Barun

Great For
Bar lovers, Budget travellers, Disabled travellers, First time visitors, Foodies, Hip / Trendy scene, New residents, Off the beaten-path, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Travellers with kids, Travellers with teenagers
Vetted Locals
We handpick and interview all our Local hosts to ensure they meet our strict acceptance criteria
Local Insights
Our Local hosts know their city very well and can share insights, tips and stories that a guidebook can't
100% Personalised
No cookie-cutter tours. Our Local hosts plan experiences around what you want to see and do.
Real Authenticity
Our Locals host visitors in their spare time because they love sharing their city and meeting new people.

About me

Hey, I'm Barun from Canada and I've been living the expat life in East Asia since 2009. I love EVERYTHING there is about travel - including getting the chance to introduce my city to visitors! Whether you're an old friend or a new friend meeting me for the first time, I treat everyone like my best friend and love to share a laugh or few along the way. As an avid traveler, I have a keen photographer's eye and love taking pics for/with people, so bring your best smiles! From history to culture, street food to street drinks, I live for adventures, stories and making great new memories. Once you see Osaka from my eyes, I'm sure you'll love it just as much as I do!

Languages

English, Japanese

My Interests

I may not have a fancy camera but I have a keen eye for perspective & contrast when it comes to phot, I get restless if too much time has gone by and I haven't had a chance to discover a new part of tow, Writing is not only what I'm best at, but it's what I love to do in my free time., If I could, I'd have wheels for legs so I could cycle everywhere, since that's basically what I alre, Sometimes, a few hearty laughs and great conversation over drinks is all I need to make my week.

Total: USD
per adult

How it works

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1. find and book

Find and book an experience or browse our Local Host's profiles and book your favourite one directly

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2. tell us about you

We'll send a questionnaire to find out more about you, the places and things you want to see and the type of experience you're after

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3. chat & plan

We'll match you to your ideal Local Host (if you didn't book one directly) and they'll contact you to plan your personalised experience.

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4. explore together

Meet up and explore the city together. Experience the things and places that locals love and which make the city unique

My most exciting things to do in Osaka

Taking advantage of the ravishing food and drink scene, taking in the bright lights & sights of Dotonbori, exploring the hidden gems of temples and shrines. I may not have a fancy camera but I have a keen eye for perspective & contrast when it comes to photos. I get restless if too much time has gone by and I haven't had a chance to discover a new part of town. Writing is not only what I'm best at, but it's what I love to do in my free time. If I could, I'd have wheels for legs so I could cycle everywhere, since I bike absolutely everywhere in Osaka already. Sometimes, a few hearty laughs and great conversation over drinks is all I need to make my whole week.

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A thirty-something American male living in Osaka. I moved to Japan almost a decade ago looking for adventure; I found it! You might think I'm strange, but people are strange when you're a stranger. I make a point of being myself immediately. I follow the golden rule. I live my life honestly but don't pull any punches. I'm smart, stubborn, friendly, fierce and a fervent fanatic of all forms of alliteration. I'll try anything best two out of three times and I have been told I have muse-like qualities. My cat's name is Stinky McSnickerdoodle. I love eating, drinking and meeting people. Osaka is the best city in Japan for all of these things, so I'm enjoying myself everyday!

  • Nick Is Great For

    Bar lovers, Budget travellers, Disabled travellers, First time visitors, Foodies, High-end travellers, Hip / Trendy scene, New residents, Off the beaten-path, Partying & clubbing, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Travellers with kids, Travellers with teenagers

  • Languages

    English, Japanese

Great fun loving person that has been in Osaka a while. Can show you around town, introduce you to people, and all around have a good time.

  • Danny Is Great For

    Bar lovers, Budget travellers, First time visitors, Foodies, New residents, Partying & clubbing, Solo travellers, Travellers with kids, Travellers with teenagers

  • Languages

    English

Hi my name is Yuka. I have lived in the states, Tokyo and now Osaka. I must say that I enjoy living here very much. The city is filled with fun things to do but also, the people here are very warm and friendly. I hope I can help you make your trip memorable!

  • Yuka Is Great For

    Budget travellers, First time visitors, Foodies, High-end travellers, Hip / Trendy scene, New residents, Off the beaten-path, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Travellers with kids, Travellers with teenagers, Vegetarians

  • Languages

    English, Japanese

Hi! Call me Hisa. I was born and grown up in Osaka. Also lived in Kyoto(8 years) and Tokyo(2 years) and came back to Osaka in 2017. I am interested humans' inner spirits and different ways of thinking. At college, I studied psychology, sociology, and linguistics. I used to be a high school teacher, but now I do an analysis and HR job. I have a very easygoing personality in nature and love to talk to everyone from different backgrounds. I am very glad that more and more people recently choose Japan as their travel destination. How exciting! I am really eager to talk to all of you!

  • Hisao Is Great For

    Bar lovers, Budget travellers, First time visitors, Foodies, High-end travellers, New residents, Off the beaten-path, Senior travellers, Solo travellers, Vegans, Vegetarians

  • Languages

    English, Japanese

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How many hours should you book?

Following is a brief guide to help you decide how many hours to book your Local Host for

1 hr
Perfect for advice or a short exploration
  • Meet your Local Host for a coffee anywhere in the city or at your hotel and get advice on things to do and see during your stay
  • Explore a small area or street of the city to get insider insights and advice from your Local Host
2 hr
Perfect for exploring a small area of the city
  • Explore a mainstream area of the city to see the main tourist sites but also to discover hidden gems that most tourists miss
  • Discover an "off the beaten path" area of the city loved by locals and get a feel for what makes the city so special
3 hr
-4 hr
Perfect for exploring a larger area of the city or an in-depth discovery of smaller area
  • Visit some of the main tourist sites, get insider insights from your Local Host and discover hidden gems along the way
  • Focus on a specific neighbourhood or larger area of the city, discover its streets and places locals frequent and get a real insight into what really makes the city beat
  • Explore an area of the city that offers interesting things to see and do day and night and stop for a drink at some of the best bars along the way
  • Visit a child friendly area of the city and have time for the kids to run around and explore any interesting shops and attractions. Get advice from your Local Host on child friendly places to eat and visit during your stay
5 hr
-6 hr
Perfect for exploring 2 or 3 areas of the city
  • See all or most of the main tourist sites in different locations of the city, stop for a drink or quick lunch at a cafe or restaurant recommended by your Local Host and based on what you like, get insider insights and discover hidden gems along the way
  • Mix it! Visit some of the main tourist sites and then go off to explore an off the beaten path neighbourhood loved by locals. Stop for a drink or quick lunch along the way
  • Choose a theme such as food discovery, best markets, vintage shopping, music scene, trendy scene, history, art etc and let your Local Host plan an outing across several areas of the city covering the best of your chosen theme
7 hr
-8+ hr
Perfect for spending a day experiencing the best of what the city has to offer based on your interests
  • Give your Local Host a list of all the places you want to visit and things you want to do and let him/her plan an outing that makes the most of your time including organising tickets to attractions etc.
  • See all the main tourist sites in different locations of the city, stop for lunch at a cafe or restaurant recommended by your Local Host, have time to pop into any shops, galleries or places of interest along the way, get insider insights and discover hidden gems
  • Mix it! Visit the main tourist sites and then go off to explore one or more off the beaten path neighbourhoods loved by locals. Stop for lunch or dinner and drinks along the way