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.
Check out what we are going to do.
Feel free to personalize this offer.
At your hotel in Osaka or Minami Morimachi subway station (at the ticket wicket where Exit No.3 is located)
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)
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!
Guide fee and hotel pick-up within Osaka City are inclusive.
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.)
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.)
We have just returned from a 12 day trip to Japan. This was our first trip to Japan so I hired 4 different guides in 4 different cities. Toichi was by far the best guide our entire trip. By the time we got to him in Osaka we had done 2 tours and were exhausted. It seems Japanese culture is very structured and keeping to the structure and on time is a priority. While I can appreciate that, it is also a vacation so it must be enjoyable and allow for some flexibility. Ichi first recommended the hotel we stayed in which was a big help. When he met us there he was so friendly and enthusiastic. He took us to Nara and Osaka. He always took our needs into consideration, even taking us to a book store and helping our daughter find the Anime she had been looking for. He made the train rides interesting by teaching us how to fold an origami crane and how to speak Japanese as well as write our names. He made me feel like we were hanging out with a friend who was showing us around. (I did not get this feeling from any of the other guides). His joy is infectious and I would definitely recommend him as there is not a better guide.
Dear Janet, Thank you very much for taking a time to write a long review while you must be busy after returning to the States. I try to be my clients’ first friend in Japan, but I am sometimes not sure whether I am doing the right thing. So, your overwhelming comments make me assure that I can continue to keep on working as a professional guide. Thank you very much. I hope you will be interested in Japan more now, and maybe you decide to visit Japan again in the future. best regards, Toichi Nakata (Ichi) your guide and your friend in Japan
Ichi was a joy to have as a guide. He was super organized and friendly, and an excellent communicator in English. We had told him about our interest in seeing a Bunraku Puppet performance at the National Bunraku Theater and I had bought tickets online ahead of time for us and him to attend a performance. In messages back and forth, he helped us figure out the train schedule and logistics of train stations to make sure we arrived in time at our hotel to meet him and get to the performance on time. Ichi was very organized about the schedule and set of neighborhoods, fish market, shopping areas and historic sites that we could see during the day. At the same time, he was flexible about adjusting the schedule when needed, and catering to our interests. When we let him know of our interest in crafts and ceramic ware and my husband and I became immersed in looking at ceramic ware at one shop, Ichi did a great job of keeping our teenage son interested in other things rather than impatiently waiting for us. He taught him how to play a wonderful local game with a wooden toy and taught him to fold a crane with origami paper. He also taught our son how to write his name in Japanese. We went through a number of interesting neighborhoods that he told us the history of, and he told us interesting stories about other events and places in Osaka. We were especially interested in history and politics and we enjoyed learning about Japanese history and culture from his insights. Finally, Ichi went to great lengths to help us understand transit routes on the train and helped us get our tickets for our next day's trip to Koyasan; his explanation of the transit options for the subsequent day proved invaluable in helping us make the early train to start that trip. Ichi is friendly, has a great sense of humor and keen insights, and a can-do, upbeat, pragmatic attitude. We would be glad to work with him again when/if we visit Japan in the future.
Dear Susan, Thank you very very much for your detailed overwhelming review of the tour! I had also enjoyed every minute of a day with you, and I am glad to hear the rest of your trip in Japan also went well. By the way, in a way you were lucky with the weather because Japan became excruciatingly hot after you left. I was walking all day under the screamingly hot sun today, and I thought I was going to pass out. You are a lovely family, and I sincerely hope we as the world can provide the great future for such a lovely son you have. Keep smiling and Good Luck!!!
Toichi surpassed expectations! Beyond a guide, he taught us history, currently culture, and language. Not an easy task while covering miles of ground and thousands of years of history. I can not recommend him highly enough.
Dear Evan, Thank you very much for your exceptional review. We had a lot to move from Kyoto to Himeji and then walking around Osaka. Thanks very much for putting up with my fast walk, and I hope your legs are OK today. It is going to be very hot for the next few days, so try to drink a lot of water not to dehydrate yourself. Hope you can make a lot of good memories you can share with Zoe and some stories to tell to your wife back home.
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 surprised us by buying us a dessert for our lunch as a gift. If you get the chance book this “guy” (he will understand why “guy”,1 he will not disappoint you.
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