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Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) Tours and Activities

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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.

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Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle

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
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  • Free Cancellation
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USD435.00
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Osaka Castle Castle Tower

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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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
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USD6.56
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USD6.56

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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USD110.00
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USD110.00
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Street Osaka GoKart Tour with Funny Costume Rental

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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USD68.00
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Osaka Half-Day Private Tour with Nationally-Licensed Guide

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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USD90.66
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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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USD445.00
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USD445.00
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Castle Visit and Izakaya Hopping in Osaka

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
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USD148.19
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Private Local Tour Guide Osaka: Kickstart your Trip, 100% Personalized

Private Local Tour Guide Osaka: Kickstart your Trip, 100% 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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USD80.77
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Osaka Private Tour by Public Transportation

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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USD128.67
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One day in Osaka: Six hour bike adventure

One day in Osaka: Six hour bike adventure

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Explore Osaka just like a local: On a bicycle. Pedal through the streets of the city on your way to its best sites, including Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple, and Shin Sekai, and follow your guide to some lesser-known attractions. Along the way, get insight into this fascinating city; its contribution to the history of feudal Japan, its distinctive dialect and culture, and its remarkable food scene—which you get a taste of by refueling with lunch at a local spot.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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USD98.80
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USD98.80

Street Go-Kart Group Tour in Osaka

Street Go-Kart Group Tour in Osaka

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If regular guided tours aren’t quirky enough for you, join this group go-kart tour of Osaka. You’ll see the sights while becoming one of them. Dress up as your favorite superhero and zip around the city, stopping at attractions like the Osaka Castle and Dotombori District. You’ll have fun, make new friends, and have some funny stories to tell.
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  • 2 hours
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Osaka Bike Tour to the Neighborhood of Osaka Castle

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
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USD67.45
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Osaka Bike Tour with a Local Guide

Osaka Bike Tour with a Local Guide

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While exploring Osaka, take your sightseeing outdoors: by bicycle. This small-group tour introduces visitors to popular attractions as well as local hangouts such as Nakazaki-cho and America Town. Your guide selects the safest route with as little traffic as possible—difficult to do on your own. Enjoy plenty of stops including Osaka Castle, Nakanoshima Park, Umeda Sky Building, Nipponbashi Denden Town, and Shitennoji.
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  • 4 hours
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USD38.12
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USD38.12

Osaka in a Nutshell: Three hour bike tour

Osaka in a Nutshell: Three hour bike tour

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This tour is a relaxing ride through the greener and cultural north side of Osaka city. Expect an authentic slice of city life, pedalling alongside Osakan locals, other travellers and your friendly, knowledgeable, bilingual guide. Tick off the famous sites and discover some lesser known gems as we explain why we love Osaka and answer any questions you may have. Finally, get recommendations for the rest of your stay in town, we all have our favourite spots for coffee/beer/yakitori/sushi/and everything in between! This tour is 90% flat and can be completed by anyone who can ride a bike so join us for a bit of exercise, some fresh air, and to take the weight off your feet!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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USD59.28
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USD59.28

Private Osaka Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems 100% Personalised

Private Osaka Tour with a Local, Highlights & Hidden Gems 100% Personalised

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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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USD80.77
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USD80.77
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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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Find an oasis of peace amid the hustle and bustle of Osaka. Escape the busy crowds on an intimate small group tour of Osaka’s oldest and most famous shrines and temples. After making your offerings, enjoy sake and appetizers with your new friends (personal expense). Then see Osaka from above at the Tsutenkakku tower. This all inclusive tour lets you relax while your guide does the navigating.
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  • 8 hours
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USD362.64
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Osaka virtual tour

Osaka virtual tour

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This is a virtual tour using Zoom, online conference system. This unique 1h tour brings you to one of the most unique and fun cities in Japan, Osaka. Two friendly hosts will make your experience more interactive. We use not only photos or videos but also handmade materials or actual goods from guides' living room, that makes you feel livelier. You can ask them anything about Japan, Osaka and other popular tourists spots by chat or by talk session after the tour. This tour will provide helpful hints for your future trip to Japan. PLEASE NOTE the tour time is Japan standard time. Make adjustment to your time when booking. We'll send you Zoom URL invitation and you can enter the room easily.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 5 minutes
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USD13.60
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USD13.60

Osaka Kimono rental Wafuku Sakura

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
  • Free Cancellation
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USD40.17
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USD40.17

Osaka Half Day Tours by Locals: Private, See the City Unscripted

Osaka Half Day Tours by Locals: Private, See the City Unscripted

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You’ll join one of our local Osaka hosts for an exhilarating half-day experience of their city. From local food to must-see sites like Osaka Castle, you’ll discover the city’s unique charm and local culture. Customized to suit your taste, you’ll visit a creative neighborhood like the neon lit Dōtonbori, grab some lunch at a trendy market and discover iconic temples, historic landmarks and bustling shops. Within 24 hours after booking you'll receive a short questionnaire about your personality and interests. Based on your responses, youll 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 will 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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  • 4 hours
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  • Free Cancellation
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USD107.69
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USD107.69
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Muslim-Friendly Private Tour of Osaka

Muslim-Friendly Private Tour of Osaka

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Get acquainted with the highlights of Osaka on a Muslim-friendly walking tour, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves in the bustling city. In a small group limited to eight, you’ll visit Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo), Dontonburi, and Kuromon Ichiba Market. Convenient hotel pickup and a Halal lunch are included.
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  • 7 hours
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USD127.86
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USD127.86
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Osaka Private Tour: From Historic Tenma To Dōtonbori’s Pop Culture - 8 Hours

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
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USD172.30
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USD172.30
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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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USD691.73
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Private Tour - A Tour to Explore the Symbol of Osaka: Osaka Castle

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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Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Osaka Palaces and Temples

Full-Day Private Guided Tour to Osaka Palaces and Temples

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Osaka is a modern city with a rich history. Forget the shopping for this day! Doing a time slip, we will discover Osaka through its different steps from its origins to its contemporary time. We will explore Osaka's foundation, then its religion, political and cultural history.
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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.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) costs USD 6.56. Guided Osaka Castle (Osaka-jo) tours start around USD 6.56 per person.
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