Experience an unforgettable stroll through the historical markets and food streets of Osaka and spend an afternoon like the locals of Japan's 3rd largest city!
- A walk through Dotonbori by taking a secret alley off the main street.
- See the lights of the shrines and beautifully lit areas.
- Sit in a semi-circle around a cooking area surrounded by ice with the freshest local food for you to chose 4 plates to make up your meal.
- See how the older generation of Japanese enjoy an evening.
- Stop at Kaminari Sushi, locally owned and run for nearly a century, serving 7 of the freshest handmade sushi and 1 drink while having conversation with the sushi master.
This 3-hour Osaka Night Food Tour will take you on an unforgettable eating excursion through the less frequented parts of Minami (South) Osaka. Starting on the the heavily populated Dotonbori area on a bridge overlooking the inner canal we will quickly head into the fray past the Glico man, a Filipino sprinter named Fortunato Catalon who won a race at the 5th Far Eastern Sport Championship Games in 1921. When he crossed the finish line, his face was beaming with a big smile which gave favorable and healthy impressions. Having seen his smile, Glico, a large Japanese food conglomerate, decided to adopt it for their image. which inspired the Japan nation for years to come. Similar to Shibuya (its counterpart in Tokyo) the lights and sounds of Dotonbori often lead you astray to commercialized restaurants with queues of tourists outside while we want to take our guests to places they would certainly miss without a locals guidance. Quickly darting from the crowd we will take a secret alley not long after we begin the tour toward the shrines wedged out of sight from the average passerby.
After making it through the hidden alley ways we will make our first stop at a traditionally untraditional Japanese spot. Known for its impressive selection of fresh food, you will have a chance to reach out and touch the food you want to make up your meal. There will be 4 choices in all but the decision will be tough as there are just too many to choose from!
After our first smorgasbord meal, we will take you down a narrow alley to show you some of the more unconventional restaurants and pubs. One in particular that looks almost like a barbershop with its old leather clad, fixtured chairs up against the bar for the local Japanese to really unwind from their day.
Our guide will then lead you to Kaminari Sushi, arguably the best sushi restaurant in all of Osaka. Standing the test of time for nearly 100 years, this local shop fits just enough seats for our tour and will be some of the most succulent sushi you will ever eat. Our guests will enjoy 7 kinds of sushi and 1 drink. With the sushi master being very open to conversation from his guests, he will gladly answer any questions you may have about his craft.
From there, we will walk past the owl cafe to its second floor where you will be overwhelmed at the number of unorthodox bars, one after another. Every 5 feet there is a new door with a new adventure to be had.
Our final stop will take you into the depths of a corner shop, with nothing really that eye-popping outside to let customers know what is actually down there. In the basement of a corner building you will find the most amazing combination of activities. A local celebrity and stunt man opens his make-shift dojo to guests to come and see a demonstration of traditional ninja "magic" and skills. While the demonstration is going on, you will also be taught how to cook your own takoyaki from his support staff. This experience will never be forgotten given the master's dedication to his craft.
In front of Starbucks Tsutaya Ebisu-bashi in Dotonbori.