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The deepest area in Osaka "Nishinari" DIVE INTO 70`s

  • This tour will take you to Nishinari, one of the “deepest” spots of Osaka
  • Explore areas teeming with nostalgia and mystery, like the old shopping arcades
  • See obscure wall art tucked away in the shadows
  • Take home more than just memories in form of snapshots taken by your guide
  • Get a taste of locally beloved Kasujiru, and other real soul food of Osaka
  • Entrust yourself into our expert guide’s hands – your safety is our priority!
Days availableDaily
Starting time16:00〜 / 17:00〜 / 18:00〜
Operation hours may be subject to change due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Duration3.5 hours
Number of participants1〜6 people
InclusionsOne meal and one drink in each of the three stores visited, guide fees
Meeting pointOsaka Subway Ebisucho Station, exit 3
LanguageEnglish
Cancellation policyFull refund up to 7 days prior to tour start
Important informationAs the tour includes a meal please come hungry
Tour codeG-021

The Experience

Delve into Nishinari, the deepest part of Osaka and see Japan from times long gone

Very few areas like Nishinari exist, where the architecture of Showa and Taisho periods contrasts the bright and famous tourist spots of Tennoji or Shinsekai. Full of quirky stores and nostalgic shopping arcades, it offers you a unique and memorable trip through time.

Join us on our tour of arguably deepest, least touristy parts of Osaka and we will take you through Japan you’ve never seen before. In Nishinari the old history meets the unusual and we will take you through the infamous red light district of Tobita we will uncover obscure street art so unusual in Japan and come in direct contact with the locals and their culture in the cherished izakayas. It does not get deeper than this tour!
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▼The shopping arcade arch remains unchanged since the Taisho period
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▼Long lines form daily at this local offal grill.
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We will start at Shinsekai and head out for Nishinari after the Tsutenkaku Tower

Before venturing into Nishinari we will first start with Shinsekai. It is famous for the Tsutenkaku tower, ever-present Billiken shrines, Kushi-katsu fried skewers and much more. Despite its turbulent history it is immensely popular with foreign tourists, so enjoy a bit of “the normal” before we head out into Nishinari.
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Let’s have a taste of fried skewers at JanJan-Yokocho, where the stores fiercely compete for the title of the best!

Shinseki is renowned as both the birthplace and holy ground of one of the most delicious, budget-friendly and representative soul food of Osaka, Kushi katsu fried skewers. There’s no lack of competition especially at JanJan Yokocho, the shopping arcade where time stood still for the past few decades. Gorge not just on the unique, nostalgic atmosphere but also on the famous treats of Osaka like the skewers, doteyaki, and sushi.
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Travel back in time with just a single step into Nishinari

Next we will pass the shopping arcade by the Osaka City ZOO, the unofficial northern entrance into Nishinari. Just a few steps from Shinsekai the scenery and architecture changes drastically. This is where the truly deep experience really starts.

▼The “entrance” into Nishinari, the Doubutsuen-mae Shopping Arcade.
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▼Japan from times long gone await you on your first step in
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▼Beloved by locals, Tamade Supermarket originates from Nishinari and is a vital life-blood for not just the destitute
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Perfect snapshots taken by your guide in all the right spots

Nishinari offers a unique chance to take pictures that won’t leave anyone cold. During the tour your guide will happily take all the snapshots you like in all the special places.

▼One of the few surviving public theaters Os Gekijo makes for the perfect photo background
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▼A credo typical for the men in Nishinari, author unknown
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A world of mystery lies beyond the scribbled walls and intimidating gates

Tobita Shinchi is without a doubt the deepest spot in Nishinari. Venture inside this area hidden from the sight of tourists and learn about the sad, dark history as well the harsh present-day reality and societal problems plaguing Japan.
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▼Locally dubbed as the “Wailing Wall” this wall tells a story of tragedy
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▼Whilst designated as important cultural heritage, Tai Yoshi Hyakuban operates even today
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Countless colorful pieces of wall art are hidden in the shadows

As we leave the red light district behind us we head out to the Airin-Chiku area. In the past as well as today the area is known as refuge for day workers, the destitute and those down on their luck. Flashy wall art breaks up the doom and gloom.

▼Even on the store shutters
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▼Countless pieces painted along the Nankai Takano Railway Line adorn the walls...
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▼…making for the best photo opportunity!
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Warm your body and soul with the locally beloved Kasujiru

Lastly, we will stop by at a local Izakaya to get a taste of homemade sake-lees soup “Kasujiru”. The soup is made from the lees, left over from the rice wine making process and enjoys extremely high popularity in Kansai region. It warms up both body and soul and is the prefect meal at the end of our day!

▼Sake lees soup, just like moms in Kansai used to make
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▼Lastly we will give you a photo album as a gift!
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▼Photo albums with the iconic scenes painted by Hokusai used as motif
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Nishinari complete tour

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・Duration: 3.5 hours
・Inclusions: Meals and drink at three selected stores (one drink and two meals in each store), guide

Nishinari complete tour package with snapshots and photo album

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・Duration: 3.5 hours
・Inclusions: Meals and drink at three selected stores (one drink and two meals in each store), guide
・During the tour the guide will take pictures with an instant camera and gift you the pictures with an album at the end of the tour

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Important Notes

※Please be punctual
※As prevention against the spread of Covid-19 you will be asked to measure your temperature and fill out an easy questionnaire at the meeting point
※Only the meals and drinks as outlined above are included. Please pay yourself for any additional orders beyond those explicitly listed. Please note that not all restaurants and bars accept credit cards so be sure to have cash prepared in advance.
※Guides will cover their meals and drinks themselves
※In accordance with Japanese Law, all persons below 20 years of age are prohibited from consuming alcohol
※Please bring a valid ID(e.g. passport)
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