|Meeting Point||at your hotel in Osaka|
|Ending Point||at your hotel in Osaka|
|Departure||09:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible|
|Tour Type||Private Tour ( only for you )|
|Number of people||1 ~ 30|
I would like to introduce to you the temple town in the south of Osaka. The town is mixed with old-fashioned and modern Osaka.
First, I would like to take you to the Shiten-noji Temple which is known to be built by Prince Shotoku in 593. After the five-story pagoda was burnt down seven times, the temple was rebuilt to faithfully recreate the style of its time. The temple fairs are held on 21st and 22nd of each month with shops selling antiques and used clothes.
Next I'll take you to Aizen-do, Kiyomizu Temple, and Tokoku Temple.
Aizen-do is dedicated to the Aizen-Myoo populary known for the principal Buddhist image of a good match or a good couple. The Tahoto or the two-story pagodda was built by Prince Shotoku in 593 and rebuilt by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1597. Summer festivals in Osaka are said to begin with the Aizen festival.
Kiyomizu Temple has the "Tamade-no-Taki" with three waterfalls, similar to the "Otowa-no-Taki" waterfalls at Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto. The temple is also known for its unique natural waterfall in Osaka and is believed to be a power spot.
Tokoku Temple is now a Korean Temple, where a piece of the real Wall of Berlin is exhibited. Do you know why? It's a prayer for the reunification between North and South Korea.
Shin-Sekai is a downtown with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy. Tsutenkaku Tower is the symbol tower of this area. In the daytime the tower isn't lit up but in the evening or at night you can see the tower's illuminations. The color of the illumination has a meaning. Can you guess what it is ?
You can also try local foods (kushikatsu, sushi, tempura) at a reasonable price. Kushikatsu is a typical local deep fried food that goes great with beer. A wide variety of skewered ingredients such as beef, prawns, and vegetables are dipped in batter and deep fried in cooking oil. There's a local rule when eating kushikatsu. No dipping it in the sauce twice !!
The statue of a spirit of good luck, Billiken, will be waiting for you !! By the way the area was modeled after a certain city. Do you know which city it is ?
ABENO HARUKAS was just opened to the public on Mar.7th 2014. It's the tallest building in Japan with a height of 300 meters. You can have pine candy icecreams for a snack. Why don't you go up and see a 360 degree panoramic view of Osaka city from the the observatory deck on the 60th floor ?
Tennoji zoo is situated between ABENO HARUKAS and Shin-Sekai. It is the third oldest zoo in Japan and a polar bear called "Go-Go" attracts visitors. If you visit Osaka with your children, I am sure you can enjoy seeing animals.
Lastly I would like to introduce you Imamiya Ebisu Shrine which enshrines the deity of Ebisu, "the god of flourishing business." Ebisu festivals are held at Ebisu shrines in the Kansai reigion on January 9th, 10th, and 11th every year. Bamboo grass decorated with auspicious ornaments is sold by vendors shouting, "Bring bamboo grass !! bring good business !!"
Why don't you join the tour of "Temple Town in the South of Osaka" ?
|extra person ( more than 30 people ) .||4.40 USD|
|extra hour.||8.80 USD|
Wishing to visit Kyoto in depth in the short time we had, we disembarked the ship we are sailing in in Kobe and travelled to Kyoto by Shinkansen, and spent the night there, rejoining our cruise the day after. Hideo picked us up in Kobe and was with us both days. Thanks to him, we saw many sights, using both taxis and public transport, and made it back to the ship with ample time. Hideo is very patient, punctual and knowledgeable and we had two wonderful days with him in this lovely city. Whilst we never felt hurried, we managed to see everything we had planned in advance, with his great help and suggestions, and although we probably just scratched the surface of this great city, we could never have done it without him.
Main purpose was to try the Kobe beef. We went to one of the oldest sake brewery in Japan. There was a sake brewery museum about the history of the brewery which was very interesting. The good sake there are very affordable and for foreigners, tax-free is processed there too. Animal Kingdom was a good place to spend some time especially for family with kids. We had Kobe beef at two places - Mouriya which we chose from recommendation for lunch and Kagura as recommended by Hideo-san. Kagura is a lot more expensive- guess you pay for the teppanyaki showmanship. We didn't have much time for anything else.
He is a good guy and gentleman. Nice to have accommodate our schedule. He is not very informed and his English is not the best
Hideo was fantastic! We had few quite bad experiences with our tour guides in Japan, but not Hideo. He was extremely prepared, friendly and generally very knowledgable. He also has an extreme level of energy, I was amazed by the pace he established, and how he kept up with it. Overall I would recommmend him. Thank you, Hideo!
We met up with Hideo at Sannomiya Station in Kobe for our afternoon tour. At the start he provided us with a clear itinerary and map of our tour for the day. We went up the hill to see Kitano Ijinkan area, back down to the Merikan Park and Mozaic Mall at the port, and then to Chinatown. Hideo provided a good history of the Kobe Port and the city in general which was very informative. Hideo was also very organized in conducting the tour. We ended the tour with dinner at a nice Japanese restaurant. Overall we had a good taste of the beautiful Kobe City and would love to go back again in the future. Irwan. Boston, MA, USA.
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