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Welcome to Osaka: Private Tour with a Local Host

1. Welcome to Osaka: Private Tour with a Local Host

Experience Osaka like a resident on a private walking tour with a local host. Get tips on what to see and do, and learn the best ways to get around. Benefit from pick-up at your accommodation and get familiar with your local neighborhood. Discover where to buy groceries or where the best local places to eat are located and much more. Alternatively, meet at a central landmark or intersection to start your walking tour. Venture beyond the usual tourist sites and discover places you would never read about in the guidebooks. Avail of an itinerary that can be tailored to your interests and specific needs. Ride on the public transportation system, at your own expense, if you prefer. Chat with your guide about life in the city and its many traditions. Feel more confident getting around and exploring on your own by the end of your experience.

Osaka Food Tour (10 Delicious Dishes at 5 Hidden Eateries)

2. Osaka Food Tour (10 Delicious Dishes at 5 Hidden Eateries)

Explore the hidden gem of Shinsekai with your guides and discover the real Osaka. Osaka’s Shinsekai district is a vibrant place combining modern and traditional cuisine. Fill your belly with some of the best food you will have in Japan. Discover hidden, original establishments which have been chosen by two local expert guides. Wander in and around the markets that serve traditional Osakan food for an authentic local experience.  Make your way to the first eatery, a takoyaki, or battered octopus balls, stall. Then visit an Izakaya restaurant and sample some authentic Osakan kitsune Udon along with japanese style chicken wings. Also taste the locally invented kushikatsu, which are lightly deep-fried vegetables, meats and seafood on skewers. Head off the beaten path and visit a cosy, traditional Japanese restaurant you will get dishes of mouthwatering nikudoufu or beef and tofu stew, original yakitori or skewered beef assortments, plus an alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverage. Then visit specialized delicious gyoza dumpling establishment. The last dishes of the night will be at a unique Japanese eatery. Enjoy a tonpeiyaki, or pork omelette plus an abundance of edamame and karaage, Japanese fried chicken with spices. Another drink of your choice here is included. Finish off the night at a market eating Japanese castella cake shaped as the local mascot of Shinsekai.

From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

3. From Osaka: Kyoto Top Highlights Day Trip

Visit some of Kyoto's most famous cultural sites on this day-long bus tour from Osaka. Hop aboard a comfortable coach and drive to Japan's ancient capital to see the brilliant torii gates of the Fushimi Inari Shrine, the UNESCO-listed Kiyomizu-dera temple, and the golden pavilion of Kinkaku-ji. Kyoto is filled with ancient historic sites dating back to the 6th century. Get dropped off first at the Fushimi Inari Shrine, a Shinto shrine famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates. Spend time wandering the brilliant paths before heading to your next destination. Arrive at Kiyomizu-dera, one of the most iconic temples in Japan. Take ample time to wander through the temple. Walk across the impressive wooden stage, which juts out from the hillside and was constructed without the use of a single nail. Next, stop at Kinkaku-ji, also known as the Golden Pavilion due to the fact that it's covered in gold leaf. Wander through the immaculate gardens surrounding the temple, admiring the original Japanese designs that have been preserved since Ashikaga's time. Finish the day in Arashiyama, which has been a popular nature-viewing destination since the Heian Period. Take a stroll through the cool Sagano Bamboo Forest and listen to the distinct rustle of bamboo leaves as you walk. In the late afternoon, hop on the bus back to Osaka.

Osaka: 2-Hour Kuromon Market Walking Street Food Tour

4. Osaka: 2-Hour Kuromon Market Walking Street Food Tour

Kuromon Market, also known as the "Kitchen of the Nation,” is one of the most important culinary centers of Japanese culture. Most of the family-owned businesses in the market have been there for decades. Renowned for its bounty of delicious street foods, Kuromon is much beloved by locals. Try authentic local foods, like takoyaki, grilled scallops, grilled yakitori skewers, and much more — your guide will help you sort through the array of food stalls to pick the best that the market has to offer. With the tour including enough food samplings to fill you up, make sure you come hungry. All the while, you’ll pick up insights into authentic Japanese culture as you learn about the fascinating history of the market, as well as Osaka’s contemporary and historical role in the country’s culture. You’ll also get some great tips from your guide about where to buy some souvenirs if you so desire.

Haneda Airport Pick-up: Japan Pocket Wi-fi Router 4G LTE

5. Haneda Airport Pick-up: Japan Pocket Wi-fi Router 4G LTE

Access 4G LTE Wi-fi across Japan with this pocket router that connects to the Softbank Network. With Unlimited WiFi data, you'll be able to use Maps, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, watch Youtube videos and more on the go. Just visit the Haneda Airport counter on the 2nd/3rd floor of the arrival terminal and you will be able to start using the internet as soon as you have landed. Business Hours:  6:30 AM-11:45 PM 2nd floor NINJA WIFI Counter The devices can be returned at most major airports in Japan, or via delivery from any hotel, Family Mart, or Lawson convenience store.

From Osaka : Private Full-day Tour to Kyoto

6. From Osaka : Private Full-day Tour to Kyoto

Start the tour with pick up from central Osaka and travel to historic Kyoto. Over the course of the day, you'll be presented with a balanced view of this historic city and its surroundings. The Arashiyama district is the first stop, and it is here where you'll be introduced to Japanese garden and temple design. Tenryu-ji Temple has one of the most outstanding, timeless examples of Japanese gardens surrounding it's simple-but-majestic temple buildings. Then it's time for a walk up through the famous bamboo grove - a photo opportunity not to be missed - before arriving at the entrance to luxurious Okochi Sanso. Here you will try some matcha (Japanese green tea), before exploring the winding paths that connect the buildings, views, and garden areas. Afterwards, you'll enjoy a stroll alongside the river, then have free time for lunch and even a bit of shopping, if you wish. Next, enjoy the atmospheric streets of the Goin district, complete with a gurgling stream and rows of traditional tea house and restaurant buildings.  Not far from the Gion is Fushimi Inari-taisha, arguably the most famous Shinto shrine complex in the entire region. After having a look around you'll end your tour with a visit to the famous Torii gate.

Osaka: Tsutenkaku Tower Entry Ticket

7. Osaka: Tsutenkaku Tower Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entry ticket to the observatory of Osaka's landmark tower, Tsutenkaku. Enjoy the views of Osaka while exploring the tower’s Golden Observatory, Observatory of Light, and Tsutenkaku Garden. Head to the top floor to learn more about the tower and relax with drinks at the café. Golden Observatory (87.5 m)The Golden Observatory is decorated with golden colors and features a golden Billiken statue waiting to be greeted. Observatory of Light (84 m)Osaka people love shining objects, and this floor captures that love. At night, the light observatory on the 4th floor quickly transforms into a disco fever with flashy lighting and mirror balls. Tsutenkaku Garden (26 m)Find a modern Japanese-style "Tsutenkaku Garden" with bamboo fences and stone lanterns, designed with the theme of "wind, light, water, greenery, and heart. The garden will be lit up at night to create a fantastic atmosphere. Top Floor (22 m) and BeyondReach the top floor to learn about the area called "New World" where the tower located. You can see dioramas, videos, and photographs that show how the area looked 100 years ago. Optionally, stop at Cafe de Luna Park to enjoy some drinks (cost not included). If you want to go up to the rooftop, tickets are available at the Golden Observatory (cash). You can purchase tickets to reach some of the tower's special observation platforms. The special outdoor observatory, Tenbo Paradise, stands 94.5 meters above the ground, with an 8.5-meter diameter observation corridor. It is located at the top of Tsutenkaku and has no obstruction to the surroundings, so you can fully enjoy the views.

From Osaka: Kyoto Sightseeing Day Trip and Scenic Train Ride

8. From Osaka: Kyoto Sightseeing Day Trip and Scenic Train Ride

After pickup from one of 3 locations in Osaka, head towards Kyoto, once the former capital of Japan, on the island of Honshu. The first activity of the day is a scenic and romantic railway ride from Kameoka to Arashiyama. During the 23-minute journey, feel immersed in nature as you admire the beautiful blossom trees and breathtaking mountain views. Upon arrival at Arashiyama, enjoy a delicious buffet style lunch with soft drinks to prepare you for an afternoon of sightseeing. After lunch, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kiyomizudera Temple, one of the most celebrated temples in Japan, founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall. The tour continues onto Fushimi Inari, world-famous for the thousands of Torii gates that line the entrance to the Shinto Shrine. Spend some free time exploring the mountain trails and the shrine buildings themselves, and learn about the fascinating culture of Japan. The tour ends after your visit to Fushimi Inari, and you’ll be dropped-off to your original pickup location in Osaka.

Osaka: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Admission Ticket

9. Osaka: LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Admission Ticket

Arrive at the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center and marvel at the incredible number of attractions visitors can enjoy with their families. Tour the LEGO® brick factory, attend a LEGO class to learn how to make special LEGO® creations, witness an enormous diorama of the city of Osaka created using LEGO® bricks, and explore the Duplo® playground where smaller children can play safely. Experience a variety of games that stimulate the imagination including a 4D Cinema with special-effects that will make you jump out of your skin in surprise, and the shooting ride “Kingdom Quest” to rescue the captured princess. Japan’s first LEGO® VR Attraction “The Great LEGO® Race” is a virtual reality experience where you are invited to buckle up and go for a ride inside the most incredible, exhilarating, and fun LEGO® race ever created. Immerse yourselves in a LEGO® world racing brick-built vehicles in the hopes of becoming the next Champion. Please note, adults can not enter without a child. Adults (aged 16 and over) must be accompanied by a child (aged 15 and under) in order to enter.

Osaka: Japan Pocket WiFi Router Kansai Airport Pickup

10. Osaka: Japan Pocket WiFi Router Kansai Airport Pickup

Access 4G LTE WiFi across Japan with this pocket router that connects to the Softbank Network. Never get lost in Japan again, with Unlimited WiFi data, which enables you to use Map Apps, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, watch Youtube videos and even Netflix. Pick-up the WiFi router at the Kansai International Airport, located in Osaka. Just visit the Kansai International Airport arrival lobby 1F between 7:00 AM and 10:00 PM to pick up your device and start using the internet. The devices can be returned at most major airports in Japan, or via delivery from any hotel, Family Mart, or Lawson convenience stores.

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What people are saying about Osaka

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 694 reviews

Andy was a terrific guide!! Incredibly personable. I was actually staying nearby the spots he took us on and he truly did take us to hidden locations I never would have sought out on my own. He gave some history and pointed out some interesting facts about the area. We even got to play some of the games at the shops in the area. I traveled to Osaka alone so this was a nice chance to be social! PS it is A LOT of food so come hungry!

This was such an incredibly insightful, unique experience of Osaka. I would particularly recommend this for well travelled people who understand that there other layers to every city. Andy is informative, engaging and is a natural story teller. His humor & wit add to this well rounded tour. I recommend going to the dinner after as we continued the fun with delicious food. Thank you

Definitely worth it and also absolutely necessary because some don't speak English or often look through maps themselves for where and how they're going

This was a fantastic night food tour with Andy, our tour guide. He took me to some super local places and described each delicious dish in great detail.

The game in Osaka was an amazing experience to do with kids. We enjoyed it a lot.