Osaka is our company home turf, and we just LOVE to show people around this often underrated city! With an Osaka Tour Package like this, we've got you covered day and night, walking or driving, eating or not (Osaka people preferring the former). And if you don't see what you like, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll propose something tailored just for you.
Learn about real-life Osaka. Then get down to some eating. Experience two of Osaka's most dynamic and delicious foodie neighborhoods on this small group (a maximum of only six guests), guided nighttime tour. With a (hopefully) humorous native or honestly native-equivalent English speaker as your guide, you'll giddily explore the Tenma and Kyobashi neighborhoods, punctuated by a healthy and hearty dinner's worth of tasty and distinctive treats. Dishes vary by night, but local favorites such as dote nikomi (slow cooked beef), sashimi and also cooked fish, vegetable dishes in the local style, kushi katsu (fried food on sticks), and so, so much more. We can accommodate most any dietary restriction, so vegetarians and even vegans need not fret. While out and about over the course of our evening, you'll also learn about the history and culture of food and life in general here in Osaka, along the way getting great insider tips about this fascinating city. With a full dinner and three drinks included in your tour, you can forget about the needless anxiety and mystery surrounding the added-cost surprises that some other evening adventures may foist upon you. Over the course of the night, there will be about one and a half hours of walking around and exploring, and about one and a half hours of eating. It's a nice balance, if we do say so ourselves! Depending on the evening, all or some of the restaurants may be the local "standing bar" type restaurants – social, lively places that have amazing in-house made food in addition to a bountiful drink selection. Osaka is famous for its food, and you're going to see it all tonight! Except takoyaki and okonomiyaki, because you can eat those on your own or with some more pedestrian Osaka walkabout! :) Prepare for a tasty and entertaining romp through a very real, very local Osaka! Bye, bye Dotonbori! Oh, and by the way, if you're interested in trying some Kobe beef, check out our affordably priced Kobe beef option at checkout! Know Before You Book The legal drinking age in Japan is 20. While not overtly risque, the tour includes commentary and contents that may not be suitable for pre-teens.
Osaka Private Tour Looking for a full-day, private vehicle tour that covers top spots with a fun, knowledgeable, and truly fluent English speaker? You've found it. We show you Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, Shin-sekai, a view from high above, and more! Plus, get some local insight and interesting commentary at some of our other recommended stops. All of this at your pace, with your own personal driver/guide, and high quality vehicle service. Your guide is *guaranteed* to be a native English speaker or honest equivalent.
Come experience both the excitement of Osaka's top spots and the interesting allure of the more hidden gems scattered about the city. Osaka Castle and the Namba/Dotonbori areas are our must-sees, but you'll also visit and learn about interesting old neighborhoods. We'll also go high for some views, and low for some interesting marketplaces. A native or near-native English (or other selected language) guide will not only show you five parts of the great city visited over the course of this four hour walking tour, but also pepper the time with interesting commentary and relevant cultural discussion.
History and Culture, all by Private Vehicle. Uncover the most jaw-dropping sights of Osaka on a tour that takes you to its intricate temples, breathtaking gardens, and ancient burial mounds called kofun. With your expert guide behind the wheel, enjoy a private look at the centuries-old city, ending the day with views of Osaka Castle in the afternoon light. Your day begins with a convenient hotel pickup in a luxury vehicle. From here, you head to the 6th-century Shitennō-ji Temple, often thought to be the first Buddhist temple in Japan. Wander the ancient grounds to explore its immaculate pagoda, tranquil gardens, and elaborate shrines, as well as the treasure house that displays paintings and scriptures in various periodic and themed exhibits. Continue south to the Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, where you can see its famous arching bridge and note the difference in style from the Shitennō-ji Temple. Next, you make a stop at a rotating sushi restaurant for lunch before continuing to Sakai, a city that borders Osaka to the south. A drive up the hill takes you to the Sakai City Hall observation deck, offering exquisite 360-degree views of the city. Gaze down at the massive keyhole-shaped kofun tombs surrounded by moats, including the one belonging to Emperor Nintoku from the 4th or 5th century. You then head to nearby Daisen Park, home to a modern Japanese garden full of bonsai trees and trickling streams. Your tour concludes with a drive north back into the city, where you make a final stop at Osaka Castle. Explore the ground's 13 structures, from gates and turrets to storehouses and wells, while taking in views of the castle during what is said to be the prettiest time today. Passenger count of 4 or less receives sedan service. If four book, one person will have to sit in the middle in the back. Passenger count of 5 or 6 receives minivan service. For groups of four adults, minivan service provides more comfort over sedan service. Know Before You Book Groups up to 4 are services by a sedan, so one person would need to sit in the middle in back. Groups of 5 or 6 are serviced by a luxury minivan. For groups smaller than 5 that still want the place of a minivan, please select a group size of 5. An additional surcharge of approximately ¥500 per person for admission to temples and tombs is payable on the day of your activity. Daisen Park gardens are closed on Monday. If this is the case, your guide will offer you options for other locations to visit instead. Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Osaka hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation. Please be ready and waiting in your hotel lobby 5 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.
Gay Osaka Tour There's gay life in Japan beyond Tokyo, not matter what those capital-dwelling naysayers might say. Osaka is the center of Japan's second biggest metropolitan area, with 17 million people or so... so, do the math and you'll see we've got plenty to offer the LGBT traveler! This experience shows you two distinct areas of Osaka with their handily bifurcated audiences.
Your Private Kyoto Day Trip from Osaka Your first stop is at the foot of the mountains above Kyoto, Arashiyama, where history and natural beauty coexist in great abundance. We park right in the center of town, then set about seeing the surrounding temples, scenery, and shops, finally taking a walk along the river. The sights include the World Heritage-listed Tenryuji, said to be the most important temple in Arashiyama. Marvel at the temple grounds, expansive Japanese-style rooms, and exquisite gardens. Every season brings different highlights in the garden, as does every angle from which you view it. Then there's the famous bamboo forest, which leads us right up to Okochi Sanso, an estate property now open to the public. You'll also have the opportunity here to enjoy Japanese tea and snacks (included), as well as excellent garden walks and views. See a bit more of the hillside, then descend to the river by way of a spacious park. From there, a five minute walk along the wide river brings you to the main shopping street where you can browse for some souvenirs before we head to our sushi lunch. After lunch, we head to Fushimi Inari, set at the foot of Inari mountain, and admire the momentous installation of red gates. Take a walk on some of the trails that lead up to the top of the mountain. It takes two hours to get to the summit, so you'll only be able to go up part of the way, but temple structures and ambiance are remarkable from any angle. If you select the Extra Large 10-hour tour option, we'll visit some other places to your liking. We've got plenty of ideas! How about Kinkakuji ("Golden Pavilion"), Ryoanji (oldest Zen rock garden), downtown Kyoto (markets and more), or perhaps the Imperial Palace? Let's consult and make a perfect day for you. Know Before You Book If your hotel is outside central Osaka, you may be asked to pay a small transportation surcharge This tour begins in Osaka, and may end either back in Osaka or in Kyoto.
Osaka is famously known as the place you come to "eat until you drop," but there is much, much more to this second largest city in Japan (unless you count Yokohama, which we don't, since it really is all part of the Mega Tokyo Monolith). Historically known as a merchant town, Osaka has been the economic center of Japan for most of the country's history. While Nara and Kyoto may have held the capital moniker until the 17th century, throughout that time Osaka, with its port on the Pacific Ocean, was the center of trade and commerce. It wasn't until the 17th century that Tokyo became much more than a fishing village, and it was much more recently that it became as huge and powerful as it is today.
For most people, any visit to Osaka should include our beloved Osaka Castle, which a number of our tours do indeed visit. It's in a lovely park, and despite it being a post-war reconstruction, it makes for a nice historical backdrop and symbol of the city's strength. However, it is life beyond the castle that has probably always been most interesting, and that holds true today as well. We are eager to show you old neighborhoods, vantage points from high above, possibly the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan, entertainment districts for all tastes, and food markets from posh to the very real.
There it is: That food component of our grand city. The offerings are varied and regionally distinctive, and the atmosphere in which they are enjoyed is entertaining and memorable. Compared to most of Japan, Osaka people are especially warm, boisterous, and very friendly. Don't be surprised when strangers strike up a chat with you -- it's just part of the deal here in Osaka.
At the end of the day, what makes Osaka so special is the joy it seems so many more Japanese find in life here versus other parts of the country. Come with us on a single tour, or make an honest-to-goodness package of it with both a day and night tour. We promise to make it an experience you will never forget!