Deep Dive: Osaka Food Markets from Local to Luxurious!

Deep Dive: Osaka Food Markets from Local to Luxurious!
Food, Wine & Nightlife > Food Tours > Culinary & Gourmet Tour
$48
Duration: 4 hours
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Ohhhh Tokyo, with your big corporate headquarters and massive mobs of people doing very important things. And then Kyoto, with your high culture, fancy temples, gardens, and refinement. Yay. But this is OSAKA, and -- how to put it nicely? -- we don't care about your charmed lives. We care about eating.

Come see (1) an upscale department store marketplace, (2) the famous Kuromon Ichiba, where delicacies raw and cooked clamor for your tongue, (3) a Japanese infused Korea Town where few tourists venture to tread, and (4) a historic neighborhood resplendent with meats, fish, vegetables, plus other staples and stupefieables catering to locals. At your side will be a native English speaking, friendly, Osaka-infused soul, eager to explain every little aspect of this big world of food. Get ready to dig in on this adventure of sights, smells, and flavors!

Do you appreciate seeing food markets when traveling abroad? Then this tour is for you! Over the course of our four primary destinations, you'll see the fancy, frivilous, and fantastic, but you'll also see how everyday people shop for food in the traditional marketplaces, all while in the highly capable hands of a native English speaker who also happens to speak Japanese fluently.

The tour is offered as a morning or afternoon tour:
8:30am or 1:30pm: Meet at Tenma Station, where we start our tour of one of Osaka's oldest vibrant neighborhoods. A few minutes' walk takes us to the open market area. This is a strictly local affair, and everything you could possibly imagine coming out of a Japanese kitchen can be made form the ingredients on display here.

9:30am or 2:30pm: We get on a train for a short ride to the Korea Town of Osaka, where we'll not only see kimchi a hundred ways and dozens of other Korean yummables, but also a fish and meat market remarkably different from our first stop's. We'll also walk through an amazing labyrinth of an urban landscape, one that has seemingly defied time.
 
10:30am or 3:30pm: A mere five minute train takes into the popular Namba district. We make a beeline to Kuromon Ichiba, arguably the most popular marketplace among visitors from abroad. Prices are a little high here and there are some tourist trap pitfalls to avoid, but you can trust your navigator to steer you in the right direction!

11:30pm or 4:30pm: From Kuromon Ichiba, it's a pleasant stroll through Namba's backstreets to get to the cooking equipment district, where you can also pickup everything from ceramics to knives to wax food models. We won't spend too much time here (lest we get distracted from actual edibles) before going to a nearby department store's food hall. Superlatives shall flow as you gawk at delicious prepared foods, high end groceries, and the large selection of very gift-able delectables that this beacon of bourgeois bounties boasts.

12:30pm or 5:30pm: We say goodbye.

Platitudes aside, this adventure has been carefully designed to show you the many faces of food in Osaka. All along the way, you'll also be regaled with stories of Osaka history and culture, peppered with the requisite civic boosterism and lighthearted Tokyo disdain. You'll finish the day better informed, happy, and maybe just a little bit fatter. Hungry yet?

Please note this tour does not include transportation costs, which comes out to 360 yen for adults (180 yen on JR, 180 yen on the subway).

Ohhhh Tokyo, with your big corporate headquarters and massive mobs of people doing very important things. And then Kyoto, with your high culture, fancy temples, gardens, and refinement. Yay. But this is OSAKA, and -- how to put it nicely? -- we don't care about your charmed lives. We care about eating.

Come see (1) an upscale department store marketplace, (2) the famous Kuromon Ichiba, where delicacies raw and cooked clamor for your tongue, (3) a Japanese infused Korea Town where few tourists venture to tread, and (4) a historic neighborhood resplendent with meats, fish, vegetables, plus other staples and stupefieables catering to locals. At your side will be a native English speaking, friendly, Osaka-infused soul, eager to explain every little aspect of this big world of food. Get ready to dig in on this adventure of sights, smells, and flavors!