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Local Style Osaka Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years! provided by Spirits of Japan

Local Style Osaka Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!

Local Style Osaka Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!
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Mix of Culture, behind-the-scene stories, Buddhism & Shinto talks, then fun with must-eat Osaka appetizers and sake! We will meet at the Hilton Hotel Lobby near Higashi Umeda Station and head to a Living Museum, where we will step back in time and see how Japanese lived 150~400 years ago. We then head to the oldest Shrine in Osaka, established by the first Emperor of Japan and then to the oldest Temple in Japan, right here in Osaka. Afterwards, we then head into a quiet entertainment district full of locals and then we top it off with Sake and local Osaka foods that you must try when you are here, at the 'heart' of Osaka; Dotonbori Street.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 8h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 66027P13
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Appetizers and Sake and 4 locations
  • Temple & Museum Fee
  • Bottled water
  • Local taxes
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Ticket to Pick Up area (Hilton Hotel Osaka Lobby)
  • Sake and Osaka food tasting areas, we will hit four. You pay for yourself and Guide. Approx. ¥9000 total
  • Entry/Admission - Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
  • Entry/Admission - Shinsekai
  • Entry/Admission - Dotombori District
Duration
8h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up at most Hotels in Osaka for this tour. If you are coming from Kyoto or elsewhere, we will meet at the CENTRAL EXIT for the Bullet Train.
  • Osaka, Japan I pick up at a various Hotels in Osaka or at the train station of you are coming out of town
  • Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan I will drop you in this are as you will probably want to continue having fun here. I can also set up a Sushi Making class for you here.
  • Ports:
  • Osaka
  • Kobe
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • You are going to be visiting a Sacred Temple & Shrine so please wear appropriate clothing as a token of respect. In the Summer it is rather warm so shorts are acceptable but 'short' shorts are not. Tank tops and beach-type sandlas are also frowned upon please.
  • Please refrain from smoking during the tour until we get to the Tavern.
  • We will handle the transportation during the tour.
  • If you need help finding the best route, call for details and we will surely be happy to help.
  • Costs that you will incur on this tour; ¥900 per person for Entrance Fees, ¥1100 approx in trans fees per person + taxi, your group will take care of the guide fees, trans, food and sake
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Appetizers and Sake and 4 locations
  • Temple & Museum Fee
  • Bottled water
  • Local taxes
  • Professional guide
  • Private tour
Exclusions
  • Ticket to Pick Up area (Hilton Hotel Osaka Lobby)
  • Sake and Osaka food tasting areas, we will hit four. You pay for yourself and Guide. Approx. ¥9000 total
  • Entry/Admission - Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
  • Entry/Admission - Shinsekai
  • Entry/Admission - Dotombori District
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up at most Hotels in Osaka for this tour. If you are coming from Kyoto or elsewhere, we will meet at the CENTRAL EXIT for the Bullet Train.
  • Osaka, Japan I pick up at a various Hotels in Osaka or at the train station of you are coming out of town
  • Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan I will drop you in this are as you will probably want to continue having fun here. I can also set up a Sushi Making class for you here.
  • Ports:
  • Osaka
  • Kobe
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
8h
Return details
  • Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan I will drop you in this are as you will probably want to continue having fun here. I can also set up a Sushi Making class for you here.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • You are going to be visiting a Sacred Temple & Shrine so please wear appropriate clothing as a token of respect. In the Summer it is rather warm so shorts are acceptable but 'short' shorts are not. Tank tops and beach-type sandlas are also frowned upon please.
  • Please refrain from smoking during the tour until we get to the Tavern.
  • We will handle the transportation during the tour.
  • If you need help finding the best route, call for details and we will surely be happy to help.
  • Costs that you will incur on this tour; ¥900 per person for Entrance Fees, ¥1100 approx in trans fees per person + taxi, your group will take care of the guide fees, trans, food and sake
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Osaka
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Osaka Museum of Housing and Living
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Osaka Castle Park
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Ikutama Shrine
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 4
    Shitennoji
    Stop: 40 minutes
    See details
  • 5
    Shinsekai
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 6
    Dotombori District
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Dotonbori
    Dotonbori, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0071, Japan
    I will drop you in this are as you will probably want to continue having fun here. I can also set up a Sushi Making class for you here.
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homebeach
15 contributions
Fantastic day in Kyoto and Osaka
Nov 2019 • Solo
I was traveling by myself at the end of a trip to Japan and wanted to see as much as possible in the area of Kyoto and Osaka. My neighbors had been here in the month of June and spent a day with Richard Hawkins and highly recommended him to me. They found him on triplelights.com and I found him there as well. My day with Richard was fantastic. He is the real deal. He really knows his stuff and is full of great information, great stories and great insights. He also knows all the little, hidden, local, out-of-the-way places for delicious local treats, great sake and interesting temples and shrines that are not on everybody else’s list. We saw so many different areas and neighborhoods in one day and I had a great time. Do yourself a favor and spend the day with Richard.
Written 22 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you Roxanne! It was a fund day and we jumped in it without an itinerary too! You are very adventurous and I appreciate you letting me drag you around to different places but there is so much to see! We hit two sites though!!! LOL Please come again and take care of yourself. I promise to find a great karaoke place next time too! Kind regards, Richard
Written 26 November 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

HaiT10
Eugene, OR6 contributions
Excellent tour
Jul 2019 • Family
We went on a tour with Richard and had a fantastic time. We really enjoyed seeing Osaka and learning many new things about Japan and the culture. Richard was very knowledgeable and willing to share with us. Our boys especially enjoyed the tour and bonded with Richard - he was great with kids. We'd definitely go on a tour with him again. Thank you very much Richard!
Written 1 August 2019
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Thank you! I only bond really with people of my own age, so your boys and I were right on there! LOL Thank you for your kind comments and I hope you do get the chance to let me take you deeper into the life of Japanese and Japan in general. Kind regards, Richard
Written 6 August 2019
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active_traveller_8
Exton, PA17 contributions
Excellent Private Tour
We spent a fascinating day with Richard touring the sacred and foodie sights of Osaka. Richard’s knowledge of Japanese history and mythology was impressive- more so than any other guide we used during our time in Japan. At the same time he made the tour a lot of fun. Loved the castle and watching Richard interact with locals at the several restaurants we visited.
Written 10 April 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
I think you mean you liked watching the local HARASS me! LOL I told you that Osaka was full of foodies and alcoholics. That is why I live here! LOL Hope you gained a little knowledge about Japan's culture, Shinto and Buddhism also! Please come again, we will go deeper!!!! Kind regards, Richard
Written 13 April 2019
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Tjj
1 contribution
Historical tour
Feb 2019 • Solo
Excellent day with Richard; he is a very good guide and is a lot of fun! Seeing the Osaka castle and temples along with a modern look at Osaka .
Toni
Written 22 February 2019
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Thank you so much Toni! Sorry for all the walking but you actually can walk way faster than me!!! LOL Thanks for trying the different foods and for trying the sake!!!! I hope you enjoy the things you picked up and glad we hit the flea market, huh!? Once a month at best for that. We got lucky. Take care and fly safe! Kind regards, Richard
Written 23 February 2019
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KierenX
Hervey Bay, Australia293 contributions
Sake, Temples, Food & Shrines
Nov 2018 • Couples
I booked Richard based on his excellent reviews and I am pleased to say all my expectations were well and truly exceeded. Richard developed a custom itinerary for a tour of Osaka that gave my partner and I the chance to soak up a little bit of the culture while also eating and drinking like locals. It is noteworthy that locals remarked that we’d managed to visit a number of key areas of Osaka in a relatively short time. Richard is a knowledgeable, likable guide who is able to anticipate your needs and adapt the tour to give you the best experience. As someone from a western culture, he’s uniquely positioned to highlight local customs and points of difference that are particularly interesting to visitors. Richard has a wicked sense of humour and is generous with his advice about places to eat and things to do while in the Osaka area. My partner and I had a fantastic time with Richard and I can recommend him without any hesitation. We will be booking another tour with Richard the next time we are in Osaka!
Written 26 November 2018
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Thank you Kieran for your review and it was an absolute pleasure taking you two around Osaka and learning about our city. We started out with history and culture, slid into sake and food and ended up at the market. I am so happy you had a good time and I hope to someday see you again. :)
Written 27 November 2018
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Bk Choo
2 contributions
“ Absolutely Fantastic !! ”
Nov 2018 • Couples
If there is a 6 star ratings review...i will put in as 7 star! Richard transport us back to the Nobunaga era and explains the history of OSAKA like in the HISTORY CHANNEL.

Definitely a memorable one

Thanks Richard
Written 22 November 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ha Ha! Hope I am a little more engaging though! Thank you for taking the time to allow me to make some memories for you guys! Please come again!
Written 26 November 2018
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RobertoGelato93
Utrecht, The Netherlands16 contributions
Enjoying Osaka
Nov 2018 • Friends
We spent the day with Richard in Osaka, he showed us some of the highlights. Not only temples and shrines but a lot of good and really local places to enjoy Sake, Okonomiyaki and the best Sushi I have ever eaten. Would return immediately!Thank you Richard
Written 15 November 2018
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Thank you taking the time to write a review and as I told you before, I will not forget the look on your face when you put that fatty tuna in your mouth..... HEAVEN! Thank you for the sudden booking and please come again. Kind regards, Richard
Written 15 November 2018
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Richard O
1 contribution
Fantastic Day!
Aug 2018 • Family
What a great way to spend our last day in Japan. Richard has so much knowledge to share and where else can you find someone who grew up in the US, moved to Japan 35 years ago, speaks both languages fluently and walks around in a Kimono! He kept my entire family entrertained all day long, took us to spots (not just shrines and temples) we never would have found ourselves, and had great historical knowledge that he communicated in a way that kept everyone interested. My only regret is that we didn’t meet him earlier as we definitely would have hired him for a few days to show us Kyoto and Nara as well.
Written 21 August 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you for your kind words. You forgot to mention that as I wear my kimono I am drinking sake! LOL Please let your friends know they will be taken care of and thank you for your kind, kind words! Okini!!!!!
Written 7 September 2018
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Mia C
Sydney, Australia48 contributions
Exotic Experience.
Mar 2018
Really like the walking tour around all the shrines and temples. There was a street of snacks and a lot of souvenirs to buy from. Lovely experience.
Written 28 May 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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