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.
Come experience both the excitement of Osaka's top spots and the interesting allure of the more hidden gems scattered about the city. Osaka Castle and the Namba/Dotonbori areas are our must-sees, but you'll also visit and learn about interesting old neighborhoods. We'll also go high for some views, and low for some interesting marketplaces. A native or near-native English (or other selected language) guide will not only show you five parts of the great city visited over the course of this four hour walking tour, but also pepper the time with interesting commentary and relevant cultural discussion.
A simple proposition with a predictably positive outcome: Private touring across Kyoto, as you like it. You tell us what you want to see, or even easier still, you tell us your interests (rank or weight 'em while you're at it, if you please), and we'll propose an itinerary for you. Kyoto Private Touring means just the right balance of temples/shrines, gardens, city exploration, food related sights (and smells and tastes), and then whatever else tickles your fancy. And with optional car service, you can luxuriate in added convenience and comfort. If you ask us, there is nothing quite like the enduring beauty of the Japanese garden in Kyoto. Seasonality brings solitude, rebirth, bursting vivacity, and then finally the warmth of the autumn before the cycle resets once again. As for temples and shrines (the former being Buddhist and the latter being Shinto), we know it can be overwhelming or even downright tedious to see too many in one day. We recommend keeping it to three or less in order to prevent temple fatigue. Aside from historical sites, Kyoto also has culinary pedigree befitting to such an important city. Flavors here and different, and we highly recommend a walk through a lively marketplace. The more delicate flavors of Kyoto cuisine may surprise palates used to Tokyo or even Osaka cooking styles. If you're looking to take the vegetarian path, "seishin ryori" is vegan food principled on religious doctrine. You may be shocked how many different ways tofu and be prepared! Of course, if you're looking for something a bit of more carnivorous, Kobe-style, richly marbled Japanese "wagyu" is readily available for melting in your mouth. Have something specific you want to dive deeper into on your private Kyoto tour? How about 19th century architecture? Sake (rice wine) tasting at a brewery? Are you a train lover? Challenge us. We love showing all the nooks and crannies of fabulous, engaging, and entrancing Kyoto.
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.
History and Culture, all by Private Vehicle Uncover the most jaw-dropping sights of Osaka on a tour that takes you to its intricate temples, breathtaking gardens, and ancient burial mounds called kofun. With your expert guide behind the wheel, enjoy a private look at the centuries-old city, ending the day with views of Osaka Castle in the afternoon light. Your day begins with a convenient hotel pickup in a luxury vehicle. From here, you head to the 6th-century Shitennō-ji Temple, often thought to be the first Buddhist temple in Japan. Wander the ancient grounds to explore its immaculate pagoda, tranquil gardens, and elaborate shrines, as well as the treasure house that displays paintings and scriptures in various periodic and themed exhibits. Continue south to the Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, where you can see its famous arching bridge and note the difference in style from the Shitennō-ji Temple. Next, you make a stop at a rotating sushi restaurant for lunch before continuing to Sakai, a city that borders Osaka to the south. A drive up the hill takes you to the Sakai City Hall observation deck, offering exquisite 360-degree views of the city. Gaze down at the massive keyhole-shaped kofun tombs surrounded by moats, including the one belonging to Emperor Nintoku from the 4th or 5th century. You then head to nearby Daisen Park, home to a modern Japanese garden full of bonsai trees and trickling streams. Your tour concludes with a drive north back into the city, where you make a final stop at Osaka Castle. Explore the ground's 13 structures, from gates and turrets to storehouses and wells, while taking in views of the castle during what is said to be the prettiest time today. Passenger count of 4 or less receives sedan service. If four book, one person will have to sit in the middle in the back. Passenger count of 5 or 6 receives minivan service. For groups of four adults, minivan service provides more comfort over sedan service. Know Before You Book Groups up to 4 are services by a sedan, so one person would need to sit in the middle in back. Groups of 5 or 6 are serviced by a luxury minivan. For groups smaller than 5 that still want the place of a minivan, please select a group size of 5. An additional surcharge of approximately ¥500 per person for admission to temples and tombs is payable on the day of your activity. Daisen Park gardens are closed on Monday. If this is the case, your guide will offer you options for other locations to visit instead. Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Osaka hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation. Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 5 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.
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.
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.
Behind every stoic Japanese businessman face there is a secret, thus one aspect of "honne tatemae," which loosely translates to something along the lines of keeping the publicly acceptable face forward, and the true face within. This, combined with Japanese culture's general disdain for public affection, might make Tokyo seem to not have as vibrant an LGBT presence as hoped. Worry not: In a city as big as Tokyo, there is of course a thriving gay scene -- if you know where to look. Tonight, you'll not only see Japan's largest gayborhood, Shinjuku 2-chome, but Asakusa in the evening as well. You'll also get a solid primer in Japanese gay society, both past and present. We'll stop along the way for a local Japanese meal (veg options available), and a couple of drinks too. Get ready for a well-rounded adventure into the heart of homosexuality in Japan, led by a friendly native (or equivalent) speaker of your selected language who knows what it means to be gay in Japan.
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. 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.