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NOTE: "REAL OSAKA WALKING TOURS" IS FOR BOTH TOURISTS AND LOCAL JAPANESE PEOPLE.

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COST LESS THAN A QUARTER OF THE PRICE OF OTHER TOUR OPERATORS!!!!

Hello and Welcome to Kansai Hikes and Walks

My name is Andy Kenji Marsden. Nice to meet you:) I hope your ready for some amazing adventures with us!!

MESSAGE FOR FOREIGNERS

This is a great way to explore the hidden gems of Osaka while speaking with English speaking Japanese people.

I have a natural curious nature and have traversed Kansai for over 4 years to find you the best trails, hikes, treks and tours!!!

Most gatherings are heavily discounted, only 1200yen for 4 hrs and often include lunch or hired out lodges!!!

On our walks you can learn the background of historically important locations, get connected with the Japanese culture and make new Japanese friends:)

MESSAGE FOR JAPANESE PARTICIPANTS

I have found that walking calms the nerves and makes people more open.

Japanese people (im half Japanese myself) often find it uncomfortable to be sitting opposite someone and forced to start conversation in English in a classroom. When your sitting, your normally sitting face to face. But when your walking, your walking side to side...this is much more relaxing and less confrontational way to chat:)

Sitting in a room (classroom, bar, pub etc) is too intense. Its a "still" environment!! and four ugly walls to look at. Outside the scenery is always changing and is a great way to keep the conversation going.

When your walking, people naturally flow and can easily swap language partners in a very easy way and it loosens you up. (In a bar or classroom, its awkward to change seats, I feel rude to the person sitting next to me, if i move seats).

Not to mention......it keeps you fit, rejuvenated, gives you a new refreshing outlook, learn the background of historically important locations and makes you more spiritual and connected with nature and the earth as a whole.

THIS IS A TOUR GUIDE NOT GUIDED BY THE WATCH

If we find something new and interesting along the way and we can chat about it (an interesting sculpture, a small hidden temple, cute little park, meet an amazing foreign street performer. Its like a guided walk.........but not knowing what will be next!!!! Its not like other hikes where you have to be at a place at a certain time.....here we are more relaxed.......and thats the way it should be:)

Searching and being curious to find fun and new things in our city of Osaka is another very important element. I must admit I am a very curious person!!! I want to know something new EVERYDAY:) Say for example if we find a sculpture in a park.......we can talk about...

1. What is it made from?
2A. Why do the birds shit on it at 1pm everyday? Yes, thats a bad word.
2B. What is the designers message?
3. Which politician recieved bribes to have the sculpture put there? hahaha
4. How did they build it?
5. How long would it last, if they build it in... China? :) awwwww. thats rude isnt it?

Every Walk will be different.

Example locations we have been to so far:

1. Visit Maishima Incendiary Plant

2. Walk from Tennoji to Shitennoji temple

3.Minoh waterfall hike (lunch included)

4. Hozanji Mountain side trek (with amazing hired lodge views)

5. Tour guide of Banpaku Koen ( entry fees included)

These walks will be at a very relaxed easy pace and it will be only about 5~8 kms. Its will be good for you health too!!!! There is everything to love about the great outdoors of Kansai:)

If your looking for something new and different.....lets visit the REAL Osaka. The smaller streets, the unvisited places.... we can find paradise out there ....WE just have to search!!!!!!!!!!

Upcoming events (5+)

🎎Katsuoji Shrine DAY Hike ( incl. Daruma doll, Temple entry fees)🎎

このイベントには英語話さなくていいよ。何人か全く英語話せないよ!!:) 半分外国人と半分日本人参加するので、メッチャいい雰囲気あります。ハイキングに興味があれば、是非来てください:)よろしくお願い致します。 After almost 1.5yrs of being closed to the public, the katsuoji forest hike has finally been reopened to the public!! HERE ARE A FEW PICTURES OF THE PREVIOUS HIKE TO KATSUOJI: https://www.facebook.com/pg/oppleosaka/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1983241105261486 (PIC: Check out our last trip to this location...34 people!!!!!! Its a very popular hike) Im excited to show you this great mountain hike which goes into the deep gorgeous forest to see the stunning rarely trekked paths. yayyyyy ..... with a short stop off at Katsuoji Temple (the 400yen temple entry fee IS INCLUDED in the entry price) THIS IS A VIDEO OF THE PEACEFUL SURROUNDINGS: https://youtu.be/0EwrUWjg9EI Lets enjoy the day together..here you can forget the bustle of the city and other busy locations and breath the fresh fresh air. HIKING LEVEL: 2.5 out of 5. Anybody with basic fitness can do this 8~9km hike however, the path is NOT paved and we are in the forest for the last 5km so you need correct shoes. You need walking shoes for this hike, NO HEELS. This is a proper hike into the forest!! HISTORY OF KATSUOJI TEMPLE: I'm sure your thinking I've been to so so many temples already. Let me tell you this is one of the best TEMPLE grounds in Osaka....in my opinion!! I'm sure you'll agree with me:) This is the temple of "winners luck". This is the temple that won against the monarches. There is a history of Shoguns and military commanders coming to pray for victory. So you have a sense of the noble company and history of this place. Even today, students come to pray to pass their important exams. Also people who seek devine help for their businesses, health, protection of there homes and safety in travel often come. The power begotten by prayer at this temple was said to exceed even that of the Imperial Court. Emperor Seiwa [masked]) thus named it Katsuo-ji : Temple that Wins against Monarchs. It followed that rulers through the ages, including the Genji clan and the Ashikaga clan, came to pray for the luck to make them victorious. Eventually, people directed their faith toward this temple to allow them to “win” in life. With the “Winning Daruma (tumbling doll),”your prayers are said to come true. DARUMA DOLL: The Daruma doll (達磨), also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls are typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma). When you recieve your Daruma doll you will get good luck in what you pray for. These dolls are super cute too:) WHO CAN JOIN: Everyone, absolutely everyone. kids, parents, Japanese, foreigners, families, business people, students.....just anyone who loves nature PARTICIPATION FEE: 1600yen. It INCLUDES: - daruma doll figurine, -paid entry to Katsuoji grounds and surroundings!!! - Amazing guide through a forest that is RARELY trekked NOTE: You pay your own bus fee at the end of the tour as we finish at Katsuoji Temple. Costs 520yen for the bus. (You only need to ride the bus one time on this trip.) WHERE: Meet up at the gates of Minoh train station. (there are only one set of gates) WHY: Cause its a beautiful piece of paradise. CONTACT: Please give me a message with ANY questionssss, if you have any:) Andy, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/andy.opple "Walk, See some amazing sites, Mingle, & Make new friends"

🐘Kushikatsu Dinner & Night Zoo Adventure🍢

正直、英語話さなくていいです。いつも全く英語話せないお客様参加しますよ:)よろしくお願いします。 This one is for all you animal lovers..... NOTE: Kids very welcome to come:) PLEASE PLEASE LOOK AT OUR PHOTOS OF PREVIOUS TOURS: https://www.facebook.com/pg/oppleosaka/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2101994730052789 So the first stop on this tour is the NIGHT ZOO at Tennoji. This night zoo is only for a limited time during the year. Remember MOST animals at the zoo are nocturnal!!!!! You will witness the hidden life of all the creatures that make night their life. The Zoo entry is included in the fee After we participate in a reallly fun traditional Osaka game. If you win you get some great prizes:) Finally, we will dine at a kushikatsu (meat and vegetable skewer restaurant) with all you can eat for 60 minutes!!! It will be serving some amazing Japanese food with over 40 varieties. Vegetarians okay too. TOUR FEE: ONLY 3200yen discount if you buy a prepaid ticket Prepaid ticket link: http://ptix.at/8pbbOG (Price includes ALL of the following: zoo entry fees, participation in a traditional FUN Japanese game, and Japanese kushikatsu dinner all you can eat for 1 hour in a gorgeous location!!!) Ticket on the day当日券 is 3800yen. We believe this is a very reasonable price for this sort of event. I hope you can join us on this very unique, eye opening tour. MEET UP LOCATION: Dobutsuen Mae Station, Exit 1 DIRECTIONS(アクセス):Hop in to the Midosuji Subway Line (The Red Line). This is the main line in the whole of osaka. Get off at Dobutsuen Mae Station and head towards exit 1. Meet us up the stairs and outside near the convenience store. CONTACT: Andy, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/andy.opple

🏮 Deep Backstreet Osaka Tours 🏮

Daikokucho Station (Midosuji Line (2 mins from Namba)

*このツアーはずっと英語で歴史を説明します。 NOTE: If you are a Meetup member YOU GET A 3000 YEN DISCOUNT. YES, 3000yen discount!!!:). SO YOU PAY LESS THAN HALF PRICE!! YOU ONLY PAY 2600yen!! (Other people who visit our website directly pay 5600yen) http://www.backstreetosakatours.com NOTE: These tours are for SMALL groups. So only a maximum of 12 people will come. TOUR HIGHLIGHTS ・Delve into a network of old, twisting, narrow alleys full of character ・Visit the exciting retro zone with all it's charms & quirks ・Explore a unique, historical red light district ・Taste testing at two different local street stalls ・Historic facts of a region controlled by the yakuza ・Venture into the intriguing ghetto area with a controversial past PLEASE PLEASE LOOK AT OUR PHOTOS OF PREVIOUS TOURS: https://www.facebook.com/pg/oppleosaka/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1925004241085173 These are the incredible Backstreet Osaka Tours of the ghetto, retro zone, yakuza, redlight district, illegal gambling dens and the neighbourhood alleyways. During the tour you’ll do some taste testing at two different street stalls. We strive to show you the authentic Osaka on this night tour, where you get a real and deep understanding of the inner workings of this amazing city visiting some heritage architecture which is steeped in history & some run down, derelict areas too…not what Osaka Tourism wants you to see! Get an inside look with one of our bilingual tour guides: Andy (who is half Japanese & half Australian), Rutti (American), Tony (half Japanese & half American), Bennet (New Zealand) . All have an extensive knowledge of the Osaka region and can answer all your queries on this walking tour. What We’ll Explore! We will show you the hidden gems that you would never find without us. 1. Night Ghetto walk: run down warehouse areas, quaint back streets & arcades 2. Learn about the Osakan night culture: off the beaten path best eateries & bars 3.Visit the grimy underground gambling dens: Majong, Go & Shogi 4. Take a glimpse at the lost homeless regions: respectfully & never staring. 5. Red Light district tour: witness a region controlled by the infamous yakuza 6. See bizarre only in Japan establishments. Quirks & superstitions 7. Traverse the unmissable winding, narrow back alleys nearby Namba station 8. Set foot in Osaka’s most important, but unknown, shrine. Rituals explained 9. Discover and understand the runnings & loopholes of the pachinko palours 10. Visit and hear the background of love hotels & its impact on society NOTE: Please DON`T come if your just interested in the sexual element. This is a look at Japanese culture, NOT to stare at the girls. Actually the building they are in are much more interesting that the girls themselves!! THE TOUR FEE IS ONLY 2600yen through this Meetup page (Includes a Professional guided tour, guide through the ghetto, Retro and Red Light district and taste testing at 2 different local stalls). PAYMENT: PLEASE PAY IN ADVANCE ON THIS SITE: http://ptix.at/ZqzOBI CHOOSE THE DISCOUNTED TICKET THAT SAYS: "FRIEND OF TOUR GUIDE"....it is only 2600yen (a discount of 3000yen!!! and less than 50% of normal ticket price). NOTE: Many many female participants come on this tour as they know it's their only chance to ever visit these areas with us! NOTE: You must arrive by 5:35pm, the tour and other guests can not wait for you. MEET UP LOCATION: Daikokucho Station, Exit 2 DIRECTION:Hop in to the Midosuji Subway Line (The Red Line). This is the main line in the whole of osaka. Get off at Daikokucho and head towards exit 2. Meet us up the stairs and outside near the convenience store. CONTACT: Andy, Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/andy.opple

🌸 Cherry Blossom Walk (Expo park fee included) 🌸

Expo Commemorative Park / 万博記念公園

このイベントには英語話さなくていいよ。何人か全く英語話せないよ!!:) 半分外国人と半分日本人参加するので、メッチャいい雰囲気あります。ハイキングに興味があれば、是非来てください:)よろしくお願い致します。 We have to come here. Its ALWAYS rated one of the best spots to see Cherry blossoms:) WE CANT FORGET BANPAKU PARK DURING THE CHERRY BLOSSOM SEASON!!! Im sure youve been there BUT Im sure on my tour guide I will show you MANY places you have never seen. CHECK OUT THESE PHOTOS OF PREVIOUS EVENTS HERE: https://www.facebook.com/pg/oppleosaka/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1990146667904263 I will personally guide you and show you the best spots to see the Cherry blossoms. I have been here over 30 times as its only 10mins away from my home. This is the biggest park in Osaka. Its a massive 260 Hectares!!!! (Thats the size of about 260 football fields). We will have a maximum of 20 people. We`ll all meet up infront of "Banpaku Kinen Koen" Station ( at the convenience store which is just outside the gates, there are one set of gates) and leave as a group.. This will be an easy, relaxed, refreshing walk. We will have a break half way through. WHAT YOU WILL SEE: The Expo’70 Commemorative Park was built on the site of the Japan World Exposition 1970. The Expo’70 Commemorative Park is about 260 Hectares. In the huge park, there are a part of facilities of the Expo’70, such as the Japanese Garden and the Japan Folk Crafts Museum, Osaka. Parking lots at that time were converted into sporting facilities and recreation spots. The site of theme pavilions is forests and seasonal flower gardens now. The park is known as a cultural park embracing natural environment. The park has 4 areas: ❂ the Japanese Garden ❂ Natural and Cultural Gardens ❂ cultural institution area ❂ sports and recreation area WHAT YOU GET: ❂ Entry into the park (we have already bought the park entry tickets for you). ❂ Get a pat on the back after completing the walk:P ❂ Interact with genuinely kind, funny enjoyable people at a great sightseeing spot! OTHER ACTIVITIES: 1. Next to the park there is the new Expo City (it is labelled as "Japan`s largest complex") This is a link to the expo park: http://www.expocity-mf.com/en/ 2. Also, cause you have a free ticket for Banpaku Park you can stay there after the walk and enjoy all the locations!!!!! PARTICIPATION FEE: 1200yen per adult. 500yen for children (the park entry fee is included in the fee) WHERE: Meet at Banpaku Kinen Kouen Station. There is only one exit. Meet outside the gates near the convenience store:) link to the Banpaku Kinen Kouen Station map: http://tinyurl.com/h8ecd5m WHO: Anyone can attend, kids, adults, families, Japanese people, foreigners...:) WHY: Cause its what Japan is famous for!!! CHERRY BLOSSOMS CONTACT: Andy on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andyopple Eat, Drink, Mingle, Make new friends, and Cause a little mischief :P

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