1. Japan
  2. Osaka Prefecture
  3. Osaka
  4. Dotonbori

Osaka: Main Sights and Hidden Spots Guided Walking Tour

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Experience Osaka's top spots and local hidden gems on this guided tour with a small group. See Osaka Castle and the neighborhoods of Namba and Dotonbori.
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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the expansive park surrounding Osaka Castle
  • Visit modern Osaka's must-see Dotonbori and Kuromon markets
  • See the city from high above from the Harukas building
  • Learn about the history and culture of Osaka from your local guide
  • Explore neighborhoods that made Osaka famous for its merchant culture
Itinerary
  • Osaka Castle Park (guided tour)

  • Osaka Castle (guided tour)

  • Abeno Harukas 300 (guided tour)

  • Shinsekai (guided tour)

  • Namba (guided tour)

4 hours

Main stop
Full description
Osaka is known for great food, quirky characters and an urban history much longer than Tokyo's. Get under the skin of this unique city on this guided walking tour with a professional English-speaking guide. 

Start off with a visit to Osaka Castle Park. You won't go inside the castle, but will get to admire the grand and imposing exterior, and will stroll around the surrounding park.  Here you'll learn about the history of Osaka and how it was almost robbed from the Japanese 400 years ago. 

A quick train ride takes you to Tsuruhashi, to explore the maze of Korea Town. Explore the narrow streets and alleys of this pre-war commercial district. 

Another quick journey by public transport will take you to modern Harukas building. Enjoy the view from one of the high floors, then head underground to explore the food hall of the department store underneath. See high quality products for sale like killer puffer fish and Kobe beef, amongst others. 

Not far from Harukas is the traditional district of Shin-sekai. See the slightly crumbling local highlights, perfectly frozen in time. 

Next, head to Namba, considered to be the center of Osaka's present-day shopping, dining, and entertainment culture. Visit Dotonbori, Osaka’s version of Times Square in NYC, and explore the quirky back streets with their own individuality and surprises in store. You’ll visit Kuromon Ichib, a fresh fish market that's played a pivotal role for more than 150 years. 

Finally, explore Doguyasuji, a kitchen and cooking district. Look around at the wax food models, Japanese "noren" (curtains that hang at kitchen entrances) and giant pottery pieces. 
Includes
  • Tour in group of 8 guests or fewer
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation
  • Food and drink
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Please meet above ground at Exit 2. If you come via taxi, the name of the intersection is tanimachi 3-chome (谷3交差点).

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Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• This tour will take place rain or shine
• We ride trains and subways between spots, but there's still a considerable amount of walking
• There are no food stop, but you will have a chance to buy snacks here and there if you are hungry
• Please buy a subway day pass and use it to get to the meeting point and whilst on the tour
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Product ID: 384240