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Namba Backstreet Evening Tour

by Seiko
(38) Reviews
3:30h $ 91

Highlights

  • Ura Namba (backstreets with many standing bars and small restaurants) for dinner and/or drink
  • Dotonbori
  • Doguyasuji
  • Nipponbashi
  • Kuromon Market
  • Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku (need an extra hour)
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91.00 USD

People People
1 ~ 2 people 91.00 USD
3 ~ 5 people 100.10 USD
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up in other areas of Osaka.
$ 9.10
Hotel pick-up in the central Kyoto area or out of the JR Loop line in ....
$ 13.65
Extra hour.
$ 22.75

Overview

Ura-Namba, backstreets in Namba, has lots of great little shops, restaurants and bars for the locals.
I will take you to the streets and ask you choose 2-3 spots and restaurants to visit.
You'll start the tour from Nipponbashi (Osaka's sub-cultural mecca) or Doguyasuji (kitchen equipment street including potteries and knives) and end the tour in Dotonbori. Kuromon Market is optional.

What to Expect

Before ending the tour on the famous Dotonbori street, you can enjoy your own preferred way of digging into Namba by visiting places such as:
- Small local diners/bars that you can go hopping;
- Local sushi bar that serves sushi from the chef
- Doguyasuji street, a shopping arcade dedicated to providing cooking tools and equipment both for homes and professional chefs including Japanese knives, plastic foods, tacoyaki grills and more;
- Kuromon Market for food stands and local specialties; and
- Nipponbashi sub-culture area for gadget shopping at DenDen town, visiting a cat-cafe, maid-cafe, game and anime shops, etc.; and/or Karaoke bar/restaurant that you can enjoy food and singing in a private space.
- Shinsekai if you want to see the retro atmosphere of Osaka from the Showa-era. Tsutenkaku tower is illuminated at night with other 3D signs which gives you a chance to take a perfect Osaka shot.

I will make sure to maximize your precious and limited time in Namba without having communication and/or wandering problems, and even more, you will enjoy interacting with Osaka locals who are known as so much fun to chat/drink with!

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Highlights

  • Ura Namba (backstreets with many standing bars and small restaurants) for dinner and/or drink
  • Dotonbori
  • Doguyasuji
  • Nipponbashi
  • Kuromon Market
  • Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku (need an extra hour)

Important

*Please contact me first for availability and note below before booking:
1. Transportation fee, entrance fee, and lunch/dinner for you and guide during the tour are NOT INCLUDED in the guide fee. Please bring enough cash to separately pay them during the tour. (Licensed guides get free admission at temples/shrines/castles and most tourist attractions.)
2. Hotel pick-up is optional for custom booking tours. It is 1,000 - 1,500 yen depending on your hotel and tour location, and hotel drop-off after the tour is not included.

***Excursions ***
I can guide you in Okayama (including Naoshima and Kurashiki), Hiroshima (Onomichi, Shimanami islands cycling, Miyajima, etc.) and Shikoku (Iya valley etc.) if you pay for my transportation. The above areas can be visited from Osaka/Kyoto in one or two days.

1. The tour is 3.5-4 hours depending on where we go. You can choose a few spots and one or two places to eat and drink that can be covered within 3.5- 4 hours.
2. If you'd like to visit Doguyasuji and/or Kuromon market, I recommend starting by 16:30 as most shops there close around 18:00.
3. The cost of food and drink for you and guide is not included in your guide fee. (ex. glass of beer: 300-600 yen, small dish: 300-500 yen, main dish: 500-1,000 yen, takoyaki: 500-700 yen, etc.) Please understand this is not a typical sightseeing tour, rather focus on eating and drinking at a local place in Osaka, frequently referred to as the country's kitchen, which is why the tour rate is set low
4. Please have enough cash to pay at a small restaurant/bar which normally takes cash only.
5. Namba has a variety of restaurants/bars from high-end sushi bars to very reasonable stand-up bars, so I will choose one as per your budget and what kind of food you'd like to eat. It will be helpful if you can tell me your preference in advance.
6. Please note that most small restaurants/bars are not smoke-free especially during dinner/bar time in Japan.
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What‘s included
guide fee for 3.5- 4 hours, hotel pick-up in Namba and Umeda area
What‘s not included
transportation fee for you and guide (to/from your hotel in Osaka area to/from Namba station. About a few hundred yen one way), dinner for you and guide, entrance fee if any
Depart From
Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe
Meeting Point
Information Center Namba (near Takashimaya/Nankai Namba station) or at your hotel in Osaka
Ending Point
Wherever in Namba
Duration
3:30 hours
Starting time
16:00 PM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 5 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my children?

Yes, but you can't go into bars and please note that most restaurants are not smoke-free.

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.

Reviews ( 38 )

Excellent
1 week ago |   by Karen

“ ?saka day trip ”

We had a fabulous day in Osaka with Seiko. We met her at Kobe port and she expertly navigated us through the trains to Osaka. We saw the highlights by foot and boat as Seiko gave us the history of the city. We had lunch at a local sushi restaurant which was wonderful (it was tiny but worth the wait). Our two college aged children had a great time as Seiko was so easy to get along with and made our day fun. This was far better than taking the tours offered by our cruise ship.

Excellent
2 weeks ago |   by Martin

“ Great day out with Seiko ”

A great day out with Seiko in Nara and Osaka! Knowledgeable and friendly guide.

Excellent
4 weeks ago |   by Dan

“ The best decision we made for our first trip to Japan! ”

My girlfriend and I did a 6 hour tour with Seiko in Kyoto. It was, without exaggeration, the best decision we made by far. She is incredibly knowledgeable and professional, and her English is near native speaker level. But what really impressed us was her ability to connect with us and the positive energy she brought to the time we spent together. By the second hour, it felt more like a good friend was showing us around her home town than a paid guide doing her job. We talked about all kinds of things, beyond just the factoids expected from a tour. I think we had the most fun chatting about her experiences living in the US, and the cultural idiosyncrasies of Japanese people. And when we said goodbye, we felt sad that she couldn’t come with us to Tokyo. After she got to know us, she also gave us restaurant recommendations for Osaka that she thought we would enjoy, and she was on point! I would highly, highly recommend anyone visiting either Osaka or Kyoto to hire Seiko for a day. You THINK you can just follow recommendations on TripAdvisor and follow google map here and there, but trust me - having a great guide like Seiko makes your experience 10 times more amazing and efficient. You will not regret it!

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Lee

“ Could not have been better , Seiko is AWESOME! ”

Seiko is a wonderful guide and person. Planning the tour was effortless. This is our third trip to Kyoto, but we are traveling with my brother in law and his wife, and it is their first time, so we visited some places we've been before. Seiko was able to provide information and insights that made it all seem new again. Even getting from place to place was better, easier with Seiko. She took us down smaller streets, and pointed out the details we would have missed without her. We requested a specific type of lunch so she took us to a small restaurant that specializes in exactly what we wanted, we never could have found that perfect of restaurant without her. In fact if we did find it we could not have ordered without her. She learned what each of us likes and made an effort to make sure we all had the best experience possible. I only wish would have planned ahead so she was going to be with us today. We hope she can be a part of all of our future trips. Lee and Wanda

Excellent
1 month ago |   by Brandon

“ Excellent Guide! ”

Seiko took care of us for 2 days(Kyoto & Kobe tour) and she made sure everything was well-planned. She was willing to answer to every question my children asked her and was kind, cheery, and helpful in every way. Couldn’t ask for more... Thank you so much for everything Seiko!

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