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Osaka Beginner`s Tour

by Kaori
(7) Reviews
8h $ 225 Price up to 8 people


  • River cruise
  • Osaka castle
  • Shinsekai
  • Dotonbori area
  • Namba local bars experience
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225.00 USD

Price up to 8 people
FREE cancelation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

1hour extension / group.
$ 18.00


-The most popular spot Osaka Castle and river cruise.
-Nostalgic town ‘Shinsekai’ soul food Kushikatu and Doteyaki lunch.
-Feel the vibrant city Osaka! Doton Bori area walking
-Try some Japanese sake at a local standing sake bar

This is my basic Osaka city tour for Osaka beginners!

What to Expect

From Osaka castle pier we get onto a boat and enjoy 60mins of Nakanoshima round river cruise.
You can see Osaka castle, ancient and modern buildings such as city central public hall building which historical architecture from Meiji period (1918)

Osaka castle park.
Osaka castle is symbol of Osaka.
Go up to the top of the castle, you can overlook the city of Osaka.
You feel like a owner of the castle!
Inside of castle is a museum you can visit and learn about history of Osaka castle.

-River cruise
-Osaka castle
Together fee is 2000yen

Shinsekai has a little old fashioned Showa period atomosphere.
At the center of Shinsekai stands Tsutenkaku tower.
Let’s enjoy Shinsekai’s soul food Kushikatsu and Doteyaki.

Dotonbori area where south part of Osaka city and the most lively and vibrant area in Osaka.
There are all classes hotels, shops, restaurants etc.
You can find any food according to your wishes but I recommend Okonomiyaki or Takoyaki which Osaka´s soul food.
There are some interesting streets around Minami area such as...

Do-guya suji···cooking facilities speciality store district
Kuromon ichiba···fish market street
Nipponbashi···Electoronics and Anime·Manga·Otaku and Maid cafe district
Matsuyamachi suji···Japanese dolls and toys speciality store district
America mura...popular area for young people. Cloths shop, accessory shop, Tatoo shop, music shop etc, every kind of young fashion fashion items you can check here!
Let’s explore places of interest!

If you are interested in Japanese sake or local bars, I can show you real local Japanese bars atback street of Namba.

No English menu!
No photo menu!!
No English speakers!!!

But No worry!
with bit of sake, you can experience real Japanese night life!

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  • River cruise
  • Osaka castle
  • Shinsekai
  • Dotonbori area
  • Namba local bars experience


Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

What‘s included
Guide fee, hotel pick-up
What‘s not included
-Transportation fee (you and the guide)
River cruise 1700yen p/p
Transportation fee is going to be around 1000yen p/p by JR train and subway p/p

-Entrance fee
Osaka castle entrance fee is 600yen p/p

※River cruise and Osaka castle entrance fee two of them together, it sells discount ticket.
2000yen p/p

-Sake experience and dinner
A glass of sake is around 500yen to 800yen.
It depends on how much you drink but dinner costs about 2000yen to 4000yen
Meeting Point
JR Loop line Osakajyo Koen station or your hotel
Ending Point
Namba station or your hotel
8 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 8 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel on the meeting date , there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel 1 day prior to the meeting date , there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date , there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 7 )
Aya Aya United States ( Couple )
6 days ago

“ Kaori and Our trip to Kyoto ”

Kaori was excellent. She asked a lot of questions about our interests,likes,dislikes etc. and put together an interesting 2 days. She spent time with each of us during the tour and was easy to relate to. Her English was clear and easy to understand. By the end of the time we felt we had made a new friend. I would recommend Kaori. She goes the extra mile and made our time memorable.


Thanks Steve, Jill, Brandon and Anna! I was very happy to spent time with you :) You are such a beautiful friendly open minded happy family! Envy you!! I have much more places and things to show you in Japan! Please come back anytime you can! Thank you!! Kaori

Simon Simon Australia ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ We were very lucky to have her!! ”

Where do i start!? We met Kaori in Kyoto and she was so passionate about guiding us she couldn't wait! when we met it felt like she had known us for ages! she instantly had us at ease and showed us an amazing time. very knowledgeable and took great interest and care to what we were interested in, our dietary requirements, she even helped us shop!!! beautiful free spirit we thoroughly enjoyed our tour and cant wait to go back and do it all over again! thank you so much Kaori!!


Hello Simon!! I am very glad to hear you had enjoyable time with me in Kyoto. From the beginning, I haven’t felt any difficulties with you and Maha :) I felt absolutely same as you! It was like my friends came to visit me! Do you remember the word you gave me!?!? My free spirit never gonna die, will live forever! It surprised me and impressed me a lot! Thank you so much for beautiful memories for me,too. Please let me know when you decided to come to Japan! I am looking forward to see you and Maha and possibly your little angel together again!! Kaori

Gloria Gloria United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ The Perfect Guide - professional, knowledgeable, fun! ”

From the beginning, Kaori was easy to communicate with and very responsive. She asked about what we wanted to see and also had some great suggestions for local activities or non-touristy sights. She sent a tentative itinerary before meeting up and encouraged us to make any changes if we wanted to do something different. She showed up at the meeting place on time with itinerary in hand and off we went to explore the beautiful city of Kyoto. She is very funny and easy to talk to, you really do feel like you're touring with a friend and not a guide. She is also very knowledgeable about the city sights and the best route of travel (bus, train, walk). She waits patiently if you want to make any stops and we did not feel rushed. She took lots of pictures for us and took us to a great local restaurant. We were together all day from 9-5pm. I highly recommend Kaori for a guide, you will experience lots of fun and laughter while learning about the new city you're visiting. Whatever you want to do, she will do her best to make it happen. She even made dinner reservations for us in Tokyo since we were unable to communicate or call them due to the time difference in our country. She has extensive travel experience and understands what travelers are looking for when exploring a new environment. She is reliable, professional, dedicated, and the perfect package for a guide. I am so glad she was available to guide us. We made a new friend in Japan!


Hello Gloria! Thank you for leaving nice review for me! I am very glad you had a great time in Kyoto even it was super boiling HOT day! I am also happy to spend time with you and Jason :) Especially It was very much fan to visit Sake brewery! I am so sorry, I forgot many of my stuff there... It was my plan to keep tasting SAKE haha! I hope you 2 are having great time and experiences rest of your stay in Japan and wish good Kobe beef dinner in Tokyo soon XD Thank you for your lovely Hawaii cookies! I am enjoying them ;) Take care and enjoy your life!! KAORI

Crystal Crystal Singapore ( Solo )
1 month ago

“ Best tour guide I've ever had ”

I can't imagine how my Osaka trip would turn out without Kaori. She made every minute of my time with her so fun and memorable. It was the best solo-trip I've ever had and I can't say "thank you" enough to her. It was my first time visiting Japan on a bleisure trip and I was nervous about getting around the city all by myself. The trip was decided at the last minute, hence I had no time to do my own research on where to go, what to do during my weekend in Osaka. I was so lucky to find Kaori on Triplelights. She was super fast in responding to my email (less than 5 minutes when I hit "send" button), she was well-prepared and took care of every little thing: from bringing an extra umbrella to my hotel when it was raining to getting a train card for me. Besides she helped me to take tons of photos during this trip which was my main goal of the entire trip. We had a great time eating BBQ dinner the true Japanese style, we watched the sunset together, laughed with (and at) each other. Thank you so much for everything Kaori! I can't wait to be back to see you again, my friend!


Hi! Crystal! It was very interesting time with you and I’m glad I can take some photos which you satisfied! You are very strong, tough,funny, kind, beautiful lady who i like to spend time with ;) During the strong rain time in Japan, you brought the sunshine! Thank you very much! And next time when you come to visit Kansas, I’d love to take you Kobe and Nara good photogenic places XD See you again!!

Greg Greg Canada ( Couple )
1 month ago

“ The best guide to Osaka ”

I can't say enough about Kaori. She's friendly, funny, engaging and works really hard to make her guests feel welcome. She might work too hard! I asked her to find vintage fashion shops, galleries and spas and she not only found them, she visited and called the sites beforehand to see if they were suitable (they were!) She's very knowledgeable about the traditional sites - temples, castles and so on. But also, if you're looking for a unique travel experience, the 'real Japan' that's not just for tourists, she can help you. Also vegetarian, LGBT-friendly, and multilingual. Book with Kaori, you won't regret it.


Hi Greg!! Thank you for your comment!! I am glad you and Hyangmi had great time in my hometown OSAKA! And I am extremely happy to guide you two :) It was very much challenging and well experienced tour for me, too. I learned a lot! Especially the building we visited! I am still on the way to become an amazing guide,,, but as I said I don’t give up till you say “ No thanks!!” Our vibrations and chemistry are super great ;) Thank you for choosing me!! You guys are such a beautiful well connected couple!! If you come to Japan for honeymoon! Please, please, let me know! I will organize it XD Thank you from bottom of my heart! See ya x Kaori

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