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icon2 hours 45 minutes to 3 hours  (Approx.)
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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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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
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After Tour Assistance: If you want to go to a bar,shopping or entertainment area I will take you.
Food stall:Taste testing at 2 different food stalls during the tour.
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2-chōme-5-16 Shikitsuhigashi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, 556-0012, Japan

Departure Time

5:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Backstreet Osaka Tours

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  • 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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours.
What is the policy on sanitization during Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours.
What is the maximum group size during Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours?
This activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours.


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Best way to experience true osaka
, Apr 2021
Such a well thought out tour that prodded into the inner workings of real life in Osaka. I felt like I really understood the quirks, charms and subcultures of this great city. Andy was an absolute laugh-a-minute and entertained thoughout. Highly Recommended for those over 18yrs.
Awesome Local’s Only Tour!
, Jul 2020
Extremely interesting tour of places in Osaka I definitely wouldn't have come across without going on this tour. I've visited Osaka many times in the last few years but this was a much deeper, real look. Andy took us on a journey that consisted of issues such as Yakuza, the red light district, gambling, retro Osaka and great food. Highly recommended to those a bit more curious than the average person.
, Mar 2020
his tour is a great way to explore the stories of Osaka that only a few know, let alone have seen for themselves. Even native Japanese only hear about these places and Backstreet Osaka Tours will give you the opportunity to explore them. Under the guidance of relaxed people with great in-depth knowledge of the Osaka area I dare you to fire up a question of which they cannot answer. Strongly recommend this tour to get a glimpse of literally the backstreets of Osaka. Cheers Andy and the team, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Hidden Osaka
, Feb 2020
We did the Backstreets tour with Lucca and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Lucca’s knowledge of his topic and generosity in sharing was impressive. We saw so many places in Osaka we wouldn’t have seen or heard about if we hadn’t done this walking tour. Would highly recommend but you need to be prepared for 3 hours walking. Thanks Lucca.
Another couple on tour that stayed behind and helped me
, Jan 2020
Bennett raced around very fast ! Not accomadating to my age wouldn’t recommend for seniors ! He didn’t drop us off at subway as stated in description . Group to big !!!should be 5 or less
Deep Backstreet Osaka Tour
, Jan 2020
We went on the evening Deep Backstreet Tour on Jan. 15. Andy and Luca were our guides. We arrived late after the group had left, but Luca kindly waited for us and quickly caught us up. We visited gambling parlors, "rough" neighborhoods, Shinsekai, red light districts, shopping arcades, and other areas. Andy and Luca were both extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and kept the tour lively and well-paced. They treated us to hot street food, very appreciated on a chilly night. We could not stay for the dinner option although the rest of the group did. We would definitely go with Andy and Luca again on the other Backstreet Osaka tours. Laura & Vinson
Unusual look at Osaka
, Jan 2020
Unusual look at Osaka without the typical tour feeling. A chance to sample some local food with a look at part of Osaka that woukd never been found in tour books
Excellent tour guides and an eye opening tour
Maria G
, Dec 2019
our tour guide was Sasha. Well presented tour that makes you curious for more. We crossed over to the "slums"/ no go to tourists" area and saw some real life dirt. So glad police was called. Real people. after the tour, we all had a drink or 5 with the guides. Genuine people and a great insight to living in Osaka
Interesting, relaxed tour
, Dec 2019
It was good to be able to see the other sides of Osaka. Our guide was cheery and the tour itself was informal. Recommended.
the seemy side of Osaka
, Nov 2019
really enjoyed this tour. Lots of walking but that's what you need to do to get to see these places. Guide gave a perspective from some one who is studying in Japan so gave us the gritty information along with insights into owning property in Osaka, what Pachinco is and its addictive nature, and showed us the unofficial red light district. If you want to know about the other side of the clean, seemingly crime free Osaka do this tour. Not a tour for children.

Product code: 130036P1

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