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Eat and drink like a local in Osaka
Experience what it feels like to be a local! This 3-hour experience focuses on standing izakayas in Kyobashi, a neighborhood filled with small, local favorite restaurants and izakaya. Eat and drink like a local in these hidden gems while interacting with friendly Osaka locals! With me as your local host, you will be encouraged to try old-school izakaya foods and interact with locals in a way that you otherwise wouldn't. Unlike the other 'regular' food tours, you will be the one to choose which dish you'd try and order them by yourself in Japanese! We will go to 2-3 standing izakayas, and they have no English signs or menus. By the end of the tour, you'll be able to order your own next round of food and drinks! Come with me to eat and drink like locals, with locals. **PLEASE READ BELOW BEFORE BOOKING** FOOD/DRINKS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE (For drinks and food, it’s usually in the range of 1000 to 2500 yen pp/place.) Please know that the experience will be taken place in STANDING izakayas and they are SMOKING-FRIENDLY. This experience is NOT for those who have many food restrictions or are very specific about the dishes they want.
Off The Beaten Path Local Craft Sake Bar Crawl
Top rated Japan night life here where even close enough from Kyoto ! "Let's get away from TOURIST TRAP like Doutonbori/Namba area and dive into deep local side ! Please read detailed guest review to get to know more about my tour! Experience of this bar crawl will walk around deep side of Osaka, If you’re looking for "off the beaten path" munchies experience beyond Namba or Dotonbori area in Osaka, HERE is for YOU who want to glimpse what a real local night life is. Let me take you to three SPECIAL standing bar which most of them are originally opened as "liquor store" turned out to be a "Tapas Bar". Great things that we will have quality food/drinks as very reasonable price! You will encounter a bunch of flavorful food/drinks surrounded by full of local. You will be fit in well to local life without language barrier. I'll order my favorite taste which something "adventurous" and Japanese mom's cooking, sure fire food like seasonal sashimi, variety of meat and veggies. If you find your favorite sake, you can buy a bottle in order to have your souvenir! Let's enjoy the night out together like a local. besides, I would like to talk about culture differences! I’m music, movies and nature lover. Other things to note Food and drinks are NOT included in the tour fee. Average cost is about 6000 Yen in TOTAL 3 restaurant. Vegetarian friendly! LGBTQ friendly!
Osaka Shinsekai/Dotombori Walking Tour
We meet in Shinsekai area, an old neighborhood of Osaka, walk around the area then head toward the Minami area, Osaka's southern city center, including world-famous "Dotonbori". Osaka is well known as the food capital of Japan, or kitchen of Japan, and you will see why once you get here. There are so many restaurants all over the city, and all kinds! I'll show you not only the variety of foods Osaka can offer but also the history of the area, Japanese culture, tradition and everyday life of local people. I'd recommend you to take my walking tour at your earliest convenience once you arrive Osaka, since I'll talk a lot about what you can do and eat here, as well as restaurant recommendations. This will be an excellent activity for you to familiarize yourself to this amazing city, and also Japan over all. I'll try my best to let you have a good time while you're in my beloved city, Osaka!! I'm looking forward to showing you the best of my Osaka!! PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A FOOD TOUR, meaning no food is included in my tour. But Osaka being as a food capital of Japan, I talk a lot about food in my tour, which might make you hungry :-) Therefore try not to come join my Experience with empty stomach).
Tea ceremony by qualified tea master
Information Many customers have made reservations for Apr 2024. Our classrooms are famous, and we have 6 classrooms in Osaka & Kyoto. Kyoto (Temple) Request if you wish. Apr 16 th am,22 th am Honmachi class. Prices tend to be high in the world, but the Japan price of our classroom has not changed from the past. Upon prior request & confirmation, it is also possible to experience the tea ceremony at other classrooms in Osaka or famous temples in Kyoto. (advance request) The tea ceremony masters in our classroom are tea masters with very difficult tea ceremony qualifications. In this experience . (1)A lecture by a highly qualified tea master. (2)Tea ceremony There is an additional charge for the kimono experience.(Advance request system.) If Kyobashi Classroom (near Osaka Castle) is unavailable, you may be asked to use another classroom. Both are tea rooms. The Kyobashi classroom cannot be used on the following dates. Mar am . Classrooms other than the Kyobashi classroom are available on the following dates. Apr 11 th pm is the Shitennoji classroom. Apr 16 th am,22 th am is the Honmachi classroom. Kyoto classroom (advance request) If there are no vacant classrooms, Hirakata classroom. Experience is experience. A tea room is a tea room. The organizer will not be held responsible for any trouble or injury that may occur during the experience.
Nara Cycling along River into DeerPark
It's beautiful and fresh cycling along the river, which no tourists visit. We also go through local Japanese neighborhood districts, which are beautiful, cozy, and quiet. Especially hidden gems in Nara, cycling along the Saho river, which only local people visit :) With fewer tourists, no cars, and no stress, you'll feel relaxed from a busy Osaka/Kyoto stay. In Nara Park, beside the crowded and busy Todaiji-big Buddha (600 yen entrance fee), a few people visit Nigatsudo Hall on the hill. This is because the view from the Nigatsu-do hall is breathtakingly beautiful. But you've got to ride your bicycle up there, so it's a little bit of exercise. While we cycle around Nara Park, we will see many deer. There are 1,200 deer in the park. And I'll take some lovely group photos of you while cycling. I'm an excellent selfie photographer! It's downhill from Nigatsudo Hall to the station, but it's easy to return! If it rains hard, we'll get our raincoats and walk around the park. (We ride buses between the station and the park.) There is a sake brewery in town, and we can try Sake tasting if you want. (500yen Extra charge) Other things to note Please make sure that you can ride bicycles very well. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for cycling. Please bring your cap or hat to prevent health problems caused by heat strokes.

What Osaka has to offer

Cook healthy ramen & gyoza at home vegan/halal available
Ramen and gyoza are some of the most popular foods in Japan, not only for natives, but for tourists as well. But sometimes these foods can be too heavy or not vegan- and halal-friendly. I think everyone should have a chance to enjoy Japanese cuisine, so I developed a healthy recipe compatible with vegan and halal diets. After meeting at Cora Coffee I, we'll move to my private kitchen. We'll start out our class with a lecture about Japanese cuisine and lifestyle. Then we'll start cooking two different kinds of ramen broth, along with ramen and gyoza made from all-natural ingredients and seasonings, using my original recipe, which is healthy and easy to recreate at home. Home cooking is not only centered on the happiness and health of the family, but is also nourishing and easy to prepare. Come experience the power of this tradition. Experience is the best souvenir. Other things to note All you need to bring is your appetite. Feel free to take as many photos and videos as you wish during the class. Let me know of any dietary restrictions in advance.
Osaka style Okonomiyaki Cooking Experience
Have you tried Okonomiyaki? Let's enjoy cooking Osaka soul food Okonomiyaki with Osaka locals! Let's cook Okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza / savory pancake) , Miso soup and Japanese sweets! I will teach you the most simple way to cook, so you can cook Okonomiyaki at home! I can accommodations for any request s( Vegan, Halal, Gluten free, etc). (For Vegans: Please note that ingredients may contain refined sugar.) I have been hosting this experience for more than 5 years even though my English is not good enough, but I really enjoy teaching it, because guests also enjoy cooking and cultural exchange!! I sometimes invite our Osaka friends, so guests can enjoy talking with Osaka locals! Let's cook together and enjoy conversation with us! Other things to note: Please let me know if you are vegetarian, have any food allergies, or any other dietary restrictions.
Experience authentic sushi making in Kyoto
Our restaurant has a beautiful little Japanese garden. You can feel Japanese history from that garden. <Making sushi> You can make sushi to use a fresh fish caught in the sea of Japan on that day. There are more than ten kinds fish! So you can enjoy much taste. I will show you how to clean fish and teach you how to make sushi. You can make while watching the little Japanese garden. I will also explain a table manner of Japan. For example how to use chop sticks to eat sushi and so on. After you make, you can eat them. Let’s eat together while talking fun with us. We’ll serve Japanese desserts for you! We’ll explain a good place of Kyoto as I was a sightseeing ambassador of Kyoto, I know the best places. Please ask me at anytime! This sushi experience corresponds to Halal Other things to note Our restaurant is hard to find a bit. So if you can’t find our restaurant,please call us.
Kyoto Insider Sake Experience
Uncover the little-known sake culture of Fushimi, Kyoto on a 3-hour insider brewery visit + fun and educational sake tasting and food pairing session with an expert. - Insider Sake Brewery Tour You’ll take a short walk to visit the largest sake brewery in Fushimi, where you’ll deepen your knowledge of sake and witness traditional brewing processes which have been passed down from generation to generation. At the end of your brewery tour you’ll have the chance to taste a few of the flavors produced there. - Sake Tasting with an Expert You’ll get to try flavors of sake you may never have experienced before – as we’ll introduce you to bottles which have never been exported. Your expert guide will explain the differences in taste – dry, sweet, rich, fruity – and how each of these are produced. - Food Pairing You’ll also be served various Otsumami – Japanese snacks which traditionally accompany alcohol – so you can see which types of food and flavor best accompany the different sake types. This is a fun and educational sake tasting. Join this experience at the beginning of your trip in Japan, then you'll be able to enjoy sake rest of your trip! ※Dec 28th to Jan 4th, please see "1.5H Kyoto Insider Sake Experience instead. Other things to note ・If your group has more people than what it shows on availability, contact us. ・Please see our website for info of brewery renovation.
Let's make deco-rolled sushi&eat!
We will make a deco rolled sushi. Deco rolled sushi is very artistic and popular because of cute characters and winding of beautiful paintings. It is a fun and delicious experience! I will teach the basic of unwinding such as amount of rice and vinegar, how to use the sushi-mat, how to handle seaweed, how to put rice and how to cut sushi. Even those who do not have confidence can make beautiful rollings. While eating the sushi we made, I would like to talk as much as possible about questions on deco rolling as well as other questions about Japan and sights of Osaka. Other things to note Please make your reservation 2 days in advance. Please come to the apartment by yourself. Please contact me if you do not understand

Most popular in Osaka

Kyoto Local Bar & Izakaya Crawl
Please find out this tour on IG #travel.japan_together Let's enjoy bar hopping tour at Kyoto city center!! We're exploring "Kawaramachi" and "Kiyamachi" areas, where local Kyoto people enjoy drinking. We will take you to real local bar and izakaya, difficult to find for foreigners. Also take you to some deep & hidden places you never know. This experience is not just for local foods and drinks, give you the opportunity to connect with local people. Cannot wait to show you guys around my city!! We will eat during the tour, so you don't need to eat before the tour. Let's enjoy food and drink like local! If you have special request related to place, food, date and so on, we can organize the tour up to your requests. <What's included> ○ 3 hours with a local guide ○ Admission fee is free ✖️ Alcoholic Beverages ✖️ Dinner ※We split the total amount, and 99 yen or less will be rounded up to make accounting smoother. ※If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance.
Japanese tea ceremony experience in ANKOAN, KYOTO
You can make a reservation to participate in the tea ceremony experience in our studio, enjoy the 60-minute service and immerse yourself in the unique Japanese culture tour. The Tea Ceremony experience in ANKOAN kicks out your fatigue in the journey. While tasting the welcome tea made by Yuka, you can talk about the tea ceremony and whatever. Then move to another layer of matcha tearoom, watching the process of making Matcha tea and tasting Matcha and delicious Wagashi. At this time, you’d better observe the teacher's action for making matcha carefully. Do you know why? Because you will experience to make mathca personally later on. But don't worry, the teacher will be around you to instruct and explain, so that you can fully experience the fun of making Japanese matcha. At the same time, we can share what we see and what we feel, such as "how do Japanese people live?", "how did Japanese culture come into being?” and so on. With the experience of matcha, we, from different cultures, can get closer to each other in the process of communication, which is the highlight of tea ceremony experience in ANKOAN. And then, please get down to tasting the matcha made by yourself, which contains Japan's profound culture, and end this pleasant experience. In addition: you can take pictures indoor freely. Other things to note =Business Hours= 10:00-18:00 =Off Day= December 31st to January 3rd ※We will be closed for attending lectures abroad or domestic activities. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Fushimi Inari Hidden Hiking Tour
Don’t get caught standing in a crowd of tourists trying to get a good photo. We provide a personal hiking experience. This is the ONLY tour at Fushimi Inari which goes off paved paths, onto actual forest trails. We know of hidden bamboo groves and beautiful evergreens around Fushimi Inari Shrine. Local trails lead us to the main shrine with thousands of red torii gates, and we know of secluded trails that lead to old and hidden alters. We will begin at Tofukuji Station and wander into a quiet neighborhood, visiting small shrines on the way to the mountain. Then take a trail to see a wonderful bamboo grove, and connect to the main path filled with the famous vermilion torii gates. We will reach the summit of the mountain, which is covered in the ​shrine alters and then venture back down the mountain on a forested trail, visiting smaller shrines on the way to another bamboo grove. This will lead us to the most famous area of Fushimi Inari, perfect for a memorable photo. We will finish at the main shrine at the base of the mountain, where you can enjoy some local street food before you continue your adventure in the wonderful city of Kyoto. Please understand that this is a hike, not a normal walk, so it will require some effort. We will not recommend joining if you have trouble walking or not in a good condition.
Complete Kyoto Tour in One Day, Visit All 12 Popular Sights!
Welcome to Kyoto, Japan! Let’s dive into and discover Kyoto's kaleidoscope of sights and sounds. Explore as many as 12 attractions in the city on this full day tour. We take you to the must-see sights and also show you the hidden gems of each location. Let’s stroll the city on foot and by metro like a local for the day. Transportation and the street in the area are very complicated, even for the Japanese. However, all our guides were born and raised in Japan, have lived for a long time close to the area, and are well-trained expert locals. So, we can take you to so many places, at the best time, within a limited timeframe. We recommend you join our tour on your first day in Kyoto. Because, you can learn not only about sights, but also about Japanese history, culture, society, ways of thinking, values and even about local etiquette, how to take public transportations, our everyday life. But above all, the best part of travelling is good food. This tour will take you to some of the best-known restaurants you should not miss when you are in the area, as well as hidden gems recommended by locals. 【Places to visit】 JR Saga-Arashiyama station at 8:50 Arashiyama, Randen Tram Line, Ryoan-ji Temple, Sushi-go-round (lunch, Ramen, Kara-Age, Beer), Kinkakuji Temple, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyomizu-zaka slope, Kiyomizu Temple, Sanneizaka, Yasaka Pagoda, Gion area, Gion shopping street
Osaka Local Bar & Izakaya Crawl
Please find out this tour on IG #travel.japan_together Bar hopping tour at Dotonbori & Uranamba area. "Uranamba" is the area many local Osaka people enjoy drinking. We will take you to real local bar and izakaya, difficult to find for foreigners. Also take you to some deep & hidden places you never know. This experience is not just for local foods and drinks, give you the opportunity to connect with local people. Cannot wait to show you guys around my city!! We will eat during the tour, so you don't need to eat before the tour. Let's enjoy food and drink like local! If you have special request related to place, food, date and so on, we can organize the tour up to your requests. <What's included> ○ 3 hours with a local guide ○ Admission fee is free ✖️ Alcoholic Beverages ✖️ Dinner ※We split the total amount, and 99 yen or less will be rounded up to make accounting smoother. ※If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance.

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Osaka Local Bar & Izakaya Crawl
Please find out this tour on IG #travel.japan_together Bar hopping tour at Dotonbori & Uranamba area. "Uranamba" is the area many local Osaka people enjoy drinking. We will take you to real local bar and izakaya, difficult to find for foreigners. Also take you to some deep & hidden places you never know. This experience is not just for local foods and drinks, give you the opportunity to connect with local people. Cannot wait to show you guys around my city!! We will eat during the tour, so you don't need to eat before the tour. Let's enjoy food and drink like local! If you have special request related to place, food, date and so on, we can organize the tour up to your requests. <What's included> ○ 3 hours with a local guide ○ Admission fee is free ✖️ Alcoholic Beverages ✖️ Dinner ※We split the total amount, and 99 yen or less will be rounded up to make accounting smoother. ※If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in advance.
Hidden Osaka - Yukaku Red Light Tour & Culinary Adventure
PLEASE READ↓↓ ※Send us a message before booking for Spanish/French/Private options Tired of touristy stuff? Experience the underground side of Osaka like a local! What's unique about this tour: - Journey through the Tobita Entertainment District and learn about why its the last of its kind in all of Japan. - Delve into the retro charm and bustling energy of Shinsekai, an old theme park turned local hangout spot. - Savor the authentic flavors of Osaka with our hand-picked selection of dishes paired with the perfect drink to compliment. (Izakaya hopping food tour in 2 stops) Please Note: Our food offerings are curated for the bold and adventurous. You'll be eating things you've never tried so dive in with an open heart, and let Osaka's culinary wonders amaze you! -Let us know for dietary restrictions We are a group of passionate Japanese, fluent in multiple languages, offering insights and stories that only a native local can provide. Join us for a truly immersive Japanese experience that will leave you with memories and stories unlike any other! (Read our reviews if in doubt!:)) Other Notes: ※Food & drinks bill will be split among the guests ※It is 50% a food tour so please don't eat before coming ※Average spending for Izakaya is ¥3~4000 ※We will not be responsible for allergies / accidental ingestion mismatching your dietary restrictions (tell us in advance)
Eat and drink like a local in Osaka
Experience what it feels like to be a local! This 3-hour experience focuses on standing izakayas in Kyobashi, a neighborhood filled with small, local favorite restaurants and izakaya. Eat and drink like a local in these hidden gems while interacting with friendly Osaka locals! With me as your local host, you will be encouraged to try old-school izakaya foods and interact with locals in a way that you otherwise wouldn't. Unlike the other 'regular' food tours, you will be the one to choose which dish you'd try and order them by yourself in Japanese! We will go to 2-3 standing izakayas, and they have no English signs or menus. By the end of the tour, you'll be able to order your own next round of food and drinks! Come with me to eat and drink like locals, with locals. **PLEASE READ BELOW BEFORE BOOKING** FOOD/DRINKS ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE FEE (For drinks and food, it’s usually in the range of 1000 to 2500 yen pp/place.) Please know that the experience will be taken place in STANDING izakayas and they are SMOKING-FRIENDLY. This experience is NOT for those who have many food restrictions or are very specific about the dishes they want.
Off The Beaten Path Local Craft Sake Bar Crawl
Top rated Japan night life here where even close enough from Kyoto ! "Let's get away from TOURIST TRAP like Doutonbori/Namba area and dive into deep local side ! Please read detailed guest review to get to know more about my tour! Experience of this bar crawl will walk around deep side of Osaka, If you’re looking for "off the beaten path" munchies experience beyond Namba or Dotonbori area in Osaka, HERE is for YOU who want to glimpse what a real local night life is. Let me take you to three SPECIAL standing bar which most of them are originally opened as "liquor store" turned out to be a "Tapas Bar". Great things that we will have quality food/drinks as very reasonable price! You will encounter a bunch of flavorful food/drinks surrounded by full of local. You will be fit in well to local life without language barrier. I'll order my favorite taste which something "adventurous" and Japanese mom's cooking, sure fire food like seasonal sashimi, variety of meat and veggies. If you find your favorite sake, you can buy a bottle in order to have your souvenir! Let's enjoy the night out together like a local. besides, I would like to talk about culture differences! I’m music, movies and nature lover. Other things to note Food and drinks are NOT included in the tour fee. Average cost is about 6000 Yen in TOTAL 3 restaurant. Vegetarian friendly! LGBTQ friendly!
Comparing Wagyu, Sashimi, and Sake atTeppanyaki restaurant
Enjoy the freshly caught sashimi platter and Japan's only "Wagyu" tasting course with a wide variety of carefully selected sake in Osaka's high-class restaurant district. Learn from a seasoned Japanese chef with easy-to-understand explanations on how to properly select fresh fish for sashimi, how to tell apart each cut of Wagyu beef and how to pair them with a variety of amazing sake. Fresh seasonal vegetables, fried rice and Japanese pickled vegetables are included. Located in Osaka’s premiere restaurant and night life district, enjoy a night on the town at Teppanyaki Toyota. While on my tour, I will carefully explain and walk you through each dish and give you a better understanding of each cut’s characteristics and my creative thought process when designing these dishes. How to select sake and pair them with a Wagyu beef and fishes is essential to the overall enjoyment. So that I will explain the points of "Sake"choice. It is generally said that sake goes well with meals, and I would like you to experience a more compatible marriage on this tour.
Osaka Shinsekai/Dotombori Walking Tour
We meet in Shinsekai area, an old neighborhood of Osaka, walk around the area then head toward the Minami area, Osaka's southern city center, including world-famous "Dotonbori". Osaka is well known as the food capital of Japan, or kitchen of Japan, and you will see why once you get here. There are so many restaurants all over the city, and all kinds! I'll show you not only the variety of foods Osaka can offer but also the history of the area, Japanese culture, tradition and everyday life of local people. I'd recommend you to take my walking tour at your earliest convenience once you arrive Osaka, since I'll talk a lot about what you can do and eat here, as well as restaurant recommendations. This will be an excellent activity for you to familiarize yourself to this amazing city, and also Japan over all. I'll try my best to let you have a good time while you're in my beloved city, Osaka!! I'm looking forward to showing you the best of my Osaka!! PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS NOT A FOOD TOUR, meaning no food is included in my tour. But Osaka being as a food capital of Japan, I talk a lot about food in my tour, which might make you hungry :-) Therefore try not to come join my Experience with empty stomach).
Tea ceremony by qualified tea master
Information Many customers have made reservations for Apr 2024. Our classrooms are famous, and we have 6 classrooms in Osaka & Kyoto. Kyoto (Temple) Request if you wish. Apr 16 th am,22 th am Honmachi class. Prices tend to be high in the world, but the Japan price of our classroom has not changed from the past. Upon prior request & confirmation, it is also possible to experience the tea ceremony at other classrooms in Osaka or famous temples in Kyoto. (advance request) The tea ceremony masters in our classroom are tea masters with very difficult tea ceremony qualifications. In this experience . (1)A lecture by a highly qualified tea master. (2)Tea ceremony There is an additional charge for the kimono experience.(Advance request system.) If Kyobashi Classroom (near Osaka Castle) is unavailable, you may be asked to use another classroom. Both are tea rooms. The Kyobashi classroom cannot be used on the following dates. Mar am . Classrooms other than the Kyobashi classroom are available on the following dates. Apr 11 th pm is the Shitennoji classroom. Apr 16 th am,22 th am is the Honmachi classroom. Kyoto classroom (advance request) If there are no vacant classrooms, Hirakata classroom. Experience is experience. A tea room is a tea room. The organizer will not be held responsible for any trouble or injury that may occur during the experience.
Osaka Food Tour ten delicious dishes at five hidden eateries
We’ll explore the entire range: 5 incredible, local establishments: 1 restaurant + 1 specialized standing bar + 1 backstreet stall + 1 izakaya (Japanese style pub) + 1 neighbourhood market (Note: We are on the upcoming season of Netflix's uber famous foodie show "Someone Feed Phil", chosen for our "authentic, delicous food & varied range of carefully chosen eateries". At the final table... guy with the beard haha, Andy might not be your guide when you come, but he represents us). Also we have been named a top 20 Food tour in the world 2022 on the worlds biggest review site. Dining on flavorsome, local Osakan food..not gourmet...and tasting Japanese drinks. We will explain ALL the ingredients of the food & drinks while tying in the deep history of the area we stroll. Example menu -Entree (Backstreet Stall): 3 x takoyaki balls, + local oden + yudofu -Taste Testing: (markets) 3 x gyoza (dumplings fill with pork and veges) + Saba. -Main course: (Standing food bar): large bowl of kitsune udon + tonpeyaki -Side Course (Izakaya pub): 1 x drink, Nikudoufu “beef and tofu stew” PLUS 2 x original yakitori skewered beef, -Desserts: (Restaurant): 1 x drink, Osakan chicken wings, Taiyaki desserts. Yes we cater for vegetarians (let us know in advance) Other things to note: Please be at Dobutsuenmae Station, exit 1, top of the stairs. Arrive at 5:20pm
Nara Cycling along River into DeerPark
It's beautiful and fresh cycling along the river, which no tourists visit. We also go through local Japanese neighborhood districts, which are beautiful, cozy, and quiet. Especially hidden gems in Nara, cycling along the Saho river, which only local people visit :) With fewer tourists, no cars, and no stress, you'll feel relaxed from a busy Osaka/Kyoto stay. In Nara Park, beside the crowded and busy Todaiji-big Buddha (600 yen entrance fee), a few people visit Nigatsudo Hall on the hill. This is because the view from the Nigatsu-do hall is breathtakingly beautiful. But you've got to ride your bicycle up there, so it's a little bit of exercise. While we cycle around Nara Park, we will see many deer. There are 1,200 deer in the park. And I'll take some lovely group photos of you while cycling. I'm an excellent selfie photographer! It's downhill from Nigatsudo Hall to the station, but it's easy to return! If it rains hard, we'll get our raincoats and walk around the park. (We ride buses between the station and the park.) There is a sake brewery in town, and we can try Sake tasting if you want. (500yen Extra charge) Other things to note Please make sure that you can ride bicycles very well. Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes for cycling. Please bring your cap or hat to prevent health problems caused by heat strokes.
Tea Ceremony, Calligraphy & Kimono
You will experience the Japanese art of tea ceremony (sado), Japanese calligraphy (shodo), wearing kimono in a real Japanese family home. This is a very relaxed activity for those interested in Japanese art, family life, meditation or simply if you want to avoid bad weather outside. You will also get to learn about family life in Japan. We are a bilingual family (English-Japanese), so you don't need to worry about having any language problems. Our house is quite large, so there is plenty of space for you to relax and enjoy the following activities: (1) Enjoy tea ceremony (sado) in a Japanese tatami room, where you sit on the floor. It is a form of meditation, immersing yourself in the act of preparing, serving & drinking matcha green tea (with a sweet) in an authentic environment. (2) Try out a kimono from a selection or colours and patterns. We will help you put on the kimono. You will feel how tight and how uncomfortable, yet beautiful it is to wear one. (3) Then try Japanese calligraphy (shodo), which is another form of art & mediation. You can write Chinese characters, Japanese hiragana, idioms, haiku and much more to exercise your fingers. Other things to note Ask for availability on other time/date or larger group? Our local station is 18 mins from Osaka Station by JR Train (260yen/free for JR Pass) and 23 mins (30 mins local train) from Kyoto Station (460yen/free for JR Pass). Our house is a short walk to the station.
The best of Osaka in one day
We will visit the best of Osaka in 1 day: mythical temples and shrines, and the most authentic neighborhoods in Osaka. We will start at the great Sumiyoshi Shrine which is kind of the place where Japan originated. We will take the old tram to Tennoji where we will visit Japan's first Buddhist temple, Shitennoji, and the famous Ishinji, the “one heart temple”. We will have lunch at Shinsekai, my favorite place in Osaka to eat and then go to the heart of popular culture, Nippon-bashi and Namba. We will cross Dotonbori until we reach Shinsaibashi and Amemura, alternative neighborhoods in Osaka. *Note* Visitors decide to end up in Umeda or Osaka Castle. In Umeda, we will pass through the modern buildings and the birthplace of one of the most famous stories of Osaka and Japan "Sonezaki's lovers". In Osaka Castle, I'll tell you about samurai gossips as we head into the expansive grounds of what was once the symbol of the samurai unification. In each place I will show you the local food, where to drink beer and good sake. During our tour, I will take photos with my camera to remember your trip and that you are actually the best in Osaka. All the tours are unique because they're based on a lot of what you're looking for in Osaka.
Deep Osaka Night Life, Eat & Drink
【ALL FOOD & DRINKS ARE INCLUDED】 Regarding the whole Tenjinbashi food capital area as one large cuisine dining, Enjoy exclusive Japanese food & drink with hopping style. This is the most luxurious and efficient way to enjoy Osaka's food culture. Begin with Takoyaki (Must eat food in Osaka, Octopus dumplings) as an appetizer, then taste Fresh Sushi at the Sushi bar counter with Sake as the second, and move to freak loved BBQ restaurant to taste juicy Wagyu-meat with local beer. We will end up with the rich taste of chewy Japanese noodle 'Ramen' as the last (probably some you never eaten before). In total, we will visit 4 places. Basically, at 1 place, 1 drink(except 1st & 4th) & 1- 2 food, then go next. This is Osaka style and especially suits this area. 'Eat and Die' is a famous saying about Osaka. Tenjinbashi, The Longest shopping street in Japan has a different face in the night. The narrow side street is more interesting. I'll show you around scenic Osaka nighttown. Without a local navigator, Someplace is difficult even for Japanese people to enter, though Osaka night is very kind for drinking people. So you'll feel very comfortable after like a local. I'll try to direct unforgettable Osaka nightlife​ & food 【Small Group Only】 The maximum number is 4-6 since we go to small restaurants. Vegetarian options and Non-alcohol options are available.
Handmade Udon Noodles
You can experience how to make Handmade Udon in the authentic Udon restaurant and enjoy the Udon you made after the class. You can also bring it back to your home if you want. Handmade udon made by ourselves is chewier and softer than udon sold in stores. Anybody who doesn’t have any skill for cooking can easily experience. Both kids and adults can enjoy the udon. We would like people from other countries to know one of the traditional Japanese food and share the joy of making it together. Our restaurant is in the Michelin guide. So after your class, our Udon chief will make Udon dish for you which tastes amazing! -Other things to note- •Please wear clothes you don't mind getting messy! •You need to be on time! (We will also operate regular customers for restaurant after your class.) •We shall not be responsible for any troubles. •We are not opened the class for one person (minimum from 2ppl). Please contact us before booking if you wish to join our class alone. We can advise another session that already booked. •There is possibility to you have another group in the same session. Please be aware and enjoy the company!
Retro Style Photo Session Nostalgic Photos
IG portfolio: morethanplesent.portrait This experience is set to public but when booked I make it private Do you like photos with a vintage or nostalgic touch to them? If so this is the photoshoot for you. (But I can also cater to those who want normal photographs taken) I use Fujifilm cameras coupled with old and new lenses. THE SHOOT- options Local streets and hidden alleys. We can meet near Osaka station and visit some local neighborhoods with a retro feel and depending on the flow finish at the historical and longest shopping arcade in Japan. Hitting the big city. We can meet around the Shinsaibashi area and take awesome photos showing the busy city streets of Osaka. Some spots include the American village that has a variety of shops and food. Custom adventure. If you have your own ideas or places you would like to have a photoshoot I can go to the place(s) of your choosing. I am flexible and can travel to various areas but if the area is a bit far there will be an extra fee for transportation costs. RECEIVING THE PHOTOS I upload the photos to an online cloud service and share the link with you. Please download them as soon as you can. (I delete the folders from time to time to clear up space.
Cook healthy ramen & gyoza at home vegan/halal available
Ramen and gyoza are some of the most popular foods in Japan, not only for natives, but for tourists as well. But sometimes these foods can be too heavy or not vegan- and halal-friendly. I think everyone should have a chance to enjoy Japanese cuisine, so I developed a healthy recipe compatible with vegan and halal diets. After meeting at Cora Coffee I, we'll move to my private kitchen. We'll start out our class with a lecture about Japanese cuisine and lifestyle. Then we'll start cooking two different kinds of ramen broth, along with ramen and gyoza made from all-natural ingredients and seasonings, using my original recipe, which is healthy and easy to recreate at home. Home cooking is not only centered on the happiness and health of the family, but is also nourishing and easy to prepare. Come experience the power of this tradition. Experience is the best souvenir. Other things to note All you need to bring is your appetite. Feel free to take as many photos and videos as you wish during the class. Let me know of any dietary restrictions in advance.
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