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
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!
We will take you to 2 different stalls during the course of the walking tour providing 2 delicious side dishes/snacks for…
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.
An adventurous, intrepid spirit:)
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.
Explore Deep Osaka (with authentic food)