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Namba Backstreet Evening Tour

by Seiko
(48) Reviews
3:30h $ 97

Highlights

  • Kuromon Market (Optional & has to start the tour by 4:00pm)
  • Doguyasuji
  • Nipponbashi
  • Dotonbori
  • Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku (Optional & need an extra hour)
  • Ura Namba (backstreets with many standing bars and small restaurants) for dinner and/or drink
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96.80 USD

People People
1 ~ 2 people 96.80 USD
3 ~ 5 people 114.40 USD
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel pick-up in other areas of Osaka.
$ 8.80
Hotel pick-up in the central Kyoto area or out of the JR Loop line in ....
$ 13.20
Extra hour (Please add this for a tour starting from Kyoto).
$ 22.00

Overview

Backstreets in Namba offer lots of great little shops, restaurants and bars for the locals.
I will take you to the area 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

  • Kuromon Market (Optional & has to start the tour by 4:00pm)
  • Doguyasuji
  • Nipponbashi
  • Dotonbori
  • Shinsekai & Tsutenkaku (Optional & need an extra hour)
  • Ura Namba (backstreets with many standing bars and small restaurants) for dinner and/or drink

Important

Calendar will be updated for the next few weeks.

*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, except for facilities like aquarium, zoo, amusement parks, etc.)
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
17:00 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 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 ( 48 )
JV JV Philippines ( Family )
Excellent
4 days ago

“ Unforgettable Experience in Osaka, Kyoto and Nara! ”

Seiko meaning Holy Child. She’s cheerful, active, resourceful and very knowledgeable of Japan’s hidden gems. If you’re looking for the best experience in Japan then look no further than with Seiko. Seiko will help you find the beautiful unknown parts of Japan! If you want a tour that doesn’t have a lot of other tourists around then Seiko is the right tour guide for you. We had given her a list of activities that we wanted to do prior to our visit but she also made her own suggestions which we agreed on, her suggestions became the highlights of our trip. The next time we visit I think we’ll just let her decide because we really loved the places she took us to. We would not have known about those spots and restaurants if not for her. Two of my friends had already asked me for her conta... read more

Bernie Bernie United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Kyoto highlight ”

Seiko was a last minute replacement guide but was superb - very knowledgable, caring and spoke fluent English We had a wonderful day in Kyoto with her and enjoyed the sights of the Old Capitol + the market & Geisha area. We would not have seen as much without her - thank you Seiko

Seiko:

Thank you Bernie & Rosemary! It was a nice surprise to have a chance to guide you in Kyoto. I'm glad to hear you had a wonderful day, and certainly the long train ride was worthwhile! Pizza lunch was another surprise but shifted us into high gear thanks to a glass of wine! Thanks again and hope you continue a memorable journey. Seiko

Philip Philip Australia ( Couple )
Excellent
2 weeks ago

“ Kyoto, without the hustle ”

What a great way to start a holiday in Kyoto! Seiko showed us some beautiful sights and gave us so much information about their history and cultural significance. After planning our initial tour with her, she was very responsive to our late requests for changes which demonstrated her understanding of our needs. After visiting Tokyo for a week we were trying to get away from the crowds and Seiko suggested a visit to Uji, including a tea ceremony, followed by an early evening visit to the Fushimi Inari shrine which allowed us to experience these wonderful places calmly. She is very friendly, easy to talk to and has excellent English skills. Thanks so much from Phil and Linda.

Seiko:

Thank you Phili and Linda!! I'm glad you liked Uji for a change as it's also one of my favorite areas in Kyoto. I hope it helped you get to know Kyoto on your first day, and you could explore the city and surrounding area at your pace on the following days in Kyoto. I also enjoyed hearing about Australia and your travel experience, and love the picture with Linda by Uji bridge in the sunset! Thanks again for the memorable day:) Seiko

Damir Damir Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Very friendly and knowledgeable. ”

Seiko was especially friendly and heartwarming and we enjoyed spending time with her in Kyoto. She explained everything we asked her and was very knowledgeable about Japan’s history, culture and customs. We can definitely recommend her as an excellent guide.

Seiko:

Thank you Damir!! I just laughed so much that day!! Such a fun day with you all so that I almost forgot I was on duty.... hahaha! Sorry about all the food traps too. Hope you didn't miss the ship's departure and had more fun days at each port of call. Please send my regards to Elena, Kevin and June as well! Seiko

Elise Elise Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Amazing Day in Kyoto! ”

Seiko is an excellent tour guide who showed us the amazing sights in Kyoto. She carefully planned out our day taking into consideration our needs and requests. We enjoyed a fantastic mini-kaiseki lunch in the most beautiful part of Kyoto. Seiko speaks excellent English and is extremely knowledgeable. We will be recommending her to our friends and family.

Seiko:

Thank you for the amazing day too, Elise! I'm so honored to have been part of your birthday celebration! I really appreciated that you always asked me how to be polite and proper in Japanese customs and tried anything offered in the truly authentic Japanese lunch, which might have been sometimes challenging... :) On top of that, you guys liked walking everywhere!! Hope you, your sister and Vivi chan enjoyed the day and the whole experience in Japan! Seiko

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