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    Top Things To Do In Osaka

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      Group of tourists standing in front of the Godzilla statue in Osaka with a local guide

      Wondering what to do in Osaka?

      Osaka is a city where good times are inevitable. Known for their wicked sense of humor and love of food, the friendly locals have largely shed all sense of Japanese conservatism, making Osaka one of the most entertaining cities in Japan. The atmosphere here is electrifying, and thousands of neon lights shimmer off the waters of the canals, exposing a spectacular array of things to do in Osaka. Whether you get swept up in a whirlwind of chaotic shopping, explore lantern-lit mazes of izakaya bars, or sing your heart out at a karaoke bar in one of the city’s LED-lit entertainment districts, the things to do in Osaka can’t help but leave you dizzy with delight.

      Tourist standing in front of an attraction in Osaka on a sunny day
      Past meets present

      At first glance, Osaka is a city with endless things to do and one foot firmly in the future: buildings are blanketed in dazzling LED screens and neon lights, the colorful cosplay scene covers several square-miles of unique entertainment, and high fashion overflows at gleaming department stores. But in fact, while Osaka has all the attractions of an ultra-modern metropolis, the city still manages to reflect Japan’s history and culture. The best things to do in Osaka span centuries, with ancient temples, shrines, and traditional gardens giving a glimpse into the city’s storied past.

      Tourist enjoying a traditional meal with a local guide on a food tour of Osaka
      The “Nation’s Kitchen”

      Spend time with a local, and you’ll likely hear the city's unofficial slogan, kuidaore – “eat until you drop”. It’s no surprise that some of the best things to do in Osaka revolve around its fantastic food scene. Known as the “Nation’s Kitchen”, Osaka’s culinary culture is famous across Japan. The city’s food – found at its traditional markets, cafés, restaurants, and izakayas – is mind-blowingly delicious. From Okonomiyaki pancakes at a snaking line of street food stalls to a Michelin-starred meal at a high-end eatery, the foodie things to do in Osaka suit every palate (and pocket).

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      Osaka after sunset

      When night falls, the city really starts to show off, and the list of things to do in Osaka gets even longer. Osaka transforms into a kaleidoscope of LED screens, giant billboards, and animatronic signs, and the fun begins. Perhaps you’ll start with a scrub down at a traditional sento before some well-deserved bar- or club-hopping, or maybe you’ll swivel your head between flashing restaurant signs and grab a meal at the one that beckons the brightest. If that’s not your scene, you could even slow things down in the lantern-lit alleys of a traditional entertainment district.

      Latest reviews from our guests

        We loved how knowledgeable and engaging that Andrew was. We would definitely recommend him as a tour guide in Osaka.

        November 2022

        Rachel V

        So glad we did the foodie tour with Haruhi! We were a group of 4 who loooove food and who have all been to Japan at least once before but wanted a local’s expertise. So, she took us to an area completely void of other tourists, which is exactly what we wanted! We were able to get into popular standing bars (tachinomi) with phenomenal food that we otherwise would never have found. We also ate great okonomiyaki and none of the places had an English menu (super legit…not sure about you, but that’s always my goal when traveling). When it was time to say goodbye, she set us up at another place that was SO GOOD (one of our favorites of the entire trip). On top of that, she gave us recommendations of places for the rest of our trip. Highly recommended experience: It was like having a good friend show you around town to their favorite spots and nothing beats that! I like that the company asks for your preferences, and I was even able to connect with Haruhi beforehand to personalize the night even more! You’re the best, Haruhi!! Until our next trip to Osaka…

        November 2022

        Michelle S

        An amazing, patient and she goes beyond to make your experience great. She compromised with me and my family, as we weren't able to do as much. Hope to meet again and I to come back to Japan.

        November 2022

        Maymoona A

        It was a very personal experience! Andy was great and answered all our questions. He gave good recommendations.

        November 2022

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