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Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) Tours

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Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo)
Among the most famous castles in Japan, Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) dates back to the 16th century, when it played a major role in unifying the nation. Today the reconstructed castle houses a museum filled with artifacts from the history of Japan and from the castle’s creator, Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The main tower provides a nice view over urban Osaka.

The Basics
As one of Osaka’s most popular landmarks, Osaka Castle features in just about every city sightseeing tour—many of these include an Osaka river cruise departing from Osaka Castle Park. Many of the informative displays within the castle are in Japanese only, so it’s a good idea to visit the grounds with a guide who can explain some of the history of what you’re seeing. The castle is also included on the Osaka hop-on hop-off sightseeing pass.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The castle is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors to Osaka.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Give yourself at least 45 minutes to tour the castle and grounds.
  • All areas of the castle are wheelchair and stroller accessible.

How to Get There
Osaka Castle is centrally located in the Umeda district and easily accessible by public transportation. Take the Chuo Line to Tanimachi 4-chome (Yonchome) Station or the JR Osaka Loop Line to Osakajo Koen (Osakajokoen) Station. Alternatively take the Aqua-Liner sightseeing boat to the Osaka Castle stop.

When to Get There
The museum within the castle is open daily from 9am to 5pm, and the structure itself remains illuminated from sunset until 11pm. Home to some 4,000 cherry trees, the castle grounds are particularly stunning during the spring cherry blossom (sakura) season, typically in early April.

A Royal Photo Op
Castle visitors looking to take home a unique souvenir have the chance to don a full set of period clothing—replete with helmet, surcoat, and kimono—for a quick castle photo op (not included in the price of admission).


Address: 1-1 Osaka-jo,Chuo-ku, Osaka 540-0002, Japan
Admission: Varies
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Osaka Castle Castle TowerAttraction Tickets

Osaka Castle Castle Tower

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Osaka Castle was built after Toyotomi Hideyoshi was unified in Japan in 1583. The entire project took 15 years and used 130,000 people, which is 4 to 5 times the size. Together with Nagoya Castle and Kumamoto Castle, it is known as Japan's three famous cities. It was designated as an important cultural heritage of Japan in 1997 and is still a symbol of Osaka. In addition to the Osaka Castle, the entire ruins are planned to be Osaka Castle Park, Nishino Maru Garden, Osaka Castle Concert Hall, Osaka Castle Auditorium, Osaka Castle Bow Stadium, Shudokan, and Osaka International Peace Center. Sitting in the middle of the Tianshou Pavilion is like a small and clever museum, which contains many historical relics, and Toyotomi Hideyoshi and related historical materials in the Warring States period. The first floor introduces the life of Toyotomi Hideyoshi; the second floor displays various materials of Osaka Castle and Japanese Castle; the third and fourth floors introduce the historical materials of Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the Warring States Period; the fifth floor introduces the battle of Osaka Summer with images and models. On the 7th floor, Toyotomi Hideyoshi completed the reunification of Japan's great cause and built Osaka Castle. The observation deck on the 8th floor is 50 meters high, and you can see Osaka Castle Park and Osaka Street View. The library has introduction materials in English, Korean, Traditional Chinese (Taiwan, Hong Kong) and Simplified Chinese (Mainland China).
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Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private VehicleDay Trips

Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle

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This an ideal choice for travelers with limited time in Osaka. Save hours researching where to visit in Osaka, and instead have an action-packed itinerary created for you. Traveling between sites in a private vehicle means avoiding the crowds on public transport, and fitting more into your day. You also don't worry about getting lost. Highlights include Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, Shinsekai, Shitenoji, and Harukas. Your tour is enhanced with entertaining stories along the way, and useful tips from your guide.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway PassHop on Hop Off

Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass

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See the sights of Osaka with a hop-on-hop-off tour over two consecutive days by bus and boat. Just book online and select a 2-day ticket with either a 1- or 2-day subway pass to help you get around the city with ease. Travel to landmarks such as the Buddhist temple of Shitennoji Temple and Osaka Castle, and explore neighborhoods like Umeda and Shinsaibashi at your own pace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board the bus, so you can post photos as you travel around.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Tour - A Tour to Explore the Symbol of Osaka: Osaka CastlePrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour - A Tour to Explore the Symbol of Osaka: Osaka Castle

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Why not discover the famous castle to the fullest! There are a bunch of tourists at Osaka Castle but most of them just watch the castle tower from outside of it, which is enjoyable enough but still remains a lot to discover. On this tour, you will learn the history and imagine the feeling samurai had when fighting for Osaka at the stake of their lives. There are many more things to explore Osaka Castle to your fullest such as a professional guide who will show you around the hot spots in the park, the view of the castle from the garden, and a cruise ship which will take you around the moat! Don’t forget to book your tour to discover Osaka Castle tour with your otomo guide!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Street Osaka GoKart Tour with Funny Costume RentalCultural Tours

Street Osaka GoKart Tour with Funny Costume Rental

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Discover Osaka’s highlights on this quirky Go Kart tour. Be photo-ready, as there are plenty of funny character costumes to choose from. It’s a hassle-free tour as Go Kart rental, costume rental, insurance, and fuel are included. See lots of Osaka’s top sites like Tsutenkaku Tower, and Kitashinchi area, and you won’t have to worry about losing your group, as it’s a small-group tour. A valid driving license and international license with Japanese translation is required.
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  • 2 hours
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Osaka Castle & Dotonbori Lively One Day TourDay Trips

Osaka Castle & Dotonbori Lively One Day Tour

In this tour, we offer you the most impressive and efficient itinerary so that you can make the best use of your stay in Osaka. Firstly you will experience the living history of the samurai warriors and the common people in Osaka by visiting museums and the castle. Secondly, you will explore Japan’s longest shopping street that is being loved by local people. Then you will visit and explore Dotonbori and find out why Osaka is called Japan’s food capital. Our guide will pick you up at your hotel in Osaka. Transportation and admission fees are all included and you don’t have to wait in a long queue at Osaka Castle on this tour.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed GuideDay Trips

Osaka Full-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Enjoy an efficient, full-day walking tour of Osaka accompanied by a nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will help you explore Japan's second-largest city while introducing both modern and traditional sides of this colorful, dynamic metropolis. Start your day with a morning pickup at your hotel, then it's off to the races! Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a six-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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PRIVATE Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking TourHalf-day Tours

PRIVATE Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour

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Experience the best of both worlds on this half-day Osaka walking tour, designed to reveal popular attractions and hidden gems. Tick off icons such as Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) and Tsuruhashi Market, and explore the Dotonbori district, famed for its Japanese snacks and neon signs. Plus, explore lesser-known neighborhoods such as Shin-Sekai—full of unique charms. Choose from a morning or afternoon tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kickstart your trip to Osaka: Private & PersonalizedHalf-day Tours

Kickstart your trip to Osaka: Private & Personalized

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This is a great choice for first-time visitors to Osaka. Kickstart your trip by going on an action-packed tour with a local guide. It’s a great way to get your bearings and to learn about the local transport system without worrying about getting lost. As it’s a private tour, the itinerary is personalized based on your requirements. Your guide will be happy to answer questions and give top tips about where to find the best food. Learn about Osaka’s cultural practices, its culinary scene, and its most loved attractions.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed GuideHalf-day Tours

Osaka Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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Enjoy an efficient, half-day walking tour of Osaka accompanied by a nationally-licensed, experienced multilingual guide! Your guide will help you explore Japan's second-largest city while introducing both modern and traditional sides of this colorful, dynamic metropolis. Start your day with a morning pickup at your hotel, then it's off to the races! Let us know what you would like to experience and we will customize a four-hour tour that's best for you! Note*1: Please select your must-see spots from a list in the tour information to create your customized itinerary. Note*2: The Nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification is issued by the Japanese government requires a good knowledge and understanding of Japanese culture and history.
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  • 4 hours
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Private and personalized experience: see Osaka with a localDay Trips

Private and personalized experience: see Osaka with a local

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Spend the day with one of our hosts to discover the true nature of Osaka - head’s up, it’s got a wild sense of humor and is obsessed with food. Explorer (not tourist) is what we’re aiming for here, and in that spirit, you could explore neighborhoods like the fashionable Shinsaibashi or crazy Dotonbori and maybe you’ll discover hidden gems like the smaller shrines and historic streets. Grab a quick bite to eat and see why Osaka is known as the ‘Nation’s Kitchen’ before continuing your adventure through the neon streets of this enigmatic port city. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, you'll be assigned a like-minded host. Your host will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. You'll also agree on a meeting time and place. Your itinerary is flexible, so during the experience, you can always change your mind about what you want to do
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  • 3 to 8 hours
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Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun TombsDay Trips

Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs

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Create your own itinerary during this full-day private tour of Osaka. Skip the hassle of traveling in a large tour group—your guide is dedicated to just you and your private party. Visit the kofun tombs, the south of the city, as well as temples and gardens. Private round-trip hotel transportation in a luxury vehicle included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Osaka Private Tour by Public TransportationDay Trips

Osaka Private Tour by Public Transportation

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This is a Osaka private tour using by public transportation. The guide will pick you up at JR Osaka Station 1F Central ticket gate. The destinations of the tour includes Dotonbori,Osaka Castle,Kuromon Market and Tsutenkaku! For details of the tour, you can look at the what to expect section and inclusions excursions section of this web page.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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Osaka Private 1 Day tourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Osaka Private 1 Day tour

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Available Osaka walking tour. I will guide you around the city and support your trip to make your trip a wonderful memory.There are many subways, trains, so it is very difficult for tourists to get around without confusion.This tour takes the stress and confusion on how to buy tickets and how to use the subway.I will be there assisting and helping you with transportation.It will be a smooth and comfortable trip even if you don't speak Japanese.Even if it's first time visit to Japan, I will be with you all day so don't worry.This tour does not include lunch time, but it is a private tour, so snacks and food can be bought at any time during the tour.I look forward to exploring Osaka together with you.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour : Osaka Castle and Osaka River CruiseHalf-day Tours

Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour : Osaka Castle and Osaka River Cruise

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Discover the best sights of Osaka during this half-day tour and river cruise. First join your guide to explore Osaka Castle, one of the city’s best-known sights, taking time to enjoy the castle’s unique architecture and wealth of exhibits. Then climb aboard your boat for a cruise around nearby Nakanoshima lsle. During your ride you be able to admire seasonal views like colorful autumn leaves or blossoming cherry trees, as well as landmarks including the Umeda Sky Building, City Hall and Osaka Castle. Your Osaka excursion also includes all admission fees.
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  • 3 hours 45 minutes
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Osaka 1-Day Walking Tour : Osaka castle, Aerial Garden Observatory, River CruiseFull-day Tours

Osaka 1-Day Walking Tour : Osaka castle, Aerial Garden Observatory, River Cruise

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Wander past the most famous attractions in Osaka during this guided walking tour that includes lunch and a river cruise. Follow your guide as you check out landmarks such as Osaka Castle and visit the Floating Garden Observatory at the Umeda Sky Building, before boarding your ship to admire sights including the Twin Towers and City Hall on Nakanoshima Isle. Your Osaka walking excursion and river cruise also includes all entrance fees.
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  • 7 hours
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Castle Visit and Izakaya Hopping in OsakaDining Experiences

Castle Visit and Izakaya Hopping in Osaka

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Osaka is known as the ‘Food Capital of Japan’ where a distinctive eating and drinking culture has developed. There are plenty of Izakaya (Japanese taverns) in Kyobashi district with reasonable prices, and people in Osaka are really fond of chatting while eating and drinking. After visiting Osaka’s icon, Osaka castle, our local guide takes you to two carefully selected Izakaya where you can enjoy local food & beverage including sashimi, kushikatsu (skewered meat) and sake with local people. 
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka Kimono rental Wafuku SakuraWalking Tours

Osaka Kimono rental Wafuku Sakura

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You can walk around in kimono in Osaka, one of the most popular travel destinations in the world right now. "I want to take pictures in kimono at many instagrammable places in Osaka" "I want to take pictures in kimono at many instagrammable places in Osaka" Why not enjoy traveling in Osaka to the fullest? We will give you our unique map for instagrammable spots! Upload beautiful pictures of yourself and Osaka to Instagram or facebook!!! It is a great kimono rental service that offers various options within the package fee. Change clothes to kimono and enjoy sightseeing in Osaka with plenty of instagrammable spots.
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  • 1 to 8 hours
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Osaka Lazy Bird TourHalf-day Tours

Osaka Lazy Bird Tour

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Here we offer a luxurious tour in the afternoon that enables you to visit three of the most iconic tourist attractions in Osaka after spending a leisurely morning or getting rid of your jet-lag. Osaka has thrived as a capital of samurai lords and merchants through centuries and you can feel its history and culture when you visit here. We will get a commanding view of the city from the 8th floor balcony on top of Osaka castle, in the same way as samurai lords did when overlooking their fief. As Osaka is renowned for its unique food culture, it is known as ‘Japan’s Culinary Capital’. Through this tour, you will encounter plenty of delicious local food including Takoyaki, Okonomiyaki and lots more which originated in this hustle-bustle city.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka Bike Tour to the Neighborhood of Osaka CastleMountain Bike Tours

Osaka Bike Tour to the Neighborhood of Osaka Castle

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-Meet up at a bicycle rental office near Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome Station! Don't worry about getting lost to get to our meeting point. We're going to meet up at a bicycle rental office near the Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome Station. -Head towards the beautiful Osaka Castle, and cycle around its premises. Osaka Castle is located in the middle of a very large park known as Osaka Castle Park. It's approximately 105 hectares big!! -Tired from all the biking? Let's satisfy our hunger with a good old Takoyaki break We'll take a break to taste Osaka's soul food: takoyaki. After you've enjoyed indulging takoyaki, we will briefly go and have a look at Japan's longest shopping street, Tenjinbashisuji, which is 2.6km long and has more than 600 shops. Magical Trip is a local tour operator with the TripAdvisor certificate of excellence that offers various types of small-group tours throughout Japan! Check out our Trip Advisor Page for more tours and our reviews!
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 3 hours
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Osaka Custom Half Day TourKid-Friendly

Osaka Custom Half Day Tour

This private and customizable tour for Osaka is perfect for guests who would like to have their own itinerary planned based on their interests and preferences, allowing guests to experience the city at their own pace.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Osaka Early Bird TourHalf-day Tours

Osaka Early Bird Tour

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Exploring Osaka without the crowds during this tour for early risers. Departing from Namba Station, you join a guide for an early morning walking tour. Enjoy several main attractions, such as Dotonbori, Shinsekai, and Shitennoji—plus panoramic views from the top of Osaka Castle. This itinerary leaves you with a full day to make other plans.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka Bicycle TourDay Trips

Osaka Bicycle Tour

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Our guide will take you to all the best spots of Osaka City. We will use electric bicycles, very convenient even for people who don't bike very often. This tour is ideal for people who have only one or two days in Osaka and would like to see what the city has to offer.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka private tour: from historic Tenma to Dōtonbori’s pop culture- 8 hoursDay Trips

Osaka private tour: from historic Tenma to Dōtonbori’s pop culture- 8 hours

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Explore Osaka through the eyes of a local, on a customized tour with your personal host. Choose from some of Osaka’s most famous attractions, or explore the up-and-coming neighborhoods where Osakans hang out. Immerse yourself in the culture and cuisine of this vibrant city as you understand why Osaka has earned the nickname, “The Nation’s Kitchen.”
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka Custom Full Day TourKid-Friendly

Osaka Custom Full Day Tour

This private and customizable tour for Osaka is perfect for guests who would like to have their own itinerary planned based on their interests and preferences, allowing guests to experience the city at their own pace.
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  • 8 hours
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 76 Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) costs USD 5.81. Guided Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) tours start around USD 5.81 per person. See all 76 Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) tickets and tours on Viator.
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