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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.

Highlights

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

Information

City Osaka
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
Departure 16:00 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Duration 5h   Flexible
Languages English (License)
Tour Type Private Tour ( only for you )
Number of people 2 ~ 5
Booking
5h
When?

People

138.00 USD

final price

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

hotel pick-up in Osaka area. 18.40 USD
extra hour . 27.60 USD

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.


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 )

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.

Extras (optional)

hotel pick-up in Osaka area. 18.40 USD
extra hour . 27.60 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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It depends on the location of your hotel and places you visit. But to give you an idea, it costs about 200-300yen for one place to the other, and the total is about 1,000yen for a full day tour.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Yes you can, but you have to pay an extra charge per person. The price depends on which guide you choose.
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Reviews

Lady Lady
4 days ago , ( Family ) , From: Switzerland

“ Beautiful day in Osaka ”

My family had a beautiful & interesting day in Osaka with Yoshie. Yoshie is a knowledgeable guide and accompanied us to all the places & spots that we wanted to see in Osaka & we also had a very delicious lunch in a famous Kushikatsu restaurant. Thank you for a beautiful day tour in Osaka Yoshie. We wish you all the best.

Yoshihisa:
Hi, Lady. Thank you for your nice review. I am glad that the double-flowered cherry trees at Japan Mint Garden were still in full blossom. I'm also pleased to learn that you enjoyed having the kushikatsu lunch at Yaekatsu in Shin-Sekai. I'm looking forward to seeing you and your family again. Yoshie

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Andrea
1 week ago , ( Friends ) , From: United States

“ Kyoto 2 Day Tour ”

Our favorite ninja, Yoshie, provided an excellent two day guided tour experience. We wanted to see as much as possible in a short time without feeling rushed. Yoshie was able to accomplish just that, and we will forever appreciate his efforts.

Yoshihisa:
Hi, Andrea. Thank you very much for your quick and nice review. I really had an enjoyable time with you and Suzanne for two days. I was pleased that two of you asked me lots of questions about each and every place we visited. Your suggestion of visiting the main hall of Ninnaji Temple instead of the chrry-blossom garden proved to be very informative to me. Thank you again. I hope the good memory will linger on like the sound of a temple bell for both of us. Yoshie

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Noura
1 week ago , ( Friends ) , From: Saudi Arabia

“ Nara Tour with the best tour guide ”

The best guide anyone can ever ask for! He was very kind and wanted to share with us as much information as he possibly can for us to get the broader picture.. we really enjoyed our time with him and would recommend him to anyone that really wants to get the Nara experience.

Yoshihisa:
Hi, Noura. Thank you for your nice review. It was the first time to guide a group of young ladies from Saudi Arabia and I was a bit hesitant about how to deal with you. But soon I realized I should behave as I do with other foreign tourists. Noura, you were so curious about our history and culture that I had lots of fun talking to you. I wished you could stay longer in Nara and see some more places to visit. Please get in touch with me next time you visit Kyoto. Best wishes. Yoshihisa

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Ron
1 week ago , ( Couple ) , From: Japan

“ Thank you Mr. Yoshihisa ”

Upon meeting Yoshihisa presented us two beautiful origami cranes his wife made the night before and his card with a poem. Immediately we were taken back by the gift and warm welcome as gesture of friendship and peace. How nice. We then started our day in Kyoto with sights of temples, shrines and Sakura to see. In between our travel on subways and walking around we learned a few things about Yoshi. He is knowledgeable of many areas which made our sightseeing more informative. He knows a great deal with shrines and temples. He is actually a funny man although you would see otherwise by his professional and serious demeanor. We actually laughed a lot and shared stories in our personal lives. Yoshi (as we called him) is well rounded and an enjoyable person to be with. At the end of the day Yoshi had a funny nick name for my husband. He called him as "Yankee Boy" (not because he's a Yankee fan more like a Dodger fan) meaning young at heart. It's nice to meet someone who leaves a lasting impression. We will remember our moments in Kyoto with Yoshi included in our travel. In addition It was a great experience with Tripple Lights and with Yoshi.

Yoshihisa:
Hi, Susan. Thank you very much for your encouraging review. I really had a very pleasant time with you and Ron. I believe wherever he is, he surely makes people around him happy. It was a pity he had to go back to your hotel earlier becasue he was not in good condition. I hope the good memories will linger on like a temple bell. Looking forward to seeing you again. Yoshihisa

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Danah
1 week ago , ( Family ) , From: Philippines

“ Lucky to have chosen Yoshie ”

Yoshie was our guide when my family visited Osaka-Kyoto-Nara-Himeji in March 2017. We were a large group of ten, with ages ranging from 21 to 90, and probably tried to fit in too many sites in our short holiday because we might not get this chance again. We knew that having a guide was essential in visiting as many places as possible with maximum efficiency. In the face of these challenges, Yoshie was patient and flexible, and tried to accommodate our various needs and interests. He was indefatigable, never tiring during our long walks throughout the day, but adjusting to our pace. He was always well prepared, whether it was describing details of a temple or sharing the history of a shrine, bringing plastic sheets on the day we had scheduled a picnic lunch in Maruyama Park, or giving precise information on where to get off and transfer at train stations. Yoshie was also sensitive to the needs of our elderly mother, identifying beforehand the train compartment that was closest to the elevator when we got off. His English was excellent, and enthusiasm for Japanese culture – temples, haiku, traditions – infectious. I only wish we had more time to linger and appreciate these in more depth. Thank you, Yoshie, for remembering my birthday with a "cake" and making it very memorable with that visit to an izakaya. Thank you, too, to your wife for our origami cranes.

Yoshihisa:
Hello Danah and Nina. Thank you very much for your heartwarming review. It was a good experience to deal with many guests as yours, meeting various wishes here and there. I am pleased to know that you had a very nice time with me during the four day tour in Osaka, Kyoto, Nara and Himeji. Looking forward to seeing you again in the future. Best regards. Yoshie

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