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Osaka 1-day Grand Tour

by Seiko
(35) Reviews
7h $ 225 Price up to 6 people


  • Osaka castle (Optional: Museum on the main tower@600 yen)
  • Shinsekai & Osaka's local lunch
  • Optional: Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine via Hankai Tram
  • Nipponbashi (gadget, Japanese pop culture, toys etc.)
  • Kuromon Market for food stands and local specialties
  • Dotonbori (street with 3D & glittering signs)
  • Optional: Umeda Sky Building floating garden@1,000 yen
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225.00 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancellation 14 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel meet-up out of JR Loop Line (Osaka port, Universal Studio area....
$ 9.00
Hotel meet-up in Kyoto central area .
$ 9.00
Extra hour for dinner/night tour etc..
$ 22.50


7-8 hour quick tour to cover "must-see" sites in Osaka!
After learning a bit about the history of Osaka during Osaka castle visit, you will visit nostalgic street of Shinsekai, Japanese subculture mecca and gadget paradise of Nipponbashi street, gourmand street of Kuromon Market, and Dotonbori street with glittering signs.

What to Expect

You will enjoy seeing the both historical and urban sides of Osaka during the tour.
While visiting the popular spots mainly in Minami area, you can also try Osaka local foods and sweets on the street.
I will also try to show you many "photogenic spots" and hidden streets during the tour.

This tour is particularly good for people with limited time (like cruise ship travelers) and also recommended to do this tour for your first day of Osaka to get the idea of what the city is like and transportation system so that you can stroll around by yourself after Day 2!

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  • Osaka castle (Optional: Museum on the main tower@600 yen)
  • Shinsekai & Osaka's local lunch
  • Optional: Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine via Hankai Tram
  • Nipponbashi (gadget, Japanese pop culture, toys etc.)
  • Kuromon Market for food stands and local specialties
  • Dotonbori (street with 3D & glittering signs)
  • Optional: Umeda Sky Building floating garden@1,000 yen


*Please contact me first for availability and note below before booking:
1. Transportation fee, entrance fee, and lunch/dinner for you and guide during the tour are NOT INCLUDED in the guide fee. Please bring enough cash to separately pay them during the tour. (Licensed guides get free admission at temples/shrines/castles and most tourist attractions.)
2. Hotel pick-up is optional for custom booking tours. It is 1,000 - 1,500 yen depending on your hotel and tour location, and hotel drop-off after the tour is not included.

***Excursions ***
I can guide you in Okayama (including Naoshima and Kurashiki), Hiroshima (Onomichi, Shimanami islands cycling, Miyajima, etc.) and Shikoku (Iya valley etc.) if you pay for my transportation. The above areas can be visited from Osaka/Kyoto in one or two days.

You will be walking a lot during the tour, so please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes and bring an umbrella or poncho in case of rain.
Transportation fee for the day will be 800-1,500 yen per person depending on your itinerary and hotel location. Please bring enough cash for the fare.

Please choose one of the below options (except for those meeting up in Kyoto):
1. River boat from Osaka castle to Dotonbori@1,200 yen (only available on weekends in spring-fall)
2. River boat ride in Dotombori@900 yen - see the Dotonbori street from the boat (may be a long waiting time during the peak season)
3. Umeda Sky Building "Floating Garden" at the end of the tour@900 yen (with subway pass discount) for the sunset/night view of Osaka
It was selected as one of the "Top 20 Buildings around the World" by Times along with Taji-Mahal and Sagrada Familia.
4. Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine by Hankai Tram - if you are interested in a beautiful local shrine and Osaka's only Tram ride thru suburban areas.

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What‘s included
Guide fee, hotel pick-up in the central Osaka area (within JR loop line)
What‘s not included
Transportation fee during the tour, lunch (**********yen per person),
*for you and guide
Meeting Point
At your hotel or JR Osaka station
Ending Point
7 hours
Starting time
10:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 6 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 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.

Reviews ( 35 )

6 days ago |   by Lee

“ Could not have been better , Seiko is AWESOME! ”

Seiko is a wonderful guide and person. Planning the tour was effortless. This is our third trip to Kyoto, but we are traveling with my brother in law and his wife, and it is their first time, so we visited some places we've been before. Seiko was able to provide information and insights that made it all seem new again. Even getting from place to place was better, easier with Seiko. She took us down smaller streets, and pointed out the details we would have missed without her. We requested a specific type of lunch so she took us to a small restaurant that specializes in exactly what we wanted, we never could have found that perfect of restaurant without her. In fact if we did find it we could not have ordered without her. She learned what each of us likes and made an effort to make sure we all had the best experience possible. I only wish would have planned ahead so she was going to be with us today. We hope she can be a part of all of our future trips. Lee and Wanda

1 week ago |   by Brandon

“ Excellent Guide! ”

Seiko took care of us for 2 days(Kyoto & Kobe tour) and she made sure everything was well-planned. She was willing to answer to every question my children asked her and was kind, cheery, and helpful in every way. Couldn’t ask for more... Thank you so much for everything Seiko!

2 weeks ago |   by Jo

“ Fantastic! ”

Seiko led us through Osaka on our last day in Japan, taking us through areas of the city we would never have discovered on our own. She was a wealth of knowledge (I wish we'd booked Seiko for our first day - our entire Japan experience would have been more detailed and nuanced), friendly and funny. She was happy to alter the tour on the move as our small group made snap decisions about what we wanted to see. She took us to an awesome hole-in-the-wall for lunch (the kind of place that looked too 'different' from the outside for us to have been brave enough to check out by ourselves, but which was, of course, convivial, genuine and delicious.) She made sure we were confident with our transport arrangements for the final stage of our holiday... Seiko went well above and beyond what I expected when I booked the tour. I whole-heartedly recommend her and her Osaka Grand Tour to any visitor to Japan. (We were a group of four, aged 70 x 2, 45 and 11.)

3 weeks ago |   by Chris

“ Wonderful, day exploring Kyoto with Seiko ”

Seiko was charming and chatty, our time went too quickly. We gained deeper insights into Japanese culture, religion and daily life exploring Kyoto's famed sites with Seiko. She made these sites richer and more meaningful by her local knowledge, commentary and by asking the numerous questions we had about life in Kyoto and behind the scenes, living in Japan.

3 weeks ago |   by Hanna

“ Very good tour in in Osaka/Kyoto ”

Thanks a lot for our Japen experience:) it is was very good.

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