Deep Osaka All-Inclusive Nighttime Foodie Cultural Experience

Join us for a just slightly offbeat, fully all-inclusive night tour of Tenma and Kyobashi, two of Osaka’s most well-known local food and drink areas! You’ll get to eat typical Osaka food, have a few drinks, frolic with the locals, and have all sorts of fun along the way! Our guides are top-flight entertainers with native or truly near-native skills in your language, plus Japanese fluency. This small group tour (6 guests or less — and it usually is less), combines history with adventure, as you explore the nooks and crannies of these very old parts of this awesome city. You’re sure to have a great time getting to know the REAL Osaka, and be welcomed as a friend in the establishments we visit and the neighborhoods we stroll. We pride ourselves on quality from guide to food, and can’t wait to provide you with an unforgettable night out. Plan on spending about half the time exploring, and half the time eating – a balance we think makes for a great night!
* Duration: 3 hours
* Starts: Osaka, Japan
* Trip Category: Tours & Sightseeing >> Half-day Tours




Join us for a just slightly offbeat, fully all-inclusive night tour of Tenma and Kyobashi, two of Osaka’s most well-known local food and drink areas! You’ll get to eat typical Osaka food, have a few drinks, frolic with the locals, and have all sorts of fun along the way! Our guides are top-flight entertainers with native or truly near-native skills in your language, plus Japanese fluency. This small group tour (6 guests or less — and it usually is less), combines history with adventure, as you explore the nooks and crannies of these very old parts of this awesome city. You’re sure to have a great time getting to know the REAL Osaka, and be welcomed as a friend in the establishments we visit and the neighborhoods we stroll. We pride ourselves on quality from guide to food, and can’t wait to provide you with an unforgettable night out. Plan on spending about half the time exploring, and half the time eating – a balance we think makes for a great night!

Stop At: Pulala Tenma, 3-1 Ikedacho, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0033 Osaka Prefecture

We’ve got lots to show you in this historic neighborhood, and not just related to food either. Over the course of a 35 minute stroll, you’ll learn about the history and now of this part of Osaka. We’ll also visit two different restaurants here in Tenma, spending about half an hour in each. This is THE foodie city, so let’s get down to the details! Food will vary by restaurant and your tastes over the course of the evening, but typical dishes include kushi katsu (various fried food on sticks), dote nikomi (slow cooked beef… parts), “tonpei yaki” (a grilled pork and egg dish), poached chicken with sesame seed dressing, slow simmered vegetables in a light soy sauce fish stock, lightly pickled mackerel, and much more! We always serve at least ten dishes on our tours.
Incidentally, for those looking for something extra beefy, we offer the option of adding 100g (3.5 oz.) of well-marbled Kobe (or nearby) beef at one of our stops. Delicious, but plenty of food tonight even without the beef.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Ogimachi Park, 1-1 Ogimachi, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0025 Osaka Prefecture

Though most of our time will be spent in a lively warren of smaller streets, we take a little break here to see one of Osaka’s favorite green spaces. Nice views, and great cherry blossoms too during spring.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street, 5-6-30 Tenjimbashi Kita-ku, Osaka 532-0011 Osaka Prefecture

The longest covered shopping street in Japan, Tenjinbashisuji has a duly long name to match! We’re not about shopping on this tour, but we’ll walk down a short portion of the street to get a feel for the scene. Almost all the stores are local, so it’s not like the homogenized shopping areas in so many other central parts of the city.
Speaking of small scale, since our tours never have more than six guests, we are welcomed into restaurants as part of the family – not as a factory processed tour brigade. You can absolutely count on some fun local interaction!

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Kyobashi Station, Japan, 〒536-0015 Osaka, Joto Ward, Shigita, 1-chōme−3, 2番31号

After we’ve thoroughly surveyed Tenma, we’ll hop on a train (fare included) for the short ride to Kyobashi, our second neighborhood of the evening. It’s here where the famous Tokaido road from Tokyo to Osaka has entered our fair city for centuries. The neighborhood’s vibe is a tiny bit more salubrious, but equally fun – and filled to the brim with character. In Kyobashi, we’ll walk around about 10 minutes before stopping at a final “standing bar” for more food and drink (included).
We love this area because people are super friendly, and the neon and architecture in general still looks just as it must have in the 1960s when Kyobashi really grew into its own during the post-war boom.

Duration: 1 hour

Sample Menu

• Ko-aji Nanban – Delicious sweet pickling of small mackerel, served with (also pickled) thinly sliced onions.
• Dote Nikomi – Osaka style slow cooked beef in a miso sauce.
• Potato Salad – Experience the Japanese interpretation of potato salad! Nothing strange, but it is different.
• Tonkatsu Oroshi Ponzu – Tonkatsu (deep friend pork) with a delicious twist! The addition of grated radish and ponzu (sweet citrus vinegar) makes for a tasty juxtaposition.
• Kushi Katsu – An Osaka favorite, and we know the best spots! Deep fried meat/veg/other skewers with a sauce.
• Tonpeiyaki – Another classic Osaka dish, this creative combination of pork, egg, sauce, and dried fish flakes is a real crowd pleaser!
• Vegetarian Options – Plenty! Tofu, cucumber with Miso, simmered vegetables, and more.