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Osaka 1-day Grand Tour

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

Highlights

  • 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 cancelation 30 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
Extra person.
$ 9.00

Overview

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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Highlights

  • 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

Important

*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, except for facilities like aquarium, zoo, amusement parks, etc.)
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, 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.

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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
Flexible
Duration
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 ( 40 )
Llyswen Llyswen United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Fantastic guide! ”

Seiko was a fantastic guide, she showed us a great selection of sites to give us a good feel for Kyoto. My husband and I and our kids (11 and 13) learned a lot and she’s really nice. We all enjoyed the tour!

Seiko:

Thanks for the fun and easy-going tour! Your family were so lively and approachable from the moment we met, and chatting with your kids who are cheerful and curious was a bonus! Hope your son got better soon, and you could see and enjoy more for the rest of your days in Kyoto. Seiko

Delly Delly United States
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Beyond my expectation!!!!! ”

The best guide I’ve ever had!!!! Seiko made me feel like a sister that I left here in Japan☺️. She arranged our itinerary base on our interest as we were haft way trough our day. She is very knowledgeable about where to go and the rich history of each places. She took us to a very nice local lunch witch we would never find on our own or on TripAdvisor. She not only took us to popular places, but also the places that only local know. She is so flexible with her time, her 8hrs doesn’t just ended at the exact time, she made sure we have a good time till the end. If you want to experience Kyoto with a high energy, loving and feel like one of the local Seiko is A MUST!!! Thank again Seiko for keeping with our pace ☺️. It should be the other way around. Delly

Seiko:

Thank you Delly for the wonderful time! You help me break the record with my pedometer!! I was lucky to be picked by you guys, so fit and fun to walk with, and absolutely enjoyed walking from the corner to corner in Uji and even to the top of Fushimi Inari! You could see a lot more of our real and everyday life in Japan. I was sad to say good-bye in the bus after such a great time of walking, cycling, and chatting with you all about everything especially about anime and football with your son:). Hope you'll come back to Japan to see more some day, maybe in a different season. Thanks again!! Seiko

Karen Karen United States ( Family with kids )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ ?saka day trip ”

We had a fabulous day in Osaka with Seiko. We met her at Kobe port and she expertly navigated us through the trains to Osaka. We saw the highlights by foot and boat as Seiko gave us the history of the city. We had lunch at a local sushi restaurant which was wonderful (it was tiny but worth the wait). Our two college aged children had a great time as Seiko was so easy to get along with and made our day fun. This was far better than taking the tours offered by our cruise ship.

Seiko:

Thank you Karen and everyone! I'm very relieved to hear that you had a good time despite the hustle and bustle for the boat and train ride at the end....: ) I think we covered a lot within the limited time which cannot be done with the cruise ship tour, thanks to you all giving a clear picture of what you want to see/eat/buy before and during the tour. Please cheer for Hanshin Tigers from the States and say hi to the people at the United Noodles for me!! Seiko

Martin Martin United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Great day out with Seiko ”

A great day out with Seiko in Nara and Osaka! Knowledgeable and friendly guide.

Seiko:

Thanks Martin! I am very happy to hear you had a great day as we walked a lot on a hot and humid day. Hope you arrived home safely and will come back to Japan again someday for more exploration. Seiko

Dan Dan United States ( Couple )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ The best decision we made for our first trip to Japan! ”

My girlfriend and I did a 6 hour tour with Seiko in Kyoto. It was, without exaggeration, the best decision we made by far. She is incredibly knowledgeable and professional, and her English is near native speaker level. But what really impressed us was her ability to connect with us and the positive energy she brought to the time we spent together. By the second hour, it felt more like a good friend was showing us around her home town than a paid guide doing her job. We talked about all kinds of things, beyond just the factoids expected from a tour. I think we had the most fun chatting about her experiences living in the US, and the cultural idiosyncrasies of Japanese people. And when we said goodbye, we felt sad that she couldn’t come with us to Tokyo. After she got to know us, she also gave us restaurant recommendations for Osaka that she thought we would enjoy, and she was on point! I would highly, highly recommend anyone visiting either Osaka or Kyoto to hire Seiko for a day. You THINK you can just follow recommendations on TripAdvisor and follow google map here and there, but trust me - having a great guide like Seiko makes your experience 10 times more amazing and efficient. You will not regret it!

Seiko:

Thank you so much for your detailed and super special review! It touched my heart... It's actually amazing to know I felt exactly the same way - I was just having a great time with my friends and really sad to say good-bye at the end! I understand our biggest rivals are Google Maps, Google Translator, and TripAdvisor, and it's always challenging to go beyond them. But I always try to know about my clients as we plan/do a tour together, and would like to enjoy the day not just as a guide but also as a local friend who wants to be part of your great memories in Japan (that cannot be given by Mr. Google or Ms.TA:-) Hope you also had a great time in Tokyo and see you again in Japan! Seiko

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