Feel free to personalize this offer with Mari.
In this tour we'll visit 4 to 5 popular sightseeing spots in Osaka. If you like to visit other places, please feel free to let me know.
Following is a list of the sights I recommend:
1.Osaka-jo Castle (MUST SEE)
It's a symbol of Osaka and the most visited sight by tourists. Inside the castle there is a museum that tells you all about Osaka-jo and its history. We will do a lot of walking; so please be ready!
2. Shitennoji Temple
It is the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan establised 1,400years ago by Prince Shotoku.
You can see the typical layout of temple structures when Buddhism was introduced into Japan.
It's not just a tourist spot and is still active with worshippers.
3.Doguya-suji Shopping Arcade
An Arcade filled with stores of Japanese cooking tools for professional chefs and of traditional decoration items. If you like, you can try food sample making for souvenirs at one of the stores. (Food sample making costs 1,000-2,000 JPY.)
4. Dotombori (MUST SEE)
It's a must spot for tourists. Dotombori is a foodies' paradise along the canal. Let's stroll around looking at a decorative signboard that each restaurant has. At your request, we can enjoy a 20 minute Tombori River Cruise. If you wish to have local food, we can go to Okonomiyaki or Kushikatsu restaurant, or both. Okonomiyaki is a local food like an unsweetened pancake with chopped vegetables, meat and seafood with a special kind of sauce on top. Kushikatsu is deep fried vegetables, meat, seafood, cheese, etc. on skewer. Also, we'll visit a good old Hozenji-yokocho alley.
5. Kuromon Food Market
Kuromon Market is a very popular tourist spot today. The market has a history of 180 years, and there are about 170 stores along the narrow streets.
It is always crowded with people searching for fresh seafood(often times you can eat at the spot.) vegetables, and fruit.
6. Umeda Sky Building
It's one of the landmarks of Osaka. The building has a unique structure, and is listed as one of the 20 outstanding architectures of the world by Times magazine.
It's 173 meters high from the ground; on top of the building it has an open observation deck called sky garden.
7. Denden town
You will find many specialty stores of electrical appliances, computers, anime and manga related items. Closest subway station is Nipponbashi, but you can walk from Namba. Kuromon Ichiba Market is in a walking distance as well.
8. Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
SumiyoshiTaisha Shrine is one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan founded in the 3rd century. It has a unique style of shrine architecture that is free of influence from the Asian mainland.
guide fee only,
transportation for you and guide(800 JPY/person for one day subway pass
in case you like to visit Sumiyoshi Taisha Shine, additional 500yen/person for round trip train ride)
admission to Osaka-jo for you (600 JPY/person), Tombori River Cruise for you (900 JPY/person), Umeday Sky Building for you (1,500JPY/person),
lunch for you and guide,
I accept a tour request until 2 days prior to the tour date and a group of 2 persons up to 10 persons.
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Mari is extremely efficient in her planning. She showed us around Kobe and Osaka and showed extensive knowledge of the places she took us. She is extremely well organized. Highly recommend her
Dear Venny, It was my great pleasure to show you around the cities. You have such a nice and fun family! I had a wonderful time!
Mari was a fantastic guide for three adults and two kids under 10 years old; covered all the major sites in a good pace and learned about Kyoto’s history along the way. Mari also provided recommendations on great photo locations, other site visits, and restaurants. Many thanks to Mari - had a great day in Kyoto!
Dear Mazie, Thank you for your nice review! It was a beautiful day, and there were less tourists in Kyoto on that day. I think because of that the tour went smoothly. I appreciated that two of your children were very patient with walking!
My family of 5 engaged Mari's services for the 2 days tour in Kyoto on Dec.9 & Dec.10. Mari speaks fluent english which my family can understand fully. We strongly recommend Mari to those who need an English speaking and caring guide. We had a walking tour around Gion wearing kimonos on the first day with Mari and she ensured that we managed to visit the nearby popular sites and yet do not have to walk too much. On the second day, Mari organised for us to visit some UNESCO world heritage sites in Kyoto and the smooth transit between trains & buses which we took, showed that she had put in alot of effort in finding out the mode & timing of each transport system, before our visit. TripleLights portal allow us to liaise directly with Mari before our trip and we could advised her about ... read more
Dear KT, Thank you so much for your detailed review. I’m pleased to hear that all of your family enjoyed the tour, and so did I. I’m especially thankful for you that you mentioned my preparation for the tour. It usually takes a lot more time than the tour itself. Thank you again for your consideration always.
As promised she met us in a timely manner at the port and proceed to guide us to our day trip in Kyoto. She always made sure the 7 of us were taken care of. During various stops she shared her knowledge about the visited places. She was flexible with the group's choice to eat locally rather than a sit down rstaurant for lunch. We saw all the sites as outlined and never felt rushed. Her command of the English language was impressive!. The group was completely satisfied with her serices and the services of Triple Lights. WELL DONE!
Dear Louise, It was nice to hear from you and have such a wonderful review! I had a great time with your group. Thank YOU for all the communication we had to prepare for the tour.