. If there are only very serious weather conditions (like a typhoon or earthquake) then we will cancel and give you a full refund.
Customer reviews

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The tour was excellent. It was pleasant and very informative that, time (5 hours) flew by so fast. Andrew was right on time. He is amazingly knowledgeable, well mannered and cultured. The tour was relaxed yet professional. I would strongly recommend this company and will likely use them again.

October 27, 2022

Product ID: 428145