|Meeting Point||At your hotel in the city of Osaka|
|Ending Point||At your hotel or any train station in Osaka|
|Departure||09:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible|
|Tour Type||Private Tour ( only for you )|
|Number of people||1 ~ 10|
In this tour we'll visit 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:
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.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.)
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. We will have lunch at a cook-it-yourself Okonomiyaki restaurant. Okonomiyaki is a local food like an unsweetened pancake with chopped vegetables, meat and seafood with a special kind of sauce on top. Also, we'll visit a good old Hozenji-yokocho street.
4. Nakanoshima or Kuromon Ichiba Market
We can either visit Nakanoshima or Kuromon Ichiba Market at your choice.
Nakanoshima is an island sandwiched by two rivers. There is a peaceful park where the locals come and relax. We'll visit neoclassical Osaka Central Public Hall and Osaka Nakanoshima Prefectural Library, both being important cultural properties.
Kuromon Ichiba 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 serching for fresh seafood(often times you can eat at the spot.) vegetables, and fruit.
5. 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.
Mari was friendly and cheerful. She tried to be on the lookout for elderly accessible services like elevators and escalators. Arranged a very nice Kobe beef lunch for all of us. She tried to ensure that we leave with the Japanese experience of the origami - paper folding and showed us how Sake is made traditionally. Also made sure we got on the correct train back to Osaka Namba although I myself almost got on the wrong one! Thanks.
Marie is cool, respectful, assertive, patient and very accommodating
Our tour is going very well as of now. Mary is very good guide we enjoyed the lunch that Mary booked for us
We were wanting to see as much as possible in Kyoto and Osaka during our limited time in Japan. Mari was great to work with and navigated us through to see as many things as possible in the 10 hour period. At the end of the tour she guided us to our last stop at the Umeida Sky tower. From there we took a taxi because the subway was too complicated for us :-). Thanks to Mari from my daughter and I for great memories on our tour!
Our family was a group of 8 people with very old and very young members so it was a nightmare to bring them to the same pace and ensure that we complete a full day itinerary. But Mari was very patient and mindful. She adjusted the tour at Kitano, originally she intended to bring us to a house on top of a hill but seeing the difficulty of the older family members to navigate the steep hill she brought us instead to 2 legacy houses that were near each other. She also patiently waited for the members of the group when they were late and looked for the young ones when they didn't make it on time to the meeting place. She was like a mother to all of us. Thank you Mari!
Naoshima is one of the small islands in Seto-Naikai Inland Sea near Okayama. It used to be just a small fishing village, but in 1992, Naoshima Art Project started.
Many buildings including museums are designed by Ando Tadao, a leading Japanese architect. It's an island of peaceful nature and contemporary art in harmony.