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Top Temples and Shrines in Osaka

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Top Temples and Shrines in Osaka
Get off the beaten path in the ultramodern city of Osaka by touring its historical side. Pay a visit to these temples and shrines through the city, and you’ll be rewarded with a rich cultural experience often overlooked in Osaka.

Hozenji Temple
Built in 1637, the small and serene Hozenji Temple in Dotonbori attracts relatively few visitors, making it an excellent refuge from the neon lights and crowds of nearby Shinsaibashi. Situated on a narrow lane lined with shops and cafes, the temple is dedicated to one of Buddhism’s five Wisdom Kings.

Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
Founded in the tenth century, Osaka Tenmangu Shrine is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan, dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the deity of scholarship. The shrine famously hosts the Tenjin Matsuri festival, one of the most popular festivals in Japan, where a likeness of the temple’s deity is paraded through the city.

Isshinji Temple
Known for its strikingly modern entrance, Isshinji Temple has a history dating back to the 12th century when it was founded by the leader of the Pure Land Sect. Today, the Buddhist temple enshrines a statue of the Buddha constructed with human bones gifted to the temple by devotees since the late Edo period.

Sumiyoshi Taisha
Many travelers may not realize that Osaka is home to one of Japan’s oldest shrines, Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Founded in the third century, the temple distinguishes itself as being one of only three shrines in the entire country with purely Japanese architecture, free of influence from the Asian mainland.

Shitenno-ji Temple
Shitenno-ji was believed to have been founded in the sixth century, making it one of Japan’s oldest temples of Buddhism. The temple’s stone torii dates back to 1294—the oldest of its kind in the country—and the temple grounds feature a main hall, five-floor pagoda, and a peaceful strolling garden.
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Osaka Walking Tour

Osaka Walking Tour

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Get a taste of local life in Osaka on a walking tour of Japan’s third largest city. Witness Osaka’s different faces, from bustling business center to historic cultural hub, as you follow your guide through the city’s vibrant neighborhoods. Stroll along the lively waterfront of the Dotonbori entertainment district; visit the landmark Hozenji temple; and ride the subway like a local. Get an insight into Japanese cuisine and sample local specialty Kushikatsu as you explore traditional Shinsekai.
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  • 3 hours
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PRIVATE Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour

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

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

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

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
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Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour : Osaka Castle and Osaka River Cruise

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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Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

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Choose your own adventure in Osaka thanks to this fully-customizable 8-hour private tour. Travel aboard your very own chartered bus, limo or van as you explore a range of of Osaka’s most unique sights. Depending on your interests you might visit historic Osaka Castle, explore Shitennoji Temple, eat and drink your way through the Dotonbori district or take in the views from the Umeda Sky Building. A driver, chartered vehicle and round-trip transport from Central Osaka are included.
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  • 8 hours
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