Osaka History and Nostalgic Area Tour

Art & Culture

Toshi M.

4.74(34) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
8.5 hours
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 4 people

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.


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Meeting Point

At your hotel in Osaka city, or ......


Osaka Castle/ Statue of its founder Hideyoshi

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.


Shitennoh-ji Temple

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.


Abeno Harukas Skyscraper

Lunch : Abeno Harukas has a large variety of restaurants. You can choose what you feel like having from various cuisine.


Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine

Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine is a very old shinto shrine with historical and spiritual significance. You will visit the shrine and make your wish there.


Shinsekai Area

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.

Ending Point

At your hotel in Osaka, or a convenient place for you.

What to Expect

Firstly, you will explore Osaka’s symbol, Osaka 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 Castle, we will visit the first state-run Buddhist temple, Shitennoh-ji built in the late 6th century. And then, we will 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, other Asian and Western dishes.

You will continue with discovering an old Shinto shrine, Sumiyoshi Taisha that has a great historical and spiritual significance. Finally on the way back to your hotel, we drop in Shinsekai area in which the atmosphere of 1950s and 60s still remains. As you stroll in the area, you can not miss a lot of flashy three dimensional signboards of Kushikatsu restaurants.

Kushikatsu, or deep-fried skewered seafood, meat and vegetables, are the specialty of this area. You might want to try some of the

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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, admission fee, etc

Important Information

* 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.

AT Shitennoh-ji Temple, a flea market is held on the 21st of every month .(See the picture)

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)

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting time
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting time


Randal P.

Mar 13, 2020

Trip to old Osaka

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

Toshi M.

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


Ivy S.

Jan 9, 2020

Highly Recommend

We had the best time with Toshi! His knowledge of Osaka and the food scene there made for an awesome day of touring.

Toshi M.

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


Jim B.

Jan 7, 2020

Historical Kyoto

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.

Toshi M.

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


Lori M.

Jan 6, 2020

Awesome experience in Osaka

Toshi was an excellent guide in Osaka. He showed us all the highlights. I would definitely recommend him!

Toshi M.

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

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