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1. Osaka: Eat Like a Local Street Food Tour
There’s a reason why Osaka is known as the food capital of Japan, but as well as districts that are packed full of tiny local eateries and world class restaurants, the city has an exciting and diverse street food scene. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. To really get a taste of local life, you can’t miss exploring Osaka’s street food culture, and what better way than with a local by your side to take you to the best vendors and food carts where the locals really eat. From delicacies you’ve never heard of such as okonomiyaki, to staples like yakisoba, you will discover all the best dishes and local specialties in Dotonbori. With your local by your side, you'll be able to really experience local life and immerse yourself in the vibrant street food c...
The tour was one of a kind! We enjoyed all the food we were able to try and local areas we would not have ventured on our own. Highly recommend!
2. From Osaka: One-Way Thunderbird Train Ticket to Kanazawa
Ride one of Japan's famous bullet trains with a one-way Thunderbird Express ticket between Osaka and Kanazawa. Book your ticket in advance for a smooth experience at the station. After redeeming your ticket at Osaka Train Station, sit back and relax with scenic views of the Fukui Prefecture and Ishikawa Prefecture countryside.Expect lush forests, natural lakes, and even hot springs for views. After 2 hours and 40 minutes, you'll arrive in Kanazawa and be able to explore the famous castle town. The city has many historical attractions, such as restored residences and the Nagamachi Samurai district, as well as Kenrokuen, one of the Japan's three best landscape gardens. For an authentic experience, even head to the local fish market to sample best quality sea food.
3. Japan Pocket WiFi Router 4G LTE Unlimited Usage
Access 4G LTE WiFi across Japan with this pocket router that connects to the Softbank Network. Have the router delivered to your hotel or pick it up at the airport. Pick-up services also available in our Narita, Haneda, Kansai, Naha, Shin-Chitose, Fukuoka, Naha, and Shinjuku Airport counters. The devices can be returned at most major airports in Japan, or via delivery from any hotel, Family Mart, or Lawson convenience stores.
WiFi Router was waiting for us on our arrival at hotel (Pick up point), and were able to leave it at hotel on our departure (delivery point). Prompt and impressive communication from Vision Inc. who arranged this in Tokyo. Such a smooth transaction and the WiFi Router itself a nice size to carry around. It lost signal quite a few times BUT we were most of the time on the underground in Tokyo and it was just for a moment with it re-connecting straight away to the underground directions we were using. We only had a problem in the Asakusa area of Tokyo for some strange reason on both occasions. It was very good on navigating the whole of Tokyo to and including the whole of Kyoto, etc. To sum up: A whole lot better than we imagined it would be - reliable and when charged up easily lasted all day.
4. From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip
Visit some of Kyoto's most famous cultural sites on this day-long bus tour from Osaka. Hop aboard a comfortable coach and drive to Japan's ancient capital to see the brilliant torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu-dera temple, and the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji. Kyoto is filled with ancient historic sites dating back to the 6th century. Get dropped off first at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. Spend time wandering the brilliant paths before heading to your next destination. Arrive at Kiyomizu-dera, one of the most iconic temples in Japan. Take ample time to wander through the temple. Walk across the impressive wooden stage, which juts out from the hillside and was constructed without the use of a single nail. Next, stop at Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion due to the fact that it's ...
The experience was good. Mariko our guide was very kind. This trip was a good way to spend one day in Kyoto without having to worry about logistics. I wish though that some areas we would have more time but it's understandable given the time we've received as it's about 40-50 minutes between each site. Overall, I'm glad we did this tour. It made everything so much easier.
5. From Osaka: Kyoto Sightseeing Day Trip and Scenic Train Ride
After pickup from one of 3 locations in Osaka, head towards Kyoto, once the former capital of Japan, on the island of Honshu. The first activity of the day is a scenic and romantic railway ride from Kameoka to Arashiyama. During the 23-minute journey, feel immersed in nature as you admire the beautiful blossom trees and breathtaking mountain views. Upon arrival at Arashiyama, enjoy a delicious buffet style lunch with soft drinks to prepare you for an afternoon of sightseeing. After lunch, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kiyomizudera Temple, one of the most celebrated temples in Japan, founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall. The tour continues onto Fushimi Inari, world-famous for the thousands of Torii gates that line the entrance to the Shinto Shrine. Spend some free time exploring the mountain trails and the shrine buildings themselves, and learn about the fascinatin...
6. Haneda Airport Pick-up: Japan Pocket Wi-fi Router 4G LTE
Access 4G LTE Wi-fi across Japan with this pocket router that connects to the Softbank Network. With Unlimited WiFi data, you'll be able to use Maps, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, watch Youtube videos and more on the go. Just visit the Haneda Airport counter on the 2nd/3rd floor of the arrival terminal and you will be able to start using the internet as soon as you have landed. Business Hours: 6:30 AM-11:45 PM 2nd floor NINJA WIFI Counter The devices can be returned at most major airports in Japan, or via delivery from any hotel, Family Mart, or Lawson convenience store.
It is highly recommended to have a Wifi during your travel in Japan. You can use your Google Maps for directions and you might need to use your Viber, Facebook messenger, etc. It was a big help to us, especially to locate area of interest and many things. Maraming maraming salamat sa NinjaWifi.
7. Takayama: One-Way Bus Transfer to/from Kyoto or Osaka
Enjoy a hassle-free transfer by comfortable bus between Takayama and Kyoto or Osaka. Enjoy the beautiful scenery during the journey, including some free time in the city of Kanazawa. There are 3 transfer options to choose from: Osaka to Takayama Route Depart from Osaka at 7:15 AM. Arrive at the city of Kanazawa where you can enjoy some free time. Take the opportunity to visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and see Leandro Erlich's "Swimming Pool" art installation. Afterward, the bus takes you to the Observation Deck where you can enjoy beautiful views of Shirakawago village. Arrive in Takayama city center at about 6:05 PM. Kyoto to Takayama Route Depart from Kyoto at 8:15 AM. Arrive at the city of Kanazawa where you can enjoy some free time. Take the opportunity to visit the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art and see Leandro Erlich...
8. Japan: SIM Card with Unlimited Data for 8, 16, or 31 Days
Being connected to the internet is of great importance in Japan, especially for foreigners. You can use it to navigate the sometimes confusing public transport system, to translate unknown words, and to simply stay connected with your friends and family. With these convenient SIM cards, you can immediately get an internet connection. This SIM card has high-speed internet access (4G LTE) and no data limitation. It is available for a duration of either 8, 16, or 31 days. It works on the Docomo network, Japan’s biggest network provider. The SIM card connection covers 99% of Japan. It can be adjusted to fit as a nano, micro, or normal SIM card.
9. Narita Airport pickup: Japan Pocket WiFi Router 4G LTE
Make your experience in Japan much more convenient with WiFi on the go. Access 4G LTE WiFi across Japan with this pocket router that connects to the Softbank Network. Get a plan that suits you, with flexibility from 3 to 30 days. Never get lost in Japan again with unlimited WiFi data, which enables you to use Map Apps, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, watch Youtube videos and even Netflix. Pick up the WiFi router at the Narita Airport Terminal 1 or 2 at the QL Liner counter and you will be able to start using the internet as soon as you have landed. The devices can be returned at most major airports in Japan, or via delivery from any hotel, Family Mart, or Lawson convenience stores.
10. Osaka: Local Food Beyond Dotonbori Small Group Tour
Taste the big city, bright lights energy in the famous Dotonbori and Namba districts, then immerse yourself in local food and culture as you explore the areas where the locals play, and visitors almost never do. With dinner and drinks included and a group size of no more than six, it's going to be more like a night out with friends than one of those assembly line-style tours. All guides speak excellent or native English, have lived in Osaka forever or at least many years, and absolutely love the city. Your evening starts in the heart of Dotonbori, right on Ebisu Bridge, best known as the perfect vantage point to see the "Running Man" gargantuan LCD sign, plus all the other giant signs and screens that wallpaper this area. Think Times Square in New York, with all the buzz but none of the cars. Pass all the big highlights, then duck into some narrow side streets steeped in history. Hundr...
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What people are saying about Osaka
The tour with Luca was great! The food was delicious and loved the stories about the lacal food and the neighbourhood. I can really recommend this tour to everybody of every age. Make sure you don't eat too much before the tour because you will get a lot of food during the tour!
Tour guide Luc was great, I would highly recommend. Really interesting and taken to places that would not be on any guide books. Would recommend food option, as food was amazing, and again for a non local this is a place you would not find on your own.
Definitely worth it and also absolutely necessary because some don't speak English or often look through maps themselves for where and how they're going
This was a fantastic night food tour with Andy, our tour guide. He took me to some super local places and described each delicious dish in great detail.
Andy was the Greatest. We had such a good time. So much fun. So much good food. So much good storys. We loved it. Ralph and Cord