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Osaka History and Nostalgic Area Tour

8 hours
up to 5 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)
Walking / Public Transportation Tour
( Contact guide for other options )

Osaka, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan, is famous for its contemporary architecture and street food. Except having lunch at the Japan's highest skyscraper Harukas, however, you will see Osaka from the historical side as you will visit Osaka-jo castle, Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and the Shin-sekai area.


Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshi.

  • Osaka-jo Castle/ Statue of Hideyoshi
  • Abeno Harukas Skyscraper (for Lunch)
  • Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
  • Shin-sekai and Tsutenkaku Tower
  • Osaka Museum of History (*optional)

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What to Expect

First of all, you will explore one of the symbols of Osaka, Osaka-jo castle. The view from the observatory deck, the top of the castle tower, is wonderful as you can see the whole city like in your palm.

After Osaka-jo castle, we will move to Tennohji Station and have lunch in Abeno Harukas, the highest skyscraper in Japan. They have so many restaurants on the 12th, 13th and 14th floors. You can choose from a large variety of foods such as Japanese, Chinese, Korean, other Asian and Western dishes.

You will continue with discovering an old shrine Sumiyoshi Taisha that has a great historical and spiritual significance. Another attraction is the Tsutenkaku tower, located in the amusement area in which the atmosphere of the Showa Era still remains, and older people might feel nostalgic. As you stroll around, you will see a lot of brilliant signboards of Kushikatsu restaurants.

Kushikatsu, or deep-fried skewered seafood, meat and vegetables are the specialty of this area. You will probably want to drop in one of the Kushikatsu restaurants and nibble on them. I will keep you entertained along the tour with informative facts about Japanese history and traditions. Come and discover the historical attractions of Osaka and gain insight into the local lifestyle.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point At your hotel in Osaka city, or ......
Ending Point At your hotel in Osaka, or a convenient place for you.

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee, hotel pick-up in Osaka city

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, snacks, dinner, entrance fee, etc


* 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 in total, around 9 km in the tour.

・This tour is for those who do not mind walking around 9 km, or 5.5 miles.
・Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
・Whenever you feel tired, do not hesitate to tell me " Let's take a break." We will find a suitable spot to take a break then, or drop in a coffee shop.
・Do not forget to bring either a camera or a smartphone.
・We depend on public transportation. mostly subway. "One Day Ticket " for Osaka Metro is 800 yen/person.
Osaka-jo Castle ....................600 JPY
History Museum .................... 600 JPY (*optional) 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 ( 28 )
4.7 (28) Reviews
Very Good
Dominique Dominique South Africa ( Couple )
2 days ago

“ A fun day touring with 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

Diane Diane Japan ( Family )
5 days ago

“ Great overview of Osaka ”

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

Holly Holly United States ( Solo )
6 days ago

“ Temples and gardens in the rain ”

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

Sandra Sandra United States ( Family )
6 days ago

“ Wonderful Kyoto experience! ”

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

Lynda Lynda United Kingdom ( Couple )
1 week ago

“ Kyoto in the rain ”

Thank you Toshi for a great day in Kyoto. Toshi was excellent at communicating with us prior to our visit, recommending an itinerary that included our wish list of visiting an area with an experience of old Japan and the possibility of seeing a Geisha or Maiko. Toshi met us from the cruise terminal in Osaka and took us with him by train and taxi to the Kiyomizu Temple and the Gion district. In spite of the rain we had a wonderful day. Toshi was very informative and has many interesting stories to tell about the areas we visited. He is also very kind and mindful of our needs.Toshi made sure we arrived back to the ship in good time and having such an experienced guide made our tour so easy and enjoyable. Thank you for the recommendation to visit the Hakutsuri brewery at our next port of Kob... read more


Hi Lynda, Thank you so much for an excellent review. I’m really glad to hear that you had a wonderful day with me in Kyoto, in spite of rainy weather. Kyoto has a lot to offer you. Please let me know when you com back to Japan. We can have "Kyoto Tour for Lynda & Phil" 2nd round. Take care and please say hello to Phil. Best regards, Toshi

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