Osaka is a town of eating and shopping, so naturally exploring its food markets is going to be great fun! Your native English speaking, long time Osaka resident will show you fancy, fresh, gourmet, low brow, and keep you entertained along the way!
- Visit four different food markets
- Explore Namba and also more local parts of town
- Learn about Osaka culture while laughing and eating
- Communicate fluidly with your native English speaking emcee
- Nibble as much, as little, and as exotic as you like
Ohhhh Tokyo, with your big corporate headquarters and massive mobs of people doing very important things. And then Kyoto, with your high culture, fancy temples, gardens, and refinement. Yay. But this is OSAKA, and -- how to put it nicely? -- we don't care about your charmed lives. We care about eating.
Do you care about eating? We thought so. But where is that food coming from? Join us as we walk around not one, not two, not three, but four (!) varied marketplaces sure to indelibly delight. We'll also of course explore and talk about the neighborhoods around these historic marketplaces.
Your native English (and fluent Japanese) speaker is eager to tell you all about the various markets you will see. Starting time is 1:00 pm. Stop one is in Namba, for the highfalutin decadence of the department store marketplace. Superlatives shall flow as you gawk at delicious prepared foods, high end fish, meats, and vegetables. Then there's the festive and diverse scene of Kuromon Ichiba, where street vendors jostle with retailers, all offering up some darn scrumptious vittles. Lots of quirk around here too.
After our Namba dalliances, we'll hop on the subway for a quick ride to Tsuruhashi, known as the Koreatown of Osaka. Narrow streets teem with all things Korean, be they raw, cooked, pickled, fried, simmered, or otherwise primed for your consideration. There's also an area to shop around for clothing that is, well, quintessentially Osaka.
On to the JR Loop Line we then go for about a 10 minute ride to Tenma, another great marketplace that is lighter on the Korean and heavier on the vegetables, but with lots of other stuff to see as well. This is possibly the most modern and local (in the "everyday shopping" sense) of all four marketplaces.
We'll wrap up the tour in Tenma, from where you will either be directed to the subway or JR line (whichever works best for you) to get back to your hotel, OR you can take the "Enjoy an adventurous evening of food and drink in Osaka" tour (you may add this option at time of purchase of this marketplace tour). The Food and Drink tour takes you to three stand-up bars for food and drink in two different neighborhoods. More can be read about this option by referring to the tour's independent listing here on Voyagin:
It's going to be a great afternoon of looking, learning, and maybe a bit of grazing too, so don't delay, book today :)
The entrance to Tiffany & Co. at Nankai Namba Station.