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Itinerary
Just around sunset, we'll meet at Tenma Station (on the JR loop line, just one stop from Osaka Station/Umeda), which puts us right in the middle of a very old part of Osaka. First, we'll head to neighboring Ogimachi Park, taking in the views and getting oriented. Then it's time to dive in to Tenma proper! While walking around, your guide will explain the history and context of the area, and all about the culture that thrives here today.

After about 45 minutes of walking around, we'll stop for our first drink and bit of food for the night, in the heart of Tenma. Food will vary by restaurant and your tastes over the course of the evening, but typical dishes include "kushi katsu" (fried food on sticks), "dote nikomi" (slow cooked beef... parts), "tonpei yaki" (a grilled pork and egg dish), and some healthier things as well -- promise! A bit more walking around Tenma brings us to another great eating and drinking spot, quite different from the first one.

After we've thoroughly surveyed Tenma, we'll hop on a train for the short ride to Kyobashi, where the vibe is a bit more raucous, but equally fun! It's an old area, filled to the brim with character. In Kyobashi, we'll walk around about 10 minutes before stopping at a final "standing bar" for more food and drink. 

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 tour! :)

Your tour will take you to three different open/standing bars that also serve food and the two neighborhoods of Tenma and Kyobashi. The tour includes at least a five small plates of food (a solid dinner's worth), three drinks, and the train ticket between the two neighborhoods. Additional drinks can be purchased, and some nice Japanese whiskies may also be available too!
Locations visited
Ogimachi Park
Overview
Join us for a just slightly offbeat, fully all-inclusive night tour of Tenma and Kyobashi, two of Osaka's most well-known local food and drink areas! You'll get to eat typical Osaka food, have a few drinks, frolic with the locals, and have all sorts of fun along the way! Your guide will be a native English speaker with the fluent Japanese to take you deep into the local scene. This small group tour (6 guests or less -- and it usually is less), combines history with adventure, as you explore the nooks and crannies of these very old parts of this awesome city. You're sure to have a great time getting to know the REAL Osaka.
Highlights
  • All-inclusive tour
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Dinner included
  • Free drinks included
  • Led by a local guide
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Reviewed 19 July 2018
Great insight on Osaka from American transplant

Kevin, I thoroughly enjoyed our evening last week. Though I have been to Japan >50 times, I found your viewpoint, as an American guy who has lived in Osaka for sometime, to be unique and refreshing. The food - I had previously tried many of...More

1  Thank Ron C
Kevin B, Owner at Evening Food and Drink Tour in Osaka, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2018

Dear Ron, It is deeply gratifying to have been able to provide a great travel experience to you! It's especially exciting considering how many times you have been to Japan before, and that despite all this, we were able to show you a new side...More

Reviewed 26 June 2018
Great Behind the Scenes Tour

We thoroughly enjoyed this tour with Kevin. Really introduced us to a side of Osaka that we wouldn't have experienced - both neighborhoods/shopping districts and food. You can eat as much or as little as you'd like, what's valuable is Kevin's knowledge of the neighborhoods,...More

Thank WarrenATL
kevboy, オーナー at Evening Food and Drink Tour in Osaka, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2018

Dear Warren, Osaka's our town, and we just LOVE showing if off to people. After all, it's generally not one the most appreciated spots in Japan! :) We keep the tours small and local, and personal too. Big groups just aren't fun. Glad to hear...More

Reviewed 23 June 2018
Really disappointed in this tour

This tour was not like any other food tour we've taken. Unfortunately, the history and culture part focused on local grocery shopping (while we got pushed aside by the real shoppers) and the non-divorce culture while we stared at a love hotel. "Look in this...More

3  Thank Kathrine S
kevboy, Owner at Evening Food and Drink Tour in Osaka, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

Dear Kathrine, I'm so sorry you didn't enjoy the tour. We've been doing this tour for over 2 years now and never once had a review as bad as this, so I take it very seriously. I'd like to address your points specifically, but I...More

Reviewed 22 June 2018
Great Introduction to Osaka cuisine and nightlife

I had taken the food and nightlife tour with Kevin in Kyoto, and was very happy to learn that he did one in Osaka as well. The tour is fantastic. I was lucky to be in a very small group with two other people who...More

Thank Rory D
kevboy, Owner at Evening Food and Drink Tour in Osaka, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

Dear Rory, Thanks so much for the fantastic review! You were great fun to have along for the evening, and I'm glad we were able to coax out your adventurous side :) We keep the red light district info to a polite level, but sometimes...More

Reviewed 3 June 2018
The Best Tour We Took!

An amazing evening with Kevin! He was terrific leading us through the back alleys of Osaka and finding unique stops to sample Japanese foods. Small group size helped (only 6 of us), which was perfect. We could hear and understand everything Kevin had to say...More

Thank profginsburg
kevboy, オーナー at Evening Food and Drink Tour in Osaka, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

Dear profginsburg, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a raving review! Back alleys and tasty food are our specialty, and I'm so happy to hear you enjoyed them as well. Your tour had 6 guests, which we agree is a...More

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