Overview

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.

8 Hours 25 Apr, 26 Apr, 27 Apr, and more 大阪市, 大阪府
Inclusions
What's in, what's out

What is included in the tour

  • Private guided tour of Osaka

  • Roundtrip transportation to and from your central Osaka hotel in a luxury vehicle

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Admission fees

  • Lunch

Highlights
What makes this tour special
  • Private tour to the most breathtaking sites around Osaka

  • Visit to the striking Shitennō-ji Buddhist temple & gardens

  • Panoramic views of the ancient kofun from Sakai City Hall

  • Time to wander around Osaka Castle in the afternoon light

  • Guide to share captivating stories from centuries of history

Pickup point
Directions
Osaka, 大阪府 日本 View on Map