1. Japan
  2. Osaka Prefecture
  3. Osaka
  4. Shinsekai

Osaka: Deep Backstreets Exploration

Product ID: 365285
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Explore the non-tourist areas of Osaka, where the veil of "perfect Japan" will be lifted. Get an unfiltered understanding of how the city really functions in the abandoned buildings area, retro zone, alleys, redlight district, gambling dens, and more.
About this activity
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Duration: 3 - 3.5 hours
Starting time 5:30 PM
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible

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  • Hear historic facts and anecdotes from this gritty region completely unknown to tourists
  • Venture into the intriguing abandoned buildings area with a controversial past
  • Visit the unique, traditional Taisho-Era, incredibly-preserved historical red light district
  • Eat delicious, local side dishes in back-alley stalls full of character
  • Discuss taboo topics and get to the truth of Osaka
Full description
Begin by getting a feel for retro Osaka. Be transported back in time to a Japan barely recognizable. Jump into retro video game parlors, old-fashioned markets, and more. See how the locals entertain and are entertained by night, from games unique to Japan, to crazy fishing restaurants, to a peek in a Osakan theater.

Your next stop will be within some of the most amazing back alleys you'll ever see. Interact with your surroundings, feeling the profound energy and history of the area. Sample a snack from two different stalls here.

A stone's throw and you're within an area filled with untouched, abandoned properties, which provides a truly surreal experience in the middle of the city. Afterwards, you'll have the option to walk through the red light district, or to skip it and go on a separate path. 

This Taisho-Era red light district is incredibly preserved from that period, and consists of UNESCO-listed buildings important to Osakan culture. Finally, you'll have the option to eat a full dinner at a tasty, tradition restaurant after the tour has ended. 

This tour is not necessarily recommended for all; if you are intrepid, well traveled, and seeking glimpse into an unfiltered, honest side of Osaka, it is a good choice for you. Note that this tour exposes the good, the bad, and everything in between. It includes taboo topics as well, which are very important in forming a complete picture of Japan and its people, such as Yakuza, sexism, war, illegal gambling, sex work, illicit businesses, pachinko, homelessness, welfare, and more. Note also that this tour will not go through the homeless district. Your guides are always respectful should people who are homeless also be traveling the same route as the tour.
  • Visits to two stalls for two side dishes/snacks
  • Dinner after the tour (if option selected)
  • Professional tour guide
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks
  • Hotel pickup
Not suitable for
  • Children under 16 years
  • Pregnant women

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at Daikokucho Station, exit 1, at the top of the stairs (in front of "Family Mart" convenience store) 15 minutes prior to the tour start time

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • High-heeled shoes
Know before you go
• Being on time is very important in Japan. There is no chance of catching up on this tour if you are late as the group will enter winding alleys and it will be impossible to find them. You are guaranteed an incredible, unique, one-of-a-kind experience — all you have to do is be on time.
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Product ID: 365285