Daytime Food Tour in Osaka Dotonbori
Hosted by Anne and Lauren
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Number of Guests
2 - 10 guests
Visit “Japan’s Kitchen” and traverse through hidden alleys of Osaka’s Dotonbori and Namba neighborhoods, on the hunt for delicious Osaka street foods!
Join a local guide on a stroll through Dotonbori and surrounding neighborhoods
Explore back alleys that are removed from the main street, and stop at small local shops
Enjoy Osaka’s specialties: kushikatsu (deep-fried skewers) and Michelin-rated takoyaki (octopus fritters)
Follow your guide along back roads to a hidden izakaya for a seasonal lunch set while chatting with and tasting a variety of Japanese flavors
End the tour on a sweet note with a tasty local dessert!
Visit “Japan’s Kitchen” and traverse through hidden alleys of Osaka’s Dotonbori and Namba neighborhoods, on the hunt for delicious Osaka street foods! Osaka is fondly referred to as “Japan’s Kitchen,” so there’s no better place for a food tour! During this experience, we’ll explore Osaka’s historic streets and delve into street food culture. Trekking through both the iconic busy streets of Dotonbori and the hidden alleyways of south Osaka, we’ll get a well-rounded view of the city that features both the tourist attractions and hidden gems known only to locals. First, the local guide will start things off in Dotonbori, a commercial area with a famous waterway running through it. Here, we’ll hear about the backstory of the iconic Glico man -- a Filipino track and field star who inspired a nation and a company! Like Tokyo’s Shibuya district, Dotonbori is a commercial hub which overwhelms visitors with flashy options like overly-commercialized restaurants, flocked to by tourists. This is the Osaka experience we avoid, instead taking guests to super local gems that they would otherwise miss. Soon after beginning the tour, we will wind through secret back alleys of Osaka, heading toward a hidden shrine. Of course, this Osaka food tour features Japanese street food, like kushikatsu (skewers of deep-fried meat and vegetables), a local version of yakitori (grilled chicken), and even takoyaki (grilled octopus fritter) at a Michelin-rated shop! We’ll travel onwards through the alleys and spot some surprising and unconventional izakaya gastropubs and restaurants. For lunch, we’ll stop by at a local izakaya for a lunch set of seasonal dishes. As we digest our meal, we’ll stroll through other local neighborhoods and then enjoy a street food dessert!
Local dishes at 4 food stops
Traditional Japanese dessert
Local English-speaking guide
Hotel pick up not included
Additional drinks or food (guest may purchase at their own expense)
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
Meet-up details will be sent to your provided email upon booking is confirmed. If you don't receive details, please contact us.
Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved. We look forward to seeing you soon!
Please don't choose Dec25-26 and Jan1-2, 2022 (we don't have option to block this dates only in this portal) as we don't have available guides for these dates. Thank you for your understanding.
For drinking, dining, and shopping in the heart of Osaka, Dotonbori (or Dotombori) is one of Osaka’s most popular destinations. “Dotonbori” refers to both the canal area and Dotonbori Street which run parallel to each other. With intense neon lights (you can't miss the famous 20-meter tall Glico Man sign), the Dotonbori area is a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth. Street food stalls turning takoyaki balls and flipping okonomiyaki slabs compete against all-you-can-eat restaurants and late night snacks at small izakayas.
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Select at least 2 guests
Select at least 2 guests
(13 - 120)
(3 - 12)
Earliest available date: October 2, 2023
Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.