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. Your hotel in Osaka city : approximately 560 yen, Your hotel in 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 wonderful experience with Toshi. He was very accommodating and was very happy to help cater the tour to exactly what we wanted to do and see. He was very insightful and gave great advice for enjoying the rest of our stay in Kyoto.
Hi Matthew, Thank you very much for a wonderful review. I was a bit amazed when I heard that you guys walked to the Hotel from Kyoto Station. Normally international travelers take a taxi to get to their accommodation site, because of unfamiliar environment and directions. I just thought that these people know how to get about. It seems like that you have had a fun tour in Kyoto. It’s nice to be young and healthy. I really hope that you guys will form a warm family and that she will pursue her career to cope with various issues. Best regards, Toshi
We had a fun day touring with Toshi. He was knowledgeable and interesting. Had a great tour of Osaka with him.
Hi Dominique, South African team is going to participate in the finals. Congratulations! did you see Japan vs. Scotland game yesterday? I hope Japan and South Africa will meet in the final game, and XXXXX win. Thank you for you review. Please say hello to your husband, and take care. Best regards, Toshi
My husband, son and I spent half a day with Toshi seeing the Osaka Castle and visiting a couple famous neighborhoods. He was very knowledgeable, speaks very good English, and was also flexible in adjusting the itinerary on the go to accommodate my son's interest in anime. Toshi suggested several good spots for pictures and found a great restaurant where he helped us order local food. Although the scheduled time was up, Toshi made sure we were able to find a store my son wanted to visit and then got us a taxi. We had a great time with Toshi.
Hi Diane, Thank you very much for your review. I myself had a fun time touring with your family. Your husband is friendly and an interesting gentleman to talk to and listen to. I was wondering whether your son got something he wanted have at the Animate place and got back home alright. I'm glad to hear you enjoyed eating local food at the restaurant. Please take care and convey my regards to your husband and son. Best regards, Toshi
Toshi-san and I had a lovely day touring temples and gardens. Even though it rained most of the day, with his knowledge of Kyoto’s transit system we were able to cover a lot of ground in a short time. We spent the morning in Arashiyama then ended our tour at the Golden Pavilion. As a solo traveler he made me feel comfortable and even eased my embarrassment when I realized I hadn’t brought enough cash! Thank you for your graciousness, Toshi. I enjoyed my tour!
Hi Holly, How are you doing? Thank you for the review. You mentioned about your embarrassment. I just wanted you to forget that while we are touring together so that you can enjoy what you were seeing and experiencing during the rest of the tour. I simply wanted you to have a fun day. After reading your review, I found out I kind of succeeded in doing that. Thank you. Could you see the cultural performance at Gion Corner? Best regards, Toshi
From the start, with prompt email responses, personalized itinerary, to the full day of enjoyable experiences, Toshi was an excellent guide. He was knowledgeable about the sites we visited and patient with our requests to find specific items and kept track of us while we meandered through the crowded markets! Thank you for an excellent adventure!
Hi Sandra, Thank you for your nice review. Too bad, that your husband was unable to join the tour. However, I'm glad that we could find the food and the Sake that you were looking for. I was hoping that your husband was happy with what you had gotten. If you ever come to Osaka or Kyoto, please let me know. Best regards, Toshi