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

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Osaka, Japan
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8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
Offered in: English

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
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.

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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!
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.
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!
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.
This was an excellent tour, with our...
sjokeefe
, 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.
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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