Kansai Soul Food Tour: Authentic Japanese Edibles

Duration: 3h
Languages: English
Registered on October 10, 2023

I have a passion for anime and video games. I love visiting art galleries and discovering new artists. Specializing in things most people are curious about. Quirky pop-culture, anime & game scene and underground local events. Meet the real deal wild side of Japan.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Venture through neon lights and experience the local street food, where you will set foot inside an entertainment district.
Savor the essentials at a stall like Takoyaki octopus dumplings and discover the chef's secret sauce. Must try local favorites like Kushikatsu deep-fried skewers, breaded meats and veggies to a golden crisp.
Indulge in the spicy, sweet chili shrimp and give way to the King's Gyoza pork dumplings. Visit a traditional stand-up style Tempura Udon noodle vendor, accompanied by a subtle fish broth.
Bump shoulders with local salary workers and admire the culture from the Land of the Rising Sun. It's a great time to sip on your choice of different Japanese Sake. For example, rice, wheat, potato, or plum.

All while you learn about the surrounding historical and iconic sites. Hablo Español.


  • The cost of the dishes is not included on the tour.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    1-chōme-2-1 Taishi, Nishinari Ward, O...
    1-chōme-2-1 Taishi, Nishinari Ward, Osaka, 557-0002, Japan
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    Osaka Metro Midosuji Line Dobutsuen-Mae station. Take EXIT 2 via the escalator, go upstairs. I will be outside the Family Mart. Please arrive 5 minutes early.

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    Janjanyokocho Nanyodori-shotengai
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    Shinsekai Kokusai Gekijo
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How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Jayson 12 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
I honestly do not recommand this Guru walk in its actual format which is to pay for the food before starting the tour and which is totally the opposite of what the guru walk spirit seems to be. You have the choice to pay c. 8k Yen or 12,5k Yen to experience some food in Osaka. Those fees are used to "cover the food expenditure". I went for the 1st option and tasted 3 different foods for a rough amount of 1,5k Yen so it means around 7k fees for the Guru. The Guru was in the end nice and explained many things about this specific district of Osaka and allowed me to discover traditional restaurants. But having to pay before the walk creates many issues * Less people coming to the tour (which is also part of the Guru walk experience) ; * Deceptive effect when you pay ar. $50 for something worth less than $10 * You expect more from the Guru when you actually paid a guide
Kamilė 11 Jun 2024

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Travelled in group - Jun 2024
I am rushing to write this review just to save someone from having this extremely overpriced experience. For three persons (“Option 2”) we paid 24500JPY (~150$). At the end of this tour, we didn’t learn anything about Japanese kitchen, except that they use lots of soya sauce, which is self evident. Nearly anything more about the food and its history was told. Also, guide said it will take 2hours, but in fact it took 1:30h. Lastly, I think its complete scam, because it says that the tour is free and that guide would collect money only for food. However, you give 150USD for the guy and you end up eating cheapest and crapiest street you can find which comes all together up to 20USD at best. This is clearly the worst money spent and the worst tour I have ever been on, which makes me think that reviews saying opposite are just fake.
Heike 25 May 2024

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Travelled alone - May 2024
Viele unterschiedliche Lokale besucht und viele verschiedene Speisen und Getränke probiert sowie das Stadtviertel kennengelernt. Tolle Erfahrung und sehr herzlicher Guide. Gerne jederzeit wieder!
Michelle 20 May 2024

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Travelled in couple - May 2024
Tolle Tour mit tollem Guide. Absolut empfehlenswert, wir hatten sehr kurzweilige 2 Stunden mit sensationellem Essen, fantastischen Eindrücken und einem wirklich unglaublich sympathischen Tourguide. Danke Maru, wir werden diesen Ausflug nie vergessen!
Jan 04 May 2024

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Travelled in group - May 2024
Fantastic tour! We learned so much about Osaka and Japan culture and history as well as food. Maru was so much fun, knowledgeable, patient, flexible, and kept us all entertained and wowed every minute! He has carefully cultivated the most amazing local restaurants and diverse food samples, in an area that we wouldn’t have found on our own. Maru is a fellow you would like to have as a friend. Highly recommend this tour!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour requires the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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