4. Hungry Osaka Food Tour ShinSekai - Feast Like a Local
Known as the “Kitchen of Japan”, Osaka is a city that is tailor-made for a memorable evening out for foodies. Guided by Andy, your experienced & bilingual guide, you will be offered an authentic food experience in the hidden gem of Shinsekai. No large groups divided up and led by randomly selected guides, the evening will be personable and veritable, always led by Andy himself. As you delve into "real" Osaka, five carefully selected restaurants await your arrival for the evening. As you weave through like a local, you will see and walk around an area that is overlooked by many tourists who come here. With a vibrant blend of modernity & tradition, each establishment you stop at has been visited countless times by Andy himself. This tour will offer a variety of delicious foods which will include takoyaki, karaage, kushikatsu, udon and oden among others. You will also have the chance to sample local drinks too, making your night an unforgettable experience! Enjoy local cuisine at carefully selected restaurants and bars and mingle with locals as the neon lights fill the evening sky on this food tour. Stroll through the streets of Shinsekai, an area of Osaka that still holds its charm from more than a century ago. At your first stop, try kushikatsu, a dish that originated from this very area. Savor an assortment of lightly fried meat and vegetables on skewers. With a drink in your hand, munch on some chicken wings and edamame beans. Next, swing around to a local takoyaki place, one of the best in the city, to enjoy an array of flavors where you can choose which one is the best of the lot. Then, it’s on to karaage, fried chicken in potato starch with several flavours to try from. Enjoy this staple of the Japanese diet and let us know which one is your favourite! Continue your culinary adventure with a visit to a traditional yakitori restaurant. Sample a variety of meats and vegetables on bamboo skewers, cooked slowly over a charcoal grill. Have a few more marinated vegetable dishes with another drink to wash it all down. As you walk through the area, hear stories of Shinsekai’s past from Andy. Uncover the backstreets and hidden spots to make you feel like a local. On your way to your last destination, ask anything you'd like to hear about & learn about Japan and Osaka. Finally, arrive at your last stop, a standing bar to try two other traditional Japanese dishes – oden, a Japanese fast food of marinated vegetables and meats in a seaweed broth, and udon, wheat noodles in a seaweed broth. End the evening on a sweet note with a dessert.