Osaka Castle, Dotombori, Shin-Sekai


Hideo Y.

4.46(124) reviews
Japanese (Native), English
8 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 30 people

I take you to Osaka Castle, Dotombori, Sginsekai and Shinsaibashi Shopping Street. In Osaka you can have Osaka local food such as Okoniomiyaki, Takoyaki, and Kushikatsu. Dotombori is popularly known as

Meeting Point

at your hotel in Osaka city

10:00 AM

Osaka Castle

The highlight of Osaka castle is big stones and stone walls.

It was built in 1585 by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it's me?

12:30 PM

Dotombori street 

You can see flamboyant signboards such as Glico, Crab, Dragon and the like.

01:30 PM

One of the popular Okonomiyaki restaurants for lunch

We can have okonimiyaki, or Japanese style pancake, grilled on an iron plate, the most popular local food in Osaka.

02:30 PM

Doguyasuji and Kuromon Market

Doguyasuji is the kitchen utensil street.

Kuromon Markets is one of the three major markets in Japan. You see various kinds of fish caught in Osaka Bay.

04:00 PM


Shinsekai literally means "New World." actually about 130 years ago it used to be a new world.

Ending Point

at your hotel in Osaka city

What to Expect

Osaka Castle was built by Toyotomi HIDEYOSHI in 1585. Oh, it's my residence, isn't it !! The observatory with a height of 50 meters above the ground commands a panoramic view of Osaka city. Can you guess how many stones were used to build the castle? I'll tell you the answer on my tour. Osaka Castle Park is also known for its beautiful cherry blossoms.

If you want to experience feeling like a samurai when visiting the castle, you can wear a samurai warrior helmet like me !!

From Osaka Castle Pier to Yodoyabashi you can enjoy Nakanoshima on Okawa River by an Aqua Liner for 20 minutes. In 1600s Nakanoshima was developed on the river sandbar and it became the center of Japanese economy.

Dotombori is a popular street with a lot of flashy signboards. Osaka is widely known as a "Kuidaore-no-machi", or literally "drinking and eating luxuriously to death." Popular foods are "Konamon" such as Okonomiyaki. or Japanese-style pancake grilled on an iron plate, and Takoyaki, or a grilled dumpling with a piece of octopus in it. I'll introduce some delicious stores to you.

Shin-Sekai is a downtown area with a strange mix of nostalgic atmosphere and contemporary energy.

Tsutenkaku is the symbol tower of this area. In the daytime you won't be able to see the illuminations but in the evening or at night the tower is beautifully lit up. The color of the illuminations has a certain meaning. Do you know what it is ?

You can try the 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 is a local rule when eating kushikatsu; No dipping twice !!

Billiken (the famous statue of a spirit of luck) will be waiting for you!! By the way, this area was designed after a certain city. Do you know which city it is ?

If you want to know the answers to my questions, why don't you come and join my tour ?

I guarantee you'll have a great day.

( We'll go around the city on the subways)

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and the guide), lunch, entrance fee

Important Information

I guide you Sapporo, Furano, Otaru, Hakodate in Hokkaido / Aomori in Hokuriku / Miyazaki, Nagasaki, Kagoshima in Kyushu / Kochi, Matsuyama in Shikoku / Tottori, Shimane, Kanazawa, Sakaiminato in Japan Sea side. Please get in touch with me!!

Thank you.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 8 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 3 to 7 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 2 day(s) prior to meeting time

Frequently Asked Questions

Could you tell us how much transportation fee and entrance fee are ?

We use subway.

・Our transportation fee is within 1,500 yen per person. ・Your entrance fee is 600 yen per person.



Paul W.

Mar 26, 2023

Great tour of Osaka

Very informative and knowledgeable. Help us with savings on the transport and advised on places to see. Very friendly too.

Hideo Y.

We enjoyed having Osaka local food such as Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki, and kushikatsu for lunch. We went to most scenic spots by subway in Osaka. 1-day pass card was very convenient. I wish you and all your family good health and happiness. Thank you.


Mari A.

Mar 22, 2023

Great tour of Narita whirlpool

Hideo was a charming host, and everything ran very well, according to the plan he laid out. I had been wanting to see the Naruto whirlpool for a long time, and the spectacle of nature did not disappoint. The Tile museum was very intriguing in its own way. You bet to see reproduced masterpieces all in one space so it became easy to track a painters artistic progress throughout their lives rather than having to go to different countries to see art piecemeal.

Hideo Y.

I'm .very happy to receive your excellent review. Naruto whirlpool is one of the three greatest whirlppools in the world. We had a great time to watch the whirlpool at high tide. In the Otsuka Museum of Art, or The Tile museum, we could see about 1,000 full-scale paintings in porcelain panel. In particular Vatican's Sistine Chapel was represented in the front main hall. It was spectacular, wasn't it! I wish you all the best in the future. Thank you.

Justin S.

Mar 19, 2023

Great memories

We really enjoyed seeing Osaka Castle and Dotombori with Hideo. Had a great time!

Hideo Y.

We enjoyed watching fish such as puffer fish, grilled eel, big shrimps in Kuromon market. We could see early bloomers of cherries. I'm very glad to have a great time with your family. Please keep running for your health. I hope to see you again!


Megan B.

Mar 18, 2023

We love Hideo!

Hideo was thoughtful and interesting. We truly enjoyed our time with him.

Hideo Y.

We enjoyed walking through the flashy billboards on the Dotonbori street. We have dinner close to Abeno Harukas, the tallest building in Japan. Next time I'd like to visit Umeda Sky Building with you. Thank you!

$230/ per group

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