Nostalgic Shinsekai Osaka Street Food Tour
Hosted by Arigato Japan
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Number of Guests
2 - 10 guests
Gluten-free, Halal, Kosher, Vegan, Vegetarian, Pescetarian, Shopping time, With 1 drink, With lunch
Inspired by Paris and New York's Coney Island, the retro Shinsekai district in Osaka is a colorful wonderland of street food.
5 food stops with several different local foods and drinks
Immerse yourself in a nostalgic neighborhood, representative of the boom period of the 1910s-1960s
Taste the flavors of Osaka street food, like kushikatsu
Learn about the history of this district, while exploring retro shops and stores
In the city of kuidaore (meaning, “eat oneself into ruin”), street food is taken seriously, especially in Shinsekai Osaka. The Shinsekai district is built around Tsutenkaku Tower, which is considered the Eiffel Tower of Japan, but rather than a Parisian feel the atmosphere is more akin to that of a fairground. The neighborhood is a super local attraction in Osaka with retro and nostalgic vibes, referencing the early 1900s to the 1960s. You can find some of Osaka’s famous street food specialties here, like kushikatsu (battered and fried skewers of meat, seafood, or vegetables) and takoyaki, at restaurants and shops that operate for 24 hours a day, though the area truly becomes the most vibrant after dark when the streets are aglow with color. The Shinsekai Osaka Street Food Tour will give you an inside peek into the local restaurants and shops here, and the flourishing culture of street food. Both daytime and evening tours are available, so this street food tour will fit any schedule. You can choose to see the vibrant side of Shinsekai in the evening, glowing with multicolored lanterns and signs, or take a more leisurely daytime stroll through the charming district during the daytime. Either way, you’ll get to try local dishes at 5 food stops while hearing about Shinsekai’s history and food culture from a local expert, and find out why Osaka is known as “The Nation’s Kitchen.”
Insights from a knowledgable local tour guide
5 food stops with several different local foods and drink
Lunch or dinner at a local restaurant
Meeting Point and Meeting Time
The meeting location is at the base of Tsutenkaku Tower, next to the large Pocky snack sign. The meeting time is 15 minutes before the start of the tour.
The tour starts strictly on time. If guests do not arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will begin regardless, and no refund shall be given.
There’s a strict rule that only a person 20 years of age may drink alcohol.
Literally translating to “New World,” the layout of this retro district of Osaka was developed in the early 1900s, taking inspiration from Paris (for the northern half of the district) and New York’s Coney Island (for the southern half). Many restaurants here are open 24 hours but truly come alive in the evening when the lights turn on. With the vibrant signage, and glowing shades of red, blue, and orange, Shinsekai truly has a nostalgic fairground atmosphere. But, in the background, you can see Tsutenkaku Tower, which was modeled after the Eiffel Tower.
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(13 - 90)
(3 - 12)
Please note that the time is in Japan Standard Time.