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Izakaya Hopping & Sightseeing in Minami Area, Osaka

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5h $ 176 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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Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up in Osaka area.
$ 17.60
Extra hour .
$ 35.20

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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Highlights

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

Important

It is desirable to carry overseas travel insurance because the guide is not liable for any damage or loss incurred during the tour. It is also requested to bring enough Japanese yen with you because some restaurants and taxis do not accept credit cards.

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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 62 )
Grant Grant Australia ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Kyoto’s Wonderful Golden Route with Yoshie ”

My family and I had a wonderful day on Yoshie’s Favourite Golden Route covering north-western Kyoto. Firstly he obliged with a change request to the itinerary, and he helped us all day across the different transport options to get to the various sights and eventually back to the hotel. Yoshie also recommended other sights in our remaining days in Kyoto that we would enjoy (and we certainly did). His knowledge of the sights and local history was great, his English was excellent, and we really enjoyed his happy, relaxed and engaging manner. He even helped and motivated some of the more lethargic members of our party up the hill to see the monkeys in Arashiyama (one of our itinerary change requests)! All in all, we had a great day visiting some beautifu sights and we would definitely rec... read more

Yoshihisa:

Hi Grant. Thank you very much for your heartwarming review. Thanks to the beautiful autumn day, I also took in the amazing scenery of colored leaves in Arashiyama. I had a wonderful time guiding you and your nice family around the north-western part of Kyoto. I was deeply impressed by your strong affection toward your children, too. Next time you visit Kansai region, be sure to get in touch, please. I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year. With warmest regards. Yoshie

Alice Alice United States ( Friends )
Excellent
3 weeks ago

“ All around guy ”

Command of English very good , expert in his field , accommodating and friendly. Would highly recommend and in fact will ask for his help again when in the area in the future.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Alice. Thank you very much for your nice review. I had a pleasant time guiding your group around in Kyoto, Uji and Nara for two days. Alice, I was very much attracted by your warm personality, thank you. Be sure to get in touch next time you visit Kansai region. With best wishes, Yoshie

Julia Melman Julia United States
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Tour of Nara ”

We had a great experience with Yoshi. He is a lovely person and a very knowledgeable guide. After the tour, we have a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and traditions. Every detail of the tour was perfectly planned out, he even showed us the best spots for taking photos. Thank you Yoshihisa!

Yoshihisa:

Hi Julia. Thank you very much for your kind review. I also had a pleasant time guiding you and your husband around Nara. I wish he had had an experience of sake tasting at a sake brewery in Nara Machi, an old quarter of Nara. I sincererly hope you will return home safely with lots of nice memories and souvenirs. Be sure to get in touch with me next time you come to Kansai district. With best wishes, Yoshie

Alex Alex United States ( Friends )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great time visiting Kyoto and Osaka ”

We truly enjoyed spending 2 days touring Kyoto and Osaka with Yoshi. He is professional, knowledgeable and is a very nice person. We had some personal issues during the first day and Yoshi was very helpful in helping to overcome those obstacles. He arranged the day in a very organized fashion and managed to get a lot of sights into a relatively short period of time. I would definitely recommend Yoshi for touring Osaka or Kyoto.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Alex. Thank you very much for your heart-warming review in spite of your personal issues. I am still wondering if there was a better way to help you more. I sincerely hope you will have a more pleasant time in Shimizu and Tokyo and return home safely with lots of souvenirs. Be sure to get in touch next time you have a chance of visiting Kyoto again. With warmest regards, Yoshie

Joel Joel Belgium ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Excellent guide ”

We did two private excursions with Yoshi. Yoshi is: Very polite Punctual Pleasant Knowledgeable A good person The two private day excursions were perfectly organised. I can not find a negative point. The perfect guide. Very happy that he was our guide. We wish him and his family a long and healthy life. Joël and Ilse. Flanders, Belgium.

Yoshihisa:

Hi Joe and Ilse, Thank you so much for your quick and polite review for the two-day tours in Kyoto and Nara. I was deeply impressed by your sincere attitude toward my explanation about everything you saw and heard during the tour. Thanks to you two, I had a very pleasant time guiding you around. I hope you will return home safely with lots of souvenirs and good memories of Japan. Let's keep in touch. With best regards, Yoshie

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