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Overview

Take a deep-dive into Japanese culture and experience Osaka like a local on this evening walking tour. Join your Japanese-Australian guide, Andy, to explore the city’s historic districts, including the former ghetto and the Red Light district. Learn about Osaka’s history, heritage, and local traditions; venture down the backstreets to visit quirky sites often missed by travelers; and sample traditional street foods. Upgrade to include a delicious dinner of typical ‘kushikatsu’ cuisine.
  • Explore Osaka’s local neighborhoods and see sights most tours miss
  • Sample delicious Osakan street foods and dine at a traditional restaurant
  • Insider tips and recommendations from a local guide
  • Personalized small-group tour with a maximum of 12 people
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Dinner
After Tour Assistance: If you want to go to a bar,shopping or entertainment area I will take you.
Food stall:Taste testing at a food stall during the tour.
Alcoholic Beverages
FamilyMart MYS Daikokucho Station , 2-chōme-5-16 Shikitsuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0012, Japan

Meet at Daikokucho Station (Midosuji Line), Exit 1, at the top of the stairs (In front of "Family Mart" Convenience store. Note: Only 1 stop away from Namba station. Only 6 stops away from Umeda station.

5:30 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Backstreet Osaka Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours.

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  • "To solo female travelers: make sure you take your time to research about this and ask any questions to the tour operator, they are very kind and responsive." See review
  • "Not accomadating to my age wouldn’t recommend for seniors !" See review
  • "The few hours you spend with these guys on a winding journey through the unseen Osaka backstreets will give you a more rounded view of the city after you have visited the usual touristic sights." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Amazing tour! Saw so much
Nick_A
, May 2022
I can’t recommend this tour enough, whether it’s your first time in Osaka or you’ve been here multiple times. Andy went out of his way to make the experience unique and personable and even stayed behind longer than the tours advertised time to have drinks and food with us. We will be booking another tour with him, if that is an indication of how fun a time we had!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Nick & Kylie, I enjoyed it as much as you hahaha. Osaka isn't an easy place to navigate so I was glad to show you the spots that tourists rarely ever get to see. See you on the next tour:) Andy Kenji
star-5
Osaka Walking History-Food Tour with a Twist
Melina_P
, Nov 2021
This was an excellent and unique history/food walking tour, one you are unlikely to duplicate anywhere in Japan. Andy brought the history, culture and local cuisine alive by taking us to lesser known parts of Osaka. As we walked through hidden parts of Osaka we explored how Japan’s past has influenced Osaka’s current day culture, food and architecture. Andy was very in tune with our group and eager to answer any questions we had. And, of course the food was delicious! I highly recommend this tour. It won’t overlap or duplicate any other tour. It was a lovely evening walking, exploring, trying new foods, meeting new people all while seeing how the past has influenced present day Osaka.
star-5
Great Experience
Vince_T
, Jul 2021
Lucas was awesome and very knowledgeable. Took us to some great locations and explained everything well to us. Would do this tour again. Lucas is great!
star-5
Best way to experience true osaka
Cj_T
, Apr 2021
Such a well thought out tour that prodded into the inner workings of real life in Osaka. I felt like I really understood the quirks, charms and subcultures of this great city. Andy was an absolute laugh-a-minute and entertained thoughout. Highly Recommended for those over 18yrs.
star-5
Awesome Local’s Only Tour!
Tony_C
, Jul 2020
Extremely interesting tour of places in Osaka I definitely wouldn't have come across without going on this tour. I've visited Osaka many times in the last few years but this was a much deeper, real look. Andy took us on a journey that consisted of issues such as Yakuza, the red light district, gambling, retro Osaka and great food. Highly recommended to those a bit more curious than the average person.
star-5
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jessica_g
, Mar 2020
his tour is a great way to explore the stories of Osaka that only a few know, let alone have seen for themselves. Even native Japanese only hear about these places and Backstreet Osaka Tours will give you the opportunity to explore them. Under the guidance of relaxed people with great in-depth knowledge of the Osaka area I dare you to fire up a question of which they cannot answer. Strongly recommend this tour to get a glimpse of literally the backstreets of Osaka. Cheers Andy and the team, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
star-5
Hidden Osaka
Majella_L
, Feb 2020
We did the Backstreets tour with Lucca and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Lucca’s knowledge of his topic and generosity in sharing was impressive. We saw so many places in Osaka we wouldn’t have seen or heard about if we hadn’t done this walking tour. Would highly recommend but you need to be prepared for 3 hours walking. Thanks Lucca.
star-3
Another couple on tour that stayed behind and helped me
kahaunani
, Jan 2020
Bennett raced around very fast ! Not accomadating to my age wouldn’t recommend for seniors ! He didn’t drop us off at subway as stated in description . Group to big !!!should be 5 or less
star-5
Deep Backstreet Osaka Tour
Vinson_U
, Jan 2020
We went on the evening Deep Backstreet Tour on Jan. 15. Andy and Luca were our guides. We arrived late after the group had left, but Luca kindly waited for us and quickly caught us up. We visited gambling parlors, "rough" neighborhoods, Shinsekai, red light districts, shopping arcades, and other areas. Andy and Luca were both extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and kept the tour lively and well-paced. They treated us to hot street food, very appreciated on a chilly night. We could not stay for the dinner option although the rest of the group did. We would definitely go with Andy and Luca again on the other Backstreet Osaka tours. Laura & Vinson
star-4
Unusual look at Osaka
Larry_s
, Jan 2020
Unusual look at Osaka without the typical tour feeling. A chance to sample some local food with a look at part of Osaka that woukd never been found in tour books
star-5
Excellent tour guides and an eye opening tour
maria_g
, Dec 2019
our tour guide was Sasha. Well presented tour that makes you curious for more. We crossed over to the "slums"/ no go to tourists" area and saw some real life dirt. So glad police was called. Real people. after the tour, we all had a drink or 5 with the guides. Genuine people and a great insight to living in Osaka
star-5
Interesting, relaxed tour
Patricia_O
, Dec 2019
It was good to be able to see the other sides of Osaka. Our guide was cheery and the tour itself was informal. Recommended.
star-4
the seemy side of Osaka
Julie_H
, Nov 2019
really enjoyed this tour. Lots of walking but that's what you need to do to get to see these places. Guide gave a perspective from some one who is studying in Japan so gave us the gritty information along with insights into owning property in Osaka, what Pachinco is and its addictive nature, and showed us the unofficial red light district. If you want to know about the other side of the clean, seemingly crime free Osaka do this tour. Not a tour for children.
star-5
Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours
Darryl_C
, Nov 2019
Great night with Bennett. Very interesting and informative. A side of Japan you would never see or find on your own.
star-5
So glad that I signed up for this tour!
KathyNH
, Nov 2019
I and three friends joined this evening tour of an area of Osaka that is not heavily with tourists. We had an excellent tour guide. Learned more about Osaka’s history...had a food tasting in local market place...visited the Red Light district. I very much recommend this tour for others.
star-5
Different side of Japan
Christopher_M
, Oct 2019
Andy is a great guide and very knowledgeable of the other side of Japan that the tourism industry hides. Cool experience.
star-5
Very good tour, interesting!
Camila S
, Oct 2019
Our tourist guide, from canada, was very kind and with good knowledge about the places we visited. We visited the red neighborhood and we enjoyed. The food testing during tour was very tasty but just little.
star-4
It's definitely something different to witness
Ariadna_E
, Sep 2019
To solo female travelers: make sure you take your time to research about this and ask any questions to the tour operator, they are very kind and responsive. I want to show my gratitude to my guide Kevin who was really kind during the tour. Always did his best to keep it positive and always had kind words, very sympathetic person. The dinner was very original :)
star-5
Deep down and dirty in the ‘other’ Osaka.
dirtyyouth
, Sep 2019
Really don’t do reviews normally but I had to leave a wholehearted recommendation to any potential customers of this unique tour. The few hours you spend with these guys on a winding journey through the unseen Osaka backstreets will give you a more rounded view of the city after you have visited the usual touristic sights. Just do it, you won’t regret it!! James (Manchester England)
star-5
Shinsekai Osaka, The Ghetto, Back Street Tour
vjuric2019
, Sep 2019
The Back Street Tour was the best tour we have experienced. Bennett and Andy took us through streets tourists would be reluctant to venture. The redlight district was an eye-opener - a must see. You'll never see anything like it. The walk through Shinsekai Osaka was great. We sampled some local foods, we learned about the homeless, and walked through ghetto. The boys are experienced, having lived in Japan for over 20years. Their knowledge was excellent. Please book yourself in for the tour. Its a must. No regrets!

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