Osaka, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan, is called "Tenka no Daidokoro", the kitchen of the country. During this tour, we will visit Dohtom-bori area besides Osaka-jo Castle. In the Dohtom-bori area, you will find out the reason why Osaka has been called "Tenka no Daidokoro". We will visit various places in the southern part of the city, focusing on the culinary culture of Osaka.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshi.
Firstly we will visit Osaka-jo Castle, the symbol of Osaka. You can enjoy the great view from the top of the castle tower. Then we will move to the Dohtom-bori area by subway or maybe by boat.
The Dohton-bori Waterway that developed as an entertainment district of Osaka with plenty of playhouses and tea shops in the Edo period. Now they are replaced by many restaurants, bars and clubs over the course of time. It's fun to stroll around this Dohtom-bori area to see three-dimensional signboards of various restaurants, and to discover Osaka's favorite snacks, Takoyaki and Okonomiyaki.
The narrow Hozen-ji Yokocho street is very close to the waterway. That street can make you imagine the way old Osaka streets looked like in the past. Here, at a corner of this street, you will have the opportunity to see a Buddhist statue Fudoh-myooh, covered with moss all over the body.
Then, we will go to the Kuromon Food Market where professional cooks come and get fresh ingredients for their cooking. In this tour, you can learn about Osaka and gain a knowledge on especially its culinary culture.
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Osaka city
transportation fee (you and guide), snacks, lunch, dinner, admission fees
* Toshi will charge actual transportation fee (R.T.) to get to your hotel from his home in Osaka at the end of the tour. (Ex. Osaka city : approximately 560 yen, Kyoto city : approximately 1000 yen)
* If you are working for a travel agency, please note that my guiding service is not available for your tour program, thank you.
We will have pretty much walking distance, 8~ 9 km in the tour.
・This tour is for those who do not mind walking 5~6 miles, or 8~9 km.
・Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
・Do not forget to bring either a camera or a smartphone.
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
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.
After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
We had a half-day tour of Nara with guide Toshi. He was very knowledgeable and engaging, and was very accommodating to our schedule. Overall, an excellent experience. Thank you, Toshi!
Hi Sebastian, Thank you for your review. It was a really hot day. Your family seemed to havve a fun time in Nara, feeding deer, visiting the great Buddha, experiencing Japanese garden and watching Mochi-pounding and eating just pounded Mochi. I hope these things will be a good memory for your children. Best regards, Toshi
Toshi was professional and helped prepare for our requests to visit some less frequently attended locations. His kindness was lovely.
Hi Lauren, Thank you for your prompt review. I also thank you for arranging the van/ driver who were very familiar with local streets. I'm glad that we could join the first tour of Katsura Detached Imperial Villa without waiting time. We were lucky. Take care. Toshi
Toshi took us on a nice 1.5 day tour of Kyoto. He customized the tour based on what we wanted to see. He also gave us good dinner recommendations.
Hi Josh, Thank you very much for your review. I’m glad that you had a wonderful time in Kyoto. If you find out the date you will be coming to Osaka, please let me know. I can take you some place interesting, or we can have dinner together, How about both? Best regards, Toshi
Toshi was super nice. He took us to some great places. He had a lot of knowledge about Japan. When we forgot our umbrellas in his backpack (we were luck to not have rain) he went completely out of his way to bring them to our next hotel. Thanks so much for all the help Toshi!!!
Hi Margit, I saw a few umbrellas and a raincoat in my back pack, after I got back home. I completely forgot to return them to you. I was hoping that it would not rain in Kyoto next day, while I kept them. I think the weather was OK, wasn't it? Thank you very much for your nice review. Best regards, Toshi
Toshi spoke excellent English, was very pleasant to be with and took us all the places we requested to go. All this for just 5 of us at 1/3 the price of a cruise ship land excursion covering the same things on a bus of 40 people.
Hi David, I do not know about the land excursion trip for cruise ship passengers. But I'm happy that your family members seemed to enjoy my guiding service in Osaka. Thank you very much for your review. Please tell Paul that I had sent the post card right away, which he asked me to send just before all of you went back to the cruise ship. Best regards, Toshi