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

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

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • Full-day private tour of Osaka and Sakai
  • See temples, gardens, and 'kofun' tombs
  • Transport in a private luxury vehicle
  • Pickup and drop-off at your Osaka hotel
  • Private tour means a flexible itinerary and personalized attention from your guide
  • Lunch at a kaiten sushi, or revolving sushi, restaurant
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Local guide
Transport by private vehicle
Central Osaka hotel pickup
Entrance fees (500 yen/person total)
Food and drinks
Osaka port area pickup and drop off adds 2,500 yen each way. Shin-Osaka adds 1,000 yen each way.
Child seat: 1,000 yen payable on day of tour.

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Please do let us know where to pick you up. Locations outside of central Osaka (defined as the JR Loop Line) incur an additional fee of between 1,000 yen and 2,500 yen each way.

Ports

  • Osaka (Tempozan)


Departure Time

8:30 AM
Begin your tour with pickup at your hotel in Osaka. Meet your private guide and climb into your private vehicle, then set off for Osaka Castle, once the stronghold of the city.

Then it's on to the grounds of Shitennoji Temple, which dates back to the 6th century. Explore the Japanese garden (at an additional cost) and see the shrines, grand dates, and pagoda. 

Your next stop is the old entertainment quarter of Shinsekai for a quick walking tour of emblematic landmarks.

Then visit the large Shinto complex called Sumiyoshi Taisha, where you'll see the famous arching bridge and note differences in style from the Buddhist temple on your guided tour. 

Stop for lunch at a kaiten sushi, or 'revolving sushi', restaurant, before continuing to Sakai, a city that borders Osaka to the south. From the Sakai City Hall, get a panoramic view over the city, including its large 'kofun', or tombs. Explore one of the tombs, then explore nearby Daisen Park (tickets not included), home to a modern Japanese garden.

Please note: the Shitennoji gardens are closed on the 21st of each month and the Japanese gardens at Daisen Park are closed on Mondays. If Daisen Park's Japanese Garden is closed on the day of your tour, you can choose an alternative activity.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Osaka Castle
We walk the grounds right up to the castle, but do not enter the building itself (we find it rather disappointing inside, but the outside is great!). The stronghold of Osaka, this imposing structure and lovely surrounding grounds are must-see for any visitor to Osaka.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shitennoji
Said to be Japan's oldest Buddhist temple, the buildings, grounds, and stories will engage and impress. When open (they are a bit fickle), we also check out their lovely Japanese garden (300 yen per adult extra).
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Shinsekai
A blast of an older entertainment quarter, we see some of Osaka's most emblematic sights on our walkabout.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine
Making for a great contrast with Shitennoji Temple, this Shinto shrine beautifully unfolds across ancient and hallowed grounds. Come breathe in 1500 years of history.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sakai City Hall Observatory Flour
Take in a spectacular view of Osaka to the north, the mountains demarcating Nara to the east, and the coast to the west and south.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Daisen Park
A very lightly touristed, beautiful Japanese garden just a bit south of Osaka proper, Daisen Park's garden will delight as you stroll around its pond and deeper along its lovely landscaped stream. Admission is 200 yen. While here, we also gaze out across one of the largest tomb sites in the world, that of Emperor Nintoku from around the 5th century.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved.
  • Please note that the Japanese gardens at Daisen Park are closed on Mondays (unless Monday is a holiday, in which case they are closed on Tuesday). If Daisen Park's Japanese Garden is closed on the day of your tour, you can spend time shopping, touring other locations by car, or something else to your liking.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Gratuities are uncommon in Japan, however if you really enjoyed your time and want to show your guide how much you appreciate them, they’ll be extremely happy!
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Pinpoint Traveler, Inc
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs.

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  • "It's one thing to visit shrines and temples alone but having a guide enhances the experience and you get so much more out of it!" See review

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star-5
Extremely Professional, knowledgeable and Engaging
Charlar_B
, Mar 2020
It was my 50th Birthday celebration. Levy ensured the trip was memorable and gifted a cake at the end
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Dear Charlar, I heard from Levy that you guys had a really nice day together! Congratulations on your milestone - we're so happy we could be a part of it. Thank you for writing this review, and for choosing Pinpoint Traveler in the first place. May the next 50 be awesome! :)
star-5
Great Tour!
Lisa C
, Aug 2019
We had Kevin as our guide who picked us up at our AirBnb. We spent a whole day exploring various shrines and gardens. Kevin is very knowledgable and interesting! It's one thing to visit shrines and temples alone but having a guide enhances the experience and you get so much more out of it! Highly recommended and request Kevin if you are able!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Hi Lisa C, Thank you so much for the rave review! I also enjoyed the day we spent together with your family. I really appreciate not just the review, but you also pointing out how much the commentary enriched the various sightseeing spot experiences. That's our goal! Well, that plus fun. I hope to see you again someday.
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Since we travelled with seniors and...
Belinda S
, Jun 2018
Since we travelled with seniors and kids, we opted to to a private tour of Osaka so we are not stressed. Kevin was knowledgeable and also was able to guide us on where to pass to avoid most tourists going to Osaka Castle. Most importantly, he was very patient with us even though our pace was slow. The restaurant where we had our lunch offered a variety of Japanese food and was delicious. I highly recommend this tour!
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Kevin was amazing. He has lived here...
William C
, Mar 2018
Kevin was amazing. He has lived here for many years, knows the language and customs well. We learned more about the Japanese culture in one day than our previous 9 day bus tour of Tokyo and Kyoto. This was an excellent conclusion of a 2 week vacation.
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This was an excellent tour, with our...
Symphony_O
, May 2017
This was an excellent tour, with our guide Kevin, who was the owner of the company. He picked us up at the port, and specifically tailored our tour to take in the sites that were interesting to us without any feeling of rushing to get back to the ship. We felt like we had a better understanding of the differences between Shinto and Buddhist temples and shrines, and experienced the gardens without hoards of other tourists.
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The places that Kevin took us to...
Laura M
, Jan 2017
The places that Kevin took us to were nice changes after all the crowded tourist spots. They were beautiful and serene. Kevin even customized the tour to include a special detour to a knife shop in Sakai. He was fantastic.

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