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Welcome to Osaka: Private Tour with a Local Host

1. Welcome to Osaka: Private Tour with a Local Host

Experience Osaka like a resident on a private walking tour with a local host. Get tips on what to see and do, and learn the best ways to get around. Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Discover where to buy groceries or where the best local places to eat are located and much more. Alternatively, meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Venture beyond the usual tourist sites and discover places you would never read about in the guidebooks. Avail of an itinerary that can be tailored to your interests and specific needs. Ride on the public transportation system, at your own expense, if you prefer. Chat with your guide about life in the city and its many traditions. Feel more confident getting around and exploring on your own by the end of your experience.

Osaka: Hotspots and Hidden Gems Kickstart Tour (5hrs)

2. Osaka: Hotspots and Hidden Gems Kickstart Tour (5hrs)

You will also 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! First you'll slip through the non-touristy bar zones of Osaka, and even get a short glimpse of a Yakuza clubhouse (it’s safe and we’ll just walk past it). After check out a traditional 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 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 town 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 old still Japanese pinball machines. For the gamers out there, 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: it is recommended that you go to Osaka Castle by yourself as its a bit further away from all these other activities & locations. But, i'll leave that up to you:)

Osaka: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour by Private Vehicle

3. Osaka: Full-Day Sightseeing Tour by Private Vehicle

Discover how Osaka has centuries more history than Tokyo and a merchant culture that still strongly resonates today on this full-day guided tour by private vehicle.  First stop is a visit to the Osaka Castle, where you will explore the grounds and enjoy the view of the castle’s exterior. Then, visit what is said to be the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan, Shitennoji.  Next, head to Shin-sekai. A short stroll around the area will show you typical foods, games, and Osaka's famously bad fashion sense. After lunch, visit the Harukas building to admire views across the city as you soar up a glass elevator. At the basement of this tall building is a local marketplace with some of the finest foods on display, such as Kobe beef and high end sushi.  You will then explore Dotonbori, sometimes compared to New York's Times Square. Explore the side streets and hear interesting stories from your guide. Finally, visit the market of Kuromon Ichiba, where there's a deep history and unique vibe.

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What people are saying about Shitennoji

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 171 reviews

Our guide Sivana was very friendly and made our tour fantastic. He speaks English very well and knows the city well. My wife and I love the time we were with her. We highly recommend it!

Very pleasant visit and very nice and pleasant David, who is the one who guide us. Totally recommended and thank you very much David for making us have a good time

We really enjoyed the tour with Sivan Izawa. It was a good mix between culture, temple and current information. Gladly again.

EXCELLENT VISIT OF OSAKA. JUAN IS A LOVELY PERSON AND THE VISIT WAS GREAT WITH CURIOSITIES AND D

Excellent experience for those who have little time to get to know the city