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Osaka Namba & Backstreet Evening Tour

Nightlife

Seiko T.

4.97(77) reviews
Osaka
English, Japanese (Native)
3 hours 30 min
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

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.

Meeting Point

Information Center Namba (near Takashimaya/Nankai Namba station) or at your hotel

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

Ending Point

Wherever in Namba or at your hotel

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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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee for 3.5- 4 hours, hotel pick-up in Osaka and Kyoto area

What‘s not included

transportation fee for you and guide, dinner for you and guide, entrance fee if any

Important Information

Please note below before booking and contact me first for availability:

1. My schedule on GoWithGuide site is open for the next 3-month only. For further dates, please message me about my availability (multi-day tours only)

2. All my listed tours include hotel pick-up fee and guide fee. Please ask for quote for custom tours.

3. For tours in the peak season, I am currently prioritizing mult-day tour requests (at least two "full-day" tours per group), but also accept one-day request between the booked tours etc.

***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.



Calendar will be updated for the next few weeks.

PLEASE NOTE THIS TOUR IS FOR THOSE WHO BOOKED OTHER DAY TOURS WITH ME

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.


Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my children?

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

Reviews

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Courtney M.

Nov 27, 2022

Highly Recommend!!!

My 12 yo son, sister and I had the pleasure of spending 2 days in Kyoto with Seiko this fall. We had an absolutely wonderful time! At first we were nervous about spending 2 full days with a "stranger" while on vacation. However, as soon as Seiko met us in the lobby of our hotel, we knew we had made an excellent choice. It felt like traveling with a friend! And at the end of our two days we were sad to say goodbye. It was an absolute treat to let Seiko be in charge while I relaxed and enjoyed our surroundings. No worrying about trains or schedules or where to go next. Seiko was relaxed, knowledgable, funny, super efficient in getting us to all our must see sites and has impeccable English. My 12 yo son enjoyed hanging out with her too! I will recommend Seiko to friends traveling to Japan, and will absolutely book with her when we return to Japan.

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Anita G.

Nov 23, 2022

Great day in Osaka

Seiko is a great city guide. She planned a perfect, tailor-made tour and also continuously adapted it to my wishes and opportunities that arose. For example, this weekend there was a ramen festival in the castle park. Seiko found out about it on TV that morning and spontaneously planned our tour so that we could have our lunch there. She is funny, can tell interesting stories and speaks very good English. I would travel with her again anytime.

Seiko T.

Thanks Anita for your kind review! For me, it was just like having a great time walking around my favorite part of Osaka with my friend, rather than doing my job as your tour guide. The ramen event was special and lucky you were in Osaka that day! Hope you enjoyed other areas of Japan and see you again when you come back to Japan! Seiko

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Valeriya I.

Nov 19, 2022

Amaizing day in Kyoto

Seiko is a very professional and kind guide. We had a great day together. She explained to us a lot of interesting things about Kyoto and Japan. She is very easy-going persons, so it was a pleasure to spend a day in Kyoto with her. Her English is great, no problem at all. Hope to meet Seiko next time.

Seiko T.

Thank you so much for your review and having me as your guide for 2 days. It's a bit challenging to guide and satisfy someone who's been to Japan for more than 10 times but was totally fun with you thanks to your patience and trusting my suggestions. I also learned new things from you! Hope I can see you again next time you come back to Japan! Seiko

Robin W.

Oct 24, 2022

Kyoto one day trip

Seiko has been very helpful for our trip. She planned well and our day trip went smoothly. She even writes down the places we should go for the rest of our trips, extremely nice and easy going person. Highly recommended

Seiko T.

Thank you for your kind review and booking me as your tour guide! It was very nice to spend a day with you and your lovely family. I appreciate how patient and flexible you all were for the day which helped me conduct the tour smoothly. Hope you have a great time for the rest of your trip in Kansai and feel free to let me know if you need any help during your stay! Seiko

$108/ per group

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