Retro Osaka Street Food Tour: Shinsekai

Travel back in time to this local entertainment district for a taste of vintage Osaka. Food and Culture dating back to the 1920's-1950's Japan

Retro Entertainment

Dining and local fun

Mon- Sat

Day and Evening available

Local Osaka

Shinsekai District

The Shinsekai district is unique — there is nothing really like it anywhere else in Japan. The neighborhood dates back to early 1900’s and grew in popularity through the post war “Showa” era until the 1960’s. An exploration in this colorful neighborhood really is very “Local-Osaka.” So much fun, day or evening!


You can choose either our DAYTIME or EVENING exploration of this lively area.

Shinsekai, Osaka

Though people visit from across Japan and around the world, this area is still very much a locals spot- with many shops, restaurants and gaming parlors catering to the everyday laborers who live nearby. this retro-district is full  of inexpensive local dining and entertainment options. Take a stroll with our local expert and we will show you the hidden gems and explain the colorful past history of Shinsekai through the years. You will get to try 6 different local dishes at 5 different shops. Each item has a long history in the Osaka area.


Shinsekai evokes the SHOWA era in Japan which was full of optimism, growth and communal sense of building a better future together. There is a lot of romance and nostalgia about this period in modern Japanese history. This vintage neighborhood brings back all the charm of the 1910’s through the 1960’s a boom period for Osaka City.


Minimum of 2 guests, Solo travellers please email us.

Tour Highlights:

  • 3 hour tour of Osaka’s Shinsekai District
  • 5 food stops where guests can try different local food and drinks.
  • Taste the true flavors of Osaka dating back to the early 1900’s
  • Find out how the locals enjoy shopping and entertainment in this vintage neighborhood
  • Unique spot in Japan- You will not experience this retro feeling anywhere else!

We have family friendly pricing on all our Arigato food tours- If you are traveling with children and need a price adjustment- please email our team at 


  • Babies and Toddlers 0 – 2 years old – free
  • Children 3 -12 years old – 50% of adult price
  • Children 13 and above – full price

We have a strict policy about starting our tours on time. This is to protect the enjoyment of all our guests and restaurant partners. We are sorry to say that if you are not able to arrive at the meeting point by the departure time, the tour will start regardless and no refund will be provided. We are also unable to accommodate meeting up in any of the food stops once you’ve missed the start of the tour.

Tour Schedule:


DAYTIME Monday – Saturday
Meeting Time Frame 10:15 – 10:30 am
Start Time 10:30 am
End Time 1:30 pm


EVENING Monday – Saturday
Meeting Time Frame 4:45 – 5:00 pm
Start Time 5:00 pm
End Time 8:00 pm

Changes to tours and spots we visit may occur due to schedules of restaurants, public holidays, weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances. Applicable substitutions will be made in this case. 

Arigato Tours are a great way to meet other travelers and food fans from around the world. However if you would prefer a private tour please see the additional fees below and click the add on button on your cart when you check out. 

For a more customized experience, make your tour private for an additional $175 + TAX (min. 2 people) (5+ $250 + TAX)



Private Food Tour Add-on (1-4 people) (+$175.00)
Private Food Tour Add-on (5+ people) (+$250.00)

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¥18000 / Person

I loved the local vibe on this tour. So MUCH good food and stuff we would have never found on our own.

Archie S.

March 2018

Tour Details


For this tour, it is possible (with advanced notice at the time of booking) to make adjustments to support the following dietary restrictions:

Dietary restrictions

Please keep in mind, however, that we cannot make an allergy free or dietary restriction food guarantee since food is prepared in kitchens that do not belong to Arigato Japan. Also some stops may not have a viable substitution but we will make every effort to compensate at different stops throughout the tour.

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Meeting Location

We will meet at the base of Tsutenkaku Tower next to the large POCKY Snack Sign.


1 Chome-18-6 Ebisuhigashi, Naniwa-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 556-0002


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There are two train stations near by

Ebisucho Station

  • via Hankaidenki-Hankai Line
  • via Sakai Suji Line

Hankai Terminal

  • via Hankai Tramway Line


Our guide will be there holding an “Arigato Japan” sign.


We suggest wearing comfortable shoes as there will be walking involved.


On rainy days, we recommend bringing an umbrella. They can be easily purchased at any convenience store.


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