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.
What is included in the tour
- English speaking guide
- Walking tour
What is NOT included in the tour
- Transportation to/from attractions (plan on about 800 yen while on tour).
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Enjoy an action-packed half-day tour of Osaka by foot
- See both top attractions and neighborhoods less often visited on this comprehensive tour
- Tick off icons such as Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) with one of our fun guides that is a native speaker (or near-native) of your language.
- Spend a bit of time in the Dontonbori district at the end of our tour and see where Osaka plays.
- Morning departure (8:30) or afternoon departure (1:30), the choice is yours.
Be it our morning or afternoon tour, we've got a plan in place to optimally cover some important ground:
(8:30am or 1:30pm) From our starting point at Tanimachi 4-Chome Station (where the green and purple subway lines intersect), it is a short walk to Osaka Castle Park. After a harmless and breeze discussion about Osaka history (no oppressive fact recitals!), we start making our way to the top of the center of the compound in order to view both the Castle and city beyond. Along the way will be not only intriguing architecture, but also a healthy dose of parkland too.
(9:30am or 2:30pm) It's time to leave the castle and head to to Osaka's famous Koreatown, Tsuruhashi. This is a vibrant slice of old Japan, with Korean shops both foodie and otherwise, all contained withing a surprisingly atmospheric warren of narrow, pedestrian-only streets. Spirited shopkeepers, tempting foods, and unintentionally retro vibe, your visit is sure to be a memorable one.
(10:30am or 3:30pm) After hopping on the subway, it doesn't take us long to reach Tennoji, the home of Japan's tallest building (but not tallest tower), a completely modern shopping district that contrasts well with our visit to Koreatown, and of course lots and lots of locals doing their thing in this very non-touristy area. We also take the opportunity here to go up the tower to a point high enough to get a great view of Osaka spreading out below. From here, either a short subway ride of a 10-minute stroll through another lovely green oasis brings us to Shin-Sekai. Here, back in the 1920s and into the 1930s, was once a rip-roaring, Luna Park-style entertainment district, but it's popularity waned, and then the war came. It rose again after the war, sunk a bit more, but now it has risen from the ashes into a spectacle with new flash and still a hefty dollop of that old sass. Gawk all you like -- the natives don't bat an eyelash.
(Noon or 5:00pm) After a final, quick subway ride, we arrive at Shinsaibashi -- ground zero for most entertainment seeking visitors and locals alike, with hordes of people and stimulating sights every which way. We cover the main vantage points -- including the famous "running man" signage of Dotonbori -- but also hit the side streets, where the vibe is quieter but no less intriguing. Depending on time, we may stroll a bit more around Namba. Regardless, your guide will be happy to give you tips for transit, eating, or further exploration on your own.
Come join a tour that is neither a chore nor a bore, and is certainly not confined to the tourist trail. We cover history and culture, but also keep things fun and light. Lots to see, and tedium-free, so sign up today!
- Don't be alone -- solo travelers are welcome!
- It is cost efficient for you to buy a subway day pass before you catch the subway to our initial meeting place.
- We walk plenty, so please do wear comfortable shoes.
- This tour can be wheelchair accessible.