Kansai Soul

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  • No booking fees
  • duration 3.5 hours
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 12+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
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  • Starts Osaka, Japan
  • Ends Osaka, Japan
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Explore old backstreets, markets, and retail areas seldom seen by most tourists
  • Discover the New Yorkinspired neighbourhood of Shinsekai and see what ghosts still linger in the streets
  • Wander through the flashy, glittering, famed district of Dotonbori
  • Sample famous Osaka treats like kushikatsu and takoyaki octopus balls
The Kansai Soul tour starts and ends in Osaka. The Kansai Soul is a walking tour that takes 3.5 hours.

Often missed on many Japan itineraries, Osaka is more than just a city of commerce — it is the Kansai region’s vibrant and eclectic heart and soul. This tour takes you by buzzing markets, through a lantern-lit labyrinth, and into the districts famed throughout Japan for their culinary variety and unforgettable atmosphere.
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  • Mrs. Lorna
  • On Jan 10 2016
“Our guide Abdullah was very knowledgeable and his English was excellent. There was sooooo much food, best to pace yourself. We were provided with many opportunities to taste authentic delights, have it explained to us and to find places that tourists might not usually find. Overall it was a highlight of our trip and one that we talked about for many days after.”
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  • Ms. Natalie
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“Excellent tour of the markets of Mexico City, our guide Evelyn was fun and knowledgeable. However I have done other Urban Adventure food tours and was a bit disappointed that this one didn't include more food tasting.”
ITINERARY

Osaka is often missed on the map when people take a whirlwind trip across Japan. In between the bright lights and fast pace of ultra-modern Tokyo and the old-world charm and culture of Kyoto, people often forget that there exists a city that combines the best of both worlds! Uptown Osaka is a sea of sleek skyscrapers, bright lights and modern living — travel further south and you come to the real heart of Kansai. Osaka’s rich and vibrant culture is as unique as it is robust — people greet each other with “Have you eaten yet?” more often than not!                  

Your Osaka tour begins outside Nipponbashi Station and leads into Kuromon Ichiba market, a street containing over 500 metres of lively market stalls selling Osaka’s freshest meat, fish, and vegetables. You’ll have a chance to experience downtown’s classic market culture up close, punctuated by rich aromas and the boisterous Kansai-ben (Osaka dialect) of the locals.

We’ll move on to Doguyasuji to see the infinite array of Japanese cooking utensils, as well as stopping to look at the ubiquitous ‘fake food’ selection — a surprisingly large market exists for this uniquely Japanese trade! From here we’ll go to Dobutsuenmae Station and walk to Shinsekai, entering the true core of Osaka’s famous downtown.

Shinsekai (literally meaning ‘New World’) was created as an amusement area in 1912, modelled on New York City. Complete with a viewing tower and the now infamous Luna Theme Park, Shinsekai represented Japan’s ambitious move toward the future. The area is still home to the ghosts of those ambitions over 100 years later, caught between the hum of neon lights and the gentle swaying of traditional paper laterns. We’ll have a chance to see a traditional Sento (Japanese bath) and a newer Supersento — a stalwart of everyday Japanese life! As we leave Shinsekai, we can sample the much-loved Shinsekai kushi-katsu (deep fried or basted meat and vegetable skewers) and pass atmospheric and traditional izakaya (Japanese-style pubs) before moving onto the glittering jewel of southern Osaka, Dotonbori.

Dotonbori is easily the most famous sight in Osaka, complete with a long canal flanked with shimmering shops and restaurants, a well-known running man, and a giant mechanical crab! The subject of postcards and tourist photos in equal measure, Dotonbori is home to endless clusters of restaurants, street vendors, bars, and pubs. You can sample Osaka’s most famous food, takoyaki (fried batter balls containing octopus legs) and walk along the canal, passing ever-moving neon signs and the billowing steam of Osaka’s liveliest restaurants. If Kyoto is the heart of western Japan, Osaka is truly the soul.

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Guide
  • Local English-speaking guide
Others
  • Some food samplings.
WHAT'S EXCLUDED
  • Additional food and drinks
  • meal at the end of the tour
  • souvenirs and personal items
  • tips/gratuities for your guide. 
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CANCELLATION

Cancellation for this Kansai Soul tour is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancellation is made less than 48 hours before the chosen start date, no refund applies.

Payment

Full payment of 94 USD is required to confirm this tour.

Travel Insurance

Kansai Soul tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this Kansai Soul tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Meeting start point :

Nippombashi Station, exit #10

Meeting end point :

Namba Statio

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