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Osaka Beginner`s Tour

8 hours
up to 4 people
English ( Professional ), 繁體中文 ( Intermediate ), Spanish ( Intermediate ), Italian ( Beginner )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

-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!


Feel free to personalize this offer with Kaori.

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

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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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Departure & Return

Starting time 10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point JR Loop line Osakajyo Koen station or your hotel
Ending Point Namba station or your hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

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


Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 81 )
4.9 (81) Reviews
Very Good
Holly Holly United States ( Couple )
6 days ago

“ An amazing trip to Kyoto with Kaori! ”

Koari was a delightful guide for our tour to Kyoto for a day. She met us at our ship in Osaka and led us through the intricacies of taking the subways and Bullet Train to Kyoto. She designed our itinerary around what we would find fun and interesting starting with the Golden Pavillion which is a must see and then going to a historic district, Gion Higashiyama, for a trip back in time to another era with women in Kimonos, rickshaws, wooden houses and Pagodas. Her lunch suggestion in a traditional Japanese restaurant was perfect. We learned a tremendous amount about the culture in Japan and her enthusiasm was contagious. You won't be disappointed with Kaori as your guide!

Kirsten Kirsten United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Osaka Castle, Donton Buri, Pokemon Center, and local food and bars. ”

Kaori was absolutely wonderful. We had so much fun getting to see Osaka. Kaori put together a tour based on our interests. She was also very understanding when our cruise ship was a day late getting into port. Kaori helped us get around quickly using the metro system/walking so we could see as much of the city in the short amount of time that we were there. Kaori even brought us to a sake bar which we never would have found on our own. Kaori gave us a lot of information about the areas we were visiting and also answered all the questions we had. The tour was exactly what we wanted. We really want to come back and spend more time in Osaka!


Hello Kristen! Thank you for your sweet comment! I am very happy to guide your special honeymoon trip to Japan! Typhoon bothered your travel plan,,, however we were able to make the day with lots of fun! I’m glad you like local standing sake bar lol Please let me know when you come back to Osaka! I will introduce you much deeper local bars haha! Thank you very much for sharing wonderful time with me! Kaori

Kendric Kendric United States ( Couple )
2 weeks ago

“ Day Trip to Kyoto! ”

Kaori is such a great guide, very professional, knowledgeable, and patient. She picked us up from our hotel in Shinsaibashi and then took us to Kyoto and brought us back to Shinsaibashi. She speaks English very well and is very fun! We would highly recommend her to anyone! Thank you, Kaori for taking the time to make our trip to Japan memorable! We hope to see you again in the future. Please let us know if you ever make it to Hawaii! Mahalo nui loa! K & M


Hi, Kendric! thank you for your warm comment :) and thank you for your sweet gift! I love kyoto early in the morning! Silence, peace and clean air! So I was really looking forward the tour with you and I enjoyed it a lot :) It was really fun to listen about the island where you live! I will practice golf and visit you one day LOL Thank you very much for everything! I wish you are having great day in Japan :)) Kaori

Alon Alon Israel ( Family )
3 weeks ago

“ Two days in Kyoto ”

Kaori guided us (me and my 24 years old twins ,from Israel) for 2 days in Kyoto. We had an amazing time with her! Kaori has great knowledge and she planned our days in a great way so we got to see and learn about the main city attractions in the best way we could. Kaori also knew how to adjust the plans according to weather and our preferences. We highly recommend choosing her for your trip.


Hello Alon. Thank you for your great comment :) I had great time, too! You are my 1st guest from Israel! So I might asked you too many questions about country, culture, economy, religion etc,etc,,,, It was so much fun to know new thing! I am glad to introduce you about Japan a little bit :) I wish this trip gives you great vibration and energy!! Say Hi to your wife, too!! Keep having good days!! Kaori

Sheah Sheah United States ( Friends )
3 weeks ago

“ A great day with Kaori ”

Our group had a wonderful day with Kaori in Kyoto. Before taking us to the bamboo forest, which is crowded she guided us to a quiet off the beaten path to small bamboo grove near a cemetery. We loved it. So well planned. We attended a tea ceremony, Fushimi-Ku ( red gates) Kaori is delightful and speaks excellent English. I highly recommend her services .


Hello Sheah! Thank you for leaving great comment ;) You, your husband and your friends are super cool, tough and friendly!! I had really funny and enjoyable day with you, too! Thank you very much for following my suggestion about transportation and thank you very much for your cooperations!! Some part, I pushed all a bit coz of time schedule,,, however you all understood and follow me,,, thank you very much about it! I cannot make the best tour,,, always need trust from the guests. I wish you enjoy rest of your stay in Japan!! Kaori

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