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Osaka: Main Sights and Hidden Spots Guided Walking Tour

1. Osaka: Main Sights and Hidden Spots Guided Walking Tour

Osaka is known for great food, quirky characters and an urban history much longer than Tokyo's. Get under the skin of this unique city on this guided walking tour with a professional English-speaking guide.  Start off with a visit to Osaka Castle Park. You won't go inside the castle, but will get to admire the grand and imposing exterior, and will stroll around the surrounding park.  Here you'll learn about the history of Osaka and how it was almost robbed from the Japanese 400 years ago.  A quick train ride takes you to Tsuruhashi, to explore the maze of Korea Town. Explore the narrow streets and alleys of this pre-war commercial district.  Another quick journey by public transport will take you to modern Harukas building. Enjoy the view from one of the high floors, then head underground to explore the food hall of the department store underneath. See high quality products for sale like killer puffer fish and Kobe beef, amongst others.  Not far from Harukas is the traditional district of Shin-sekai. See the slightly crumbling local highlights, perfectly frozen in time.  Next, head to Namba, considered to be the center of Osaka's present-day shopping, dining, and entertainment culture. Visit Dotonbori, Osaka’s version of Times Square in New York, and explore the quirky back streets with their own individuality and surprises in store. You’ll visit Kuromon Ichiba, a fresh fish market that's played a pivotal role for more than 150 years.  Finally, explore Doguyasuji, a kitchen and cooking district. Look around at the wax food models, Japanese "noren" (curtains that hang at kitchen entrances) and giant pottery pieces. 

Kansai Airport (KIX): Private One-Way Transfer to/from Osaka

2. Kansai Airport (KIX): Private One-Way Transfer to/from Osaka

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer with a 24-hour service between Kansai Airport and your accommodation in Osaka City Center area. Avoid long taxi lines, busy public transport, Get help with your heavy bags and skip confusion with a professional meet and greet service. Choose between a nighttime or daytime transfer options to or from the Kansai Airport. Find your driver with ease, as they will be holding a sign with your name on it. Save yourself from having to carry heavy bags all by yourself with the included luggage assistance.  Climb aboard a vehicle that is regularly maintained to high-quality standards. Travel directly with this private service. our driver will track your flight, so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Transfer worry-free knowing that you get 60-minutes of free waiting time for arrivals, 30-minutes of free waiting time for departures, 120-minutes of free waiting for flight delays. Let your driver take care of local traffic for you while you admire the city. 

Osaka: See the Sights by Go-kart

3. Osaka: See the Sights by Go-kart

Osaka is becoming a renowned tourist spot the world over - and one of the best experiences you can have in the city is street go-karting. An expert guide will show you how to drive the go-kart around Osaka city and take you to some of the best spots, helping you get more familiar with the area. After setting off from our office at Namba, we will take you to some of the following areas: - Osaka Castle (only for 2 hours option) - Dotonbori - Tsutenkaku, Shin-sekai You can also wear one of our provided costumes to stand out from the crowd.

From Osaka/Kyoto: Private Kyoto & Nara Day Trip with Pickup

4. From Osaka/Kyoto: Private Kyoto & Nara Day Trip with Pickup

See the iconic landmarks in Nara and Kyoto in one day on a private trip with hotel pickup and drop-off from Osaka, Kyoto, or Kobe. Encounter deers at Nara Park, see a grand Buddha statue at Todaiji, visit the torri gates of Fushimi-Inari Shrine, stroll through the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, and more. Meet your driver at your hotel and head to Nara Park, home to thousands of freely roaming deers. Buy some crackers to feed the deer, or grab a snack from one of the many tea houses. Walk through Nara Park and reach the Todaiji Temple or the “Great Eastern Temple”. Discover a priceless trove of history and culture at Todaiji, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See one of Japan's most famous and historically significant Buddhist temple complexes. Visit the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) and see the majestic 15-meter-tall large bronze statue of Buddha. Next, walk through a sea of vermillion-red torri gates of the Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine in Kyoto. Next up is Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), a Zen temple in northern Kyoto. See 3 floors, each with its own different style of architecture. Admire the top 2 floors completely covered in gold leaf. Finally, visit the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest together with the Arashiyama Kimono Forest. Choose to ride the Sagano Romantic Train, known during spring for scenic views of cherry blossoms and in fall for the brilliant colors of maple leaves. Cross the Togetsukyo wood bridge across the Katsura River.

From Osaka: Kobe Private Day Tour

5. From Osaka: Kobe Private Day Tour

Explore everything in Kobe. Enjoy the utmost convenience as you discover the must-sees of the city aboard a comfortable vehicle. You can fully customize your own itinerary! Let the friendly driver pick you up from your hotel in Osaka and help you find the most efficient route to get you to all the sights. Choose from two vehicles available, a 7-seater or 10-seater vehicle, depending on your travel party needs. At the end of the day, the driver will bring you back to your hotel or any other destination of your choice in Kobe or Osaka—easy and hassle-free!

Osaka: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

6. Osaka: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

Join a local guide to experience the authentic side of Osaka. Get a personalized tour of the city’s fascinating history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led among its liveliest districts. Visit some off-the-beaten-path spots and hidden gems as you become immersed in the local lifestyle. Osaka’s whirlwind of chaotic shopping, lantern-lit mazes of izakaya bars, and frenetic canal-side entertainment districts is a lot to get to grips with. Your local insider will make sure you make the most of your time together. Discover locals-only Osaka, where fishermen is a delicacy and vendors consider bargaining a traditional art form. Hop on the train to the high-energy entertainment district of Namba, an area that’s buzzing with locals looking for a good time 24/7. Stroll down lively streets to Kuromon Market, a covered space packed with over 100 shops and vendors selling street food, shellfish, and souvenirs. (If you’re feeling peckish, point out the seafood that tickles your fancy, from scallops to sea urchin, and watch a vendor cooked right in front of you!). Next up, explore tranquil Hozenji Yokocho, a stone-paved lane packed with long-standing Japanese bars and restaurants that retains the spirit of the Osaka of yesteryear, and see Sennichimae Kitchenware Street – a street dedicated entirely to kitchen utensils and food supplies! Peer into the shops and restaurants lining the Soemon-cho entertainment district, an area with more than 400 years of history, and get lost in Den-Den Town, the perfect place to geek out over cameras, computers, pop culture, games, and anime. After that, get blinded by Dotonbori, a snapshot of typical Osaka, where colossal food signs and flashing lights illuminate your path (don’t miss the eye-catching Glico Running Man above Ebisubashi Bridge), then take a pleasant walk through to Shinsaibashi and the creative, youth-oriented America-mura – a treasure trove of retro stores, independent galleries, and cool cafés. Important: Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local tour operator's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements. The places you visit may differ from those listed and these will be chosen by your host based on your interests and preferences.

Osaka: Universal Studios Japan Entry Pass & Private Transfer

7. Osaka: Universal Studios Japan Entry Pass & Private Transfer

Discover the world-renowned Universal Studios Japan with a 1- or 2-day pass. Energize your spirit with non-stop thrills and excitement. Make your trip easy with transportation in a comfortable car before and/or after having a fun day with the whole family or your friends. Experience the world's first Mario-themed area and the 'Mario Kart: Koopa's Challenge™' attraction, both of which received prestigious Thea Awards. The world's first interactive Mario Kart theme park ride is sure to leave you with a rush of adrenaline. Explore the magic as you make your way through the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™. Delight the little ones in the Minions-themed area and uncover other magnificent worlds enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

Osaka (Itami) Airport to/from Osaka City Private Transfer

8. Osaka (Itami) Airport to/from Osaka City Private Transfer

Enjoy a safe and reliable private airport transfer with a 24-hour service between Osaka (Itami) Airport and your accommodation in Osaka city center.  Be greeted by your driver who will be waiting for you at the arrival hall with a sign displaying your name. Your driver will track your flight so you won't have to worry in case of a flight delay. Save yourself having to carry heavy bags and navigating the public transportation system and take comfort knowing that all vehicles are regularly maintained to high-quality standards.

Osaka: Hotspots & Hidden Gems Private or Group Tour

9. Osaka: Hotspots & Hidden Gems Private or Group Tour

You will get an insightful understanding of everyday Japanese customs, including topics that other local guides may not be comfortable letting visitors know about, so please ask me any questions (our guides are super open-minded and present Osaka for what it is: the good, the bad and everything in between) First you'll slip through the non-touristy hidden maze of bar/restaurant zones in central Osaka, and even get a short glimpse of a Yakuza clubhouse (it’s safe and we’ll just walk past it). After check out the traditional Kuromon Ichiba Market seafood market where top chefs continue to shop at everyday. We’ll contrast that by ducking into quiet cobblestoned back alleys to uncover a mystic temple and its centuries-old unique history, while passing boutique eateries and hidden shops. Be prepared for a sensory overload as we navigate wacky larger-than-life billboards highlighting modern Japanese culture. You’ll get to hear plenty of interesting stories about Osaka while we amble down the central downtown Dotonbori river....and get some fantastic photo opportunities. The America town further down the road provides a curious insight of what Japanese people think what America is hahaha. The retro town of Shinsekai is just as intriguing with its mix of crazy fishing restaurants to its ancient Japanese gaming palors...it provides a lot of nostalgia! You’ll be dazzled by the retrograde neon all over the city and the exciting nightlife that Osaka is so famous for. This tour is known for exposing the contrasting faces of Osaka! Note: You will go to all the above places mentioned on the 3hr tour Note: On the 4hr tour we will visit all of the above plus 3 extra places: a knife shop (a private demonstation given), go down a plethora of off the beaten paths full of authentic restaurant alleys, full coverage of the Dotonbori River area with more of a deeper insight to Osaka local life. Note: Osaka Castle will not be visited on this tour (as it take over an 2hr just to view this 12 acre land that Osaka Castle is built on. I hope our tour is more than memorable!:)

Osaka: Private Workshop on Traditional Japanese Ceramics

10. Osaka: Private Workshop on Traditional Japanese Ceramics

Work with clay from Shigaraki area and typical Japanese glazes to craft a unique ceramic piece with this workshop in Osaka. Enjoy private, step-by-step instructions from an instructor who has studied in Osaka and Barcelona. Take home your finished product and a small gift.  Meet your guide at Teradachō Station and head to a century-old, two-story house next to a street lined with shops selling local food. The visit to the workshop is an immersion into the Japan of the Showa era and a direct contact with the craftsmanship of the country.  Walk from the station out of the touristy area to the studio and the authentic side to Osaka that you won't find in the guidebooks. In the workshop, make a ceramic piece related to Japanese gastronomy with clay.  Choose to make a sake set (small bottle and glass), a sushi set (sushi plate and chopstick holder), or a chawan for tea. The clay comes from Shigaraki, one of Japan's traditional pottery production areas. The colors used to decorate the pieces are also typical of the country. During the workshop, learn about Japanese culture from your local instructor. The workshops are given in Spanish, Catalan or English. Unlike the other experiences related to ceramics, this is the only one that is held in English, Spanish or Catalan. Receive as a parting gift a small plate for sushi (decorated with traditional enamels) and a chopstick holder in the shape of a Sakura flower made by your instructor. If desired, the pieces made during the workshop can be sent to the participant's home (shipping costs are not included).

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What people are saying about Osaka

Dan my guide was amazing. So many areas of Osaka he took me to in only 4 hours, well planned out and explained, plus so many little tidbits about Japanese culture and spots I never would’ve learned on my own. Amazing day and we had lots of fun. Highly recommend!!!

Levi, our tour guide is excellent. He knows very well the history of Japan. Very friendly, accommodating and helpful. He is full of vibrant and very passionate with his work. This tour is worth every penny.

Great experience to. Explore every things new in city tour of Osaka had a dream city tour with my guide & cover almost each & every sport in day tour from 9 am till 5.30 pm evening .

Amazing afternoon seeing Osaka highlights on my very brief trip! Everything was perfectly arranged, and Dan is so knowledgeable. Highly recommended!

Rumiko was excellent and very well prepared for our day! She was so knowledgeable and sweet and we really enjoyed our day with her guidance!