Why not stroll before your dinner with drinks and foods at reasonable price. The guide is certified professional guide with 3 certifications with English skill TOEIC 925. Let's enjoy sake and Japanese beer at my favorite pubs at Tenjinbashisuji-Rokuchome ("Tenroku" is nickname because the name is too long), cheap and delicious! Which pubs do I escort you? It is my "black box!" Hahaha!
At your hotel if located central Osaka city or outside of exit No.14 of subway Namba station if you want to visit Dotonbori to begin with the tour.
Tenjinbashisuji Rokuchome(the longest shopping street in Japan with 2.6km long and 600 shops and restaurants.)
The shoppers are amazed at the price! Women should have big shopping bag. I am very sorry for the husbands on the street.
Dotonbori restaurants street is visited first if you have not yet strolled.
At your hotel or place you prefer during the tour.
Osaka is a city for drinkers. Many pubs are open from early in the morning with many drinkers at reasonable price.
The guide will take you 2 pubs if you wish, one is standing style and others with chairs. Food and drink per person will be 2,000 yen approximately. 3 hours of the drinking is maximum before your dinner but many guests finished their dinner at the pub. That is why this tour is "4 hours maximum". You may take your dinner around Tenroku area at very reasonable price. For your way back to your hotel after your dinner, the guide shows you how to take Osaka Metro, it is very kind subway easy to take, because all lines have their color to identify your line. But please remember exit number of your nearest subway station from your hotel. Otherwise you may be lost in the subway station. If you wish the guide is willing to escort you to your hotel before your dinner, off cource.
The guide is so good at illustrations that you will enjoy them stored in my tablet. I illustrated all explanations as far as sightseeing in Japan is concerned. You will find how to pray at shrine, how to drink matcha tea at tea ceremony, the difference between temple and shrine, maiko and geiko, how onsen (hot spring) is made etc. It took 6 months for me to draw them before I start doing my guiding.
You will be gifted followings:
My hand made O-O-O (only one original) card case on the earth if you use traffic card such as PASMO. You can touch traffic card in the case at the gates. If you do not use such card case, other gifts are prepared.
Japanese food menu finding lists
8 useful Japanese vocaburaries
Guide maps of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara
Osaka night life (booklet)
guide fee, hotel pick-up if located central Osaka city, smiles and skills of communication of the guide.
transportation fee of you and guide, our drinks and foods, price per person will be 1000 to 3000 yen per person at one pub depending on how much we drink and eat, but I have never paid more than 2,500 yen for the past 16 years for myself in "Tenroku" area at "one pub".
If the guests have not yet visited Dotonbori, the tour starts from Dotonbori to begin with. You may have your dinner at Dotonbori after the tour. If you want to visit Dotonbori first, our meeting place is outside of exit No.14 at Namba subway station. If that is the case, please let me know in advance.
The pubs I escort you at "Tenroku" are very local and may not suitable for foreign tourists. Most of the menu are written only in Japanese. So it is very hard for foreign tourists to enter and order the menu at Japanese pub without Japanese escort. But so far as I have guided, most of my guests were so glad at unique atmosphere of my pubs, shouting " how deep and delicious! ". Each pub has its own taste and atmosphere and that is the sales point. To secure seats at pub, only 2 adults are escorted to start drinking from 5 p.m. at latest, before workers come. After 5 p.m., most of the pubs are nearly full with drinkers. No reservation is available at most of the pubs. Some of my guests finished their dinner at the pub! Only two requests at the pub. Do not talk loud and laugh, do not carry too big baggage to the pub. No smoking is preferable. Please remember that the guide does not accompany your dinner.
Last order of most of the restaurants is 9:30, so I recommend you to have your dinner around 8:00 p.m. at latest.
The guests must have travel insurance and enough Japanese yen, because some restaurants and shops do not accept credit cards.
The guide does not cover any insurance and is not responsible for any accidents, and problems caused by disease and food restrictions of the guests.
great knowledge and insites
Dear Mr. Shapiro It was a great time with you in Kyoto. I do hope your nice trip back to Phoenix! Eiji