Visit the fascinating city of Osaka in Japan on private guided tours and see all it has to offer. It has history, culture, cuisine and architecture from the past but most of all it has a welcoming, friendly atmosphere like no other in Japan and owns the title of The Venice of the East.
Osaka is the second largest city in the Country and is also the second major gateway to Japan. Some people would say that Osaka is not very attractive, but this is a case of ‘beauty being in the eye of the beholder.' The futuristic skyline is a wonder of modern day beauty and should be admired, and the ancient architecture is in such contrast and is so magnificently beautiful.
There is no better example of classical Japanese architecture than the Osaka Castle which was constructed and completed in the late 1500's. This building is spectacular, and the history you learn on an Osaka guided tour is great. A few of the other unique places to visit on private sightseeing tours are Shitenno-Ji Temple, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, the Umeda Sky Building, Tennoji Park and the famed Osaka Zoo. Read More...
Private Japanese Cultural Sightseeing Tours to the Classic Osaka Castle
Once the biggest castle in Japan the Osaka Castle was constructed in the late 1500's over a short period only three years. Commissioned by the politician and commander Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it is said that he supplied a six meter high stone to add to the building as all other commanders at the time were ordered to do.
Sightseeing tours Osaka and Osaka city tours have named the Castle one of the top tourist attractions in this region of Japan and a perfect vantage point for panoramic pictures of the city. Many visitors to the city have named the castle one of the highlights of their trip to Japan.
Top 10 Things to Do in Osaka
Osaka guided tours to the Shitenno-Ji Temple which was Japan's first every purpose-built Temple is a must. It has been redesigned and renovated on numerous occasions through the years, but this much loved and adorable Temple remains a sign of pride for all the people of Osaka. The decorative elements of the building are unbelievable and so breathtakingly beautiful you will be shocked and delighted you travelled to this country.
Osaka Universal Studios
Universal Studios Osaka is quickly becoming one of the cities biggest attractions with millions of visitors every year to this magical wonderland. From roller coasters to cool family tours and rides, the park has a little of everything for both young and old visitors. There are many Japanese cartoon character themed fun areas, but the Harry Potter, Wizard World section, is the newest and most popular.
The Osaka National Museum of Art
Osaka guided tours will no doubt bring you to the National Museum of Art which is based in the centre of the city. With pieces from Cezanne, Foujita and Picasso on exhibition, the variety of work at the Museum is incredible and well worth the visit. There is a steel installation outside the building which will catch your eye immediately and is a great place to take some lovely pictures.
Once the biggest castle in Japan, the Osaka Castle was constructed in the late 1500's over a short period only three years. Commissioned by the politician and commander Toyotomi Hideyoshi, it is said that he supplied a six meter high stone to add to the building and ordered other commanders to do the same. Sightseeing tours Osaka and Osaka city tours have named the Castle one of the top tourist attractions.
Harbour Village at Tempozan
If you want to see Osaka from one of the best vantage points in the city, when you book a sightseeing tour visit the Temponzan Ferris Wheel. This attraction is highly rated and loved by locals and tourists alike. It is over 100mts tall and is especially striking at night and if you are lucky you will be in one of the glass bottom swinging cars which are amazing.
Osaka Tennoji Zoo
Visit Tennoji Park on Osaka guided tours, and you will have a super day out. The stunning gardens, ponds and sculptures are lovely to see and stroll around the greenhouse area before heading to the main attraction "The Zoo". From the reptile house to the hippo pool this Zoo is amazing you will see the animals roaming around in comfort. There are giraffes, elephants and of course, lions and the guides are fantastic and very informative.
The rooftop platform at the Umeda Building is a top tourist attraction on all Osaka city tours. A highlight for many visitors is standing on the 175m high platform and looking straight down (if they dare), the magnificent panoramic views from the observation decks are stunning. After your little adventure at the top of this impressive building, head down to the urban garden at the entrance to the building and enjoy the underground market area.
The Osaka Aquarium
Guided tours of the Osaka Aquarium will take you around the marine habitats, with a huge variety of Japanese marine animals/mammals from reptiles to freshwater fish. Some huge tanks are home to sharks and manta rays also. At first glance, the exterior of the Aquarium looks like it was made from colored bricks, but this is an intelligent design and has people enthralled before you even go into the Aquarium.
The Science Museum Osaka
The Science Museum is the perfect stop for families on sightseeing Osaka tours as there is plenty to see and do at this Museum for kids. The exhibitions and interactive displays are on many different things from energy resources, the stars and universe which is great fun for everyone. Check out the planetarium when you are there and see the stars up close.
Port Towers at Kobe & Tsutenkake
The tower buildings against the Osaka skyline at night are a sight to see and are on all city tours. One of the buildings (The Tsutenkake) replaced the famed Eiffel Tower after the second world war are really very impressive. There is an observation tower and a Shrine to The God of Happiness were a lot of locals and visitors like to see. The Kobe Port tower is over 100mts tall and again has some sensational views.
Travel Tips for Osaka
Best Time To Visit Osaka
If you want a little more than Osaka city tours, then book your holiday to Japan sometime around the end of March as you can see one of the most famous wrestling tournaments in Japan The fantastic Spring Sumo Tournament. There are many unique festivals held in Osaka in the high season at the end of July and beginning of August which is also a perfect time to see the incredible cultural sights of this beautiful city in Japan.
Typical Costs in Osaka
Depending on the exchange rates in your home country the Japanese Yen can fluctuate quite a bit. Many hotel rooms can vary from basic costing 12,000 yen to four and five stars charging up to 30,000 yen. Many expert's say approximately 10,000 yen per day will be more than enough to have a good experience in Japan. The street food is unique here, and the vendors will be happy to cater to your needs at a very reasonable price.
Know Before Visiting Osaka
On sightseeing tours Osaka your guide will be shown how to show respect and bow correctly. While walking down the street, please note it is frowned upon to use your phone, eat or smoke on the streets of Japan. Tipping is frowned upon if you leave a tip on the table at an eatery because the server may chase you down the street to give you your money back. Culturally Japanese people are happy to serve and help customers and tourists.
Weather in Osaka
This region of Japan has an unpredictable subtropical climate with sometimes very high humidity. The highest temperatures are in the months of July / August with highs averaging up and above 30 degrees. Springtime in March / April is a lovely time to visit the city with its gorgeous intoxicating tree blossoms and mild temperatures it is perfectly tolerable for tourists on Osaka guided tours around this beautiful Japanese city.