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Osaka 1-day Grand Tour

by Seiko
(55) Reviews
7h $ 223 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@1,500 yen
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Select Date and Travelers

222.50 USD

Price up to 6 people
FREE cancelation 30 days prior

Extras (optional)

Hotel meet-up out of JR Loop Line (Osaka port, Universal Studio area....
$ 8.90
Hotel meet-up in Kyoto central area.
$ 8.90
Extra hour for dinner/night tour etc..
$ 24.92
Extra person.
$ 8.90


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 some popular spots mainly in Minami area, you can 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 for your first day of Osaka to get an 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@1,500 yen


*Please contact me first for availability and note below before booking: 1. My schedule on Triplelights site is open for the next 3 month only. 2. Please read through my profile including "Important Notes" at the end before booking.

***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, free for the guide)
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. read more

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 (1000-1500 yen per person),
*both 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 in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 55 )
Wayea Wayea United States ( Family )
1 week ago

“ Great customized tour of Nara and Osaka ”

Seiko is a wonderful tour guide. Her English is fluent and easy to understand. She accommodated our particular shopping and dining requests, and even let us use her wi-fi. She explained the history well. Highly recommend.

angela Angela Canada ( Friends )
3 weeks ago


Don’t hesitate to book Seiko as your guide! We had a fantastic day with a knowledgeable, friendly and interesting guide who spoke fluent English. I will be highly recommending her to all my friends travelling to japan.


Thank you Angela! Fushimi Inari walk to the viewpoint, Uji with maccha, sake lunch was the perfect combination of a day in Kyoto for someone like you guys! Thanks for sharing your stories with me during the tour as well. I always feel so lucky to be able to meet such interesting and cool people as a part of my job:) Arigato for the fun day to all of you!!! Seiko

rob Rob Australia ( Family with kids )
3 weeks ago

“ Fabulous day exploring the riches of Kyoto ”

What a wonderful day exploring Kyoto with Seiko as our guide.She couldn’t do enough to ensure we had a great time,explaining the history and culture of the city whilst managing to keep our two young daughters engaged and interested. The highlights were definitely the river cruise along the hozu,the bamboo forest and the tour of the Gion district where we spotted a trainee Geisha. Seiko guides us expertly from area to the next and found a lovely restaurant with river views for lunch.We would certainly recommend her for any visitors requiring a guide with great English language and natural ability to communicate at all levels with all ages.


Thanks Rob for the kind review! Hodugawa kudari is one of my favorite things to do in Kyoto in every season. I always recommend this to my friends visiting Kyoto and was so happy when you said you wanted to do this! It was also nice to spot a maiko (and geiko later!) for the girls too as I remember they sounded very interested as I guided the area. Hope they can come back to Japan some time again and use the Japanese words they learnt here. Thanks again! Seiko

Phiet Phiet United States
3 weeks ago

“ Outstanding trip ”

Seiko was definitely the best. She gave suggestion for us to arrive early as we were coming from Tokyo so that we could enjoy all the activities. She greeted us at the station and guided us through a full day of tour. She was so efficient and knowledgeable that we couldn’t have visited as many places without her. She picked great places for dinner and guided us back to the Shinkansen. Many thanks Seiko. We are very grateful to you.


Thank you Phiet! It was a great day for me having fun with you guys just like showing my friends around. Thanks for getting up so early (4:30am!?) and letting me choose the dinner places, as well! I hope you enjoyed an authentic part of Japan and Japanese food here in Kyoto:) Seiko

Jacinta Jacinta Australia ( Family )
4 months ago

“ Seiko was amazing ”

Seiko was the highlight of our Japan holiday. We were 4 Australians in our late 40s cruising around Japan and had never used a private guide before. We decided to give in a go as an alternative to a cruise booked tour. So pleased we did. She met us at the cruise terminal and help us change our JR Voucher into tickets. We then spent 8 hours touring Osaka & Kobe. Including the Castle, Shinsekai, Nipponbashi (subculture street) and Kuromon Ichiba Market. We walked, used subway and trains. She took us into restaurants we would never of entered on our own, introduced us to street food, she explained the culture and history in easy simple language that explained so much from our previous days in Tokyo and set us up for the rest of our time in Japan. Seiko even helped us plan our next day to ... read more


Thank you, Jacinta! Yes, we walked a lot and I really like to do that because you can see more of our real life and scenes as you walk. You were all so fit and interested in checking things out that I wished we'd had more time to show you more! I'd be so happy if my tour helped you all experience and understand our country and culture a bit more. It was also easy and fun for me to spend a day with you as chatting about lots of things. I hope you also had a great time in Hiroshima. Thanks again to all of you!!! Seiko

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