Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours

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Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours

From $55.30

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • 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

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 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.

Start time

05:30 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

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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Featured review
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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Highly worth it! Great value!
James_L, Sep 2023
We had a great time on the tour. Tommy our tour guide was very knowledgeable and had a lot of inside knowledge of the culture that we would not have figured out on our own. Highly recommend the deep backstreet Osaka tour. The snacks were also great!
Highlight of our trip!!
Nicole_H, Sep 2023
Our guide, Michael, was all-around fantastic. Wouldn’t want a tour from any other! He was knowledgable, courteous, well-spoken, and funny. The entire tour was so well-paced and informative, and our group learned so much through it. I would highly recommend others to take this tour. It was an honest look at Japanese culture through a unique lens, and I don’t think we could’ve gotten this experience without the help of this tour and our guide!
Great tour, different side of Osaka
Jeanine_S, Sep 2023
Kevin was a great guide, he has lots of information about the city and is very friendly and approachable.
A Must
Ross_H, Sep 2023
A relaxed and very interesting your through the back streets of Osaka with Kevin. I learned a lot and really enjoyed the experience. Toured through the red light district and finished with a friendly dinner and drinks. Highly recommend good value.
Too much fun!
MaDigna_A, Aug 2023
The red light district! It was super interesting to see a side of Japan that is kept quiet like Michael said. He was such an engaging and entertaining tour guide and he made the experience very immersive!! He was also very knowledgeable.
3 hours well spent
Jane_M, Aug 2023
Our guide kept us well informed of our surroundings. Walking round the dark lanes was an eye opener. The rest of the party were excellent company and from all over the world. The evening ended with traditional Japanese food
Hajar_S, Aug 2023
It was an original and very interesting tour that gave us another point of view of Osaka and the japanese culture full of contrasts but still enjoyable. Michael was especially a great tour guide who knew what he was talking about. Dinner and karaoké were a good final point to that tour. Thank you for this great moment.
An exceptional tour.
Roger_H, Aug 2023
An exceptional tour. This was the most enjoyable and interesting tour we have taken in many years. Tommy made the trip extremely interesting, highly enjoyable and fun. The route taken through the back streets was fascinating and complemented by the food stops. We would highly recommend this tour if you want a true back street experience.
Rajeah_S, Aug 2023
Despite strict instructions about starting on time, the tour started about 25 minutes late. For those who were on a tight schedule, the tour did not end at 8:30 pm and had to miss the red light district. The tour guide was long winded and did not pay attention to the clock.
Very informative tour, off the beaten tracks
Arne_Z, Aug 2023
We had the best time with Thomas! Very informative tour, off the beaten tracks. We've been in Japan for 3 weeks and learned a lot of interesting new facts about both Japan and Osaka. This is a tour exploring the stuff that's hidden underneath the carpet. Highly reccommended!
The best tour
Melissa_A, Jul 2023
Our favourite tour in Japan by far. Tour guides Bryan and Tommy were great. Was an amazing experience (not like the usual tourist tours). Don’t hesitate and book it was fantastic honestly!
SheeChiat_O, Jul 2023
Great knowledge from the guide. And dinner was awesome. A 3 hrs tour around another side of Osaka. Will recommend to friends
Knowing Osaka
Malaine_M, Jul 2023
Super worth every penny. We were actually late because of my leg problem but was able to catch up. Please take note to come as early as you can so as not to miss every part of the tour. We learned a lot from our tour guide, Michael and was cery knowledgeable of the Osaka culture and lifestyle. We were also able to try local delicacies that we really enjoyed. Btw, if you're vegan or vegetarian, please make sure to tell then since there are only a few dishes available for vegans and vegatarians. But overall, the experience was really memorable and very tasty! Thank you again and will def recommend you to my friends :)
Samuel_K, Jul 2023
Our tour guide, who was an Indonesian student who spoke English and Japanese, who has been doing the tour for over two years was excellent. He was very knowledgable and extremely friendly and easy to talk to. We always felt safe and loved all of the information that was given throughout the tour. We highly recommend getting the dinner option with the tour as the dinner at the end of the tour was extremely delicious, and the portions were extremely generous. You were also given two snack breaks throughout the tour. Also, as long as you purchased your own alcohol, you could drink throughout the tour as well. Overall highly recommend this excursion.
Great tour that includes...
Robert_U, Jul 2023
Great tour that includes shrines, cool lively areas of Osaka, two stops for snacks, a walk through some rougher areas and the red light district. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
Very interesting and a...
Very interesting and a different type of tour. Michael was very engaging and funny! Food was great and tour was an eye opener!
Informative, interesting and entertaining
Armando_B, Jun 2023
Michael was such a funny guy and showed us so many different, intresting and beautiful sides of Osaka. Would definetly recommend!
Was a must see tour
Darcy_L, Jun 2023
Red light district was my favourite stop. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and explained things very well
Tami_C, Jun 2023
The tour guide was absolutely hilarious and extremely knowledgeable! Highly recommend this tour! Our family truly had a great time and didn’t want the tour to end.
Walk in Osaka
Fiona_P, Jun 2023
It was an interesting and fun walk around Osaka, we visited places we would not have gone to otherwise. The meal in an izakaya was good and Brian was an interesting host.

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