Kickstart your trip to Osaka

Get to grips with ordering ramen on an iPad, using the subway and deciphering the local dialect!

(7 reviews)

  • Private &

  • 3 hours

  • From
    $38.13  USD
    per person
    based on 8 adults

  • Walking

  • Multiple languages available
    (including English)

What you'll do

You’ll join your host to learn Japanese and… wait, no. Just kidding. You’ll join them to get comfortable in Japan’s friendliest city, and pick up the essential tips and tricks you’ll need for the rest of your trip. Think of it as a crash course in all things Osaka - from discovering the unique local dialect known as Osaka-ben to the local food scene. Try some of Osaka’s most popular street foods, like okonomiyaki, a type of savory pancake, or kushikatsu, deep-fried skewers of just about anything! Ask your local insider any questions you have, perhaps over a beer in a tiny izakaya bar in Hozenji Yokocho, a historic alleyway that’s right next to the bright lights of Dōtonbori Street but feels like stepping back in time. 

Where you'll go

You’ll get to grips an area of central Osaka; more specifically, the canalside neighborhoods of Namba (on the southern bank of Dōtonbori Canal) and Shinsaibashi (on the northern bank). Why? If you can learn to navigate in Namba, the wildly fast-paced entertainment district that’s a kaleidoscope of neon lights and street food joints, and Shinsaibashi, the city’s shopping district where huge department stores overshadow quirky subculture stores dedicated to manga, you can navigate the rest of Osaka like a pro! But Osaka is a canal city afterall, so you could even ditch the subway and use the waterways to travel around Nakanoshima, Yodoyabashi, and Dōtonbori.

  • Get familiar with the best ways to navigate Osaka and how to use its transport systems - easier said than done if you don’t speak Japanese!

  • See a few famous attractions in the city, and benefit from local knowledge and insights so you can discover the hidden gems and secret spots too

  • Get tips from your host regarding things to do during your stay

  • Ask any questions you have about exploring Osaka, its cultural practices or where to eat

  • Kickstart your trip armed with local knowledge, and you’ll be exploring like a pro in no time

This experience will be personalized to you!

What’s included

  • Private and personalized experience
  • 3 hours with a host
  • Walking experience (if required, your host can suggest public transport or private taxi options)
  • Hotel meet-up (available on request for central location)

What’s not included

  • Food and drink
  • Tickets to any attractions
  • Transportation costs
  • Gratuities (optional)

Your hotel/apartment or any other central location

Cancel 7 days before the experience for a full refund

How does it work?

  • 1 Tell us about you!

    Tell us about you!

    Once you book, fill in a quick questionnaire and tell us what you’d like from your experience.
  • 2 We match you with a host

    We introduce you to your perfect local

    Build your perfect experience together
  • 3 The best part!

    The best part!

    Experience the city like you would with a knowledgeable friend living there

If you’re unsure about what experience to book or would like more information on how it all works, just email me here. I or someone from our Customer Experience Team will get in touch so we can suggest the perfect personalized experience for you.

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Reviews for this experience

Amazing Osaka

We met our guide Jenny and it was very easy and comfortable from the start. She showed us where certain shops were that suited our daughters quirky tastes. She showed us around the city, where to eat, shop and relax. It was a fun walking tour.

October 2019

Reviewed by Jeanette S , hosted by Jenny

2 Days in Osaka

We spent 2 full days with Aki while in Osaka. She knows Osaka very well and was able to tailor our 2 days to meet our expectations. We saw what we wanted to see and did the activities that we wanted to do. Aki is very easy going, speaks excellent English and made us very comfortable. Aki was able to provide suggestions on how to spend the time we had booked. She also took the time to understand what we were looking for to make sure we used our time together well. We were very happy with our 2 days with Aki.

September 2019

Reviewed by Alfonso G , hosted by Aki

Loved seeing Osaka with Brice!

On a holiday, its an absolute necessity to have a knowledgeable guide! Brice was just lovely - met us at our hotel and we walked for 3 hours exploring the wonders of Osaka! As 1st timers to Osaka, it was just easy and fabulous seeing all the hidden spots that we would have missed! thank you very much Brice - you were charming and made our made our stay highly enjoyable! till next time.

September 2019

Reviewed by Azza G , hosted by Brice

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