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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

157.50 USD

total price for up to 5 people

FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

hotel pick-up in Osaka area. 18.00 USD
extra hour . 31.50 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. 18.00 USD
extra hour . 31.50 USD

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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No, our prices are 100% booking fee free – meaning the price you see is the amount you pay.
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

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Kevin
1 week ago , From: United States

“ Excellent Experience ”

Yoshie was absolutely fantastic. He was very nice and accommodating, and helped specialize the tour and sites to meet our individual wants/desires. Yoshie was very informative and provided insight to details that we would not have noticed without him. It was a pleasure to spend the day with Yoshie and we would recommend him to anyone visiting Kyoto.

Yoshihisa:
Hi Kevin. I do not know how to thank you for your wonderful comment. It was a big delight to me too to be and talk with you and your wife. You gave me a nice opportunity to visit Okochi Sanso villa and stroll in the beatiful garden. I really appreciated the new experience there. Next time you visit Japan, be sure to get in touch with me. Best wishes. Yoshie

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Karen
2 weeks ago , ( Family ) , From: Japan

“ Great tour of Nara Sights ”

Yoshi was wonderful showing us around Nara on a very hot day. Very knowledgeable. Lovely day. Would strongly recommend him. Traveler's tip: because it was so hot, we took a taxi twice while in Nara. Each time under 1000 yen so very much worth having the air conditioned ride as a quick rest!

Yoshihisa:
Hi Karen. Thank you so much for your nice review. I was impressed by your attitude toward your daughters. You tried to make good use of the limited time in Nara, thinking of their happy hours with many deer in the park. I was also pleased to see them having lots of fun in the park. I hope you will return home safely. Yoshie

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Jordan
2 weeks ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ A tour "workout" ”

We only had one day in Kyoto so we asked Yoshi to move quickly through the city and still see all the sites and that he did. We saw everything that we wanted to see but never felt rushed. Yoshi was great- we recommend him!

Yoshihisa:
Hi Jordan. Thank you for your kind review. I am glad that you had a nice time visiting all the tourist attractions you wanted to see in Kyoto. We were lucky that the taxi driver happened to tell us a vegetarian restaurant in Arashiyama. Be sure to contact me next time you visit Kansai area. Best wishes. Yoshie

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Tom
3 weeks ago , ( Couple ) , From: United States

“ An Awesome Trip to Kyoto with Yoshie ”

We spent a wonderful day in Kyoto chiefly thanks to our knowledgeable guide. He met us At our hotel in Osaka and guided us through the public transportation. While we had several sites we wanted to see, we also took a couple of suggestions from our guide, Yoshie. Two musts for us were the bamboo forests and Fushii Inari Grand Shrine. we visited several other shrines and a monkey park. Yoshie suggested where to eat lunch and stayed with us through dinner and both restaurant suggestions were excellent. We were visiting from San Diego and would highly recommend Triplelighs and Yoshihisa as a guide. They in regular contact with us as our trip neared. We were thoroughly satisfied.

Yoshihisa:
Hi Tom. Thank you for your nice review. I also had a great time with you and Jeri in Kyoto. It was a bit tiring to climb Mt. Iwatayama to visit the monkey park. That was the first time in more than 30 years to see monkeys there but it was lots of fun to feed some monkeys thanks to you. Please contact me next time you visit Kansai area. Yoshie

Lois Lois
2 months ago , ( Friends ) , From: Philippines

“ The best! ”

We had a lovely time touring with Yoshie-san along the shrines and temples of Kyoto. Yoshie-san is very informative with every places we've visited. At the end of the tour, we ate in an izakaya place. Being a tour guide is a tiring and challenging job, but Yoshie-san told me that it is a fulfilling one as he gets to meet other people and tell them about Kyoto's vibrant history. My friends and I wish to return the favor of touring Yoshie-san and his wife should he visit the Philippines someday!

Yoshihisa:
Hi, Lois. Thank you very much for your nice review. I am glad that you and your friends had a wonderful time at the temples, the shrines and the izakaya in Fushimi. The pleasant memory with you in Kyoto will long linger on like the sound of a temple bell, I believe. I'd like to see you in the Philippines someday. Yoshie

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