Locals' Osaka All-In Food and Culture Deep Dive (small group)

Badge of ExcellenceOsaka, Japan
Enjoy an adventurous evening of food and drink in Osaka

From $119.00

Price varies by group size

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


Go off the beaten track—and avoid tourist traps—on this nighttime walking tour of Osaka. In a small group of no more than six people head for the foodie districts of Tenma and Kyobashi to sample local dishes, enjoy a few drinks, and get to know the locals.
  • Small-group tour (maximum six) ensures a more personal experience
  • Osaka walking tour: Explore the local streets and skip tourists traps
  • Includes dinner and alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks
  • Get insights into the local food scene and culture from your guide

Sample Menu


Ko-aji Nanban

Delicious sweet pickling of small mackerel, served with (also pickled) thinly sliced onions.


Dote Nikomi

Osaka style slow cooked beef in a miso sauce.


Potato Salad

Experience the Japanese interpretation of potato salad! Nothing strange, but it is different.


Tonkatsu Oroshi Ponzu

Tonkatsu (deep friend pork) with a delicious twist! The addition of grated radish and ponzu (sweet citrus vinegar) makes for a tasty juxtaposition.


Kushi Katsu

An Osaka favorite, and we know the best spots! Deep fried meat/veg/other skewers with a sauce.



Another classic Osaka dish, this creative combination of pork, egg, sauce, and dried fish flakes is a real crowd pleaser!


Vegetarian Options

Plenty! Tofu, cucumber with Miso, simmered vegetables, and more.

What's Included

  • Dinner
  • Native (or equivalent) English speaking guide
  • Three alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks
  • Public transportation fee while on tour
  • Extra drinks beyond the one included at each stop
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (available for one-way US$60/group plus your train fare)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • McDonald's Temma Station
    4-chōme-12-1 Tenjinbashi, Kita Ward, Osaka, 530-0041, Japan

    Just outside the faregates of JR Tenma Station is a McDonalds. There's only one exit from the station, so it's not confusing. Just exit and veer right.

Start time

06:00 PM

End point

  • Kyobashi Station
    Japan, 536-0015 Osaka, Joto Ward, Shigita, 1-chōme3, 2番31号

    We end at Kyobashi Station, which has both JR and the subway, as well as the Keihan line, which provides easy access to Kyoto.

What To Expect

Pulala Tenma

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Ogimachi Park

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Tenjimbashisuji Shopping Street

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Kyobashi Station

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Legal drinking age in Japan is 20 years. Customers booked as adults (20 and over for this tour) will not be served alcohol.
  • All participants must be 13+ to participate in this experience
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved - comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Maximum group size of six (eight for private tours) allows for a truly immersive experience
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Gratuities are uncommon in Japan, however if you really enjoyed your time and want to show your guide how much you appreciate them, you should feel free to do so. However, there is absolutely NO tipping expectation.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 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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Traveler Tips

I can't recommend this group enough, and plan to take another tour when I return at the end of the year.
ask after tasting).We tasted some crackin Whiskey and Sake .


186 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
Showing 1-10 of 186 reviews
Yummy food!!
Peter_K, Sep 2023
We had a fantastic time. Joshua was excellent. His knowledge of the local area and the food culture was impeccable. Highly recommended.
Response from Host, Sep 2023
Thank you for the glowing recommendation! We really appreciate you choosing our little tour, and also highly appreciate you taking the time to write this review.
Lynden_B, Aug 2023
This was an incredible experience and I can’t recommend it enough. Damien was our guid and he really went above and beyond. His local knowledge was extensive which made for a great tour. Thank you.
Nice Tour off the Beaten Track
Anthony_Z, Jul 2023
Great tour! We got to try many new dishes outside the typical stuff found in dontonbori. Levi really knew his stuff!
You'd never find it on your own
Anna_L, Jul 2023
Brent was a great tour guide. He conveyed his knowledge not only of the food but also culture and local customs. We had fun, ate well, enriched our minds. Loved the local places he picked that we would not have found on our own. Even if we did, wouldn't know what to order.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Thank you for the great review, Anna! We love taking people places they normally wouldn't be able to navigate on their own. It makes for a truly local, special experience :) We hope to see you on one of our food tours someday in Kyoto, Hiroshima, or Tokyo.
Mystery meat, anyone?
Jamal_J, Jul 2023
Wow! Incredible tour. Levy was hilarious and knew his historical facts and knows the alleyways like the back of his hand. Great food. We were all full by the second stop but made the 3rd stop happen anyway. Have to, eat til tou drop dead is the Osaka slogan!
Walk then eat
Thelma_S, Jul 2023
I feel that there were interesting restaurants but I didn’t feel very comfortable in the way the places were too packed and not cozy enough. There should probably be one restaurant which was the final one as the highlight after a few short visits to two other places.
Response from Host, Jul 2023
Hi Thelma, We appreciate your feedback. The type of experience you suggest is not what this tour is about, and I regret to hear there was a mismatch. Our tour is all about the energy, bustle, and social nature of old Osaka. Japanese cities are crowded and abuzz, especially in hyper-social Osaka. We believe the tour description clearly lays out what kind of evening it will be. I wish you enjoyable travel experiences in the future!
Excellent tour
Katrin_I, May 2023
We loved this food tour in Osaka! We visited small local bars and restaurants, and enjoyed tasty local food while our guide shared interesting facts about the culture and lifestyle in Osaka. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Osaka.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Osaka is a wonderful city, and we're thrilled you were able to experience a part of it with us. Thank you for your review, and feel free to come back anytime!
Not a Cookie Cutter Tour
MichaelCottle, May 2023
We had a great time with Ferdinand who I felt really showed us what really living in Osaka looks like. It’s really off the beaten path that you would normally take as a tourist and it’s definitely not like a cookie cutter type of tour. It really went against my expectations in the best way possible. I tried food I’d never try, went to places I’d never go, and saw things I probably would’ve missed on my own. Great tour, would highly recommend.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
We're so glad we got to show you around one of our favorite cities, Osaka! It truly is a unique bustling city with so much to offer and we're thrilled you loved it as much as us.
Great experience
Jo_G, May 2023
Really enjoyed this food tour. Walking around the streets which we would not have seen ourselves. The food was delicious places we would not have entered. Thank you for this experience.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
Thanks for your kind review, and we're super happy you enjoyed your time!
A must do in Osaka
kallum_p, May 2023
Levy was awesome! He made the tour funny and had alot of knowledge about osaka Highly recommended! We tried some amazing food in places that we wouldnt have gone into without Levy. Every place was very welcoming to us tourists
Response from Host, Jun 2023
We're so glad you had such an amazing time with Levy in Osaka. one of our favorite guides in one of our favorite cities as well!
Fabulous and fun experience
SallyAnn_L, May 2023
Dominic really knew his stuff and took us on a great tour. We visited pubs and eateries that we wouldn’t have found by ourselves. The food was fabulous and ‘outside the box’ of what you would normally expect in Japaneses street food. It was a fun group and a great way to finish our Japanese holiday.
Response from Host, Jun 2023
We're so glad we could round out your trip with the amazing streets of Tenma and Kyobashi. Please come back anytime, and thank you for the thoughtful review!
Hidden Gems
Barb_T, Apr 2023
Although this was not the original food tour we booked, Viator did a nice job of suggesting this deep dive tour instead. Lito was an entertaining and knowledgeable guide who really knew his way around the tiny winding streets of Tenma and Kyobashi areas. He was Canadian so we had no problem with language. We loved the fun atmosphere of the restaurants we visited and found out so much about the Osaka culture and food scene. We went to restaurants we never would have found on our own and tried foods we would not have ordered but were pleasantly surprised at the flavours of some unusual foods! There was lots of food and drink to go with it! A great tour! Thanks Lito!
Response from Host, Jun 2023
The winding streets of Tenma and Kyobashi are indeed unique and will provide lasting memories. We're glad we could show you some hidden gems and you enjoyed them so thoroughly.
5 star
raad_a, Apr 2023
It was an amazing experience it was a lot of great information and got to experience food experience I would have never been able to experience alone
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Hi Raad, It's Kevin, your host from that evening :) Thank you so much for first of all coming on our little Osaka adventure, and then also for writing this great review! We really appreciate it. Happy travlels!
Meet the locals whilst enjoying some great food!
Tom_S, Apr 2023
Really enjoyable experience despite torrential downpours! Had a great time on this tour learning lots about local food, culture and traditions, topped off by meeting some eccentric locals in the Dotonbori district which truly made this feel unique.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
Dotonbori can certainly have some very colorful people! We're glad you got to meet them and thoroughly enjoyed your time!
Enjoying the inner City's food and ambience as the locals do
Chris_C, Apr 2023
We went to areas we would never have seen whilst walking on our own. We saw eateries, bars and other interesting places frequented by the local citizens and not necessarily by tourists. We enjoyed delicacies We would never find back home. Our guide, Levy was informative, humorous and kept us entertained throughout.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
It's a great time to find the tucked away places in Japan that tourists normally wouldn't see. We're so glad you enjoyed your time with Levy and hope you can come back soon!
Highly recommend
Jordan_F, Apr 2023
Tried lots of things we never would have otherwise, and the group was small enough that we enjoyed getting to know each of the other participants personally. Levy was 11/10 and went above and beyond ensuring we had a great time! There were multiple options for drinks at each stop and alternative dishes for those with dietary restrictions.
Response from Host, Apr 2023
It's very important for us at Pinpoint Traveler to have a small group experience, with something for everyone to enjoy. We're so glad that you enjoyed that. Please come back anytime - maybe we can show you around Hiroshima or Tokyo next time!
Amazing Food Tour
Yannick_H, Apr 2023
Amazing experience! Lito is really something, a very good and funny guide. I really enjoyed the way he liven up the tour. I would have spent more time exploring the city and food with him. The group was really nice and he made us discover many japanese special dishes. The quality of the food was excellent and I felt immerse in Japan typic restaurants, not tourist trap. I would totally recommand it for anyone. Like he said… a Lito bit of Japan! Haha :)
Response from Host, Apr 2023
We're happy to hear how much you enjoyed your time with Lito, and everything an evening in Osaka can offer. Thank you for your review!
Fun but poorly organised
Jenna_S, Apr 2023
The people on the tour, the guide and the fun locals we met at the last restaurant were the highlight! The food was not great. The first restaurant we went to was shut, the second was rushed but the third was fun! The guide was great but I enjoyed walking around Tenma market and surroundings myself and going into restaurants and bars along side the locals.
Response from Host, May 2023
Hi Jenna. All the restaurants we go to are independently run operations, and once in a blue moon one of them is shut unexpectedly. But on the bright side, I am happy to hear you enjoyed the people, guide, and (though we can't accept full credit!) the fun locals you met at the last restaurant. I do humbly counter your assertion about the food being "not great." Almost everyone who takes this tour loves the food (and the great variety of it too), but the food is a genre perhaps different from what you might have expected. Our tour provides lots of Japanese-style pub fare as well as small tapas-style plates of various seafoods, vegetables, and meats too. Thank you for taking our Osaka night tour, and for taking the time to write this review.
Fantastic way to tour the back streets of Osaka
Matt_M, Apr 2023
The food was so good. Our guide was really down to earth and told lots of great stories 😊 He was also very generous and stayed calm when things didn't quite go to plan
Response from Host, Apr 2023
When in the back streets of Osaka one must stay light on one's feet! We're so glad you got to experience and enjoy the uniqueness that is Osaka. Feel free to come back anytime!
High recommend!
Michael_O, Apr 2023
Amazing guide!! Super knowledgeable and funny! Kept the group engaged. Made sure we had plenty to eat and the host was very personable. High recommend
Response from Host, Apr 2023
So glad you had an enjoyable experience. We pride ourselves on having super personable and friendly guides with unique personalities. We're glad it showed through!

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