Our private tours of Osaka, guided by a licensed guide, and planned by an expert, take you into the amazing worlds of this city, which served as Japan's first Imperial Capital, under the name Naniwa, in 645 AD and then again in 744 AD. Osaka (great tourist information here) is an incredible city if you know what to do and what not to do.
Our Osaka private tours day and tour itineraries stand out in three ways: 1) Personalized itineraries designed by a Japan travel specialist (since 1990). 2) High value tours at competitive prices for independent private or small group travel. 3) Helpful logistical and cultural guidance by local Osaka private guide (in English, Spanish or Chinese).
Our guided private Osaka tours, Osaka area day trips, and tour itineraries are flexible and focused on three travel advantages: 1) Personalized itineraries designed by a Japan travel specialist (since 1990). 2) High value tours at competitive prices for independent private or small group travel. 3) Helpful logistical and cultural guidance by a local Osaka private guide (in English, Spanish or Chinese).
We offer Osaka private tours that begin very early in the morning (2-hour Dawn Picnics; usually self-guided; please inquire) and really creative 4-hour guided night tours that introduce tourists and visitors to the interesting (family safe) after dark worlds of Osaka (Dotonbori, Kita Shinchi, street food, shrines, modern art and stunning night views).
Are you and your family or small group short on time? Great planning requires great effort. We do all that but the options are all yours. Our guided and self-guided Osaka private tours can be designed to suit your pace: really relaxing and slow or fairly fast and busy . . . The options are all yours! And all of our private Osaka tours can be tailored to your very specific and personal interests such as walking or focused shopping, art or theatre culture, cuisine, gardens & nature, manga & anime, handicrafts & antiques . . .
Our Osaka private guides are knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and trained to follow the final itinerary approved by you and your family or group. Our local bilingual Osaka guides add value to your trip through their personal insights and interesting cultural knowledge. They are also great introductory teachers and can teach you important logistical information (how to use the ticket machines and the almost-perfect Tokyo public transportation system) and answer any burning questions you may have.
Below are popular one day destinations from Osaka. Click each photo or title to see sample itineraries. We are happy to customize your itinerary according to your interests and needs. If your departure city is other locations, please let us know.
Our most popular Osaka Private Tours
#1 Osaka Old & New tour highlights: Our most popular Osaka tour begins in the Kuromon Ichiba Market in the morning and then takes you through the oldest surviving parts of the city, partially by boat on the canals, and then focuses on the ultra-modern worlds of Shinsaibashi and Umeda. #2 Osaka Foodie & Shopping Zone Cruise highlights: Osaka is a foodie paradise and our Southeast Asian clients really love experiencing street food and the underground dining complexes of the city and of course the shopping zones are of great interest. #3 Nara Park Perfections & Horyuji Buddhist Beginnings: This tour begins or ends with a visit Horyu-ji Temple, home to the oldest wooden buildings in the world, including the temple's excellent museum, and ends or starts in the timeless splendor of Nara Park (Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Shrine, Imperial elegance). #4 Osaka Nightlife Cruise highlights: Osaka is an incredible place to see lots of people spending lots of money on food and entertainment. This night tour walks you through the best of Dotonbori, Kita Shinchi and Abeno. #5 Kyoto Fushimi Inari Grand Shrine & Gion Night Walk highlights: This very popular tour begins with an after dark stroll through the vast sacred precinct of Fushimi Inari and its tunnels of orange torii gates and ends with a two-hour back lane stroll through the exotic geiko maiko worlds of the Gion district.
Please enquire for other day trips (Kobe, Himeji and Kurashiki) and other themes of interest (ceramics, funky shopping, great cooking tools and stuff of all kinds, the waterfront, and high fashion and design). We love to help our clients find what they have come for . . .
If you don’t want to be with a local Tokyo tour guide every day or just want to save money but still be in control don’t forget our very popular self-guided or digital tours.. Self-guided tours, ideal for independent travelers of any kind, are all customized to your individual or group needs and designed for good time flow, flexibility, and ease of travel. Digital tours are a great way to see and experience Tokyo or Mount Fuji or Kamakura on your own. They are also great for traveling to remote areas of Japan. With these smart, compact PDFs (downloaded to your smartphone), complete with maps, historical and cultural summaries, you can see and do a lot on a flexible tour schedule, and save between 58% and 76% compared with our private guided day and city tour rates.