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Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours

3 Hours
up to 12 people
English ( Native ), Japanese ( Conversational ), Spanish ( Conversational )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Explore the non-touristic areas of Osaka on this internationally recognized award winning tour, where the veil of "perfect Japan" will be lifted.
Get an unfiltered understanding of how the city really functions in the abandoned buildings area, retro zone, alleys, redlight district, gambling dens, yakuza strongholds and more.

Use the coupon code FIRST_GUEST to get 10% off with this guide


Feel free to personalize this offer with Andy.

  • 17:30 PM

    Daikokucho Station, Exit 1 (at the top of the stairs in front of Family Mart).

    Meet at Exit 1, at the top of the stairs outside the Family Mart.

  • 17:40 PM

    A peek at the Retro Zone

    Shinsekai will give up all its secrets here on an interesting view of early 1900's life.

  • 18:00 PM

    Abandoned Houses Area

    Detailed explanation of how it all came to be. In which other city around the world can you find such a place so central?

  • 18:20 PM

    Visit Delicious Stall & Eat Local Side Dishes

    The glorious food of Osaka...unchallenged as the king of food in Japan!
    (Note the 2 side dishes are included in the price of this tour)

  • 18:40 PM

    Explore the Gritty Backstreets

    Unearth the deep Osaka by traversing the back alleys. The only way to fully understand Osaka and its people

  • 19:00 PM

    Step into the World Governed by the Yakuza

    A Yakuza stronghold is the red light district. The incredibly unique area is a step back in time and the only area of Osaka completely preserved from the Taisho area. Yes this is history....real authentic history and we will explain the underbelly of Osaka. (Note: if you dont want to visit this area we have a fantastic alternative).

  • 19:20 PM

    Second Eaterie Visit

    Takoyaki is what you eat when you come to Osaka. Visit our hidden, tasty joint and get those tastebuds firing!

  • 19:40 PM

    Visit the Entertain District where only the Locals Go

    Fishing for you dinner in restaurants, Pachinko machines, quirky rifle shooting stores, illegal gambling palors. All the norm for the hidden neighbourhood gathering spots. Feel like a local here

  • 20:10 PM

    Knife Crafting Store

    Understand the craft of knive/sword making and listen to the storie of how steel found its way to Japan!

  • 20:30 PM

    Join us for Dinner at the most Authentic of Izakayas.

    If interested in the dinner, please choose the "extras" secton. We'll give you a drink & 5 amazing dishes to fill your belly.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 5:30 PM
Meeting Point Daikokucho Station, Exit 1, at the top of the stairs in front of the Family Mart
Ending Point at the front of Dobutsenmae Station.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Complete guide of said areas.
Side dishes at 2 stalls.

What‘s not included

Dinner (choose the "extras" option and join us for this).
Hotel pickup (its a very central, easy to find starting location).


We can guide you everyday.

This tour is not necessarily recommended for all; if you are intrepid, well traveled, and seeking glimpse into an unfiltered, honest side of Osaka, it is a good choice for you. Note that this tour exposes the good, the bad, and everything in between. It includes taboo topics as well, which are very important in forming a complete picture of Japan and its people, such as Yakuza, sexism, war, illegal gambling, sex work, illicit businesses, pachinko, homelessness, welfare, and more. Note also that this tour will not go through the homeless district. Your guides are always respectful should people who are homeless also be traveling the same route as the tour.

As we will walk for about 5km on flat terrain, please bring flat, comfortable shoes. read more

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

You visit the red light district, so is this like a sleazy tour?

Absolutely not. If you are interested in just rudely staring at the women, we don’t want you to come. We go here because the very unique ambiance created...its like nothing you have ever seen and definitely not sleazy nor objectionable. Buildings in this area have a rich history cause they are completely preserved from the Taisho era. In 2000 some buildings have been listed and "Japan Cultural Porperty". It’s real Osaka culture…..yes culture.

Are some of the areas in the tour dangerous?

No, I’m a former police officer of 8 years. I would never put our clients in danger. If you don’t do anything reckless then everything will be fine. We have done hundreds of tours in these areas and nothing bad has ever occurred.

Can Children join this tour?

No. Anyone under the age of 15 years old, can not join this tour.

Im a vegetarian, can I join the dinner option?

Yes, there are tasty food options for guests who are vegetarians.

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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