Osaka, the second largest metropolitan area in Japan, is generally well-known for its contemporary architectures and street foods. However in this tour, you will see Osaka from a historical aspect as you visit Osaka Castle, Shintennoh-ji Temple, Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and the Shin-sekai area.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Toshi.
As a start of this history tour, we will visit Osaka Castle and enjoy the view from the top of castle tower. The guide will talk about the history behind the construction of the castle.
This temple was the first state-run Buddhist temple built in 6th century by Prince Shotoku who also built the oldest wooden temple Hohryu-ji Temple in Nara.
Lunch : Abeno Harukas has a large variety of restaurants. You can choose what you feel like having from various cuisine.
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine is a very old shinto shrine with historical and spiritual significance. You will visit the shrine and make your wish there.
In this area, an atmosphere of 1960s and 70s Osaka still remains. Kushikatsu, deep-fried skewered meat and vegetable is the specialty of this area. You might want to nibble on them.
Guide fee, hotel pick-up in Osaka city.
Transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, snacks, dinner, admission fee, etc
AT Shitennoh-ji Temple, a flea market is held on the 21st of every month .(See the picture)
* Toshi will charge actual transportation fee (R.T.) to get to your hotel from his home in Osaka at the end of the tour.
* Duration of guiding service : minimum 6 hours and maximum 10 hours during the period of March 20th ~ November 31st.
* 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.
・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)
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 GoWithGuide.
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.
My day with Toshi was a lot of fun. We went to some interesting temples and shrine were he told me there history. We also went to parts of the city that are the same as years ago and had a really good lunch. If you want an interesting and easy to talk to guide go with Toshi. Randal
Hi Randal, Thank you very much for your review. Unfortunately, we could not visit The Museum of Housing and Living due to the corona virus.If you have a chance to come back here, I would like to show you nice small cities in the Kansai region. Hope you had a safe and easy trip getting back home. Best regards, Toshi
We had the best time with Toshi! His knowledge of Osaka and the food scene there made for an awesome day of touring.
Hi Ivy, Thank you very much for your review. I'm glad that you guys had a good time in Osaka and Kobe. Did you enjoy beef dinner in Kobe? Belated Happy New year to you and your family. Best regards, Toshi
Toshi met us at the cruise port in Osaka and with him we effortlessly navigated our way to and around Kyoto. We had a full day itinerary and met most of our highlighted points of interest. The day was longer than anticipated and Toshi stayed with us to the end, returning us to the port in plenty of time to get back on board. We thoroughly enjoyed the day and would not have been able to see what we did, if we had done this ourselves. In addition, having a guide such as Toshi who has the local and historical knowledge, enriched our experience and meant that the adventure was much deeper. Toshi himself is a genuinely lovely man with interesting experiences and we wish him the best for the future. When we return to Japan, we will definitely engage Toshi, this time for the Osaka experience... read more
Hi Jim, Thank you so much for your nice review. I myself had a such a fun day, guiding you guys in Kyoto. I’m hoping that any of you comes back to Japan again. Belated “ A Happy New Year! ” to you all. Best regards, Toshi
Toshi was an excellent guide in Osaka. He showed us all the highlights. I would definitely recommend him!
Hi Lori, Thank you very much for your review. I hope you will come back to Kansai region and enjoy more fun places some time again. "A Happy New Year" to you and your husbnd. Best regards, Toshi
If you are looking for a tour guide that is very structured and dedicated to making sure you see as much as you can in your allotted time, Toshi is the guide for you. As first-time visitors to Japan, my group was easily distracted and prone to veering off course. Toshi made sure that we stuck to the plan and didn't dawdle. He is energetic, knowledgable, and passionate about showing you the sites.
Thank you for your review. It seems like that you guys had a great time with interesting experiences in the Kansai region, as far as looking at the pictures you shared. Hope you will come back here again some time and explore more about Japanese culture. Best regards, Toshi