Great local foods and a night-time foodie walking tour exploring Osaka’s culture. Not a pub crawl, not non-stop eating, but a harmonious balance of walk-eat-drink. All in groups of no more than six guests, and never a "take it or leave it" food selection.

From ¥13,000/person
Includes Dinner (at least 15 items!) and 3 Drinks 3 Hours (approx.) Up to 6 People (or 8 for private groups)

Osaka Food Tour

Explore Osaka’s Culinary Landscape with Pinpoint Traveler

Looking for a unique Osaka night tour experience that goes beyond the usual? Pinpoint Traveler offers just that – a distinct Osaka foodie tour that blends cultural insights with mouth-watering local delicacies. While we quench your hunger, we also aim to enrich your understanding of the vibrant city of Osaka – a place we deeply cherish and call home.

Our explorative journey largely covers the Tenma and Kyobashi neighborhoods, shedding light on their hidden tales and nuances. Our bilingual, expert guides are with you every step of the way to share entertaining stories and answer any questions. And while stories are an integral part of our Osaka food tour, the star of the show is undoubtedly the food.

Enjoy an Authentic Osaka Dining Experience

Our Osaka foodie tour is designed for those who want to step off the beaten path and taste Osaka’s true flavors. With an intimate group setting of no more than 6 guests, you get the golden opportunity to blend in and experience the city like a true local. The establishments we choose specifically cater to smaller groups, ensuring you receive the warm, familial hospitality that Osaka is known for.

Across the three meticulously selected restaurants on our itinerary, you’ll get to savor around fifteen distinct dishes. 

Surprisingly, many of our guests haven’t even encountered half of these delicacies before joining us. But fear not, our Osaka night tour isn’t about pushing you out of your comfort zone with unfamiliar or intimidating dishes. Instead, we aim to strike a balance by offering unconventional choices and beloved classics (while takoyaki is a must-try in Osaka, we encourage you to relish it independently). 

Rest assured, we have a diverse palette of culinary experiences waiting to be discovered with you!

Staying in the city for a few days? Check out all of our Osaka tours and explore more. Osaka and Kyoto are not far from each other, so check out our Kyoto tours to explore the differences between these close neighbors


Pinpoint Traveler has an average score of 4.7⭐ across over 500 reviews on multiple review sites. Below is a sampling of some of our most recent reviews for the Osaka Night Foodie Tour 


Not a Cookie Cutter Tour
Not a Cookie Cutter Tour
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We had a great time with Ferdinand who I felt really showed us what really living in Osaka looks like. It’s really off the beaten path that you would normally take as a tourist and it’s definitely not like a cookie cutter type of tour. It really went against my expectations in the best way possible. I tried food I’d never try, went to places I’d never go, and saw things I probably would’ve missed on my own. Great tour, would highly recommend.
The tour was really interesting with...
The tour was really interesting with...
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The tour was really interesting with an English speaking guide who has lived in Osaka for many years. We got to try a variety of local delicacies in local restaurants that we wouldn't normally have tried which added to the experience. This was more than just a food and drink tour with our guide explaining about other parts of modern Japanese culture helping to build a bigger picture. Be prepared to stand while dining like the Japanese do.
Highly Recommend
Highly Recommend
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Tried lots of things we never would have otherwise, and the group was small enough that we enjoyed getting to know each of the other participants personally. Levy was 11/10 and went above and beyond ensuring we had a great time! There were multiple options for drinks at each stop and alternative dishes for those with dietary restrictions.
Enjoying the inner City's food and ambience as the locals do
Enjoying the inner City's food and ambience as the locals do
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We went to areas we would never have seen whilst walking on our own. We saw eateries, bars and other interesting places frequented by the local citizens and not necessarily by tourists. We enjoyed delicacies We would never find back home. Our guide, Levy was informative, humorous and kept us entertained throughout.
Amazing Food Tour
Amazing Food Tour
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Amazing experience! Lito is really something, a very good and funny guide. I really enjoyed the way he liven up the tour. I would have spent more time exploring the city and food with him.The group was really nice and he made us discover many japanese special dishes. The quality of the food was excellent and I felt immerse in Japan typic restaurants, not tourist trap. I would totally recommand it for anyone. Like he said… a Lito bit of Japan! Haha 🙂
Amazing Food and Tour!
Amazing Food and Tour!
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I had a great time as a solo traveller on this tour. The guide was so knowledgeable and took us to some amazing food places. Highly recommend.
Great Tour
Great Tour
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Kevin was a fabulous guide, full of fun stories of Osaka and the people- amazing and surprising selection of dining experiences- an opportunity to see local Osaka and engage in the city at a different level in a small group.
A Tour with Lots of Personality!
A Tour with Lots of Personality!
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Our guide was charismatic and showed us all a great time around Osaka! We got no only a tour of restaurants frequented by locals, but also insight into the culture of the city.
Osaka Style Food and Culture Done with Pizzaz
Osaka Style Food and Culture Done with Pizzaz
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Daniel was a great guide for our small tour group of six. He led us through Tenma and Kyobashi, providing lots of colorful information on the districts' customs, people, and food. Daniel was quick on his feet and able to adapt easily to the bustling crowds. Despite different preferences among the group, we all enjoyed plenty of fantastic food and drink options. It was a delightful experience, and one I'd happily repeat. Highly recommended for first-time visitors to Japan.
Must Take Tour
Must Take Tour
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If you love food, beer, and want to be a part of the Osaka nightlife then 100% take this tour! You must request Levy, he is an amazing guide. We had such a good time and we didn’t want it to end. This is a must take tour!

Check out one of our more adventurous eaters

We had the pleasure of hosting the fabulous Shizuka Anderson on a private adventure through some of our favorite haunts and pleasures across Tenma and Kyobashi, the two neighborhoods our experience visits. Check out how much she enjoyed herself!

Why do an Osaka night foodie tour with us? 

Experience the Authenticity of Osaka with Fluent Guides

Delving deep into Osaka’s vibrant streets requires not just knowledge but also linguistic fluency. At Pinpoint Traveler, every member of our team is not only native or proficient in Japanese but also boasts native or near-native English skills. 

Our genuine love for Osaka shines through in our tours – after all, our company proudly calls this city home. As you embark on our Osaka foodie tour, you’ll recognize this is an authentic experience when locals warmly interact with our guides and your group. And should any interpretation be needed, we’re right there to facilitate seamless cultural exchanges.

Savor the City’s Culinary Delights on Our All-Inclusive Osaka Night Tour

Our Osaka night tour promises a delightful mix of humor, rich cultural tales, and delectable food across three distinct restaurants. Spanning approximately three hours, we guarantee you’ll conclude your journey with a satisfied palate and a heart full of joy. 

While some tours claim to be all-inclusive, only to later hint at additional expenses, we remain transparent. The only time you might find yourself spending extra on our tours is if you wish to indulge beyond the three drinks included.

Join us and feel like an Osaka local for the evening, immersing yourself in an experience that stands apart from the rest.

Got any queries about our Osaka food tours? We’re always here to help, so feel free to reach out!

Historic Landmarks

Both the Tenma and Kyobashi neighborhoods are rich with history, blending the old and new.

Professional Guide

Real English, real skills, and great personalities. Our guides have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with interesting, fun, and memorable tours.

Fully-Narrated Tour

Our tours never leave you to wander about on your own. Your guide stays with you the whole time to answer questions, offer insights, and share plenty of laughs.

Easy Access

This tour starts just outside a rail station (and very nearby a subway station), making meeting up an anxiety-free experience.

Does this look like fun? Book tickets today! Discounts applied from 2+ guests.

Osaka Food Tour at Night — a Cultural Extravaganza

Take a peek at the experience that awaits you.

Osaka Foodie Tour Overview

We start our night foodie tour at McDonalds. Yeah, we know that sounds dreary, but fear not! We quickly depart from this easily-recognizable landmark and launch directly into our 45-minute cultural introduction to the Tenma district.The area was built so long ago that many of the streets weren’t even designed for bicycle traffic, which makes sense since they hadn’t yet been invented. Our path then takes us on to one of the most significant covered arcades (shopping streets) in Osaka: Tenjinbashi-suji. This is the longest such street in the country, in fact! Oodles of history, complete with a tie-in to Kyoto, and still a bustling, colorful sight today. You should know that there’s a lot of color to be experienced over the course of the evening, in all senses.We’ve got a few stops lined up before we get to our first restaurant. Some are food-related and some less so. We hate to ruin all the fun by dissecting the adventure here, but trust us when we say it’s a good time for all. And the leisurely walk gently works up the appetite, too.All the curiosities together represent modern city life in Japan and, as is the case with the rest of the evening, we see few other foreign visitors in the places we tread.

The Food Part of Our Osaka Foodie Tour

Over the course of the night, we spend around 1.5 hours walking around and exploring and about 1.5 hours eating. It’s a nice balance, if we do say so ourselves! 

Depending on the evening, all or some of the restaurants may be “tachinomi.” These are loosely translated to “standing bar” restaurants, but they’re lively social places that have super tasty homemade food, in addition to a bountiful drink selection. These are not bars in the drinking sense, but rather more akin to a place for tapas. And these delicious tapas are made to order in a full kitchen. Traditionally, these have been neighborhood stops where people go after work for their happy hour.

Like most other customers, we only spend around 30 minutes in each tachinomi, as we want to keep the scenery and flavors fresh over the course of the evening. 

About the Food on Our Osaka Night Tour

We absolutely never serve endangered species — we are very serious about this. We also don’t do raw chicken and there is no cat or dog meat either (Japanese don’t eat cats or dogs anyway).

If you are a vegetarian, vegan, or have another dietary restriction (or even simply an arbitrary dislike), ideally you could just let us know in advance and we’ll make thoughtful arrangements.

What about a Namba, Shinsaibashi, or Dotonbori tour?

When it comes to nightlife in Osaka, first and foremost on most visitors’ agenda is Dotonbori. If you know what you’re doing, there is some cool stuff to see there. But honestly, Dotonbori is not particularly local anymore. At least, not the parts that are generally accessible to foreigners (a curmudgeonly lot, that area’s owners can be!). 

Think of Dotonbori as a mini NY Times Square sort of spectacle. There’s even a Taco Bell. 

This is why we choose to show you Tenma and Kyobashi on our Osaka night tour, where there’s no pandering to tourist money. We were one of the original tour providers in the Tenma area. A few of us lived or still live in Tenma or nearby, and we knew the shop owners and local scene well before we even started showing people around.

Today, we are excited to continue offering an Osaka foodie experience with no cut-corners and no lesser food stops. We would love to have you join us!

Does this look like fun? Book tickets today!

Osaka Foodie Tour Itinerary

Explore this centuries-old neighborhood filled with shops and restaurants. Places and people both old and young, and an assortment of just generally interesting sights abound. We spend about 45 minutes walking around and talking about some of the more noteworthy ones.

With our 45-minute cultural endeavor behind us, it’s time for a drink and some food. Depending on the night, the restaurants we go to vary, but you can be sure there will be a variety of dishes to choose from. We’ll also explain the sights and sounds of the typical “tachinomi”, or standing bar-restaurant. We spend about 30 minutes here.

Part two of our Tenma walkabout takes us deeper into the restaurants and food markets area, where the streets are particularly narrow and atmospheric. This offers a great chance to see the locals out having a great time, since many of the restaurants are open to the street. This walk is about 15 minutes.

Probably still in Tenma, we’ll make sure the second food stop has different tastes and a different vibe than the first. We’ll spend about 30 minutes here.

After a brief train ride (your fare is included), we arrive at Kyobashi. We think a good Osaka night tour involves more than just one neighborhood! Kyobashi was once the primary gateway when coming from Kyoto, and it still is today, albeit to a less hectic degree. An entertainment district with a different breed of restaurants, our short walk around this area will show you things not found in Tenma, let alone somewhere like Dotonbori. Within about 30 minutes from when we departed restaurant #2 in Tenma, we’ll be heading to our final foodie stop.

We hope you’ve still got space, because we’ve got a third restaurant in store for you. Again, different food, different vibe. We’ll spend about 30 minutes here.

Quick Tips for Our Osaka Night Tour

There are a few things we’d like you to take note of before joining us.
  • The legal drinking age in Japan is 20
  • All participants must be 13+ to participate in this experience
  • While not overtly risque, the tour includes commentary and content that may not be suitable for pre-teens
  • Please come wearing comfortable shoes, and dress for some time both indoors and outdoors
  • Unfortunately, we cannot wait for late-comers, so do plan on arriving a bit early
  • A dinner’s worth of food across three different restaurants
  • Up to three alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks (one at each stop)
  • Train fare between our two neighborhoods
  • Drinks beyond the three provided (you can purchase more directly from the restaurant if you wish)
  • Although the tour provides plenty of food to make a full meal of, for those wishing to dabble in some Kobe Beef (or nearby sourced), we offer a 100g (3.5 oz) add-on option at checkout. Why not taste what all the fuss is about, without the expenses and commitment of a full-fledged wagyu dinner?
Solo Travelers:
In order to keep our pricing as low as possible, we aim to never charge more for solo travelers. However, if the minimum of 2 guests is not met for this tour we will offer you as a solo traveler one of the following 3 options.
  • To attend the tour on an alternate date.
  • Pay a 3000 yen solo supplement
  • Receive a full refund

Historic and Cultural Landmarks

Both the Tenma and Kyobashi neighborhoods are rich with history, creating a tapestry of old and new. Japan’s longest shopping street is here, as is the embarkation point for Kyoto and on to Tokyo along Japan’s most famous road, the Tokaido.

Easy Access

Our tour starts in front of the McDonalds that is right at Tenma (sometimes spelled “Temma”) Station. It’s also just a few minutes’ walk from the nearby Ogimachi subway station. The tour wraps up at Kyobashi Station, from where it’s easy to ride the JR Loop Line, the subway, or even Keihan Railway if you are heading to Kyoto. 

Did you know that Kyoto and Osaka are just 45 minutes apart? A night tour in Osaka is very easily done, even if you’re staying in Kyoto!

Would you like to have a guide come early and escort you to the tour start point? This is available for central Osaka addresses for 5,000 yen plus your train fare (which will be less than 300 yen/person). For pickup points beyond central Osaka, pricing may be higher. Please email us if you are interested in this service.

Our Tour Guides

We've got around a dozen guides at your service. Here we showcase a few of our most active ones.


We think it's important that everyone who works for Pinpoint Traveler is an active guide too, even the owner. Kevin's been in Japan thirteen years, but spent the first ten in the corporate world. Now he shares his love for Japan outside the confines of the office.
Shoji Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide


Born in Japan, but moved to Canada when he was still quite young, Shoji is back and ready to share is passion for Japan with you. His main dominion is Osaka and on down to Koya-san and Wakayama, but he's such a popular guy that we often send him even further afield by request.
Mardi Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide


Mardi's our Kyoto guide-in-chief, and her love for the city is infectious. She's got an uncanny ability for giving people just the right amount of information while still ensuring the tour stays light and fun. Be it temples and shrines, gardens, or nightlife, Mardi's your gal.
Dan Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide


Dan is a Spaniard, so of course his Spanish is native level, but his English is fantastic as well. He's got a warm personality and consistently makes our guests feel like they've made a new friend within minutes of meeting him. He also knows Osaka and Kyoto like no one's business!
Levy Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide


With nearly twenty years in Osaka, Levy's got this place WIRED. He's a major samurai and history aficionado, and in addition to knowing all the top sights like a true pro, he knows Osaka's nightlife better than (dare we say it!) the vast majority of Japanese who call Osaka home. Levy's originally from Israel, and runs tours in Hebrew too.
Suzie Pinpoint Traveler Osaka Guide


Suzie is Japan born and raised, and we can't recommend her enough for tours in Tokyo and Yokohama. Our prior guests frequently say nicer things about Suzie than any of our own mothers have said about us! The consummate pro, she's not just got all the info, but also an uncanny knack for knowing what to show our guests.

Not profiled here are guides who speak Spanish (Kyoto, in addition to Dan in Osaka), French (Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo), and German (Kyoto and Tokyo).

Pickup Point

Our McDonalds meeting point (don't be alarmed!) is conveniently accessible by both subways and the JR Loop Line.


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