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Izakaya Hopping & Sightseeing in Minami Area, Osaka

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5h $ 163 Price up to 5 people

Highlights

  • Shin-Sekai ( the New World ) and Tsutenkaku Tower
  • Three Izakaya restaurants including a standing pub
  • Hozenji Alley and Dotombori Street

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162.75 USD

Price up to 5 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up in Osaka area.
$ 18.60
Extra hour .
$ 32.55

Overview

This tour is meant for those who would like to enjoy sightseeing in Minami ( South ) Area, Osaka and eating and drinking at three izakayas ( Japanese-style taverns ) for relatively reasonable prices in a friendly atmosphere.

What to Expect

This tour is designed for those who wish to explore izakaya ( Japanese-style taverns ) and to enjoy sightseeing in Minami ( South ) Area, Osaka. The tour starts at Jan-jan alley in Shin-Sekai ( the New World ), the name of which is said to have come from the noisy sound of practicing the shamisen ( three-stringed instruments ) before World War II. This alley retains a good old atmosphere of the commoners' town. Next you will move into the core part of Shin-Sekai, which has recently become one of the busiest tourist attractions in Osaka. Shin-Sekai streets are lined with many izakaya and kushikatsu ( deep-fried beef and vegetables on skewers ) restaurants. Then you will go up to the observatory of Tsutenkaku Tower modeled after the Eiffel Tower of Paris. You can take in the twilight view of Osaka from the observation deck, including the sunset on clear autumn days.
Five minute walk brings you to the first izakaya, which has a long history and has been favored by local people. This restaurant fulfills all the requirements for good izakaya; friendly atmosphere, sophisticated taste of dishes, long establishment, reasonable prices and the like. If you wish, you can easily talk with customers sitting next to you.
After ten minute walk through Nippon-bashi Streets ( similar to Akihabara in Tokyo ), you will be at a standing pub in Namba. This pub stores scores of different brands of Japanese sake in a large refrigerated showcase. You can also enjoy tasting a variety of dishes from Japanese-style to western-style. This pub is loved by young women as well as middle-aged men.
You will visit a third and last izakaya near the standing pub. There are a couple of nice izakaya restaurants with unique characteristics. One of the izakayas is run by a sake taster who offers you fresh and delicious sashimi ( sliced raw fish ) which goes very well with locally brewed sake. Another izakaya is popular with office workers because the lady staff amuse customers with her witty and comical talk.
On the way to Subway Namba Station, you will stop at Hozenji Temple alley and Ebisu-bashi Bridge famous for a big signboard of Glico athlete with hands up. Hozenji alley is an old Osaka quarter lined with Japanese-style restaurants, pubs and bars which were and are frequented by entertainers working in Dotombori area. Your tour ends at Ebisu-bashi Bridge for photo taking against the background of the Glico runner.

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Organized by Yoshihisa

Licensed Guide
(38) Reviews

Highlights

  • Shin-Sekai ( the New World ) and Tsutenkaku Tower
  • Three Izakaya restaurants including a standing pub
  • Hozenji Alley and Dotombori Street

Important

In addition to the guide fee, you will be asked to pay around 7,000 yen per person for the charge at three izakaya restaurants. The charge may vary a little according to what and how much you drink and eat. You can eat 7-8 plates of dishes and 5 drinks of alcohol such as beer, Japanese sake and wine on average. If you share the dishes with your partners and guide, you can try a wider variety of food. The guide also pays around 7,000 yen for the charge at the izakayas.
We Japanese have a custom of warikan or a Dutch treat, but that does not always mean that we pay for exactly what we ate and drank. Some people eat and drink more than others. In our custom, however, that is often the case and excusable. Nobody complains about that. If you will join in my tour, remember this, please. read more

What‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
entrance fee for Tsutenkaku Tower observation deck (¥700 ) and dinner at three izakayas ( about ¥7,000 for five drinks and 7-8 plates of dishes per person )
Depart From
Osaka , Kyoto, Nara, Kobe
Meeting Point
At Dobutsuen-mae Station of Subway Midosuji Line or at your hotel in Osaka
Ending Point
At Namba Station of Subway Midosuji Line or at your hotel in Osaka
Duration
5 hours
Starting time
16:00 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

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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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

About Yoshihisa


Licensed Guide

(38) Reviews

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  • English ( License )

Hi. My name is Yoshihisa. Call me "Yoshie", please. It means good or O.K. in Japanese. I live in Joyo City, Kyoto Prefecture, located just in between Kyoto and Nara. I was born and raised in Iga, Mie Prefecture. Iga is a birthplace of ninja and a renowned haiku poet, Matsuo Basho. I might be a descendant of ninja. I aim at becoming a linguistic ninja, following a part of Basho's lifestyle with the incorporation of seasonal changes into my tours. In addition to visiting famous temples and shrines, I invite you to lesser-known places of historic interest.
Once in a month I go hiking or mountain climbing with some friends mainly in mountains surrounding Kyoto and Nara basins. Recently I have got intrigued by the charms of Buddhist statues, which are manifestations of people's wishes and prayers. I also like izakaya (Japanese-style taverns) hopping, tasting delicious dishes and locally brewed sake at reasonable prices. Especially I like communicating with people from home and abroad, talking face to face. Some of the above-mentioned elements are included in my walking tours. I hope you will discover new aspects of cultural and natural beauty in Kansai area through one of my tours which you could never gain otherwise.
One of my favorite phrases that come from Zen Buddhism is Ichigo Ichie or this meeting-but only once in a lifetime. My interpretation goes this way: This place and this moment never cross again. Each and every good encounter, however, lingers on like the sound of a temple bell. Won't you explore a deeper world of Japanese culture in Kyoto, Nara and Osaka with me?
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Reviews ( 38 )

Excellent
23 hours ago |   by Don

“ Haiku experience ”

Yoshi is a very good guide. We booked an extra hour and were able to see a few more places beyond his base 'favorite golden tour'. He gave us a lesson in Haiku history during our tour and showed us the places where it actually happened. If we had tried to find our own way around, we would not have seen 1/3 of what we did. Plus we would not have met a very kind person. Thank you for everything, Yoshi.

Very Good
3 days ago |   by Anton

“ Two wonderfull days at Kansai Area ! ”

Yoshie has a very fluent english, reply our email in an instant, very prompt in schedule, and accomodate our want to go places/itinerary very well. Yoshie guided Our group of 10 people were mostly elderly, through Kyoto and Kobe, with patience and were willing to be flexible when needed. Unfortunately our bus broke down in Kyoto but he managed to arrange alternarive train and got us home safely and smoothly. Yoshie has a very good knowledge of the famous cultural places we visited, and we are satisfied with the explanation and information he gave us regarding Japan and its cities uniqueness.

Excellent
6 days ago |   by Sandra

“ Great day with Yoshi! ”

3 of us spent a 1/2 day with Yoshi and it was a great time! We chose to go to the bamboo forest, monkey park, and then a secret shrine that he selected which was my favorite on my trip to Japan. It was atop a mountain that was moss covered and just absolutely beautiful surroundings. Yoshi kept up a quick pace which was perfect for us, and we really were able to see a lot of things in the 5 hours we were with him. He had it all planned out and yet was sensitive to the things we wanted to slow down for. He is easy to understand and gracious and a delight. I highly recommend him as your guide.

Excellent
2 weeks ago |   by Geoff

“ Outstanding Guide! ”

Yoshie guided me for a full day to some of Kyotos important sites. I only wish I could of spent even more days with him as he is most knowledgeable about topics like history, culture, art, poetry, landscape, Japanese religion, and more. Yoshie came very prepared to describe what I was visiting. He also took me to different city viewpoints that his physical fitness allowed us to get to. Most importantly Yoshie looked out for all my needs the day I spent with him, even helping me purchase train tickets to an out of the way destinations. You will be very happy you spent time with this most interesting person, as guides do not come better than Yoshie!

Excellent
2 weeks ago |   by Anna

“ Wonderful Trip to Japan made even better with Yoshi's help ”

Traveling to a foreign country for the first time is challenging, no matter how seasoned of a traveler is. The language, the climate, and simply navigating your way around can be daunting. Even with the best planning, unless you have lot's of time to spare and don't mind getting lost. Plus the fact that there are simply details of where to go and HOW to get there is usually best left to someone local. This is why for our first trip to Japan, we choose to bring on a local tour guide. Not saying you couldn't find one from a blog or craigslist, we just felt better and secure knowing what we were getting upfront. Yoshihisa (or Yoshi), as he preferred to be called, was an incredible asset and local tour guide for our time in Kyoto. We scheduled for a full day in Kyoto and didn't want to spend time figuring out where and how to get around, Yoshi asked what our goals were and had an itinerary down perfectly. We were able to visit a total of 7 heritage sites and including a traditional Japanese lunch at one of the parks. Locations included, Nijo Park, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Ryoanji Temple (had a traditional yudofu soup), Bamboo Park near the Nonomiya Shrine, Tenryuji Temple, Togetsu-kyo Bridge and finishing at the Fushima Inari-Taisha Shrine. We parted ways at the Inari station which was conveniently located right next to our last tour site. Enough about the where, a little bit about the what. Yoshi was very knowledgeable of the history of each site we visited. Although we saw there were plenty of local tour guides, Yoshi lead us to unique spots and shared trivia or history that not many other tour guides were providing. A big plus in our book to get the "inside scoop" on Japanese history. If you are reading this review, most likely you are looking for an English speaking tour guide. In our opinion, this is where Yoshi really shined. Yes, he does have a Japanese accent. He is a local resident after all. It wasn't that heavy and we understood everything he explained. Here's a tidbit if you are trying to decide on which guide to choose, Yoshi is a retired Senior High School English teacher! At one part of the tour, Yoshi quizzed us about a tour site to see if we remembered what he shared. I guess once a teacher, always a teacher! :) PROS: Made navigating Kyoto historical sites simple and easy. Got to learn of some uncommon details of Japanese history. Made very good use of our limited sight seeing time. Yoshi has a great command of the English language, even when trying to explain parts of Japanese history that sometimes doesn't have direct translations. CONS: While we had ample time to visit each heritage site, there wasn't too much time to "soak in" the atmosphere. We visited Japan during Cherry Blossom Festival / Hanami - Sakura and this is a very popular time of year for visitors. Plus it was Spring Break for the local schools. So every where we went, it was crowded. Not the fault of our tour guide but this does cramp the allowed time. So with that you mileage may vary. OVERALL: If you are planning a visit Kyoto and want to tour the Heritage Sites, I recommend booking Yoshihisa as your local tour guide. Having one is well worth the investment, as the experience will be much more stress-free and enjoyable. Now isn't this why we go on vacation?

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