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One Day Osaka Highlights

by Mari
(25) Reviews
7h $ 240 up to 10 people


  • Osaka-jo Castle (entrance fee: 600JPY)
  • Doguya-suji Shopping Arcade
  • Dotombori (Tombori River Cruise: 900JPY)
  • Nakanoshima/Kuromon Ichiba Market
  • Umeda Sky Building (entrance fee: 1,000JPY)
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240.30 USD

total price for up to 10 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Extra hour.
$ 31.15
Extra person .
$ 8.90

What to Expect

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:

1.Osaka-jo Castle
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.)

3. Dotombori
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.

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  • Osaka-jo Castle (entrance fee: 600JPY)
  • Doguya-suji Shopping Arcade
  • Dotombori (Tombori River Cruise: 900JPY)
  • Nakanoshima/Kuromon Ichiba Market
  • Umeda Sky Building (entrance fee: 1,000JPY)


City Osaka

Meeting Point At your hotel in the city of Osaka

Ending Point At your hotel or any train station in Osaka

Duration 7 hours

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible

Number of people 1 to 10   Flexible
What‘s included
  • guide fee
  • hotel pick up in Osaka

What‘s not included
  • transportation for you and guide (800 JPY/person for one day subway pass)
  • admission to Osaka-jo for you (600 JPY/person)
  • Tombori River Cruise for you (900 JPY/person)
  • Umeday Sky Building for you (1,000JPY/person)
  • lunch for you and guide

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.

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 at least 14 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
  • If you cancel between 2 and 13 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 20% charge.
  • If you cancel within 1 day prior to the meeting date, there is a 40% charge.
  • If you cancel on the meeting date, there is no refund.

Organized by Mari

National Certified Guide

(25) Reviews

Contact Mari
Response Time 4 hs

Languages spoken
  • English ( License )

Hi, I'm Mari. Welcome to Japan!

I'm a government certified English tour guide. I would love to help you discover more of
Japan. I went to high school in Georgia, USA and studied Biology at State University of New York. I love traveling and meeting people.

In my tour, it's my pleasure to offer a mini culture lecture such as folding paper(making a crane out of a piece of paper) and kanji of its fascinating structure. Also, please let me know if you wish to arrange a tour for your own interest.

Reviews ( 25 )

2 weeks ago |   by Christine

“ Excellent Guide ”

Mari speaks excellent english. She is very friendly, patient, and informative. Japanese hospitality at it's best!

2 weeks ago |   by Norma

“ Efficient, Flexible and Easy to coordinate with ”

Hiring a guide was a last minute decision and Mari was an excellent choice. She was responsive and accommodated our special needs and requests. I would definitely recommend her and use her for future visits in Osaka!

3 weeks ago |   by Adrianne

“ Wonderful tour of Osaka ”

Mari-san is a fabulous guide who is very knowledgeable and dedicated. She created a personalized tour that fit highlights of Osaka, a specific location we wanted to see, and did extra research to show us more places related to our interests. Everything was well organized and very enjoyable. It was also very fun talking to Mari-san about Japanese literature. This tour was a perfect ending to our stay in Japan.

1 month ago |   by Alice

“ wondrerful day in Kyoto ”

Mari is a lovely,intelligent woman with perfect English. We spent a wonderful day with her in Kyoto. She has complete knowledge of public transportation and even did a dry run of our itinery before we arrived. Time is limited off a cruise ship. Best to spend two days with Mari

1 month ago |   by Priscillia

“ Day trip to Kobe ”

We have very pleasant experience of a day guide tour by Mari. Very precise and detail planning To make sure your day is well spend. If you want to optimize your stay in Kobe , going through Mari is a good choice

1 month ago |   by Mark

“ Himeji Castle Tour in Kobe ”

Mari met our group at the ship's pier and we rode the Portliner Tram to the Kobe Train Station. We took the train to Himeji and walked five blocks to the Himeji Castle. Mari was an outstanding tour guide and shared her knowledge of the region, the history of the castle and answered all of our queries. Her explanations were thorough and we learned a lot about this area. We shared a delightful lunch and returned to the ship's port in Kobe. This was a very enjoyable tour with Mari as our tour guide.

3 months ago |   by Kate

“ Osaka Highlights - Customized Tour ”

Mari was our guide for Osaka. Her English is excellent as is her knowledge. If she did not know the answer to one of our questions she wouldn't hesitate to ask someone nearby. She was very pleasant and easy to talk to. I would highly recommend her as a tour guide.

3 months ago |   by Marilyn

“ Excellent tour guide ”

She took extra time to show me an area out of her comfort zone, and time. I really appreciate it. I had such a great time

4 months ago |   by Steven

“ Very recommended tour guide ”

I took mari's 5 days tour to osaka, nara, kobe, kyoto with my family of 6 adults and 2 kids.. it was splendid!!! She speaks very good english, very helpful, friendly, and always put our family needs first during our trip.. she cater all our needs (which we believe that we were pretty demanding considering we travelled with 2 kids and 2 seniors) She knows every detail of the places that we visit and help you plan your trips.. Btw herb garden in kobe is a really beautiful place to visit, thx the info Mari.. Our family really had a good time, and i think Mari is the best guide you could ever get if you visit osaka area.. Hope to see you again Mari, keep in touch.. REALLY RECOMMENDED tour guide!!

5 months ago |   by Christina

“ Kobe day trip ”

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.

6 months ago |   by Flordelida

“ Osaka highlights ”

Marie is cool, respectful, assertive, patient and very accommodating

6 months ago |   by Diper

“ Very good service ”

Our tour is going very well as of now. Mary is very good guide we enjoyed the lunch that Mary booked for us

6 months ago |   by Tim

“ Mari was excellent and navigated through a 10 hour packed day ”

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!

7 months ago |   by Veronica

“ She took care of us! ”

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!

7 months ago |   by JENNY

“ Tour of Kobe ”

We toured Kobe with Mari as our guide. I listed down the places my family and I would like to visit and she fixed our itinerary. She is accommodating and converses well in English. She made sure we would have a great time and we did! Thank you, Mari. It was nice meeting you. We all enjoyed the tour.

7 months ago |   by Tessa

“ Superb, A++ Tour Guide! One of the Best! ”

Mari is one of the kindest, patient and very accomodating tour guide. She went out of her way to find the Anello bags my sister was looking for, show us the bargain manga books for my daughter and her painting materials. Not only that, she made reservations for us at the famous restaurant known for Kobe Beef. She also shows us the many attractions of Kobe and knows how to interact with my kids. Also very patient with them. Lastly, went back with us back to Osaka station when she lives in Kobe. I really appreciate it. Will book with you again when we come back!

7 months ago |   by Jonalyn

“ Superb and Fab Tour Guide ”

Top of the line.... Brilliant service!

7 months ago |   by Adriana

“ Nara y Osaka Castle ”

Our tour con Mari was great. We enjoy very much y sha had a lot of patience with us because we were 9 mexican women with many questions and expecting to know as much as posible of Nara and Osaka , the places wie visit with her. She took us to many places wih a waggon van that was not easy to find . Tanck you . We would love to have another tour with Mari and if we return to Jpn of course we will contact i

7 months ago |   by Ali

“ Perfect day for limited time ”

I am a Turkish tourist guide too and we travelled to Osaka together with 19 pax. Mari was very talented to handle all the group and took us to Osaka Castle(must see). Altough we had to use public transportation, she was very careful and had control on the group. If you travel to Osaka and need a local help, she is the one you are looking for..

11 months ago |   by Joohyun

“ Best Guide in Naoshima to learn A to Z ”

Mari has been an essential help for our trip in Naoshima from the beginning (when we started to design the itinerary) to the end of the trip. She has helped more than enough on every preparation step, discussing what would be the ideal option for us. Also, she has kindly recommended the best places and restaurants to visit according to her local expertise. During the trip, all the guests were very impressed by her kindness and spent a wonderful time. Whenever there was a small issue, Mari suggested a solution with great responsibility. Therefore we deeply appreciate her professional and generous help throught our stay in Naoshima.

11 months ago |   by Kurt

“ Naoshima Art Island Adventure ”

Mari is simply the best especially if you are considering visiting Naoshima otherwise known as the Art Island in the Inland Sea of Japan. From Shinkansen to one local train to a second local train to a ferry to a public bus to a museum bus Mari led us to the adventures of this incredible island. Believe me I needed a guide to navigate the complex process of getting there and it is worth the effort if you are interested in modern art and a peaceful island. Mari was so considerate of accommodating our special interests even as we were traveling. Mari takes that extra step to ensure our journey went well. Hiring Mari for a day of adventure at Naoshima is unforgettable.

1 year ago |   by Betty

“ Glad for this opportunity to see Naoshima ”

Mari is very pleasant, and I'm glad to have found her as a guide. I really wanted to go to Naoshima even though it is a bit of a journey from Osaka as a day trip, and was very happy to see her offer this trip. Not many offer this tour. She made things easier than if I tried to do this trip on my own within a short amount of time. We went to visit the major highlights around the island, and she was kind enough to check on crowds and reserve museum ticket in advance. After spending a day here, I'd love to come back to Naoshima if I get a chance.

1 year ago |   by Artie

Mari was awesome! Especially since we were probably the worst group! First of all, we booked it so late! We only started talking to her 2 days before our planned trip, and she still accommodated us. Also, we had many requests that she was able to accommodate as well. 1. She helped us book a private van for 4 on very short notice, and it was a relatively good price too. 2. I mentioned that my mother and father can't walk too far, as they are quite old. She was able to come up with a great itinerary with not too much walking, and then she asked the driver to drop us off and pick us up in areas that would reduce the walk. That was very helpful of her. She was very pleasant, spoke great English and was overall a great guide to be with. I wish we booked her longer than just half a day. We would definitely try to book her as a guide again next time we're in Japan. Thank you so much Mari for a great experience and hope to see you again soon! :D

1 year ago |   by David

Mari was a pleasure to be with all day. She was very attentive to what we wanted from the shopping tour. She tried her best to bring us to what we wanted to buy. Lunch was a great experience eating Okonomiyaki where we had to cook ourselves. We had a few laughs trying to flip the pancake over to its other side. I couldn't recommend Mari more. She is patient and eager to please. Thanks Mari for being a great guide. Regards, David and family

1 year ago |   by Ana

Mari brought us to an Okonomiyaki restaurant for lunch which we enjoyed.

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