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Osaka , from the 6 century to nowadays.

8 hours
up to 4 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License ), German ( Intermediate )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Osaka is the second largest city after Tokyo in Japan. It is famous as a commercial city nowadays. Osaka is full of contemporary buildings such as Umeda Sky building and Grand Front Osaka. And it also has historic places like the Namba Imperial Palace and Shitennnouji Temple back to the 6th to 7th Century. During the tour, you will visit various popular sightseeing spots.


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  • Osaka Castle: Originally established in the 16th Century by Hideyoshi Toyotomi as an emblem of his power. This was destroyed by Tokugawa Shogunate and reconstructed in the 17th Century. The current one was built in 1931.
  • Umeda Sky Building: The height of 173 meter building consists of two towers that are connected with each other by the floating garden.
  • Osaka Museum of Housing and Living : A step back in time to Osaka during the Edo-period . You can freely stroll among the buildings and lanes in a life-sized reproduction of town in the 1830s.
  • Shitennoji Temple: The first Buddhist temple to receive national oversight and financial support from the nation.Originally constructed in AD593 by Prince Shotoku, who was known for his profound Buddhist faith when Buddhism was not widespread in Japan. Most of the present structures are from when the temple was last completely rebuilt in 1963.
  • Osaka museum of history: The museums chronicle Osaka's history, beginning in ancient times when Osaka served as Japan's first capital and site of the Naniwa Palace and ending with exhibits on the city area in the early Showa Period.The building offers excellent views of Osaka castle site from its 10th,9th floors.
  • Tsutenkaku tower: The 100-meter steel Eiffel Tower-inspired structure.Originally constructed in 1912. Current tower was reconstructed in 1956. Try to find the statue of the Billiken, good luck charm.
  • Kuromon Market : Kuromon Ichiba is 580 meters long.It is a very lively market with lots of human interaction, and is packed with approximately 150 shops of mainly fish,vegetables and fruits.

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What to Expect

During this tour, you will find the history and great view of Osaka, though Osaka is famous worldwide for its business city. On a occasion of visiting Osaka Castle, you may visit Osaka museum of history and even find the ancient imperial warehouse in front of the museum. In the Osaka station area, you will find the big shopping place of Grand Front Osaka and the Umeda Sky Building near by. In the area of Shitennoji Temple, Tsutenkaku tower is located 10 minutes by walk from it. Kuromon Market is just one station by subway. In any places, you will find old historic things which lead to current ones.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point Your hotel in Osaka city area
Ending Point Your hotel in Osaka

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee, Hotel pick-up in Osaka city area.

What‘s not included

transpotatiron fee(you and guide), lunch, dinner,entrance fee. ex)
One day ticket of subway
JPY800 (adult)
Admission fee : Osaka castle ,Osaka Museum of Housing, Osaka Museum of History
ea.JPY600 (adult),
Shitennoji : admission fee
JPY300(adult), treasure house
Tutenkaku tower
Umeda Sky Building
Insurance policy:No insurance.No responsibility for accidents.


7days are requested prior to the date of guiding.
Overtime fee: 3,000JPY/Hour

Osaka is the second biggest prefecture after Tokyo in Japan. However, history of Osaka dates back much older than Tokyo.
The places shown this site are just examples. Thus, it is necessary to chose where to go on a basis of time schedule.
The below expenses are not included ;
One day ticket of subway : JPY800 (adult)
Admission fee : Osaka castle ,Osaka Museum of Housing, Osaka Museum of History: ea.JPY600 (adult),
Shitennoji : admission fee; JPY300(adult), treasure house: JPY200(adult)
Tutenkaku tower: JPY700(adult)
Umeda Sky Building: JPfY1500(adult)
Guide's transportation cost &l lunch. read more

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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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Reviews ( 26 )
4.9 (26) Reviews
Very Good
David David United States ( Couple )
3 weeks ago

“ Awesome day in Nara! ”

This was such a great day in Nara. Takatoshi took us all over, showing us the highlights and adding a lot of history and depth at each location. He was able to answer every question we had about the different places with great detail which I really liked. He also knows the city since he lives in the area and was able to take us to cool places that I would never have even known existed. His English proficiency is also one of the best we had in Japan which makes a huge difference. If you are thinking of doing a half day/day in Nara, hire Takatoshi. Seriously, you will not regret it.


Thank you for your positive and kind comment to my Nara tour. I really appreciate having a time with you and your wife on that day, though the temperature was more than 32 degree and high humid . If we could have more time, I would be glad to show you other places, but I will expect your next opportunity among any city in the west Japan. I wish your nice further journey in Japan and your safely back to your home. I have already sent pictures taken by me to you address. Hope you have well received it.

CHETAN CHETAN India ( Family with kids )
3 months ago

“ Enthralling Experience Of Nara with Takatoshi san.. ”

Takatoshi san, the licensed Guide at Nara took us around Nara. His experience and knowledge about this ancient capital of Japan elevates our understanding of this land that was the center of administration during the Asuka period. The Land of the Rising Sun unfolds several wonders at once. The Deer Park, famous Todaiji Temple dedicated to Lord Buddha, Shinto shrines that primarily believe in nature worship and rugged stone lanterns radiate history, faith and Takatoshi san gently shared with us the story about when and how the shrines were built. The strength of architecture of the past can be seen even though renovation through centuries has kept the structures stand as they do today. Takatoshi san enlightened us on the difference between Shintoism and Buddhism, how devotees bow and pray ... read more


Dear Chrtan san,Thank you for your nice review to my tour in Nara. I had also spent a nice time with you and your family on that day. I hope you could have a beautiful journey this visit to Japan. I wish you come to again even more ancient time place of Asuka area where is foundation place of Japan. As I told you , we have a close relation ship with India in terms of religious and culture things. Hopefully, we look forward seeing you again in near future. You or your family are expected to come here . Thank you again for your choosing my tour and sharing your time with me !

Vai Vai United States ( Family )
3 months ago

“ Memorable visit to Kyoto ”

Takatoshi-San was wonderful and took to all the places according to our interests - he came earlier to the train station and received us right outside the train- he answered all our questions and even helped me find a good bottle of sake. I would highly recommend him.


Thank you for your kind and review. I say also thank you for your short visit to Kyoto early morning from Tokyo and sharing your time with my tour. I look forward to seeing you next time maybe in Nara. Have a nice further journey and safely back to your home.

Theresa Theresa United States ( Family )
3 months ago

“ Afternoon in Kyoto ”

Spent an afternoon seeing temples and shrines. Takatoshi was very organized and pleasant with a vast knowledge of all Kyoto had to offer. We really enjoyed our time with him and would book again!


Thank you for your nice and positive review to my tour. It was also pleasant time with you and your family. I really await you and your family's next visit again in Nara, Asuka and Kyoto. As I sent photos with comment, I will anytime help with your son in Tokyo and please ask him to contact me if he needs.

Lawrence Lawrence United States ( Couple )
3 months ago

“ Knowledgeable guide for Kyoto sights. ”

Takatoshi met us at our hotel and led us to see several Kyoto highlights, such as Nijo Castle, Golden Pavilion, Ryoanji Temple, and the bamboo pathway. Takatoshi was a wealth of information about Kyoto and suggested some close-by tours of Uji and Nara as well. We really enjoyed learning the history of Kyoto with such an experienced guide!


Thank you for your glowing review which is and will be reffered to my future guiding. Hopefully , you had visited either Uji or Nara, if it was not , I expect you to come again in Japan . It was nice and wonderful time with you . Thank you again sharing your time with my guide tour in Kyoto.

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