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Strolling along the Longest Shopping Arcade in Japan

by Toichi
(40) Reviews
4h $ 147 Price up to 4 people

Highlights

  • Taste typical local foods(takoyaki octopus balls, potato croquette, udon noodles, sushi) , experience Hanjotei Comedy House, visit the Pulala Temma Fish & Vegetable Market, shop at a local supermarket
  • As an option, I can also take you to Naniwanoyu Spa, a popular local public bath or
  • Also, we may finish our tour at the Osaka Museum of Hiusing and Living, where you can experience early 19th century Osaka and even try on Japanese kimono. (closed Tuesdays)

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Overview

Tenjinbashi-suji Shopping Arcade in Osaka is 2.6 km long with more than 600 restaurants and stores. It is the longest fully covered arcade in Japan where ordinary Osaka people eat and shop every day. We will start our tour at Temmangu Shrine, wishing for the success of our day. Then, we will leisurely walk up to the north, stopping at variety of shops and nibbling favorite local foods.

What to Expect

In this tour, I would like you to experience how ordinary Osaka people live.

Among all that's on offer you can stop at different 100 yen shops for you to find unique gudgets for yourself or souveniors for your friends.

We'll taste all the popular Osaka street-food along the way: Octopus balls, potato croquettes or fish-shaped pancakes filled with sweet beans are all here.
For lunch or dinner, we can stop at an okonomiyaki(Japanese pizza/pancake) parlor, a kushikatsu(deep-fried meats and vegetables on a skewer) restaurant or queue up to eat super fresh sushi.

I will introduce you to interesting backstrees and alleyways. If you wish, we could also visit a pachinko parlor, a vertical pinball machine which 30 million Japanese people play. However, as pachinko is a small form of gambling, all participants must be 18 years old or older.

This tour is flexible and how you want to spend a day is very much up to you. Let me know what your main interests are, and I will design your day around them!

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Highlights

  • Taste typical local foods(takoyaki octopus balls, potato croquette, udon noodles, sushi) , experience Hanjotei Comedy House, visit the Pulala Temma Fish & Vegetable Market, shop at a local supermarket
  • As an option, I can also take you to Naniwanoyu Spa, a popular local public bath or
  • Also, we may finish our tour at the Osaka Museum of Hiusing and Living, where you can experience early 19th century Osaka and even try on Japanese kimono. (closed Tuesdays)

Important

I will try to meet your needs and requirements as much as possible. Please let me know if you have special requests. I specialize in tours in Osaka, but I can also do day tours in Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Hiroshima and Koyasan. I can do shopping tour and eating tour. I am very flexible with time and can also do tours at late in the evening.

This shopping arcade is a 2.6km entirely covered passageway: you will not have to worry about rain or inclement weather for the duration of our tour.

I offer both morning or evening tours, however please note that many shops do not open until 10am and close around 6pm. Most restaurants open at 11:00 or 11:30 and close at around 22:00, while some of the restaurants open all night!

Visits to the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living and Naniwanoyu Spa are both optional.
The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living stands at the opposite end of the long arcade, and Naniwanoyu Spa is another 5 mins walk from there.
I can take you to the entrance of both facilities or I can go in with you if it's within our scheduled time. (Male and Female Spa are separate.) read more

What‘s included
Guide fee and hotel pick-up within Osaka City are inclusive.
What‘s not included
Transportation fee(you and guide)
Meals
Entrance fees

I would recommend you to buy a one-day travel card for subways and buses (¥800 for an adult and ¥300 for a child *¥600 for an adult on weekends and national holidays) if you are planning to take subways and buses more than three times in the day.

The snacks on the stall are usually at around 100~¥500.

The entrance fee for the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living is ¥600 for an adult and ¥300 for a student. It will cost an additional ¥500 to try on kimono.
The guide can enter this facility at free of charge. Closed on Tuesdays.

The Naniwanoyu Spa is open from 10am to 1am every day. It is ¥800 for an adult and ¥400 for an elementary school child.
For the guide to come in with you, you need to pay for your guide as well. The small towel costs ¥150. (You need to buy one if you don't bring one yourself.)
Meeting Point
At your hotel in Osaka or Minami Morimachi subway station (at the ticket wicket where Exit No.3 is located)
Ending Point
Flexible
Duration
4 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people

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 ( 40 )
David David United Kingdom ( Family )
Excellent
3 days ago

“ Flying visit to Himeji ”

One word describes Ichi. Excellent. As we were stopping off at Himeji on our way to Kyoto, I thought it would be good to book a guide to get us to the Castle and back in quickest time and with minimum fuss, but what we got from Ichi was 100 times more than that. He was waiting on us right at the door of our train, helped us find lockers for our suitcases. We got a lesson in how to count in Japanese, he gave us the history of the Castle along with a history lesson of Japan. We got an origami lesson to make a paper crane. We also managed to visit the Gardens next door. He was informative, funny, friendly and we just had the best experience. He actually had a bad cold, but that did not hold him back in way. We bought some food eat to on the train and Ichi ran off, came back and surpri... read more

Toichi:

Dear David, Thank you very much for your overwhelming review. I am sorry I kept on coughing during the tour, but I am glad you had a good few hours in Himeji under the glittering sun. Thank you very much for a nice card and a present from Scotland as well. Please tell my regards to Audrey and Kieran and hope your trip will give you wonderful memories and experiences to last for a long time. best regards, Ichi

Julie Julie United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
6 days ago

“ Ichi was memorable and fantastic! ”

Ichi was an amazing guide. He really went above and beyond for our family of 8, including my elderly father. We truly enjoyed our time with Ichi. His English is excellent and his guidance through Kyoto and Monkey Park/Bamboo Forest was great. We threw him a lot of curve balls with schedule and sites to visit, but he was so accommodating and kind about it all. We had kids traveling with us ranging from aged 12-15 and he was fun and kind communicating with them (even showing some Japanese writing while the parents shopped a bit). I would highly recommend Ichi - he's personable, kind and welcoming.

Toichi:

Dear Julie, 안녕하십니까? Thank you very much for your overwhelming review. Hope you had a good trip in Korea and China. I wanted to speak more about Korea with you and your father. I am now a Pokémon friend with your daughter/niece, so every time I open Pokémon, I think of your family. Hope you continue to have a great journey in Korea and in the States, and moreover, with your life!

martin Martin United Kingdom ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ great day with wine food and learning from a fantastic guide ”

we had a fantastic day with Itchy ( number 1 ) he picked us up at the port in Kobe and took us on a great sight seeing and tasting experience and taught us to count in japanese with the help of a great story. we got on so well and found out that he used to make short films very close to where we are from in the UK also teaching us to write our own names in japanese was a great touch ( he had a lot of prepared things to do ) which made the whole day fun and memorable would highly recommend Itchy Thank you very much Martin & Jane and Neal & Rhonda

Toichi:

Dear Martin & Jane and Neal & Rhonda, Thank you very much for your kind review. You brought me back some good memories of England. I believe you must be safely back in the UK by now. Enjoy your short, but lovely summer!

Prema Prema Singapore ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ More than just a Guide ”

Toichi made our first trip to Osaka a very memorable and special one. He went out of the way to ensure we got to see the sights the best way possible and peppered the journey with elements of Japanese culture and history. He was also very thoughtful trying to look out for lifts and escalators when my knee started giving problems. He customised everything from the route, sights right up to the lunch to meet our needs and was upbeat and full of energy throughout. We are grateful to have picked Toichi as our Guide and recommend him highly 👌🏽

Toichi:

Dear Prema, Good morning. Thanks very much for your overwhelming comments on my tour. Hope your knee is feeling better, and you find the way to your hotel in Kyoto all right. Try to visit two of my favorite places in Kyoto I mentioned to you. Ask for the direction at your hotel or just get onto the cab. They are both located on the same side of Kyoto you will be staying. I appreciated the way Andre laughed with my sometimes bad jokes! Hope you return to Singapore with some good memories.

Larry Larry United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ A knowledgeable and entertaining guide ”

We did a 5 hour tour of Nara with Toichi. He took us to several of the top sights - Todaji Temple, Isuien Garden, Kofukuji Temple and the top of the Nara Prefecture building. We finished the tour with a sake tasting.

Toichi:

Dear Larry, Thanks very much for taking a time to write a review. Hope you and Becky are having a good time in Kobe. Hope the rest of your trip in Japan and in South Korea will be wonderful and I hope you will return to California with some good memories. all the best, Ichi

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