We got to visit restaurants we wouldn't have known about except for our guide. We had a great variety of food for both the adventurous and the not-so-adventurous eaters. The price includes plenty of food and drink so you probably won't need to spend extra. One of the surprises of the tour was that it also included fun cultural tidbits and local colour above and beyond food. We did this tour our first night in Osaka and it set the stage for a great time in the city.
Dylan was an excellent guide! He gave us great insights into the Osaka culture and lifestyle. All the restaurants we went to were ones that all the locals go to and everyone was very friendly, and of course, all of the food was absolutely amazing! Having been on multiple food tours in multiple Asian countries, I gotta say this one was the most fun. Overall, it was a great experience and I highly recommend!
Dylan was our tour guide and he definitely did his job well!
He brought us through the Tenma district of Osaka and we had a lot of good food. But most valuable, we learned more about the Japanese lifestyle and culture. Osaka people we met on our tour were super friendly! They're the kind of people you can easily have a friendly drink with!
I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone wanting to experience real Osaka hospitality.
We took the tour on Friday October 20th. The your is actually ran by Australians, not Japanese guides. They keep them to a max of 5 people per tour. The tour guides are Kevin or Tom. We got Tom, who was fun and very relaxed. During my 10 days stay in Japan, we took 2 big group tours and 3 private yours, all with Japanese guides, and trust me that we learned and had more fun with Tom than in any of the previous tours. He spoke perfect Japanese, and told us a lot about the city and the Japanese culture that we just did not learn in the previous tours. The food was really good, and diverse. While you will find some weird dishes, they are all delicious. You will be taken to real Osaka, and not Dotonbori, which is mainly for tourists. Since you still have to go to Dotonburi, you will be able to compare the quality of the food and you will see what I am talking about and you will be really happy you took this tour. Because they are locals, they will order only good stuff for you and stuff that you would have never been to order by yourself due to the language barriers. If you are a foodie, and want to have a real experience in Osaka, I strongly recommend this tour.
Our group played second fiddle to another tour group on this evening.
We booked this tour on the back of the trip advisor reviews for Kevin, who I think is the owner of the Business.
We received an email 4 days out from our booked tour, informing us that our start time was going to be delayed by 1 hour, and we would have a different guide, apparently on the basis that the tour would flow better with smaller groups.
I agree that this tour needed smaller groups based on the size of the venues, but to have our group follow the exact same route and venues was a poor decision that saw our group doing laps around the block waiting for the other group we ended up calling the other group the A Teamto finish up.
Chris, the emergency call up Guide did an OK job, really nice guy, but probably not the outgoing personality needed for this type of tour. We could tell how uncomfortable he was when time after time, we arrived at the same venue as the A Team, he then had to literally guide us around the block a couple of times until the A Team were ready to move on.
Great city, great tour idea poorly managed and executed.
This was our first time in Osaka and I just have to say if you want to get away from the main tourist areas and really try some of the best local cuisine, this tour is a must. Kevin has an extensive amount of knowledge of the local area and culture. We had a really fun experience visiting local standing bars and traditional eateries. Would definitely recommend this tour and would definitely do it again!