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
We will meet in front of Starbucks Tsutaya Ebisu-bashi Dotonbori (next to Laox Shop)スターバックスコーヒー TSUTAYA EBISUBASHI店 You can copy and paste this to Google Maps:大阪府大阪市中央区道頓堀１丁目８−１９ (スターバックス TSUTAYA EBISUBASHI店) 542-0071
Please wear comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved. We look forward to seeing you soon!