Sightseeing & eating tour for the whole family
About the WOW U-mediator leading this tour
Hi my name is Hiromi. I am a wife and mother of two kids. I have been working for tour companies since 2001. When I worked in Tokyo, I went on business trips to more than 40 countries. During my business trips, I had opportunities to explore foreign cultures by meeting and communicating with the locals and I enjoyed it a lot. My trips inspired me to decide to introduce my hometown, Osaka, to foreigners. So I moved back to Osaka with my family and now I am a tour guide of Osaka. So far, I have guided various types of tourists ranging from just married couple to big size family. I can not only guide you around famous tourist attractions in Osaka but also take you to hidden gems in Osaka since I was born and raised in Osaka. Also I can guide you to Kyoto and Nara.
Please visit my tour page for more details. In case of time conflicts with another group of tourists, please check my availability first via email. I am looking forward to hearing from you!
What we'll do
Osakajo Castle and Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, two of the symbols of Osaka.
At Osakajo Castle, you can overlook the city of Osaka from the magnificent castle tower, and at Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan, which is especially popular with children, you can see many creatures that can only be found in Japan.
Then, at Dotonbori Street, you can enjoy Osaka-famous street food such as takoyaki and okonomiyaki all in one place.
This is the go-to tour for first-time visitors to Osaka.
Things you need to know before the tour
-Please tell the guide your request ( date of tour and pick up point ) first.
Then the guide will check availability and itinerary etc.
-The tour fee does not include meals/drinks fees, Transportation fees for moving between spots and Entrance fees (if required).
-Recommend comfortable shoes.
Osaka Castle or Osaka-jo was built by the military commander Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Although it is located in the middle of the city, the gates and stone walls remain well-preserved and the vast grounds have become a park. The Nishinomaru Garden is a famous cherry blossom spot. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery in every season. One of the features of Osaka Castle is that huge stones are used everywhere in the castle walls. As with many other castles in Japan, the inside of the main castle tower serves as a history museum. You can also enjoy a great view of Osaka from the top of the castle.Show spot information
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan
Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan is one of the biggest and most impressive public aquariums, not only in Japan, but throughout the world. Recreating the natural environment of the Pacific Rim the aquarium uses giant water tanks, with one being 112ft (34 meters) long, 30ft (9 meters) deep and holding 5,400 tons of water and being home to the giant whale shark among other large manta rays and sharks. This huge water tank can be explored via a spiraling ramp around the tank, giving you can overall view of the different creatures at different depths of the tanks. With different themed tanks and areas recreated according to different areas of the Pacific Rim, there are over 30,000 creatures and 620 species to be seen, felt, and admired at this spectacular aquarium.Show spot information
Dotonbori Street is a popular shopping area in Osaka known for its bustling atmosphere and its many neon lights at night, including the famous Glico man, a symbol of Osaka. The Dotonbori arcade is perfect for shopping, dining and entertainment. It's not that you can't find the things here anywhere else, it's just that you can't find them condensed in such a lively and packed space anywhere else. It's certainly a distinctively Osaka experience you shouldn't miss out on, unless you really hate crowds.Show spot information
-Meeting and Leaving spots are very flexible.
I can pick you up at airport ( Kansai or Itami ) or any station or your hotel in Osaka to avoid miss-meeting.
-Duration,itinerary,transportation fee are subject to change depending on meeting/leaving spots.
-This Sample itinerary is based on meeting/leaving at sumiyoshitaisha station.
-I will hold your name board