Best of Osaka Food Tour with Arigato Japan Food Tours
Osaka was the last stop on my journey through Japan and having such an amazing experience in Kyoto and Tokyo with Arigato Japan Food Tours, I had to do it again. Yes, I had another food tour in Osaka and it was incredible. Almost four hour night tour took our group on an unforgettable eating excursion through the busy streets of Osaka. We started our journey on the bright Doutonburi area where we met our guide, Gabi. She was wonderful and showed us some pretty unusual stuff. We learned about the Glico man and Fortunato Catalon who inspired a whole nation. Pretty interesting.
Dotounburi area is similar to the Shibuya area in Tokyo, with many lights, sounds, advertisement and a lot of restaurants. You will definitely find a place to eat here, but Arigato tours will show you hidden gems that many tourists don’t find.
Arigato Food Tours
Beginning January 20, 2016, Arigato Japan Food Tours started as a 1-woman show. Anne Kyle, the Founder of Arigato Japan Food Tours, performed the first 300 tours herself. Arigato Japan has been featured at the New York Times Travel Show, on the U.S. News & World Report, Travel Weekly, by British Airways, the popular TV show Travels with Darley, and most recently on CNN Travel as one of the top 7 most authentic experience companies in Japan.
Our Guide Gabi
Our guide for the day was Gabi. She has been living in Japan since 2017, as a Nikkei she always wanted to live here to learn more about her heritage. She was able to combine that wish with her academic life, so now Gabi can be found both on the streets of Osaka and on Osaka University campus where she is taking a PhD course. For her, Japan has been wonderful and living in Osaka is amazing, she recommends everyone should experience Japan and it’s culture especially through food, which she has learned to be a powerful way to get closer to locals.
On this tour, we tried a lot of food. First, we started our food journey in a restaurant where we tried Kushikatsu, (deep fried meat and veggie skewers). It was delicious. Then we continued through narrow streets to a local food shop to try Osaka’s favorite snack– Takoyaki! (a kind of grilled octopus fritter). Our journey didn’t end here. Gabi showed us some of the more unconventional restaurants and pubs and along the way she told us some interesting stories about the Osaka, its people and of course the food. Our last (almost last) stop was a dinner spot in a lovely Izakaya (local pub) where they serve Sukiyaki and other dishes. We had to try Sukiyaki which quickly became one of my favorite dishes. The dish is simply amazing and you prepare it all by yourself. It is like a delicious simmered beef hotpot. You have to try it.
Finally, we had to finish this trip with a desert. It was a tasty local street food restaurant where they serve Taiyaki, a pastry that looks like a fish. Tasty!
Approximately three to four-hour tour of Dotonburi a lively area in Osaka.
Enjoy Osaka’s specialty, Kushikatsu (fried skewers) and Michelin rated Takoyaki (octopus fritters).
Get a chance to try Sukiyaki with a glass of Sake.
Explore the back alleys, offbeat bars and hidden gems with your local guide.
Finish up with a yummy local dessert!
Osaka people do eat a lot, as Gabi told us. And it definitely is true. We tried so many delicious specialties on this tour. From Kushikatsu, Takoyaki to Sukiyaki and dessert called Taiyaki. Our group enjoyed the tour and all the interesting things we learned about Osaka and its people. Gabi was a lovely guide and we had a lot of fun on our Dotonburi night tour.
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