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This is followed by a scenic cruise along Okawa River, which offers views of Nakanoshima Park and the red-brick Mint Museum. In spring, the riverbanks of Okawa are lined with cherry blossom trees, making the trip more spectacular.
Return to the Namba area for a better feel of the "Osakan vibe." The afternoon tour includes a walk through the busy streets of Dotonbori, which has long been referred to as Osaka's entertainment district and restaurant mecca. Although not as well-visited as the main shopping and dining arcade, the backstreets of Dotonbori still has a few hidden gems that can be a bit surprising.
One of these is the Kamigata Ukiyo-e Museum, the sole museum in the world that has permanent displays of the Kamigata-style ukiyo-e, or woodblock-printed books and paintings. The regions of Osaka and Kyoto used to be called Kamigata because of the prosperous industry in woodblock printing.
Another interesting spot is Hozen-ji Yokocho, an area with narrow alleys filled with more than 60 traditional restaurants and izakaya. At the end of one of these alleys is Hozen-ji Temple, wherein worshippers splash water on the statue of the deity instead of tossing coins as offerings.
Before the guests part ways with the guide, a small serving of one of Osaka's local dishes can be enjoyed, like yakisoba (stir-fried noodles), okonomiyaki (a pancake with cabbage, ginger, and meat) or takoyaki (fried batter with a slice of octopus meat in the centre).
Our services include:
-speaking guide for 8 hours (supplementary charges apply for other languages)
– All entrance fees and public transportation fees as mentioned in the itinerary
Our services do not include:
– International and domestic flights (quoted separately)
– Meals and/or drinks other than mentioned above
– Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, laundry, telephone, etc.)
– Travel insurance
– Other services not indicated in the package inclusions above
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