Explore Deep Osaka (with authentic food)

Osaka, Japan

Experience hosted by Andy

  1. 2.5 hours
  2. Hosted in English
Excellent value
Guests say it's well worth the price.
Super storytelling
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What you'll do

We will explore the non touristic areas of Shinsekai & Nishinari where you'll lift the veil of "perfect Japan" and get a real, honest & deep understanding of how Osaka really functions!!

NOTE: I would NOT recommend this tour to all.....If you ARE intrepid, well travelled & seeking an unfiltered side of Osaka, this is for you:)

First we'll get a taste of retro Osaka. Be transported back in time to a Japan barely recognizable: jump into retro video game palors, old fashioned markets & more.

After, you'll see how the locals entertain & get entertained by night: From unique only in Japan games, to crazy fishing restaurants to a peek at Osakan theatre. Here eat at 2 stalls, trying 2 local delicious side dishes/snacks.

This area is home to some of the most amazing back alleys you will ever see. There you'll breath & interact with local gatherings feeling the energy & history that is profound.

A stones throw away you'll discover an area with untouched, abandoned properties...forming an incredible ambiance in the middle of the city: A surreal experience!

NOTE: This tour exposes taboo topics such as: Yakuza, sexism, war, illegal gambling, prostitution, illcit businesses, pachinko, homelessness, welfare system etc...we'll tell you the history, making it ALL relevant!

Finally, you'll have the option to eat a full dinner at a tasty restaurant after the tour has finished
Other things to note
Please bring decent shoes (we will walk at a medium pace on flat ground for 2.5hrs). Also be prepared to eat a lot of delicious food.....we will go to 2 stalls. If you want to come to the dinner after the tour finishes please join us.
We will explore the non touristic areas of Shinsekai & Nishinari where you'll lift the veil of "perfect Japan" and get a real, honest & deep understanding of how Osaka really functions!!

NOTE: I would NOT recommend this tour to all.....If you ARE intrepid, well travelled & seeking an unfiltered side of Osaka, this is for you:)

First we'll get a taste of retro Osaka. Be transported back in time to a Japan barely recognizable…

What's included

  • Food
    We will take you to 2 different stalls during the course of the walking tou...
  • Tickets

Meet your Host, Andy

Host on Airbnb since 2017
  • 123 Reviews
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I'm half Japanese & half Australian and I've been a bilingual tour guide in Osaka for 3 years. I love to show off my home (Osaka) and share incredible experiences with friends, family and tourists. I have a deep understanding of the history of Osaka after living more than 12 years here.
I have amassed a huge amount of knowledge of the back alleys and hidden gems of my neighbourhood- the Shinsekai area of Osaka...so much so locals are even surprised, shocked & amazed. I think I can give you a truly unique, amazing insider perspective of the other side of Osaka....Deep Osaka!
I'm half Japanese & half Australian and I've been a bilingual tour guide in Osaka for 3 years. I love to show off my home (Osaka) and share incredible experiences with friends, family and tourists. I have a deep understanding of the history of Osaka after living more than 12 years here.
I have amassed a huge amount of knowledge of the back alleys and hidden gems of my neighbourhood- the Shinsekai area of Osaka...so much so locals are even surprised, shocked & amazed. I think I can give yo…
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Where you'll be

The retro district of Shinsekai will take you into the forgotten world where architecture, shops, restaurant & atmosphere all stand still.
After we'll delve into Nishinari, an incredible maze of narrow alleys amongst the abandoned properties and neighborhood eateries.
We'll also enter a shrine that houses the god of finance.
During the evening we will go taste testing (2 side dishes/snacks) at 2 very local stalls.

Rated 4.81 out of 5 from 123 reviews.

Zalika
September 2021
Well thought out experience. There is a bit of walking but the overall experience is worth it. the tour is not entirely food based, but the internal knowledge that you get from our guide is amazing.
Kobe
August 2021
Andy is a great host doing an just as amazing tour of Osaka. In my honest opinion it is a must-have experience for your time in Osaka. He was able to personalize the tour for me despite the COVID situation at hand for an unique, informative experience.
Steffy
August 2021
One of my favorite experiences in Japan! Andy was a awesome guide! He is super knowledgeable about Japan and it is obvious that he loves what he does/meeting new people. We learned so much about Japan and all the things that you wouldn’t other wise learn unless you were a Japanese native. To put it simply: any guided tour that Andy does it a absolute must if you are visiting Osaka!
Duayne
July 2021
Learned a lot about of the negatives in Japan. That being said, lots of positives outweigh these issues that Japan has. Many countries have their low points but being able to experience them and still feel safe allows me to say that I still love Japan for what it is.
Torri
July 2021
The tour with Andy was fabulous!! We walked through parts of Osaka I wouldn’t have found on my own. Andy was a great guide that you can see loves what he does while showing people places in Osaka that are against the norm. Highly recommend!
Rufina
July 2021
This was an amazing tour. I wanted to do something different than the regular tourist sites as it was my second time in Osaka. This tour was perfect. I saw things that weren’t on any blog or website! We went to places locals didn’t even know about. Andy knew the history and facts behind every spot and took care in making sure we were taken care of and safe during the entire trip. Would highly recommend!

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    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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  • Fri, Oct 29
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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  • Sun, Oct 31
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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  • Mon, Nov 1
    5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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Things to know

Guest requirements

Guests ages 18 and up can attend, up to 10 guests total.
All participants must wear a protective face covering and practice social distancing.

What to bring

An adventurous, intrepid spirit:)

Cancellation policy

Cancel within 24 hours of purchasing or at least 7 days before the experience starts for a full refund.