Learn about real-life Osaka. Then get down to some eating. Experience two of Osaka's most dynamic and delicious foodie neighborhoods on this small group (a maximum of only six guests), guided nighttime tour. With a (hopefully) humorous native or honestly native-equivalent English speaker as your guide, you'll giddily explore the Tenma and Kyobashi neighborhoods, punctuated by a healthy and hearty dinner's worth of tasty and distinctive treats. Dishes vary by night, but local favorites such as dote nikomi (slow cooked beef), sashimi and also cooked fish, vegetable dishes in the local style, kushi katsu (fried food on sticks), and so, so much more. We can accommodate most any dietary restriction, so vegetarians and even vegans need not fret. While out and about over the course of our evening, you'll also learn about the history and culture of food and life in general here in Osaka, along the way getting great insider tips about this fascinating city. With a full dinner and three drinks included in your tour, you can forget about the needless anxiety and mystery surrounding the added-cost surprises that some other evening adventures may foist upon you. Over the course of the night, there will be about one and a half hours of walking around and exploring, and about one and a half hours of eating. It's a nice balance, if we do say so ourselves! Depending on the evening, all or some of the restaurants may be the local "standing bar" type restaurants – social, lively places that have amazing in-house made food in addition to a bountiful drink selection. Osaka is famous for its food, and you're going to see it all tonight! Except takoyaki and okonomiyaki, because you can eat those on your own or with some more pedestrian Osaka walkabout! :) Prepare for a tasty and entertaining romp through a very real, very local Osaka! Bye, bye Dotonbori! Oh, and by the way, if you're interested in trying some Kobe beef, check out our affordably priced Kobe beef option at checkout! Know Before You Book The legal drinking age in Japan is 20. While not overtly risque, the tour includes commentary and contents that may not be suitable for pre-teens.
We think everyone should experience a small group (maximum of 6 guests), food and drink inclusive Tokyo night tour that takes you deeper than what the Shinjuku or Shibuya areas can provide. Come with us and leave the canned, prefab tourist run behind, and instead get yourself a look into how locals unwind after work, all with nary a tourist in sight. Over the course of our 3 hours together, we'll visit 3 different standing bar restaurants (known as "tachinomi" in Japanese), which could roughly be depicted as bustling tapas places. There will be plenty of food, just in case the "bar" part makes you think otherwise. But there'll be drinks too. We spread our tachinomi visits across two different neighborhoods, with a six minute train ride between the two. Adjunct to the tachinomi odyssey is a slightly more anthropological one, as we cover along the way a bounty of cultural sights and topics, from nightlife to grocery shopping and more. With food, three drinks, and train fare included, you won't need to spend a single, shiny yen this carefree night. Our goal is to take you away from the visitor masses, and show you the sights, flavors, and people that make Tokyo nights special. By keeping our groups small, we can navigate relatively under the radar, and you're almost certain to get the opportunity to chat with locals too. People sometimes tell us their night with us is like a night out with friends who know where to go in Tokyo. Nothing makes us happier :) Know Before You Book Japan's drinking age is 20. Minimum participant age is 15. You will be spending most of the night walking or standing, just as the locals do when they do a night out like this.
Kyoto Night Food Tour You and no more than five others will explore the local foods and entertainment districts of Kyoto on a not-so-standard, all-inclusive walking and eating nighttime tour! You'll mingle with locals, eat regional specialties at two different standing bar/restaurants, and be given a visual feast of a primer on the various nightlife scenes in Kyoto, from geiko (a.k.a. "geisha") on down. With a native or equivalent English speaking guide at your side, you'll get a clear understanding of what the area is all about. And with some great food and a couple of (included) drinks in you, the merriment will be all the more! For those looking to delve even deeper into Kyoto's foodie background, we offer an optional 1.5 hour pre-tour delve into the markets of Kyoto! We'll walk you through a local supermarket and explain the basics of a Japanese home's kitchen, and in turn, the basics of Japanese food. Then, we do a detailed dissection across an abundance of Japanese delicacies as we stroll down the famous Nishiki Market's main promenade. Know Before You Book Confirmation will be received at time of booking. The minimum drinking age in Japan is 20 years old. Reservations for up to 8 people are accepted, with any group of 6 and over being guaranteed private.
Osaka Private Tour Looking for a full-day, private vehicle tour that covers top spots with a fun, knowledgeable, and truly fluent English speaker? You've found it. We show you Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, Shin-sekai, a view from high above, and more! Plus, get some local insight and interesting commentary at some of our other recommended stops. All of this at your pace, with your own personal driver/guide, and high quality vehicle service. Your guide is *guaranteed* to be a native English speaker or honest equivalent.
Your Private Kyoto Day Trip from Osaka Your first stop is at the foot of the mountains above Kyoto, Arashiyama, where history and natural beauty coexist in great abundance. We park right in the center of town, then set about seeing the surrounding temples, scenery, and shops, finally taking a walk along the river. The sights include the World Heritage-listed Tenryuji, said to be the most important temple in Arashiyama. Marvel at the temple grounds, expansive Japanese-style rooms, and exquisite gardens. Every season brings different highlights in the garden, as does every angle from which you view it. Then there's the famous bamboo forest, which leads us right up to Okochi Sanso, an estate property now open to the public. You'll also have the opportunity here to enjoy Japanese tea and snacks (included), as well as excellent garden walks and views. See a bit more of the hillside, then descend to the river by way of a spacious park. From there, a five minute walk along the wide river brings you to the main shopping street where you can browse for some souvenirs before we head to our sushi lunch. After lunch, we head to Fushimi Inari, set at the foot of Inari mountain, and admire the momentous installation of red gates. Take a walk on some of the trails that lead up to the top of the mountain. It takes two hours to get to the summit, so you'll only be able to go up part of the way, but temple structures and ambiance are remarkable from any angle. If you select the Extra Large 10-hour tour option, we'll visit some other places to your liking. We've got plenty of ideas! How about Kinkakuji ("Golden Pavilion"), Ryoanji (oldest Zen rock garden), downtown Kyoto (markets and more), or perhaps the Imperial Palace? Let's consult and make a perfect day for you. Know Before You Book If your hotel is outside central Osaka, you may be asked to pay a small transportation surcharge This tour begins in Osaka, and may end either back in Osaka or in Kyoto.