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

Osaka: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

Product ID: 125114
See electrifying Osaka through the eyes of a local at your own pace. Get a personalized introduction to the city with a friendly local guide who knows the city intimately. Soak up the local lifestyle while exploring the city’s highlights and hidden gems.
About this activity
Duration: 2 - 8 hours
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Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Live tour guide
English, Japanese
Wheelchair accessible

Pickup included

At your hotel or an agreed meeting point in Osaka.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Choose the length of your experience: 2, 4, 6 or 8 hours
  • Get a private tour of Osaka’s highlights and hidden gems
  • Explore the retro, stone-paved Hozenji Yokocho alley
  • See famous landmarks like Osaka Castle
  • Experience the city’s otaku culture in Den-Den Town
Full description
Join a friendly local guide in an authentic experience of electrifying Osaka. Get a personalized tour of the city’s fascinating history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you’re led between its liveliest districts – and a few off the tourist trail.

First, meet your guide at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Dating back to the 3rd century (before the introduction of Buddhism), it’s one of Japan’s oldest shrines, and one of the few examples of Sumiyoshi-zukuri – purely Japanese architecture.

Then, hop on the train to the high-energy entertainment district of Namba, an area that’s buzzing with locals looking for a good time 24/7. Stroll down lively streets to Kuromon Market, a covered space packed with over 100 shops and vendors selling street food, shellfish, and souvenirs. (If you’re feeling peckish, point out the seafood that tickles your fancy, from scallops to sea urchin, and watch a vendor cooked right in front of you!).

Next up, explore tranquil Hozenji Yokocho, a stone-paved lane packed with long-standing Japanese bars and restaurants that retains the spirit of the Osaka of yesteryear, and see Sennichimae Kitchenware Street – a street dedicated entirely to kitchen utensils and food supplies! Peer into the shops and restaurants lining the Soemon-cho entertainment district, an area with more than 400 years of history, and get lost in Den-Den Town, the perfect place to geek out over cameras, computers, pop culture, games, and anime.

After that, get blinded by Dotonbori, a snapshot of typical Osaka, where colossal food signs and flashing lights illuminate your path (don’t miss the eye-catching Glico Running Man above Ebisubashi Bridge), then take a pleasant walk through to Shinsaibashi and the creative, youth-oriented America-mura – a treasure trove of retro stores, independent galleries, and cool cafés.

Finally, see the iconic Osaka Castle, a symbol of the city and one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you’ve booked, someone from the local tour operator's team will be in touch, so let them know if you have any special requirements.
Includes
  • 2, 4, 6 or 8-hour experience
  • Private and personalized walking experience
  • Tips and recommendations for the rest of your stay in Osaka
  • Local host
What’s Not Included
  • Food and Drinks
  • Entrance into ticketed attractions
  • Transportation
  • Gratuities (optional)

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Know before you go
• Tours are fully personalized so any additional requirements such as tickets, transportation and food and drinks can be arranged at additional cost
• Private groups are normally no larger than 6 persons (if your group is larger, please make this known so arrangements can be made)
• Please book at least 72 hours in advance so the best itinerary can be organised for you
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.9 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Barun was an engaging guide, showing us lots of interesting things.

October 9, 2019

Great exposure to the esencial

Fumigo, took us to the heart of Osaka. This is just what we wanted.

June 2, 2019

Magic only happens when energy opens good fortune.

My tour guide took me on a journey as if it were a right of passage to the people of Osaka. I loved every moment of it.

April 28, 2019

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Product ID: 125114