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Osaka 1-day Grand Tour

by Seiko
(44) Reviews
7h $ 223 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@1,500 yen
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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..
$ 22.25
Extra person.
$ 8.90

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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Seiko Licensed Guide
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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@1,500 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 ( 44 )
Elise Elise Australia ( Family with kids )
Excellent
21 hours ago

“ Amazing Day in Kyoto! ”

Seiko is an excellent tour guide who showed us the amazing sights in Kyoto. She carefully planned out our day taking into consideration our needs and requests. We enjoyed a fantastic mini-kaiseki lunch in the most beautiful part of Kyoto. Seiko speaks excellent English and is extremely knowledgeable. We will be recommending her to our friends and family.

Kimberly Kimberly United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 week ago

“ Seiko is an excellent guide! You won’t be dissapointed. ”

From start to finish Seiko was terrific to work with. Several emails back and forth and a custom tour of the beautiful city of Nara with Seiko was created. She picked us up from our cruise ship port. We began by her teaching us how to use the train system, from buying tickets to learning the lines and where to go. We then took several trains to Nara from Kobe. Once we arrived she took us all around the shrine and temple of Nara. It was truly beautiful. The free roaming sacred deer was our reason for going to Nara but the 1,000’s of lanterns and amazing shrine and beautiful temple and it’s history we learned was the ultimate reason for this destination. Seiko was full of information and was able to be flexible with our shopping and eating demands. Afterward we went to Osaka and she even to... read more

Marcio Marcio United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Fantastic introduction to Kyoto! ”

This was our first trip to Japan and we chose Seiko to introduce us to Kyoto in our very first day. She was the PERFECT tour guide: calm, flexible, thorough, knowledgeable, and fun. We visited some of the main attractions in one day and she even taught us how to use the public transportation by ourselves. Overall, an extremely good experience.

Seiko:

Thank you for your kind comment, Marcio. I had a PERFECT day with you all!! Thank you for asking me lots of interesting questions as well. I enjoyed not just showing the sites, our culture and food etc. but also hearing about your connections to Japan and Japanese culture before you actually visited here. I wish I could have taught your sons more Japanese words, but hope at least "Sumimasen" was useful :) Thanks again!!!! Seiko

Gary Gary United States ( Family )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Great Informative Guide and Excellent English Speaker!!! ”

Seiko was wonderful! She worked to adjust our itinerary at the last minute due to the excessive heat/humidity in Kyoto/Uji. We walked through Uji (learned how to make matcha), visited Byodo-In Temple and Fushimi-Inari in Kyoto. She made the most of our time with how efficient she planned everything. If you enjoy hearing interesting facts about the various places you visit I would highly recommend Seiko! You will not be disappointed!

Seiko:

Thank you Gary for the positive and thoughtful review. One of the things I care most for planning a tour is efficiency to maximize the limited time together, so I am very glad to hear your comment about it! I hope you had a great time despite the heat in Kyoto (& glad you barely missed the typhoon!) and are now enjoying the maccha from Uji at home! Seiko

Llyswen Llyswen United States ( Family )
Excellent
3 months 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

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