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.
At your hotel in Osaka or Minami Morimachi subway station (at the ticket wicket where Exit No.3 is located)
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!
Transportation fee(you and guide)
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.)
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.)
Ichi was excellent, flexible, and sensitive to adapt to to our needs when we got too tired as we were still adapting jet lag. The Osaka history quick session he gave before the Osaka Castle was very helpful before touring the castle. The 1-day tour was well organized. He was very kind and patient in helping us finding what we were looking for. He also showed us around the local neighborhood (not in the original itinerary) we were staying and took the extra mile taking us to a new artisan bakery in the neighborhood when he heard that I would like to pick up some baked goods. Great recommendation! They were delicious!
Thanks very much for the wonderful review! I was also very happy when we were able to find the game he wanted! Hope you have a great time in Kyoto!
Ichi is extremely knowledgeable as a guide and will go out of his way to make your trip memorable / enjoyable! His friendly personality will brighten your day and I can't thank him enough for providing such a positive experience for my travels - not to mention how generous he was at taking photos for us all throughout the tour! I appreciated how well he led, communicated and tailored he made the experience.
Hello Jennifer, Thank you very much for writing kind comments of the tour. I had a great time with you and your friend, too! Hope the rest of your trip in Japan was as lovely as two days we had together in Osaka and in Nara. p.s. I went back to Goryo Jinja Shrine(Remember the shrine you took me on our last day together!?) a few times today as my clients were staying at a hotel just by the shrine.
Ichi was an amazing guide - excellent English and extremely personable. I could not have imagined a better experience than the two days I had with Ichi. He is prompt and timely with responding to messages and is flexible with creating an itinerary that fits with your trip. I can't wait to cross paths with him again. The welcome I received from Ichi was amazing - he dropped off maps & a welcome note to my hotel prior to my arrival. He was happy to answer any questions about planning / transport and is just an absolute joy of a human being to be around. He recommended staying in the Namba area as it is central to transit / attractions and that was a great recommendation to follow! In Nara we visited temples, meandered through the deer park, a japanese garden, enjoyed a delicious lunch followed by sake tasting (upon Ichi's recommendation) and learnt origami / calligraphy all within the day! Ichi will teach you about the Japanese culture, language, history and ensure that your experience is enriching, educational and fun. In Osaka we visited the castle, Kuromon fish market and Dotonbori areas. Arigato gozaimasu Ichi!
Hello Jannifer, Thanks very much for overpraising my day with you! But we had an unusually nice day together, didn't we? The weather was not too bad even though it was raining; it was not crowded(Remember we had a whole garden for ourselves!); but more than anything else, you and your best friend were such loverly persons to be with! Thank you very much again for giving me a chance to guide you in Japan, and hope we can meet each other again in the near future(your honeymoon, maybe?)! p.s. Hope you would continue your calligraphy career.
Ichi was amazing. He knew all of the best parts of Nara and Osaka. He showed us secret locations for shrines and temples. He also surprised us with a sake tasting that was delicious! He has a great personality and we enjoyed our tour very much!
Dear Generra, Thanks very much for your enthralling comments which I am not sure whether I deserve. I had a wonderful day meeting you and spending a great day with you. I wasn’t aware of all the surprises you prepared for your sister later on on the day, otherwise; I would have taken you back to the hotel earlier. Hope you will remember this anniversary holiday with fond memories in years to come! Bon voyage and exciting life to come! Kohun o inottemasu. Love, Ichi